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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
jgb9348 (5231) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Huhzubendah (3095) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 26, 2012
Bottle from drabmuh. Thanks Matt. An outstanding appearance. The beer is black with an inch of dense beige head that leaves a fair amount of lacing on the glass. The aroma brings chocolate, roast, molasses, anise, some sweet malt. The flavor is sweet, focusing on molasses and anise. Roast and chocolate come in next, and a touch of booze finishes things off. Medium bodied with a creamy feel. Overall, pretty good. Some really nice things going on here, but overall, a little too sweet for my personal preference. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 04-19-2012

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JDBaker11058 (1647) - Maryland, USA - DEC 12, 2012
Appearance: near black, with purplish highlights and a surprisingly large dark brown, almost purple head. Aroma: licorice, molasses, chocolate, coffee, peat bog, and chocolate. Taste: bitter dark chocolate, roasted coffee beans, brewer’s licorice, molasses, and a bit of smoke, with some nearly hidden piney hop character. Finish: boozy, slightly sweet, with a bit of a syrupy tang. Notes: Usually Russian Imperial Stouts are a little too strong for my tastes, but this one was just restrained enough that it remained a massive beer while still being approachable in flavor and palate. Of the Long-Shot Sixer this year, this was my favorite.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
redtechnj (279) - Williamstown, New Jersey, USA - DEC 11, 2012
Appearance- Deep thick black with a fluffy brown head. Nice lacing and long lasting. Aroma- Deep, rich roasted chocolate, Sweetness Flavor- Dark, semi-sweet chocolate, big roasted malt, just the right amount of hops,nice caramel sweetness. Avery well rounded Imperial stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Shakesbeere (219) - Oxford, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 10, 2012
12 oz. bottle. Pours a dark coffee brown with a persistent dark hazelnut brown head. Nice aroma. Smells of brown sugar, dark fruit (cherry), and roasted caramel malt -- complex, though not as complex as some other imperial stouts. Taste starts out rich, sweet, and malty with lots of roasted and toasted malts, toffee, vanilla, chocolate, and coffee flavors. Toward the middle, the taste begins to turn bitter with an increasing hint of dark fruit. Finishes on a balanced note. Aftertaste is malty. Palate doesn’t have the engine oil thickness that some similar imperial stouts manage. Overall, a very good and enjoyable beer. Not the best in its class, but it is solid.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nate (3826) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 9, 2012
From bottle. Really nice toasted-roasted malt aromas. Chocolate, licorice, and smoke character. A bit of oak and vanilla. Dark black opaque with creamy-foamy tan lacing head. Medium-heavy body, a little oily, with medium carbonation. Starts with fairly rich roasted malt, chocolate, and licorice. Big bitter sugar tang with some carbonic acidity, soy. Bitter smoky finish, alcoholic warming. Light oaky character. Nice

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerFlavoredBeer (254) - New Hampshire, USA - NOV 16, 2012
Solid example, really needs a stronger, hoppier bite at the end to seal the deal, though. Drinks very easily and is pleasant, overall.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
onceblind (6111) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 15, 2012
Deep black with a thick rocky dark khaki head. Lovely aroma of roasty black chocolate, aged molasses, and a certain meatiness behind it. Nice full and rich flavor with lots of malty, dark cocoa sweetness/bitterness, roasted black malts, a wee bit of molasses, smoke, with a somewhat moderate astringent finish. Not a fan of the roasty toasty smokey stouts, but this one is quite nice on a cold winter day.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
trujahwarrior (509) - Monroe, Washington, USA - NOV 8, 2012
Happy stout day! Smells of chocolate, roasted malts caramel and molasses. Tastes of all the same smells plus a slight black licorice flavor. Mouthfeel is creamy but pretty light for an imperial stout. Overall this was a great imperial stout. I’m interested on how it will taste after a year of aging.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Suttree (5685) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 27, 2012
Black, huge brown head. Smells like chocolate and marshmallow, with a little bit of coffee. Taste is coffee, a little fruity, and a good deal of vanilla and chocolate. Hint of rum, as well. Woody finish.

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