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RATINGS: 150   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 261   ABV: 8.7%
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St. George Winter Stout is our tribute to the Russian Tsars of old. This Russian Imperial Stout is a huge beer. Everything from the body to the malt flavor and hop bitterness to its alcohol strength demands respect. Impenetratably black with a dense dark crown, this is a beer that will make even the longest of winters tolerable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - FEB 19, 2006
Poured an opaqu black color with a small dark tan head. Big roasty aroma with plenty of coffee. Some fruit and chocolate also in the mix. Roasty flavor. Some more chocolate. The finish leaves a lot of roast in the mouth with a touch of alcohol. Creamy feel. Very big on the aroma and flavor. I like this one.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hazmatt (363) - Virginia, USA - FEB 11, 2006
Bottle available at Wintergreen Resort, Va. Deep, black color with zero head. Roasty, chocolate aroma. Flavor of roasted malts and chocolate, slightly spicy. sweet toasty finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Numenor (871) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - FEB 4, 2006
Black body, minimal head but what there is is light brown to ivroy. Malts and dark fruits are evident in the aroma. Good raisins and plums combined with chocolate in the body. Dark chocolate-like bitterness in the ending.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - FEB 4, 2006
Dark black color with a thin brown head. Light chocolate flavor. Sweet malty flavor with hints of chocolate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
pinkzambia (1563) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JAN 5, 2006
Bottle: Now this is a smooth and powerfully seductive stout. The color is a used motor oil black/brown with a small brown head ring. It is thick, but not syrupy. It’s thickness translates into smoothness, like butta (butter for you non-vaklempt people). After the aromas of cocoa, the immediate taset is chocolate with a charcoal finish. But after a while, as the others have said below, I began to pick up on dried fruits like prunes and raisins. As for the hops -- who needs them in a stout like this? What I like about this beer for its style is that is doesn’t go overboard. It avoids going kamikaze on the dark chocolate/coffee/charcoal kick and gives you just enough to get the idea. Then this is complimented by the prune/raisin flavors which I have not encountered before in a Russian Imperial Stout. Yum. Thanks Indiana_Red for sharing this true beer in the new year!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
IndianaRed (2702) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JAN 5, 2006
Bottle Pours a deep inky black with noticeably high viscosity. Dark tan head that is creamy and full. Spotty lacing. Noce is very soft chocolatey and of prunes and cocoa. Noticaelby easy on the sharp bitterness that plenty of hops bring to the party in a RIS. Flavor was similar with lots of creamy chocolately tones. Dried dark pitted fruit and maybe tootsie rolls. Very nice smooth feel. Not over the top thick but buttery and slick. Very tasty new comer to the site. Thanks to Degarth for another winner.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Kinz (3404) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - DEC 31, 2005
Pours a nice black, brown penetrates the edges, deep tan head lasts, slowly fading to a ring. Aroma wafted pleasantly from the glass, the typical coffee, chocolate, and roasty notes complemented by something reminiscent of a campfire. Flavor matched, and introduced an element of slightly piney hops. Also a bit of vanilla and dried fig. This hasn’t quite yet come together with all the flavors yet, somehow a bit disjointed, but still a very nice brew from these guys.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TAR (2518) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - DEC 31, 2005
Penetrable black. Tiny gray-tan bubbles form a tight ring of head. Very soft aroma of wort, nougat, oats, and caramelized sugar. Some smoke, marshmallow, and vaporous alcohol, as well. Soft carbonation. Fairly oily. Bottle conditioned. Understated nutty coffee flavors blend softly with a fresh dose of dried plums and lightly gritty roast. Body is very juicy, but also quite wet and thin, which inhibits any vivid malt development. Coffee soon diminishes and reveals another layer of yeast and muddled fruitiness. Pinch of acridness and malt-derived tannins scrub the palate and lighten the already weightless body. Despite a late surge of alcoholic dryness, the vivid roastiness lies buried beneath the body’s wetness. Finishes prevalently yeasty with harsh, acidic malt remnants and only a hint of tar, yet sorely lacks in roast and coffee intensity, which fails to enrich the pronounced nutty grains that prominently linger. Tastes and smells worty/unfinished. Even for a lower-gravity Imperial, this is rather timid and unrefined. Thanks, Kinz.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 21, 2005
Courtesy of Mike, The_Beer_God. <P> Glop, glop, glop. Pours stygian black with a quarter coin thickness mocha head. Aroma is strong with dark chocolate and dried cherries. Head quickly fades leaving it looking like an oil spill in some ocean in hell. Very nice lacing. Flavor is huge burnt and roasted malt followed by dark baker’s chocolate, blackstrap molasses, espresso and some lightly sweet cream and dark fruit notes. It’s pretty still with a tiny level of carbonation. It has the feel of much higher ABV Imperials and if I lived close I’d buy cases of it to imbibe when I wanted an Impy, but not a raging buzz. A very nice brew from Virginia.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheBeerGod (5433) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - DEC 13, 2005
Had some last night thanks to CAPTRON but went by the brewery today and picked up a case. My rating will be from today’s bottle rather than last nights scribblings. Pours opaque blackness with a foamy mocha colored head. Nose is fruity and very chocolaty. Lots of dark chocolate, roasted malts, light alcohol, raisins, some molasses and faint vanilla. Taste is roasted malts, light molasses, milk chocolate, light vanilla, hint of creamed and sugared coffee, and light alcohol. Very nice! Mild hop profile througout this one. Body is silky and smooth. Mild carbonation feel. Finishes with lingering chocolate notes, molasses, light hop bitterness, a modicum of coffee, and light vanilla. Very nice stuff!

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