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RATINGS: 119   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.


2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale Łber alles, Arizona, USA - JUL 25, 2011
10/16/10 orange brown with more of an off white ring on top than a head. it smells heavily of nail polish (itís only 8%!!!)... mixed with grape juice, malt powder, black raisins, alcohol spice and florals. the flavor is a sweet mixture of the aromaís qualities along with chocolate, wood and mild molasses. very light bodied (for an íimperialí) and not very good. 5/3/5/2/10

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bhensonb (10931) - Woodland, California, USA - JUL 11, 2011
Bottle from Half Time. Pours really dark brown with a slight creamy beige head. I really canít find words for the aroma other than treacle. Med minus body. Flavor is pretty much treacle. Thereís some balancing bitter, but that cuts the sugar not the flavor. Not even getting a lot of burnt malt. Treacle.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
murphym45 (769) - New York, New York, USA - JUN 29, 2011
I was a bit skeptical when I saw that the bottle had a screw top. Poured dark brown with a thin tan head. Aroma full of roasted malt, molasses, and coffee. Decent sweetness up front with more roasted malt in the middle along with some bitter chocolate. Body is a bit thin. Roast and light bitterness on the finish. This isnít great by any means, but considering my low expectations and the price point, it wasnít terrible either.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Heathen (1458) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 14, 2011
THOUGHTS: Not the greatest impy stout, but still a decent beer. But something did seem a bit off about it. Maybe the twist-off caps were defective. It also seemed to be under attenuated. TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a dark brown that was nearly black in the glass with slight orangey-red highlights in the light. It had virtually no head and what little was there was tan to light brown and in just about fully diminished with only a little left around the edge of the glass. The aroma had moderate to heavy caramel and chocolate syrup; light to moderate pine, spruce and earthy hops; a little banana; prune juice; cherry; light alcohol; and hairspray. The initial flavor was lightly sweet and lightly bitter; while the finish was heavily to harshly sweet and moderately bitter with a fairly long duration. There was caramel, chocolate syrup, prune, bubblegum, chocolate, tobacco, chalk, metallic hops and pine hops. The medium to full body was oily with carbonation that was a bit soft, but still very tingly and a lightly astringent and lightly alcoholic finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
badlizard (5539) - Berkeley, California, USA - MAY 28, 2011
Bottle. Black with no head. Chocolate malt aroma and taste with roasted grain notes and a chocolate finish.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dorwart (2371) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - APR 20, 2011
Decent sized head of varying sized bubbles. Rich aroma of some leather, lavender, dark roasted malts and a tad of sweetness. Very strange mixture of aromas. I have had this brew several times before and donít remember all of this conglomerate of aromas. Very dark brown in color. Slightly sweet and malty flavor with some raisins, licorice, molasses and roasted malts. Finishes roasty with a tad of sweetness and a hint of molasses. A decent but slightly lacking imperial stout.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
topherh (1911) - Kearney, Missouri, USA - APR 18, 2011
Pours black with a thin tan head. Aroma is sweet caramel, light chocolate and roast. Flavor is toasty caramel, chocolate, toffee sweet, but not overly so. Could use a little bitternes to balance it.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
LtJudge (468) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - APR 4, 2011
Bottle- Pours a almost black color with a medium creamy dark tan head.Aromas of roasted malts,some chocolate and alcohol dominate the aroma. Flavor is of roasted malts, but also a nice hop bite hidden in the back that leads to a bitter finish. Sme alcohol nots peeking through.as well. For being a imperial, the body seems a bit on the thin side.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
yackery (156) - California, USA - MAR 17, 2011
UPDATED: APR 18, 2011 12oz Bottle pours a small, fast-dissolving head with a thin, runny lacing over a nearly opaque - and red where thereís light - body. Thereís a lot going on with the aroma but not in your face. Subtle aromas. Plays the same earthy and caramel notes as Founders Curmudgeon Old Ale or North Coast Old Rasputin or Old Stock Ale. The aromas that are most prominent are roasty, coffee, and citrus. Would be shocking if not so much weaker than Founders or North Coast. Aroma and taste really come together after a couple. Taste is salty and bitter with an alcohol air wafting up through the exhale. Sweeeet. Some licorice in the taste Palate is a little thin like porter and not a stout savor. Overall, this is a good beer. After my last, I have to upgrade from a 3.6.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CanIHave4Beers (3217) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - MAR 5, 2011
Pours basically black with a big semi loose head that fades fairly quickly. The aroma is banana right out of the gate with some roastiness, some chocolate, some musty basement, and some cherry. The beer smells fine enough but all the aromas just sort of hit you at different times and lack a sort of cohesive whole. The flavor is nicer, itís a big fairly dry roasty Imperial Stout with a well concealed alcohol presence. In total it tastes nice, and the bitter roastiness while very present is actually balanced as opposed to brash (which is what I had expected, for whatever reason). Complimentary notes include some dark fruit and berries, a nice hop zing and fruitiness mid palate that lingers somewhat, a light touch of vanilla and malty sweetness. Itís certainly one of the best "whole hog" offerings yet. I donít normally say stuff like this, but I have to think itís the breweryís reputation thatís keeping the ratings down on this one. Itís no top class Imperial Stout, but itís a very tasty one. If it had the label of a more en vogue brewery I have very little doubt that the average rating would be half a point higher.


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