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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.


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bu11zeye (11940) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - FEB 17, 2011
(12oz bottle, courtesy of thirdeye11) Pours a deep mahogany (near black) body with small beige head. Aroma of roasted malt, caramel, cocoa, raisins, and mustiness. Flavor of caramel, roasted malt, light coffee, and some chocolate.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Cavie (3786) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - FEB 16, 2011
Bottle courtesy thirdeye11. Pours a dark brownish-red color with a tan head. Aroma is kind of weak. Some dry chocolate and candle wax. Sweet flavor that is a little sharp. Some bitter grains near the edge. A bit weak for a RIS.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
wlajwl (3816) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - FEB 10, 2011
UPDATED: MAY 5, 2012 Aroma is complex malts, subdued. The flavor is dark fruit, coffee/chocolate and a a mildly tart/acidic finish.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
CLevar (376) - Minnesota, USA - JAN 21, 2011
Bottle to glass. Pours looking exactly like cola, except with less head. Somewhat oily looking, a sheet of lacing that runs down the glass. Only a light tan skim after 30 seconds in the glass. Aroma is odd anise, some nice fresh coffee notes, odd dark fruit, and a really interesting yeast note that lends a clove or banana note to the beer that hide amidst the dark malt and coffee. Flavor is burnt sugar, molasses, a bit of smokey coffee, and a hair of dark fruit. Some funkyness and a chocolate cherry flavor comes out as it warms, leading me to believe something unwanted might be at work in this one.... An odd mouthfeel, slightly sweet and mouth coating. Not as bad as it smells (Ok maybe it is), but not great either...in fact, its not good at all.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rustbucket0873 (268) - Krikville, New York, USA - JAN 19, 2011
pours almost black, can not see through, with very little head which is a dark tan to brown. the aroma is malt, citrus, very little roasted barley and grassyness. the flavor is roasted malt at the end up front with sweet, caramel, and toffee flavor. has a very lingering sweet and funky flavor. I dont get much of hops due to being aged for about one year.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
esjaygee (3903) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 31, 2010
Opaque dark brown with crimson lowlights and a quickly fading medium tan topper and minor lacing. Aroma of chocolate, roasted malt, light citrus, alcohol and mild cookie and coffee. Smooth and creamy body taste of roasted dark malts, chocolate, cocoa, bubblegum, soy sauce and some mild alcohol. Finishes a bit peppery with some warming.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
igneous1 (1495) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - DEC 20, 2010
dark brown but with a slight amount of red. no head of which to speak. aroma has notes of roast, wood and a bit of nuttiness. flavor has a similar profile to the aroma with a pronounce bit of alcohol. there is a bit of brown sugar and molasses in the finish. really, this is not at all an impressive beer. nothing of significance to see here.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
beerbill (3377) - Laurel, New York, USA - DEC 1, 2010
12 oz. bottle shared by goldtwins. Pours a dark brown, just about black with a tan head. Pleasant aroma of lightly roasted malt along with just a bit of dark fruit and chocolate. The flavor is lightly roasted malt, caramel, along with just a touch of dark fruit. Some licorice emerges in the flavor right at the finish. A bit light in body for the style - medium bodied overall. Ok, but underwhelming for the style.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
gormanb (173) - Bowling Green, Ohio, USA - NOV 30, 2010
aroma- dark chocolate, caramel, cinnamon, roasted malt, brown sugar, bread. pours pitch black with little tan head. taste is chocolate, bread, caramel malt, cereal, some smoke, hay, coffee, alcohol taste lingers. palate is thick, full bodied, but with a light finish besides lingering booziness, some carbonation.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - NOV 26, 2010
12oz bottle from the Sahara Mart in Bloomington, IN. Pours a black body with a thin, creamy, brown head that dissipates quickly and leaves a moderate lacing throughout. Aroma is licorice, caramel, molasses, roast, peat, chocolate, and plummy dark fruits. Flavor is a jumble of the aroma, but once it settles out a bit it turns out okay. Roast, sharper licorice, some alcohol, peat, molasses, chocolate, caramel, dark fruits, and a moderate piney hop presence. Finishes dry with a decent mixture of roasts, hops, and molasses before leaving a lengthy aftertaste. Medium-full body and soft, moderate carbonation. Overall, a decent impy. Lots of molasses and fairly roasty and bitter, but everything never seems to come perfectly together. Not bad at all, but not nearly elite either.


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