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RATINGS: 220   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.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dmschefke (566) - Macomb, Michigan, USA - MAR 24, 2012
Pours a pitch black with medium dark tan head, decent lacing. Aroma of roasted malt, caramel, coffee, and herbal hops. Flavor matches well and is actually a pretty decent surprise. Solid impy stout, but nothing special. Cant think of a better deal on an impy stout.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Trev (1868) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - MAR 24, 2012
Thick black pour with a nice tan head. Aroma is cocoa, nice dark roast maltiness. Some dark fruits coming on in flavour. Dryish, bakers chocolate through middle. Brandies cherries in the finish? ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nephilium (1308) - Ohio, USA - MAR 24, 2012
Just a hint of roasted notes for an aroma. This beer pours a beautiful opaque, thick black, with a full tan head. This beer is full of roasted notes, with a slick mouthfeel, and a touch of bitterness in the finish. The finish is long, with hints of coffee and chocolate. This is a solid Imperial Stout, and Id like to see this come around full time.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thornecb (4289) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 24, 2012
Pours black into a Sam glass. Mocha head with medium retention recedes to skim surface. Chocolate, vanilla and sour pit fruit aromas. Medium bodied with espresso and metallic chocolate upfront turning to mild charred pot fruit in the lasting finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
fiercepanda (505) - Missouri, USA - MAR 23, 2012
A black beer with a medium brown head. The aroma is chocolate and a little dried fruit. The flavor is roasted malt and bittersweet with a twang of alcohol.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jmohno (1045) - Iowa, USA - MAR 20, 2012
Bottletosnifter.Thick black pour,fair head with a froth ring and some lacing dark tan/brown. Bready malty aroma,sweetness,some fruit,milk chocolate,pretty complex really,some yeastiness,dry dark roast maybe some woodytones. Taste is very smooth thick,malty, has a sharp hopness or dark malt that melts into a smooth roasty-milkchocolate,with sweet maltiness,some mild fruit tones,bready creaminess and finishing fairly hoppy and with dry/woody roasted malts but with smooth sweetness of carmel malts,cherry milk chocolate and slight coffee but more of adark roastyness than coffee.Has a bit of old yeastish taste and saltiness in there. I like the balance in this and it has a good bittering in the finish, leaving chocolate and roast /cherry tones lingering also.Except for an old yeast taste,it was pretty nice.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
snownirvana (70) - - MAR 19, 2012
Snifter from bottle. A: roasted dark chocolate, slight alcohol. App: super dark brown, not quite black. Frothy, medium dispersing head, hazelnut in color. T: alcohol up front, a slight dark chocolate in the middle, alcohol on the back, with a bitter cocoa aftertaste, with a touch of plum. P: bubbly for a stout, smooth with an alcohol bite at the back.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
MadIndian (2342) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 3, 2012
A little thin for a stout, but it did have a nice roasted malt aroma and taste. Some notes of nut, bread and dark fruit were also detected, not bad.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bu11zeye (11929) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JAN 6, 2012
(Draught) Pours an opaque black body with a medium tan head. Aroma of chocolate, roasted malt, toasted grain, and graham cracker. Flavor of chocolate, roasted malt, caramel, nuts, molasses, and raisins.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jcwattsrugger (11067) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - DEC 24, 2011
on tap @GABF-pours black with a tight brown head. Aroma is dark malt-dark chocolate/molasses. Taste is dark malt-dark chocolate/molasses/roasty/licorice, 2nd earthy hops.


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