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RATINGS: 218   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.57   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopdog (8521) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 14, 2012
12oz bottle. Poured a black color with a large sized tan head. Aromas of roast, floral hops, green, chocolate, and some earth. Tastes of chocolate, caramel, roast, floral, some earth, and some dark fruits. Alcohol content hidden.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DrnkMcDermott (2748) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - AUG 30, 2012
Oh my gosh! Good thing I noticed the "Enjoy by August 2012" date notch on the label for this 4-month old Imperial Stout. Heh! Well, I just want to get in a rating and cellar the other bottle from the six pack. This pours with a nice warm chocolatey and alcoholic nose. Black with a ring of foam around the edge of the glass, little carbonation evident. There is some very tiny fizziness trying to swim through a suitably rich and thick stout malt taste, but it only serves to enhance it. Quite chocolatey, smooth roast malt. Not getting much in the way of ester here, so why even bother to mention it? Anyway, this is a smooth and rich as any Impy Stout I’ve ever tried at this young age. I definitely want to save the other bottle for, oh, just say "later."

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
BobbyAnalog (300) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 30, 2012
Hearty baking chocolate profile with a touch of saltiness. The mouthfeel is thinner, more innocuous than some of the more heavy, pulpy stouts. Completely average at best.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rader58 (763) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - AUG 29, 2012
12 oz bottle. Pours black with a dark brown head. Aroma of cherry, toffee, coffee, peat, caramel. Flavor is chocolate, peat, cherry, toffee, coffee with a hint of sugar. I enjoy the sweetness that comes through in the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jeremytoni (2926) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - AUG 27, 2012
From a bottle poured a black color with a large amount of brown head. Bitter malty flavor with lingering aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
lamas (1324) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 27, 2012
Bottle. Enjoy before: 08/12. A jet-black pour with a thick chestnut head that leaves rings of lacing behind. The aroma features dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted coffee, toffee, caramel, some pine, and a little citrus in the background. Vanilla beans and an oaky woodsiness become apparent as things warm up a bit. Full-bodied, thick, and velvety smooth on the way down. Caramel, candi sugar, dark chocolate, molasses, and toffee upfront in the taste. Some vanilla extract and a hint of an oaky woodsiness in the middle. Moderately tangy at the end with some estery dark fruits, lemons, and zesty citrus rinds. A decent amount of alcohol warmth throughout. Not bad at all.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
alexsdad06 (4527) - Ohio, USA - AUG 25, 2012
12 oz. bottle from Tmoney99. Pours a very dark brown color with a medium sized, dense tan head. The aroma is a blend of dark and milk chocolate, dark fruits (cherries, plum), dark caramel, a slight hint of anise, earthy with some light alcohol. The flavor has dark chocolate, roasted malts, mild black coffee, dark fruits, warming alcohol burn and some nuttiness toward the finish. Medium plus body, on the dry side. This was pretty interesting and worth a try.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MrBunn (2384) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 21, 2012
Bottle. Body is a deep and thick looking dark brown and supports a dense and beautiful dark tan head. Aromas are thick with chocolate and bananas, a little creaminess and a hint of dark fruit (prunes?). Flavor is very nice, but there is a bit of a sherry/prune/iron note from oxidation or something that is a slight flaw in my book... Almost like blood. Beyond that, this is a nice enough Imperial Stout. Chocolate and bananas are the main draw, mouthfeel is thick enough and slightly creamy and finish is sweet with some of that dark fruit presence down the homestretch. ABV is impossible for me to detect, not even a slight warming.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mansquito (3106) - Nueva York, New York, USA - AUG 17, 2012
Big Top Beverage Mart, Roslyn variety case: Pours a black colour with a straight brown head. Aroma is mostly chocolate with a lower bit of roast, there also be some coffee, and my mother claims she can smell chicory. Taste somewhat sweet. Leaves a long aftertaste that is reminiscent of gooey chocolate. Not bad, but this wasn’t really my favourite beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
brenn79 (1429) - Idaho, USA - AUG 14, 2012
12 oz. bottle, thanks Poisoneddwarf- Pours a beautiful dark tan chocolate colored three finger head that looks like it’ll stick around. The aroma is chocolate, molasses, figs, other dark fruits, sweet and rich. The taste is less sweet, noticeably more hops than the aroma leads on, but very rich and velvety, I am glad this is only 12 ounces, not sure If I could finish a 22 oz. bottle, sticky and very full bodied. Overall, this is a good dessert beer, but I like my Impy Stouts more complex, less syrupy.

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