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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.


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2.7
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
tedovertu (283) - Apple Valley, Minnesota, USA - SEP 14, 2010
Appears to be a Russian stout from appearance but lacks the thickness and hoppiness of a really great RIP. Rather weak head that does have decent lacing. Kind of has a dish water aftertaste. Very watery for a RIP. My least favorite RIP to date.


3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JK (4349) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - JUN 8, 2014
Heavily roasted. Lots of soy sauce and some some dried fruit. Medium sweet. Decent. Low carbonation combined with the soy sauce gives this an English imperial stout character.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MadIndian (2342) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 7, 2014
Bottle from Philly craft. Not a bad brew. However, nothing out of the ordinary. Roasted malt flavor and hop, dry finish. Body was oddly thin for 8,6%. Possible notes of very mild vanilla in the finish.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (4763) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 6, 2014
Sampled on draft at Dadís Pub this beer poured a black color with a medium sized foamy dark brown head that left a bit of lacing. The aroma was somewhat faint with a roasty note, black licorice and floral hops. The flavor was bitter with a very strong black licorice presence followed by crisp floral hops and a bit of malt and chocolate. Incredibly long black licorice finish. Full bodied, silky and creamy. Interesting.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Voodoo (291) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 5, 2014
Pours a deep cola color with almost no head. Aroma is raisins, wood. Taste is booze, raisins, unsweetened chocolate, woodiness then tails off earthiness. Very thin for the style which really drops the experience.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
DrSilverworm (5899) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 21, 2014
12oz bottle picked up from Party Town. Shared with b3shine. Kind of clear dark red brown color. Thin off-white head, sort of minimal, kind of bubbly. Raisins up front in the nose. Well... After the first sip, a little dark chocolate and brownie show up. Plenty dark fruit, still. Medium to bigger body, light relative to your typical American russian imperial stout. Smooth, kind of crisp carbonation. Lightly dry finish. Moderate bitter taste, kind of bitter sweet. Lightly cloying. Meh. Itís not horrible. But nothing great about it. A "just barely" craft russian imperial stout. Certainly below average for the style. Tolerable. Doesnít make me upset. Just unimpressed.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
b3shine (5132) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 21, 2014
Bottle to snifter (shared by DrSilverworm). Looks decent; a translucent dark cola with very thin light beige head and no visible carbonation. Smells solid; dark malt malt, dark chocolate, raisins, and mild roast. Tastes like it smells, but not as balanced; all raisin and no chocolate. Average on the palate. Not bad, but smells better than it tastes.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
BrewHaMeister (152) - - FEB 8, 2014
Itís a bad idea to start with a Central Waters and Goose Island Bourbon barrel stout and expect this to taste good. Not bad but not in the same league.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hondajunkie (89) - Tinley Park, Illinois, USA - JAN 19, 2014
Pours black with a thin beige head that quickly settles into a ring on edge of glass. Light notes of roasted malt, vanilla. Somewhat light mouthfeel, malt, hint of vanilla, some molasses,slight booziness. Leaves a slight bitter, chalky aftertaste. Not bad, hits most of prerequisites for RIS but needs more body.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
alexsdad06 (5243) - Ohio, USA - JAN 4, 2014
Bottle shared with Tmoney99 in Aug. 2012. Pours dark brown in color with a small beige head. The aroma had roasted malts, dark fruits and some dark chocolate notes pretty standard for a Russian Imperial stout. The only negatives were the body, which was a bit thin for the style, and the finish which was on the soft side.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Patrickctenchi (3401) - Coxís Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - NOV 17, 2013
Bottle: Pours black, with a minimal tan head. Dark fruit, cola, chocolate aroma. Chocolate malt, old coffee taste. Burned bittering. Pretty light for an Imperial. Ok.


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