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RATINGS: 384   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 because— like those Czars of yesteryear— this beer may be gone soon.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAY 5, 2009
22oz. - Perfect Pour. Black, tan cream head. Ashy roasted caramel coffee and cream aromas develop into underlying notes of smoked pistachio nut. Dark chocolate and currant tones swirl with a faint toasted vanilla bean shot. Black chocolate and coffee caramel flavors balance on warm French vanilla notes. Full hop backing in the end rounds the monster malt bill out well. Full bodied, soft carbonation, drying, bittersweet finish. Great job Otter Creek! Looking forward to the new D-IPA…

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SudsMcDuff (7660) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - MAY 5, 2009
Roast coffee and dark bitter chocolate in the nose .. . black as a door that was once red but now is painted black .. . . fantastic roast level in the mouth .. . low head for a RIS, but constant medium ring .. .. Yaz is for whores .. . damn fine aroma.. . http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fgg2kwcsvHo . . Goes down so smooth, way to easy to drink, the 10.5% is no where to be found, even checked under a few rocks, nothing... . This is a great little unknown RIS, recommended!! .. . that sign in the mens room about washing your hands, that’s just for the employees, right???

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hayduke (4435) - Eureka, California, USA - MAY 5, 2009
From a 22 oz bottle this poured very black with a big foamy tan head and very pronounced lacing rings. Nose of roasted malts with lots of chocolate and a little coffee. Very rich and creamy mouthfeel. Flavor is chocolate and ripe fruit. light bitterness in the finish. Very easy drinking a top flight RIS.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JK (5563) - 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 (7986) - 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 (1592) - 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!

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