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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jefcon (1612) - 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 (4826) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
blankboy (7150) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 23, 2009
Bottle (660ml) shared with HogTownHarry, garthicus, GregClow, tupalev & jerc -- c/o HogTownHarry. Pours a very dark brown, almost black, with a small diminishing bubbly light-brown head. Aroma’s roasty along with coffee, cream, dark fruit and alcohol. Flavour’s also roasty with coffee along with hops, a hint of peat, bitter chocolate and some alcohol. Medium bodied. A nice surprise, this was very good, well done Otter Creek!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Skyview (5477) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - APR 23, 2009
Sampled during Skyview Sourfest II in St Paul, MN and shared by Guerde. From a 22-oz bomber pours an opaque dark brown brew with a thick tan head that has some nice retention and lacing. Aroma of dark chocolate, toasted dark malt, molasses, some plums and coffee. Taste is full bodied, with flavors of chocolate, toasted dark malt, a hint of butterscotch, toffee and some roasted nuts. Finish is smooth, some alcohol presence with a toasted dark malt and chocolate aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
daknole (10840) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - APR 21, 2009
Bottle from dogfish120love, thanks! Holy crap this is a beautiful beer. Black with a great creamy brown head. Aroma is wonderful. Molasses, smooth roasted malt, chocolate, purnes and hints of a caramel frappuchino. Flavor is rich and full wtih an amazing body. Lots of chocolate, plums, molasses, coffee, and the roasted element in this beer is very mellow and melds amazingly well with the hops. This is underrated IMO. Wow.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
coldbrewky (1673) - Hippetown East, New York, USA - APR 20, 2009
UPDATED: APR 21, 2009 Bomber in trade with somebody....? Been sitting in the fridge for a few months waiting..for an overcast cold dreary day off like this that I could enjoy the warmth from a Russian Impy stout. this one did not dissapoiint.. I half expected a big coffee fucker that would makle my face twist like the Red Poppy that was sitting next to this probably will. I must say that their use of brown sugar in this brew was expert. It is noticable from start to finish as a pleasant undertone. A fine, dense sticky lacing clings to the glass and slowly separates into thin quaff rings. Nose of sweetened coffee. Body is Medium + but ends thin, with a hint of tanginess. ....Willamette and Magnum hops????? Not in any noticable ammount. Easily drinkable and not overbearing. A nice one.;

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
lb4lb (2583) - Austin, Texas, USA - APR 19, 2009
Bottle in trade as a bonus from ROBORB. Thanks dude! Pours dark black with a medium lived tan head. Smell is roasty malt a touch of butterscotch, and creamy, nutty coffee. Taste is dry and roasty with nice bitter hoppiness and char flavor to it. Full body and soft to medium carbonation that is about ideal for the style. Nice dark chocolate, and suitably bitter flavor. Very solid RIS.

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