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RATINGS: 159   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.89   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 45   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
Alaska’s Most Wanted Series.

First brewed as part of our 2011 World Tour series, MOSCOW Rye Russian Imperial Stout is a hefty, opaque black liquid that pours slowly and soulfully into your snifter. A high percentage of spicy rye and roasted dark malts create a dense, chewy yet elegant winter wonderland of flavors. And from AK we say: Let it Snow…in Moscow.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mbgrayson (638) - Anaconda, Montana, USA - MAY 30, 2014
Pours inky black, with a rich tan head. Somewhat weak aroma of malts and rye. Taste is a little bitter and fairly strong. Notes of coffee and licorice. Long lasting palate. Maybe I’m getting spoiled, but I didn’t like this one as well as several others. Not complex enough, I guess. Still, a clear thumbs up.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
suprchunk (2684) - Crestview, Florida, USA - MAY 25, 2014
Black viscous pour small forced tan head. No lacing. Malty aroma with chocolate cherries and pepper. Taste is the same. Though slightly thin.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
StefanSD (2218) - Lakeside, California, USA - MAY 11, 2014
650 ml bottle. Pours black with a medium brown head that has good retention. The aroma features cocoa, dark chocolates and chocolate liqueur. The taste, like the aroma, has multi-layered chocolates, mocha, charcoal, roasted chestnuts and bitter walnuts. The palate is full and smooth with soft carbonation. Finishes long and bitter. Overall: Very roasty and bitter RIS, not much sweetness. This works.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SlovakSniper (4040) - Candiac, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 7, 2014
Dans mon verre il y a un liquide bien foncé sur lequel flotte une mousse qui offre une acceptable prestation. Dans mon nez se chamaillent du chocolat noir, du seigle épicé, des grains brûlés et du cuir bien tendu. Sur ma langue s’installent des saveurs sèches de torréfaction et de malts rôtis avec ce petit goût particulier qui appartient au seigle. En bouche se présente un corps de moyenne densité avec un pétillement au ralenti et une texture huileuse. En arrière-goût se dessine un mélange de notes de réglisse et de mélasse brûlée.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rodenbach99 (3644) - Longueuil, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 7, 2014
Bomber partagée par Patrick. Bière brune noire avec une mousse brune. Un nez fort en alcool avec des notes de cerises, de café fruité. L’alcool domine. Une bouche piquante avec de l’alcool, la texture fait défaut elle manque de corps probablement le seigle. Ordinaire.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
maxwelldeux (4182) - Snohomish, Washington, USA - APR 29, 2014
Bottle. I’ve poured motor oil thinner than this beer. Pours a very thick and creamy near black color with a moderate brown head on it. Nose is roasty with some chocolate to it and just a hint of some spicy grains. Taste is thick and roasty, with some subtle chocolate and just a hint of smoke. Feels slightly bubbly, which makes it interesting. Hides the 11% well, I think.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Bulk_Carrier (2876) - Final Resting Place, Vermont, USA - APR 27, 2014
Reviewed from notes. The appearance that poured like jet fuel - pure black and slow like motor oil (could’ve sworn I heard the "glug, glug, glug" of the beer pouring out); small super tan/slightly brown colored slim looking head, light speckled all over the place lacing. The smell had a roasted cocoa with a spectacular dose of coffee aromas coming through, I believe I’m also getting some anise - ?? maybe. The taste had a roasty sweet and ever so slightly bitter cocoa/coffee flavoring with the anise just a tad stronger than before. There is some alcohol in the taste, but I realize I’m having a 11% beer from the growler 3 days after it was put into the growler; super sweet sticky aftertaste (holy coating of my lips, don’t think I’ve ever had any beer so sticky). It had somewhat of a dry sweet cocoa finish. On the palate, it sat about a medium to heavy, yup this beast is a sipper (don’t try to dominate this beer, you’re stupid if you attempt) in other words there’s no such word as sessionable for this beer. Carbonation is fairly smooth for an RIS - good for the style and for me. Overall, big wow from me, though I didn’t get the "rye" that’s described, I really like this beer; next time I have this I’m really hopin’ to have it next to Old Rasputin just to see which one I actually like better.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jonno (2346) - JAPAN - APR 24, 2014
Twas lovely, if lacking the complexity that one yearns for. Chocolate, spicy, chalk, roast. Balanced sweet and roasty. Liquorice, dark chocolate and some light soy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopscotch (10207) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - APR 18, 2014
Bottle... This beer rocks!… Zhukov-black pour with a tiny, creamy, light brown head. The deeply roasted nose is a mélange of charcoal, worn leather and dark chocolate. Full-bodied with a creamy mouthfeel and busy carbonation. The flavor is straight-up rich, bittersweet fudge with a chocolaty finish. Bottle courtesy of 50belair!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
alexsdad06 (7227) - Ohio, USA - MAR 28, 2014
22 oz bottle picked up in San Francisco last June shared with drsordr. Pours dark brown to black in color with a medium sized dense khaki head. The aroma and flavor have roasted malt, dark chocolate, meaty smoke, dark fruits and a hint of spicy rye. Solid offering from these guys, but I’ve had better.

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