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RATINGS: 372   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 65   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
ScoWRee (404) - Perkiomen, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 28, 2009
Pours black as night with a slight tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, coffee. Taste is bitter roasted malt, coffee, Very nice. Commercial description is accurate.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
blutt59 (6246) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAR 27, 2009
bottle, thanks to bu11zeye, pours a quick fading dark head over black body, aroma is smoke and butterscotch, flavors of coffee, smoke, butterscotch, finish is astringent and tails off too quickly ot this could have been really good

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ChainGangGuy (4559) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAR 27, 2009
Appearance: Pours a dark brown, near black body with a frothy, bubbly, dark tan head. Smell: Dark roasted maltiness command the earthy, heady aroma with full notes of coffee, chocolate, and charred grains. Taste: Sweet, malty opening of roasted barley, bittersweet chocolate, cigar ash, and Italian roast coffee. Slight fruitiness buried underneath all the weighty malt flavors. Growing roasty, earthy bitterness and slight hint of warming alcohol begin to take hold, though a taste of gooey molasses tempers them somewhat. Finishes dry and rather roasty. Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium carbonation. Fairly smooth mouthfeel. Drinkability: Recommended. Whaddya know, that’s pretty darned good. A well-made, respectable RIS from Otter Creek.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BMan1113VR (7904) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAR 27, 2009
Bottle thanks to bu11zeye. Pours with a dark brown head over a black body. Aroma of chocolate three ways (baking, fudge, and brownie), coffee, cardboard and nutshells. Taste is chocolate, and very strong espresso. Syrupy mouthfeel and light bubbles.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheEpeeist (3561) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 27, 2009
22 oz bottle. Ebony with a fluffy brown head. Nose is dark chocolate, wet hay, coffee and tobacco. Creamy full body almost like a milkshake. Tiny carb prickles as it melts away. Taste reminds me of a Black Russian. Mocha, espresso bean and vodka with hints of licorice.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dickinsonbeer (5075) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - MAR 26, 2009
Bomber. Pours a pitch black with a nice moderate head- fades slightly and a nice lace. Aroma is slight green and minty fresh pnw hops, good chocolate and roasty nutty malts with a nice sweetness. Flavor is on the sweet caramel and brown sugar sweet side, but also nice hops, roasty malts, light coffee, roasty, chocolate, and earth and mild bittering. Overall a bit too sweet- candi sugar, maple, etc. Smooth finish though but not quite what I had expected despite Gerhart brewing this one. Definitely a good beer for Otter Creek, but I think Mike can do better. I am excited to see what else he can make!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
HogTownHarry (6293) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - MAR 26, 2009
Bottle (22oz). Shared with blankboy, garthicus, gregclow, jerc and tupalev. Opaque black pour with a lasting average light brown creamy/fluffy head. After an initial off-putting vegetal aroma, it settled to coffee, deep roast malt, some herbal bitterness and a touch of sour cream - fairly mild alcohol. The taste is similar - acidic, somewhat stale coffee, with dry burnt cocoa, prominent alcohol, and a bit of peaty bitterness. The body was on the light side, with a lightly acidic slick mouthfeel and a long burnt, semi-boozy finish, ultimately quite dry. Very, very impressive from this brewery, and exceedingly drinkable.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
garthicus (2808) - Dublin, IRELAND - MAR 24, 2009
Thanks to HogTownHarry for sharing. Appearance: Deep black, thick brown head. Aroma: Chocolate milk, cigars, malt. Flavour: Nice smoky malt, creamy with a long baileys like cream finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
yobdoog (1888) - Kingston, New York, USA - MAR 23, 2009
Cask and bottle. The cask seemed to have more roastyness and bitter caramel and the bottle was just a little smoother and sweeter. Almost seemed like different beers. I prefer the bottle.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
danielcurtis81 (1519) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 22, 2009
22 oz bottle. Pours a beautiful mocha with a deep brown head. Nice chocolate, burnt malt, and a perfume-like scent?! Last is deep with complex malts, some mild smoke, and slight chalk. Subtle milk chocolate flavors, nice little spice from the hops, a tinge of marshmallow too. Mouth is very carbonated, very full. Alcohol is fairly well hidden so be cautious. Great RIS!


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