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RATINGS: 118   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.


4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
gobeers (13) - Wisconsin, USA - FEB 19, 2010
Pours with a dense frothy head that holds up to the half life rule. Half the head remains after 1 minute. Looks like chocolate cream. Off to a good start. Aroma is half chocolate, half roasty and half caramel. Oops, too many halfs. A hint of hops in the aroma as well. Goes down smooth, rich and warm. Taste confirms aroma. Also, a typical level of fruitiness expected from an RIS. Well Done! Can I say that it has good drinkability or has that word been abused too much? Reminds me of Old Rasputin. I’ll have to check that one out again.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Cybercat (3197) - Georgia, USA - AUG 20, 2010
Pours a solid near-black with a thick, frothy, rather persistent light tan head. Aroma is smoky with tones of toffee, molasses and coffee. Thick, rich flavor has unsweet chocolate, toffee and nutty components as well as hints of quality coffee and molasses with just a whisper of sweetness. Edgy, fizzy texture leaves behind a nice strong and rather persistent tingle.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Skyview (5150) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - FEB 9, 2010
This is the first time I ever had a stout of any kind from the Stevens Point Brewery. Just released at the brewery and sold in four packs at the gift shop. From a 12-oz bottle pours an opaque, nearly black colored brew with a thick and lasting tan head that even has some excellent lacing. Aroma of Cascade hops with a few floral ones in the background, toasted dark malt, a hint of mocha, and some light molasses. Taste is full bodied, not overly thick but still a decent texture. Flavors of both citrus and floral hops, toasted dark malt, creamy chocolate and just a hint of spice. Finish is silky smooth with a chocolate and light citrus bitter that quickly disappears and leaves a chocolate aftertaste. Any alcohol presence is well hidden. Definitely the best of the Whole Hog series.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Darkover (1512) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 4, 2012
Black with a tan head. Aroma and taste of sweet malts and chocolate. Medium body, some bitterness, very drinkable.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Aniela (2305) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JAN 24, 2013
Draught at Rattle & Ham NYC sept 2012. Black beer with a tanned head. Coffee, Vanila, malty, sweet, chocolate, licorice and tar aroma. Sweet, malty, coffee, dark dried fruits, chocolate and licorice flavour. A nice beer.

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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
yackery (154) - 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 there’s light - body. There’s 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.

3.8
   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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jmohno (1045) - Iowa, USA - DEC 31, 2011
thick dark pour glazed top after miniscule head.Moderate carbonation ARoma is mild but nice,sweet malt,vanilla,nutty ,maltychocolate,coconut,barleywine almost like,kinda bready also.Very subtle though. Taste right off has a nice drinkability. But smooth and rich but not too rich. Really balanced sweet malt with a nice dry slight roasty/coffee but chocolate. Finishes pretty clean too leaving a sweet/dry balance with a nice mellow bittering with smooth resinous dark malt lingering. Its more milk chocolate/carmel malty in taste with a balanced dryness subtle of darkmalt/smooth coffee. The flavor is what matters and it is overall a very good flavor.Perfectly balanced for my taste of not to coffe roasty dry stout.Another enjoyable whole hog series beer.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
llcooldave (1065) - 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...


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