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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.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - MAR 8, 2009
UPDATED: JAN 2, 2010
Date: February 13, 2009
Mode: Bottle
Source: Tasting
Appearance: black, fine tan head, streaks of lace
Aroma: huge dark chocolate and roasted malt aroma, dark caramel sweetness brings out the richness of the chocolate
Flavor: rich chocolate flavor, dark chocolate bitterness well blended with a roasted espresso character, black bitterness, roasted and bitter finish

Date: March 21, 2009
Mode: bottle
Source: tasting
picking up a buttery character in the flavor and aroma,

Date: December 29, 2009
Mode: bottle
Source: tasting
dyactyl bomb, but it kinda works,

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 15/20
Rating: 3.8/5.0
Drinkability: 8/10
Score: *** /4

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
tekstr1der (340) - New Hampshire, USA - MAR 19, 2016
Delicious! Black pour with lasting, clingy brown foam. Aroma is rich, with lots of roast and dark cocoa. Flavor is similar - very roasty, but never too bitter, with lots of chocolate notes and a mild sweetness mid-sip. Incredibly smooth from start to very clean finish, with just a slight lingering cocoa. Easily the best RIS I’ve had.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thepatrickman (594) - Durham, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 22, 2016
For a RIS bought in a gas station, this really delivers. Otter Creek has gotten the highlights of Russian Imperial Stout nailed here. There are notes of roast coffee and caramel/toffee, and the mouthfeel is velvety smooth. Not as aggressively roasted as some imperial stouts I’ve had, but the caramel malts are showcased really well. Overall -- very, very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jsporrer (450) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 6, 2016
Poured from a bottle. Pours pitch black with a thin tan head of foam. Roasted malt, dark fruit, dark chocolate, and a hint of coffee aroma. Syrupy, clingy, with a slightly oily texture. Nice strong lasting flavors. Not harsh or bitter. Very smooth finish. Hides the alcohol well. Solid.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
rouhlas (2239) - GREECE - JAN 4, 2016
650 ml bottle shared at the Hoppy Pub, Thessaloniki. Black color with beige brown head. Roasted malty aroma, coffee, instant cold coffee, licorice, dark fruits, light chocolate. Sweet and bitter taste like aroma. Medium oily body with soft carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pineypower (2974) - Ocean County, New Jersey, USA - JAN 2, 2016
Bottle, pours out black with a thin tan head. Aroma is of roast, chocolate, some light sweetness, some earth. Taste is solid, complex roast, chocolate, caramel, silky smooth body, some light burnt earth, mild coffee notes and a touch of syrup and some bitterness on the finish. Really solid, like what Otter Creek is doing lately.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Quick3Beers (777) - East Falmouth, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 30, 2015
Pours a black from a bottle. Not much aroma, just a general roastiness. Flavor is a nice coffee truffle, rich, more bitter than sweet. Good beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SG111 (1004) - New York, USA - DEC 27, 2015
Bottled. Pours pitch black, thin tan head. Aroma is semi-sweet dark chocolate, some coffee, very roasted malts. Flavor is big roasted flavor, and chocolate. Coffee finish. Well done.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bulk_Carrier (3407) - Lake Champlain, Vermont, USA - DEC 24, 2015
This was poured into a snifter. The appearance was a dark brown close to black color with a thin wisp of tan foamy head. Gentle thin lacing slides into the beer. The smell had a nice sweet to roasty blend of coffee, cocoa and a light amount of vanilla. Light bitter coffee grounds slide in underneath. The taste was mainly sweet with a nice roasty to sweet blend of the coffee to cocoa once again. A light dry sweet to roasty coffee aftertaste leads into the finish. On the palate, this one sat about a medium on the body with a fairly decent sipping quality about it. Carbonation seemed good as an RIS, as there’s enough dry and bitter roastiness on my tongue. Overall, I say this was a pretty good RIS that I would have again.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
estover (80) - Valencia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 18, 2015
Big and bready, full of dark roasted malt, cocoa, creamy coffee. Earthy finish. Nice lacing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SlovakSniper (4695) - Candiac, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 11, 2015
Bouteille de 12 onces. Très beau stout avec sa tête mousseuse brune montée pour les grandes occasions. Le nez simple de café, de chocolat et de caramel est capable de ravir les narines les plus difficiles. Au goût, les notes riches de torréfaction et de chocolat plaisent rapidement à mes papilles. En bouche, voilà un corps faiblement remué par les bulles avec une texture légèrement huileuse. En finale, la robustesse du grain malté s’accompagne d’une très bonne tirade des houblons à l’américaine.

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