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RATINGS: 223   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59/5   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
queenholly (3594) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
wlajwl (4929) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
puboflyons (2711) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 29, 2012
From the one time batch with an expiration date of Aug 2012. The pour is rich dark black with a tremendous foamy dark tan head that lingers. On the nose there are dark malts, coffee, and a slight alcohol bitterness. The body is medium to full but also very smooth and creamy. The vague sweetness up front lasts a milisecond because an acidic bitterness takes over the taste. Still, Joe Formanek is livin’ the dream.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mmmbeer (1342) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAR 29, 2012
12 oz. bottle served in shaker- poured a solid non transparent black color, low carbonation, light brown colored white around the glass for a head, some lacing. Aroma of molasses, darkened malt, alcohol, and dark chocolate, and Sanka- uhh... Hits the mouth with wide body, malt tastes like it had some dark chocolate added to it- and just left there to die, middle has some bitterness which develops a silk feel with some warming on the finish. Slightly above average impy stout.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
DocLock (8797) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 28, 2012
Pours as jet black and with as dark brown a head as any beer I’ve ever seen. Nose is rich black patent and choc malts, big hops, cacao,char, and some definite vegetal and peppery notes. I can’t say I’ve ever smelled this profile before. Tastes rich, very choc and patent malty, with backup hops, roasty charred malt, and late bitterness. This one is a bit rough around the edges, as the flavors seem very odd, and get odder late.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SphinxTX (2875) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - MAR 27, 2012
Bottle. Pours black with tan head. Aroma of dark roast and dark chocolate, flavor is much the same with a very subtle hint of smoke with a dark roasted bitterness. Heavy mouthfeel with low-medium carbonation. Overall, a pretty basic, run of the mill imperial stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mcjay (463) - Neenah, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 27, 2012
Pours black with a foamy brown head. There is a strong roasted aroma with a hint of chocolate. The body is smooth and dry with a little hoppy bitterness in the middle and a slightly sweet finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Arayaga2 (1946) - portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 27, 2012
Oil black with 2" of beautiful cocoa brown head. Aroma and taste are both "roasty with chocolate notes", and there’s a mildly cloying treacle sourness with faint sprucey hops into the finish, along with some alcohol. Relatively thick mouthfeel is about right for drinkability in the style.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
rman18 (312) - Caldwell, New Jersey, USA - MAR 27, 2012
It’s a good imperial stout. Has a burnt chocolate taste with a bit of coffee. Silky like milk.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Petrucci914 (910) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 26, 2012
Pours inky black with a large pillowy mocha head that leaves webs of lacing - really looks beautiful. Aroma is peaty, iodine, light chocolate, and coffee roasts. Taste is much the same - weird smokey peat and iodine taste. Not agreeing with me that well.

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