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RATINGS: 221   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 267   ABV: 8.9%
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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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SDalkoholic (2146) - Linda Vista, California, USA - APR 1, 2012
Bottle from Best Damn Beer Shop: Poured a dark blackish brown liquid with a firm layer of tan colored head. Aroma is soft considering this is an Imperial stout weighing in around the 9% mark, but the smell is more timid than usual and I only pick up on a couple of things such as roasted malts and a hint of cocoa powder or perhaps chocolate milk. The flavor is similar except for a smack of alcohol taste and burn that wasnít concealed by the weak flavor of roast malts. Meeh.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
shrubber85 (7594) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - APR 1, 2012
Bottle. Cinnamon, chocolate malt aroma - kind of like a cinnamon roll. Oil black with thin brown head. Sweet chocolate malt, cinnamon, and moderately bitter herbal hops and light astringency. Smooth. Nice, drinkable beer.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rugbydude05 (478) - Bridgewater, NJ, New Jersey, USA - MAR 31, 2012
12 oz bottle, almost black color, thick with minimal head. Aroma is sweet and roasty, some caramel noted. Taste is heavy sweet malt but balanced out nicely by high alcohol taste and some bitterness. The beer really fills you up and has a long sweet malty finish. Good example of an imperial stout.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SSSteve (3769) - - MAR 31, 2012
bottle. one of the thickest, darkest pours i think iíve seen. medium sized dark brown head. roasty, toasted nose. flavor has hints of brown sugar sweetness and bitter nuts blended with black roasted malt. more sweetness would bring this beer out even more. kind of salty and leathery. missing a middle. full body with moderate carbonation.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
notalush (4852) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 31, 2012
Dark black pour with one of the darkest tan heads I have ever seen - nose of sweet cream, bitter chocolate, cocoa, light char - creamy mouthfeel - fairly sweet up front, with vanilla and chocolate notes - gets a little spicy through the middle, with some peppery alcohol - notes of anise arrive late, some char, a leathery notes - a little sweet, but follows some of e profile of the classic examples of the style - a pretty good brew.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
johnnnniee (2306) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 31, 2012
Pours a solid black with a decent sized tan head that leaves moderate lace. Smells of licorice, dark fruits, smoke, acridic coffee, a bit of caramel. Taste is quite sweet with lots of dark fruits coming through as well as lots of anise and caramel. Medium to thick body with a light level of carbonation and a sweet almost syrupy mouthfeel. This one reminds me a lot of the regular Sam Adams imperial stout. Its thick and tasty but its missing the heavy roasted grain presence that should be there for the style.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
ChainGangGuy (4373) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAR 31, 2012
Part of the Longshot 2012 six-pack - $9.99 at Total Wine & More in Atlanta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours out a black body with a growing, steady, dark tan head. Sporadic lacing on the drop.

Smell: Roasted malt, heavily toasted malt, Dutch cocoa, dried fig, oatmeal, light spice, even lighter alcohol, and a small sprinkling of Mortonís salt.

Taste: Roast, toffee, with plenty of melted chocolate and coffee spiked with spirits. Moderately sweet. Fruitiness of dehydrated figs and black currants. Very low hop character, low bitterness. Faint but noticed salty-ish iodine twang underneath. Puckish pinch of alcohol. Drying, silken, roasty finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium carbonation. The mouthfeel, itís quite smooth.

Overall: Almost really nice except for a slight salty, iodine quality. If I wanted salty, soy, Iíd pop open an old bottle of Triple Bock.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jtclockwork (8418) - , New Jersey, USA - MAR 30, 2012
Bottle. Pours black with brown head. Nose/taste of star anise, roast chocolate, black coffee, raisins, dark fruits and molasses. Finishes with anise soaked in alcohol. Full mouth feel.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
queenholly (2920) - South Whitley, Indiana, USA - MAR 30, 2012
Bottle. Molasses, dark roasted malt, chocolate aroma. Black with a small brown head. Anise, charcoal, burnt coffee, molasses flavor with a long dry bitter finish. Overall, I found the flavor a bit harsh.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
wlajwl (3875) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - MAR 29, 2012
Aroma is yeast, roasted malts and an off-aroma that is hard to define. The flavor is toffee, fruit, roasted malts and an acidity/tartness to it into the finish. There was that off-flavor/aroma that popped up but the rest of it was pretty decent.


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