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RATINGS: 122   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.27   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 258   ABV: 8.6%
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Whole Hog Russian Imperial Stout is Inspired by the English brews exported to the Russian Imperial Court over 200 years ago this bold and luxurious Imperial Stout is handcrafted using roasted barley, Dark Roasted, Crystal and 2-Row Pale Malts, balanced with Cluster and Cascade hops for the rich satisfying flavor.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Leighton (11824) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 19, 2012
Bottle shared with Chris in NYC. Pours rich black with a fine, beige foam head. Aroma holds lots of sugary, dark malts, some cocoa. Big sweet flavor, burnt toast, baking cocoa, chocolate syrup, burnt leaves, earth. Full bodied with fine to average carbonation. Light warmth to finish, plenty of sweet chocolate, some dark leather, rich and dark fruits, ripe bananas, faint earthy roast. Decent.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jredmond (5610) - Manhattan, New York, USA - SEP 11, 2012
Draft at Rattle with Andrew and Brendan. Pours a pitch black body with light brown lacing. Aroma is sweet malts, milk, coconut, vanilla and roast. Mouthfeel is medium with notes of cream, vanilla, licorice, milk, chocolate and roast.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rlgk (11429) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - SEP 7, 2012
Draught at Rattle&Hum, NYC. Black beer with a nice lasting beige head. Chocolate aroma, milky, fruity, vanilla notes, licorice, cream, tar, roasted, some iron. Milky vanilla flavor, candy, figs, raisins, toffee, roasted, milk chocolate, licorice, some plums. Decent but a bit on the sweet side. Milk chocolate finish with some vanilla and figs.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Mora2000 (5853) - McKinney, Texas, USA - AUG 18, 2012
The beer pours a black color with a brown head. The aroma has a lot of roasted malt in it, as well as some chocolate. The flavor is very similar. There are huge chocolate and roasted malt notes coming through, with some bitterness from the hops and a hint of grass coming through as well. I also get a little bit of pine from the hops. Thick mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
llcooldave (1116) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - AUG 4, 2012
Pours black in the glass with a strong roasted espresso aroma. More espresso notes in the flavor with some dark cocoa and a hint of licorice as well. Overall, nice...

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Narnad (1471) - Wonder Lake, Illinois, USA - AUG 4, 2012
Pours a deep brown/black color with a creamy, modest lasting tan head. Aroma has a lot of dark fruity notes with a modest roasted presence later in the nose. Flavor has an early prune, plum, light anise flavor with some roasted bitterness in the middle and a light chocolate sweetness at the tail end. Body is pretty thick with a slightly oily texture. Overall a pretty good brew as flavors really meld well to form a solid malt presence.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Tmoney99 (11061) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 2, 2012
Bottle shared by alexsdad06. Poured a black color with an average frothy brown head that lasted with good lacing. Moderate to heavy roasted chocolate and small hop aroma. Moderate to heavy dark sweet malt flavor with a moderate to heavy sweet finish of average duration. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. This beer met my expectations.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 11/20
jgb9348 (4842) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JUL 26, 2012
Deep dark brown coloured body with a thin, one centimetre tall light brown head and a ruby tint when held at an angle near a light. Aroma of strong roasted malt, coffee, nuts, earth and a lot of caramel with a hint of alcohol. Medium-bodied; Roasty malt flavour with a strong chestnut and nutty finish with a little bit of sugar, some light prunes and plums and a little bit of earth - nothing deep, nothing strong and nothing too interesting. Aftertaste is quite minimal with a little nuttiness, a decent amount of roasted malt and some sweetness, all with not much body and even less complexity. Overall, a pretty bad Imperial Stout, and not even really in this category, but not a bad beer when compared with everything else. I sampled this twelve ounce bottle purchased from New Beer Distributors in New York, New York on 02-July-2012 for US$2.00 sampled at home in Washington a few hours before heading up to Wisconsin on 26-July-2012.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerandBlues2 (10039) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - JUL 22, 2012
Bottle. Pours clear black with a medium, creamy off-white head, medium retention with light lacing. Aroma is chocolate, coffee and roast malt, prune notes with earthy hops. Flavor is malt dominant with light hops and bitterness, dark fruity esters and a dry finish. Medium body and carbonation.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SphinxTX (2876) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - JUL 11, 2012
Bottle. Pours dark brown/black with tan head that doesn’t visit long. Aroma of fine, mild coffee grinds and chocolate flakes, very faint hint of vegetable. Flavor is much the same buy balances everything well. Mouthfeel is medium body, kinda watery with medium-high carbonation. Overall, not bad at all, just didn’t strike me as an IRS and hides alcohole very well if what is reported is true.


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