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RATINGS: 224   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58/5   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
brokensail (16055) - Dublin, California, USA - JUL 16, 2012
The pour is almost black in color with a thin layer of tan head. Nose is of dark chocolate, roasted malt, licorice, and earthy hops. There’s some molasses, a hint of coffee, and maybe a touch of fruit. The flavor is quite smooth. Rich chocolate and cocoa flavors with a lot of roast. Hints of burnt sugar and licorice with a slight molasses sweetness. Creamy on the tongue with a full body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jtclockwork (14942) - , New Jersey, USA - MAR 30, 2012
Bottle. Pours black with brown head. Nose/taste of star anise, roast chocolate, black coffee, raisins, dark fruits and molasses. Finishes with anise soaked in alcohol. Full mouth feel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (13466) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 7, 2012
Bottle. Poured a black color with an average frothy brown head that mostly lasted with excellent lacing. Moderate to heavy roasted coffee, chocolate and alcohol aroma. Medium to heavy toasted chocolate malt flavor with a heavy dark sweet and small alcohol bite finish of moderate duration. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. This is a solid beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ratman197 (13278) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - APR 4, 2012
Bottle poured a translucent dark brown nearly black with a small lasting brown head. Aromas of roastiness, dark chocolate, coffee, dark fruit and light licorice. Palate was medium to full bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of roastiness, dark chocolate, coffee, licorice and light fruittiness with a smooth dry lingering roasty finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bu11zeye (12717) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jcwattsrugger (12190) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerandBlues2 (12101) - Escondido, California, USA - JUN 26, 2012
Bottle. Pours opaque with a large, frothy dark brown head, medium-long retention with excellent lacing. Aroma is roast, dark chocolate, and lightly burnt caramel malt, earthy hops, smoked meat and ash with dates, prunes, and raisin notes. Flavor is dark malt, medium sweetness, dark fruits, smoke notes and a dry finish, though some lingering sweetness remains on the palate. Full body and medium carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Drake (11781) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 1, 2012
12 ounce bottle. Pours clear very dark brown such that little light permeates it. Large dark brown head. Good head retention. Aroma of roasted malts, chocolate, toasted notes and piney hops. The taste is roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, a tart note, cocoa and a hoppy finish. Medium bodied. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopdog (11560) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dogbrick (11498) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 1, 2013
Sample at the Memorial Day Deck Beers tasting on 05/27/2013: Deep brownish-black pour with a medium tan head that recedes gradually. Small patches of lacing. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate and hops. Medium to full body with flavors of chocolate malt, coffee and subtle hops. The finish is roasty with a coffee aftertaste. Above average overall.

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