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RATINGS: 222   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 267   ABV: 8.9%
Created by Joe Formanek.
For the past 15 years, Joe has been brewing his Russian Imperial Stout. This malt-forward brew has a rich complexity, with roasty and chocolate notes, yet enough hop bitterness to balance out the sweetness. This satisfying winter brew is full-bodied with an enjoyable velvety smoothness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ross (2125) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - JUN 17, 2013
Bottles from the long shot series. Dark brown / black colored pour with a tan head. Big chocolate, coffee, and malt aroma. Sweet and thick with a good amount of chocolate. Pretty bold beer, and a good beer from Sam Adams - I would love to see this brewed all the time.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Imaena (2083) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUN 8, 2013
Bottle: The nose is deeply roasted malts and sweet molases. It pours a dark black with a negligible head. The taste is roasted malts and a faint whiff of hops. The palette is thick and oily. Overall a decent Impy and great for the price when you can grab it as a single.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JaBier (5485) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - JUN 8, 2013
Bottle shared by Dogbrick on Memorial Day. Black pour with a thick tan head. Chocolate malt aroma with notes of licorice and roast. Malty and chocolatey flavor with caramel and licorice before a roasty finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dogbrick (9439) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 1, 2013
Sample at the Memorial Day Deck Beers tasting on 05/27/2013: Deep brownish-black pour with a medium tan head that recedes gradually. Small patches of lacing. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate and hops. Medium to full body with flavors of chocolate malt, coffee and subtle hops. The finish is roasty with a coffee aftertaste. Above average overall.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
OKplus (787) - Oklahoma, USA - MAY 29, 2013
12oz bottle served into a Great Divide Pint Glass. A - Pitch black with an espresso head that retains very well. The bubbles form a dense collar with wispy cap patterns and very nice lacing. S - Toasted chocolate malt, fruity alcohol, roasted coffee, pine hop resin, minerals, bready yeast comes out as it warms. T - Toasted malts, creamy milk chocolate, berry fruit, creamy coffee, green pine hops provide a solid, oily bitterness, raspberry tartness on the finish. M - Super fuzzy and creamy carbonation, tart cocoa bite. dry finish. A great looking brew. Very dense and yeasty aroma with tangy chocolate and coffee beans. Drinks good with some fruity tartness on the finish. I would buy this again. Serving type: bottle 04-08-2012

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
italianjohn (2489) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 4, 2013
Black pour with a tan head .... aroma is roasted and of light licorice, earthy and chocolate..... Taste is of light licorice, chocolatey, roasted with a bitter earthy hop and dark fruits .... roasted and chocolatey soft overtones on the mouthfeel it is full bodied, slick and oily ... Abv hidden well ... typical solid imperial stout finishes dry and with a lingering bitter hop and roasted bite.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
olr1984 (1324) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - APR 30, 2013
12oz bottle Pours pitch black with tad head. Chocolate and coffee aroma. Taste better as it warms. Chocolate vanilla and roasted malt

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Johnsense (997) - - MAR 29, 2013
Black pour, huge head. Roasty aroma, cocoa, fudge, subtle woodiness. Taste of Cocoa, chocolate syrup, brown sugar, subtle vanilla, slightly charred wood. A bit too sweet for me. Nice effort, though it took a bit for flavours other than chocolate to come through.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
glennmastrange (2431) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - JAN 16, 2013
Bottle. Moderate malt aromas of toasted dark bread and chocolate, with spruce-y hops, moderate dough for the yeast, and vanilla and alcohol in the background. Head is tiny, frothy/fizzy, brown with spotty lacing and is fully diminishing. Color is almost black. Flavor starts moderately sweet and lightly acidic, then finishes lightly sweet and acidic and moderately bitter. Palate is medium to full, creamy with a soft carbonation and a chewy and sticky on the lips finish. Very nicely done. This Imperial Stout is unique without it missing any of the necessary attributes of the style.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
jgb9348 (5092) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - DEC 28, 2012
Pitch black body with a two centimetre tall lighter brown head - viscous as hell with a few bubbles noticeable. Aroma of pungent roasted malt, a bit of peat, earth, milk and bunches upon bunches of prunes, raisins and pit fruits. Full-bodied; Deep roasty flavour with a lot of malt, some milk, a hint of earth and a decent amount of peat and other smoked notes, along with soy sauce noticeable. Aftertaste shows hints of sweetness, but mostly a bittering malty flavour that persists and permeates some lactic and medicinal flavours afterwards. Overall, not a horrible imperial stout, but not showing enough complexity and enough sweet and classy notes to make this great. Still, nice to try, along with most other longshot series beers. I sampled this twelve ounce bottle purchased from Total Wine in McLean, Virginia on 01-August-2012 for US$8.99/six pack sampled at home in Upstate New York on 28-December-2012.

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