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RATINGS: 351   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
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Brewed in the style of a Russian Imperial Stout. Strong, chocolatety and aggressively hopped with finest English hops.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
puboflyons (2538) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 13, 2014
From the 650 ml. bottle. Very dark brown to near black pour with a tan head that melts away shortly. The aroma has a dark toasted malt and dark fruit character sort of like cherries. It is also a bit wooden and slightly dusty and musty. No booze om the nose. The body is medium and creamy. The taste tends to bring out more of the cherry and dark fruit character ahead of the dark toasted malts. Mildly bitter ending. Alcohol well integrated, which makes it quite drinkable but at 9.5% ABV - also quite dangerous.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pinkie (470) - New York, USA - SEP 22, 2013
Pours the darkest brown just shy of black. Thin head of mocha colored foam that that fell to a thin cap and ring and a film on top. Wet lace and refreshes with each turn.

Nose begins with a roasted dark malt. It has some light sugar and a soft sweetness. There is the happy scent of cherries. Cherries are such a happy fruit and the perfume they give is great. There is a good bitter chocolate and nice strong coffee. There was no alcohol on the nose.

Taste is big roast flavors. At first they start out soft and without any burned tastes. In fact, at the beginning of the drink you notice that the malt meets a delicate edge with the bright cherry and just stays there for a moment. Then, a hop character shows up to lay a chalky dryness into the middle of the beer. The roasted coffee is slightly bitter and the chocolate bittersweet. The coffee steals the attention and continues to intensify as this warms. As the finish begins the hop character together with the bold roast begins to show it’s bolder and more bitter side. There’s a little ashy burned quality and that gives this a very robust and forceful finish. The nose sweetens deeply as it warms but the beer doesn’t. it actually becomes more bitter.

The body is full and smooth and the strong hop presence is unusual I thought. It grew on me though. The roasted character is strong and dominant in the drink and not for the weak. This is not a terribly sweet beer. The sweetness it has though is ample to excite the nose. The bitter it has is sufficient to provoke the palate. It is as though they set out to tempt and then slay you.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Cbuk1013 (246) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - SEP 21, 2013
This was definitely a middle of the road Russian imperial stout Heavy on the coffee.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
davey101 (746) - Connecticut, USA - JUN 5, 2013
22 oz bomber into a tulip. Bottle has no date indication but its a dusty bottle so a year or so of age? Pours a black body with a finger of dark mocha foam. Moderate lacing with weak retention. Has some alcoholic legs. Aromas of chocolate, coffee, roasted malts and some cherries. Taste is heavy on the roasted malts with notes of chocolate and some cherries. Mouth feel is creamy and full bodied. ABV is very well hidden. Overall this is a really solid RIS that is demonstrating some light notes of oxidation. Really nice RIS.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
thunderhops (224) - Vermont, USA - APR 21, 2013
Pours black with tan head and good lace. Aroma is chocolate, licorice, slight alcohol, taste follows suit with aroma well with a burnt maltiness, warming sticky finish

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
annunz123 (924) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - APR 5, 2013
Molasses, raisin, coffee, and a little grassy bitterness in the aroma. Strong flavor with caramel, nuts, chocolate, and a little smoke and wood. Coffee/chocolate bitterness in the finish. Really good.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ratman197 (11228) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - MAR 14, 2013
Bomber poured a clear dark reddish brown with a small lasting tan head. Aromas of plum, raisin, roasted mnalt and light molasses. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of roasted malt, cocoa and light dried fruit with a smooth lingering cocoa finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (5515) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 9, 2013
My wife brought this one back from a trip to Rochester. +++ Sampled from a 22 oz brown bottle this beer poured a black color with a medium sized foamy brown head that lingered and left great lacing. The aroma was sweetish, malty and toasty with notes of cherry and berry underneath. The flavor was cherry and port wine followed by toasty malts and a bit of wood. Long almost roasty finish of cherry, port wine and wood. Moderately full bodied. Solid.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerman6686 (5321) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 23, 2012
This poured a medium to darker brown color with a lighter tan head. Aroma was of chocolate, light roast, and some green hops. Flavor was velvety smooth, but a bit watery chiocolate, not much roasted bitterness, and some green hops.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MacBoost (1518) - Pouring Bus, New York, USA - OCT 12, 2012
Pours think but black with no head. Aromas of milk chocolate, cream, some roasted coffee. Taste is similar - smooth chocolate milkshake with some hops and roast. Thin mouthfeel is the only thing that detracts from this one. Good.


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