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RATINGS: 386   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.79/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 65   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
Every so often we brew this tasty treat that clocks in at 10% ABV. A silky smooth, motor-oil black pour reveals rich, roasty notes of caramel, chocolate and coffee.

Like the first stouts brewed for Russian Czars, this offering is big, bold and built to last. Grab a few for the cellar, a couple for your comrades and enjoy becauseó like those Czars of yesteryearó this beer may be gone soon.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
Gooball201 (39) - Parsippany, New Jersey, USA - FEB 17, 2014
Tasty and very roasty. Good brew as most otter creek is good stuff. Almost stovepipe but apparently higher abv.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
bytemesis (6307) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - FEB 13, 2014
Bottle. Pours opaque black with a medium dark brown head that dissipates fairly quickly leaving good lacing. Aroma is chocolate, roasted malts, a bit of cardboard, anise. Flavor is an improvement, light sweet, medium bitter, roasty, chocolate and rich on the tongue. Lingering bitterness on the finish. Fairly full bodied and creamy. Quite nice in the end.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dougefreezy (45) - Bradenton, Florida, USA - FEB 13, 2014
Pours dark brown, no head. Aroma of chocolate, plum, toffee. Malty, chocolate taste. Overall very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TBone (15708) - Pori, FINLAND - NOV 28, 2013
Bottled 650ml PBFVIII
Deep opaque black, small brown head. Toasted, chocolate aroma. Medium-bodied. Toasted, some chocolate. A bit lame finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Chuckaduck (674) - Highland Heights, Kentucky, USA - NOV 15, 2013
Bottle. Poured 11/16/13. Oily; Deep brown black with a thin but resilient chocolate head. Aroma is lots of roast malt, chocolate, creamy, hints of dark berries, vanilla, sweet, savory. Taste is creamy, little chalky, nutty, roast malts, chocolate, some dark fruits, very mild bitterness at first; finish is bitter chocolate and some earthiness. Exquisite lacing, full. Carbonation is low. Mouth feel is full, oily, rich; but not syrupy or coating. Really a fine RIS. Well crafted.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MacBoost (1723) - Penfield, New York, USA - NOV 15, 2013
Pours. Thick black with a nice dark brown head. Aromas of holy shit roast, a whiff of alcohol. Taste is inky black madness, roasted cock, some balls but a touch too sweet for real enjoyment. Finishes semi-sweet with just a touch of prison sex. No anal rape offered. I feel defiled.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
bbbeer (702) - Massachusetts, USA - NOV 2, 2013
Very dark brown, very small brown head. Aroma coffee, chocolate, roasted malts. Medium full body, harsh alcohol, syrupy mouthfeel. Flavor is roasted malts and mocha but overly sweet and hidden by alcohol with an unpleasant tangy finish. Seems like most people liked this one but didnít work well for me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
nealblind (1622) - Seattle, Alabama, USA - OCT 18, 2013
Dark pour tan head. Aroma of soy sauce, honey, grains. palate slight creaminess. Flavor of char and coffee.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DiarmaidBHK (4085) - Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 2, 2013
Bottle from Total Wine Sterling. Pours black with a thin khaki head. Has a bit of lacing in the glass. Big roasted malt notes on the nose with a hint of licorice. lots of roasted chocolate and licorice on the tongue. finish lingers a bit. Hides its alcohol well. This is a hell of a lot better than I thought it would be.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ChadPolenz (1629) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - AUG 25, 2013
I poured a 12oz bottle into a goblet. It was bottled on 2/4/13 and cost $4.49 ($0.37 per ounce).

Appearance: Just looks thick and viscous flowing out the bottle. Body is extremely dark with a brown frothy head. It mostly dissipates, but does leave some lacing, which is impressive for such a big beer.

Smell: A strong aroma of dark malt, espresso, and milk chocolate candy. No alcohol presence.

Taste: Otter Creek is a brewery known for making pretty mainstream stuff that you can buy in the supermarket. Iíve enjoyed a few of their beers, but some have been unimpressive. When I heard several people recommend I try their Russian Imperial Stout I was surprised to hear it. Now that Iíve drank it myself I can see why everyoneís raving. This is a quality RIS that can hang with the big boys as itís robust, complex and highly drinkable.

The first taste I notice is sweet milk chocolate. It almost seems sugary, though I doubt this beer is brewed with any actual chocolate or other additives. Beers of the style tend to have a strong red grape flavor, and while that taste is present here, it takes a backseat to deeply roasted (but not burnt) malt and iced coffee flavor, balanced by a strong hop presence. The label indicates the beer is 65 IBUs, which actually seems a bit low since big imperial stouts tend to be high in bitterness to balance out the intense malty sweetness. I think a lot of balance is being done by the maltís inherent coffee and roasty flavors. Thereís some alcohol warmth and flavor as it finishes, but it actually complements the palette quite well. I have to say Iím floored by how good this beer is, since it can definitely hang with the big names of the style.

Drinkability: A delicious imperial stout is a lot less appreciable if itís hard to drink. Thankfully, Otter Creek Russian Imperial Stout doesnít have that problem as it has a soft, comfortable mouthfeel with a velvety texture. It goes down smooth with a slight hoppy bite on the finish, but leaves no lingering aftertaste other than some chocolate notes. It does not nearly feel as heavy its 10% ABV weight. Though there is alcohol warmth, itís not distracting. That seems to be what separates a great RIS from an average one.

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