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RATINGS: 381   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.78/5   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 because— like those Czars of yesteryear— this beer may be gone soon.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JK (5410) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - MAY 4, 2009
This is a better than average imperial stout. Black. Lightly roasted malt, and some hop presence. A little sweet, from the malt, but the roasted character lingers as well. A little fruit, and some red wine.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sregnar35 (1030) - Rotterdam, New York, USA - MAY 4, 2009
Nice stuff. Pours very dark. Aroma is hoppy for a stout. Flavor is very standup, but not standout. Tastes how an imperial stout should, nothing more or less.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerandIT (300) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAY 4, 2009
Coffee, toffee, chocolate and a small hint of caramel on the nose. Pours medium to more full bodied with a small amount of brown head. Palate you get stronger upfront coffee notes with chocolate and toffee taking second place. Very dark black on the pour. Coffee aftertaste with a slight hint of the chocolate sticking around a bit as well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
NomDeBeer (414) - Maryland, USA - MAY 3, 2009
Pours black with a creamy tan head. Aroma is coffee and molasses. Taste is dark chocolate, roasted malt, coffee, espresso, alcohol. Surprisingly thin for a beer so big and flavorful. Long finish of coffee and brownies. Great beer, but with less alcohol and more body it would be outstanding.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bb (7915) - Alamo, California, USA - MAY 3, 2009
Bottle. Black beer with a brown head. Light roast and chocolate aroma with light oatmeal. Chocolate and light roast flavor. Medium-plus bodied. Chooclate and cocoa lingers with light roast and light oatmeal. Not so impressed.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jefcon (1562) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - MAY 2, 2009
Most impressive I’ve tasted on the Otter Creek line. Lots of roasty aromas and flavors. Deep chocolate appearance. An enticing hint of cherry/raspberry fruit behind that essential first sip. A good russian imperial that hides its alcohol very well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mreusch (851) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - MAY 1, 2009
22oz. bottle, with thanks to 46er3498. Pours a dark black with a nice tan head that lingers. Aroma is licorice, dark fruits, anise and other spices, chocolate and light espresso. Flavor is more of the same, with licorice, chocolate, spice and light espresso. This leans a bit medicinal at times but otherwise is a unique and interesting RIS. Thanks again Tom!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sbroome (149) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - APR 25, 2009
pours black with mild cream head. nose of burnt wood, smoke and carmel. taste is little sweet, like sweet molasses, maybe a little fig and a hint of chocolate. the 10.5% alcohol hides nicely behind the roast. a nice balanced imp stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
badgerben (4720) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - APR 25, 2009
SourFest II. Black color with no head. Butterscotch aroma. Light bitter taste, mostly piney hops. More butterscotch and malt sweetness. Finishes with coffee.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Birdiebeagle (958) - Perkasie, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 23, 2009
Bottle Pours a deep black with a creamy tan head. The head last well and laces great. Has a good aroma of roasted chocolate, sweet fruits and alcohol. Has a good carbination and a zingy mouthfeel. Has a nice alcohol burn. The flavors are good and party on the tongue. Definetly has a good alchol bite. A heavy body and a real strong finish. Has a watery texture. Not as thick as I would expect. A good drinking stout with a kick butt attitude.

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