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RATINGS: 222   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jcos (1541) - Maryland, USA - OCT 1, 2012
Location/Date:Bottle on October 1st, 2012.

Appearance: Pours black with light brown lace.
Aroma: Aroma of light roast, chocolate.
Taste: Stronger than the aroma. Nice amount of roast, some chocolate, a little bit of bitter at the end.
Palate:Medium body, creamy, short aftertaste.

Summary: Tasty imperial stout with a nice taste and palate.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
dwyerpg (4579) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - SEP 29, 2012
I thought this was really great. A full body with a solid grainy flavor, the best of this most recent long shot bunch. Thick yet easy to drink.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Heathen (1470) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - SEP 21, 2012
THOUGHTS: Nice, robust imperial stout. Probably better than SA’s own imperial stout. It could have done a better job hiding the alcohol. TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured an opaque black with a small, light brown head that mostly diminished. The aroma had moderate to heavy roasted malt, chocolate and chocolate syrup; light hops; cherry; slight alcohol; and dark fruit. The initial flavor was light to moderately sweet, lightly acidic and lightly bitter; while the finish was moderate to heavily sweet, lightly acidic and lightly bitter with a long duration. There was chocolate syrup, roasted malt, dark fruit, cherry, dark chocolate, light hops, light alcohol, licorice, and a little grain. The medium to full body was oily, a little sticky on the lips and then a little fry with fairly fizzy carbonation and a slightly alcoholic finish.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BigBeer45 (1256) - Michigan, USA - SEP 18, 2012
Bottle, this impy had a black pour and made a spare/small cover of coffee colored bubbles that went away to an island in the center and thin ring, this drink is very black and I could not see any carbonation except for what was flowing up the sides of the glass, it left some spots and small fingers of lacing on the sides of the glass, the bottle had no sediment, there were aromas of roasted malt, bitter chocolate, a little malt sweetness, and faint smoke roastiness in the background, the flavors were roasted malt, bitter/dry chocolate, some dark/intense caramel and molasses sweetness, the finish had a combination of alcohol, malt and coffee bitterness, the mouth feel was a little more than medium with a nice creamy feel on the palate, a simple Impy with a nice mouth feel.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopdog (8958) - 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.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DrnkMcDermott (2803) - 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."

2.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
BobbyAnalog (327) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rader58 (781) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jeremytoni (2991) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
lamas (1360) - 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.


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