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RATINGS: 127   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.28   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Narnad (1485) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Tmoney99 (11473) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 11/20
jgb9348 (4946) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerandBlues2 (10447) - San Diego, California, 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.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GRM (3179) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 3, 2012
Brown bottle, 12 ounces, from and with Luc Bourbonnière, savoured on June 1 2012; eye: black, opaque, minuscule ring of brown head, no lacing; nose: grains, light roasted barley, slight burnt barley, light alcohol, slight hops, slight anise; mouth: grains, light roasted barley, light alcohol, light hops, slight anise, finale in roasted barley with presence of anise, medium body, not much carbonation, lightly bitter and sweet, a bit thin; overall: fine FRANÇAIS Bouteille brune, 12 onces, de et avec Luc Bourbonnière, savourée le 1er juin 2012; œil : noire, opaque, minuscule anneau de mousse brune, pas de dentelle; nez : céréales, léger orge torréfiée, très léger orge brûlée, léger alcool, très léger houblon, très léger anis; bouche : céréales, léger orge torréfiée, léger alcool, léger houblon, très léger anis, finale en orge torréfiée avec présence d’anis, corps moyen, peu carbonatée, légèrement amère et sucrée, un peu mince; en résumé : bien

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Gription79 (2409) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - JUN 30, 2012
Poured from a 12 ounce bottle. This is a very sweet IRS. Sweet chocolate, caramel, sweetened coffee. This was not for me, way to sweet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Lubiere (10700) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 15, 2012
A dark stout with a thin brown head. In aroma, a dark fruit and biscuit malt, roasted cereals, light ethanol and solvents. In mouth, a dark fruity chocolate, light plums, licorice, and light warming alcohol. Tasted with GRM on June 1 2012.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Darwenus (593) - Virginia, USA - MAY 28, 2012
Pours pitch black with no real head to speak of. The smell is faint, tones of coffee and rich malt. The flavor is rich and very mildly boozy, but not at all complex. There’s the coffee and the malt, chocolate and strong anise, all of which is good... but the brew plays it’s whole hand up front. Not at all bad, no problematic aftertaste, but as Imperial Russians go, this one is a bit pedestrian.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Arayaga2 (1859) - portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 21, 2012
Dark brown with a medium brown head. Aroma is mild fig, molasses and faint spearmint. Tastes like somebody bottled a bad big homebrew with incomplete fermentation and diacetyl. This also doesn’t meet my style expectations. $2/12oz

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