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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bu11zeye (12576) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - APR 18, 2009
(22oz. bottle) Pours a black body with a small tan head. Aroma of chocolate, roasted malt, toasted grain, and caramel. Flavor of roasted malt, chocolate, and coffee with a dry, somewhat bitter finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ansermadide (1526) - Kyle, Texas, USA - APR 13, 2009
Bomber at home (my personal birthday treat) on April 13, 2009. Wow... this head is amazing. An almost purplish tint, medium/dark brown, thick, dense, like a blueberry pancake. Very smooth, black body. Aroma a roasted chocolate and... something reminds me of wood. Extremely smooth in the mouth, almost creamy. Sweet, woody, and almost metallically bitter. Is that a word? All I keep thinking about is how smooth this beer is. Thick, but not so much so that it’s hard to stomach. Alcohol is noticeable, but not overwhelming. Just enough to make it fun.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
fidel (1302) - Livermore, California, USA - APR 9, 2009
UPDATED: MAY 14, 2009 Poured black, ash, butter, little chocolate, little coffee, ash finish that holds on for a very long time.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
AgentSteve (1647) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - APR 9, 2009
This is a bad, bad beer. Looking at other ratings, maybe a bad bottle, but the influences weren’t infected influences, just harsh ash and burnt butter. A bit thin for an Impy as well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nuplastikk (5612) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - APR 8, 2009
22oz bottle. Pours a thick oily black with a foamy brown-tan head. The aroma is pleasantly chocolate, not showing much sings of the alcohol. The mouthfeel is thick and full of rich chocolate roastiness. Really quite a nice Imperial Stout, really showcases the rich full chocolate flavors while limiting, perhaps all out eliminating, any alcohol burn. I don’t get much hop character out of it, maybe something in the chalky chocolate aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
travita (4748) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 8, 2009
Bottle thanks to bu11zeye. The smell is roasty, some soy sauce, a little vinegar, malts, and chocolate. The look is brown to black in color and has a decent tan colored head. The taste is roasty, slightly off for style, chocolate, and alcohol. Thinner body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - APR 7, 2009
Pleasant chocolate and cola aroma. The flavor is not bad, cocoa powder, mostly. Palate is a wee bit thin for an impy. 10.6% ABV is totally undetectable. Decent and drinkable but I will not be buying another anytime soon.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rosebud butternuts (2396) - Denton, Texas, USA - APR 7, 2009
Bottle thanks to bu11zeye. poured black with a tan head that left some lacing behind. aroma was impressive with toffee, caramel, coffee, and dark roast. flavor was toffee, dark roast, and some alcohol. slick body with low carbonation. pretty good stuff IMO.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mwelsh13 (499) - Maryland, USA - APR 7, 2009
22oz bottle pours deep black with a very creamy (think nitro pour) brownish head. Delicious coffee, molasses and licorice aromas. Initial burnt coffee flavors with dryness leads into chocolate, figs, slight smoke body. Slightly fruity in the sweetness. Only a bit of alcohol burn. Different from many RIS beers I have had. One of Otter Creek’s best. Need one more bottle to age to see how it turns out.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Drake (11469) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - APR 5, 2009
22 ounce bottle from State Line Liquors. Pours a dark chestnut brown appearing opaque in the glass. Large dark tan head with good head retention and lacing. Aroma of heavy roasted malts and heavy chocolate with citrus hops, nuts and coffee. Taste is roasted malts, coffee and chocolate. Some caramel and vanilla also. Fairly strong citrus hop finish. Creamy and full bodied. Very nicely balanced. Fantastic beer.

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