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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.


4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
dwyerpg (4528) - 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.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
efecher (70) - Long Valley, New Jersey, USA - APR 11, 2012
Another very good offering from this yearís LongShot collection. A very strong interpretation of an Imperial Russian Stout

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Cybercat (3256) - Georgia, USA - MAY 20, 2012
Strong, smoky aroma has subtle molasses, roast coffee and horehound notes and a hint of burnt wood. It pours a rich sable a mere whisker above black with a thick, fine-bubbled, persistent tan head that leaves generous lacing. Mouth-filling flavor is a little sweet and has notes of roast quality coffee, molasses, caramel and licorice plus a hint of anchovies. The last part actually seems to add to the flavor instead of subtracting from it. Thick, smooth, oily texture has a decent amount of fizz. Attention Boston Beer Company: Hire Joe Formanek - he knows how to brew some a** kicking beer!

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
jmagnus87 (2427) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - APR 22, 2012
12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Pours black with about a half finger of dark brown head. Aroma of coffee and chocolate with a hint of caramel. Taste is medium bitter. Heavily coffee and dark chocolate with a little caramel and milk chocolate on the end. Medium-full bodied with a thick and creamy texture. Lively carbonation and a long finish. Overall, pretty good. I wouldnít mind getting a whole 6-pack of this.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DrnkMcDermott (2789) - 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 Iíve ever tried at this young age. I definitely want to save the other bottle for, oh, just say "later."

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bpreo (1544) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - APR 27, 2012
Itís a good Imperial Stout. Not as brutal (a good brutal) as I had hoped, but good enough.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
williamherbert (1278) - Syracuse, New York, USA - AUG 1, 2012
Dark chocolate brown, with a mousse of light brown lace on top, like chocolate pudding. This thing looks totally badass. Malts are deeply roasted chocolate, like cookies, immediately followed by an incredibly boozy bourbon scent. So far this seems like it might be legendary. There are plums and stone fruits wafting out in its wake. The flavor is harsh, burnt cookies, with more of that boozy alcohol burn. There is a musty quality, but once it warms up, it turns into a deeply dark nutty taste. Much more burnt than I had anticipated. The sweetness is fleeting, and quickly swallowed up by a burnt darkness. Chunky and creamy on the tongue. Has the body of a creamier stout, with a little burn at the end. Not as oily as I would have expected. This baby does not hide its alcohol. It is a big beer, bigger even than itís 8.9% would indicate. If you like a big Imperial Stout, this one should suffice.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerandBlues2 (9585) - Hanover, Maryland, 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.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
zizzybalubba (1406) - Elizabeth City, North Carolina, USA - AUG 5, 2012
12 oz. bottle from SoHo Organic Market in Elizabeth City, NC. Pours black with a luxurious creamy brown head. Expected coffee and dark chocolate aromas. The taste is roasted coffee, chocolate, and roasted nuts with hints of dark fruit. Full bodied and creamy mouthfeel. Really well done.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Heathen (1458) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - SEP 21, 2012
THOUGHTS: Nice, robust imperial stout. Probably better than SAís 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.


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