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RATINGS: 387   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.79/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 65   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jeremytoni (3029) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - MAY 8, 2009
From a bottle poured black with a good amount of chocalet brown head. Nice sweet malty flavor with a lasting finish.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAY 7, 2009
Bottle courtesy of RealityDeviant on 04/30/2009. Dark black body with a medium creamy brown head. Sweet chocolate and coffee aroma wtih a roast background. Chocolate and coffee flavor with a bit of a bitter finish. Medium full body with moderately low carbonation.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
eaglefan538 (3027) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - MAY 7, 2009
Poured the usual brown-black, ok initial chocolate covered head, although the lacing was only mediocre. The aroma was strong coffee, some toffee. The flavor was super strong coffee all over the place, but in a good way for the most part, no chocolate detected, per the bottle, some roast. The mouthfeel was moderately bodied, acidic. Primary drawback was some under-attenuation and astringency, but a pretty good OC brew, first in a while? Decent if you like coffee in your IS’s.

4.2
   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…

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SudsMcDuff (7976) - .....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???

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hayduke (4755) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JK (5659) - 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.

3.9
   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.

3.7
   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.

4.1
   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.


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