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RATINGS: 261   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.01   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
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Russian Style Imperial Stout aged for ten months in oak barrels. Rich and delicious.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bytemesis (3977) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - MAY 29, 2014
Growler thanks to Schlais! Pours opaque black, medium brown creamy head that dissipates slowly leaving nice lacing. Really a great job with the growler fill too, btw. Aroma is roasted malt, oak, whiskey, anise, chocolate. Flavor is medium sweet, light bitter, chocolate, vanilla, touches of oak and anise, a whiskey feel to it. Just a bit of astringency from the oak. Medium plus body, creamy mouthfeel. Perhaps a tad bit hot. This turned out to be a really nice beer. Its not one of those beat you over the head, this one goes to 11 impys. It is restrained, balanced, smooth and clean, and it just all comes together nicely. Great job!@

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
barn0216 (465) - California, USA - MAY 28, 2014
Growler. Black with brown head. Chocolate, vanilla, roast, pleasant but not terribly strong. Similar flavor, more focus on the bitter roast and barrel quality. Very nice, traditional style stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
BoBoChamp (5758) - Gent, BELGIUM - FEB 26, 2014
75cl, Vintage 2012 (red wax), as Townhall Cellar Series ’Czar Jack’, exclusive American brew, thx to Secret Santa!, complex sour Stout, sour/roasted and slightly fruity/alcoholic, not balanced, cloudy, good head, sadly infected brew!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Prufrockstar (1319) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 14, 2013
Growler -- thanks to Jeff for sending this my way! The great thing about tastings is lots of cool beer shared by cool people. A downside is that great beers get consumed side-by-side with other amazing beers. This one came out sometime after Abraxas, BA Abraxas, Black Note, and Dark Lord ... it’s tough to live up to that competition. Thankfully I had a whole growler to start and there’s at least 2 pints left in my fridge, so I’m giving it another go now that I’m home and my kid is in bed. Pours nearly black with minimal tan head (there was more of that earlier). Aroma: roast, vanilla, light oxidation (not cardboard, but old beer oxidation -- i honestly don’t know if I’m using that word right but that’s what it usually means to me -- it’s well-placed here). Palate: Medium body, mouthfeel is a little thin on this, slick, oily texture. Probably the weakest point in this one. Taste: Follows nose. Sweet, roast bitterness at the end. The vanilla really comes in here in the aftertaste. In fact, a lot of the best parts of this are in the way the beer finishes, rather than when it first hits the mouth. Waves of chocolate, roast, and vanilla play off each other. Some dark fruits also lingering there in the mix. Surprisingly well-carbonated for sitting in a growler these past few months. Overall: a really nice treat. It’s almost a shame to have opened it first when surrounded by so many other amazing beers (easy for the little guy to get crowded out), but now that it’s quieter this is a mighty tasty brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
alexsdad06 (6428) - Ohio, USA - AUG 31, 2013
Bottle at tasting. Pours very dark brown to black in color with a smaller reddish tan head. The aroma and flavor have a combination of some sweeter malts, caramel, toffee with darker roasted malts that provide bitter chocolate and coffee notes. Decent barrel character comes through. I would love a bigger sample in a different setting.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Aniela (2552) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUN 9, 2013
Bottle. Black beer with a brown head. Dried dark fruits, malty, coffee, chocolate. oak aroma with some ashy notes. Chocolate, licorice, dark dried fruits, malty. coffee and oaky flavour.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheAlum (6119) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - MAY 27, 2013
Bottle shared at Richard’s Graduation Party (Western Springs, IL). Thanks, guys! Pours a rich deep thicker black pour, dark and ominous hues. A frothy brownish head atop films ok, laces not bad. Aromas are some decent barrel presence, vanilla and some warming whiskey. Touches of oak, roast, and cocoa. Mellow coffee, growing roast element as it warms meets the caramel, toffee, and roastiness. Initial is heavier end of the fold, though not thick and brooding. Roasty, some toast, decent barrel presence hits the palate. Barrel is well integrated, not overly thinned. A touch spicy as we round the corner. Some spirit, gentle oxidation, roast and caramel. Woody, yet not hot. Full yet not sticky and messy. A bit of roastiness, faint dark fruit, and firmer oak, spirit linger on as we finish. A bit toasty, tannic, and spirity as it completes. Well done. The barrel is a good compliment but not overwhelming. Nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Doodler (314) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 22, 2013
From a growler at Crooked Stave party (thanks Matt) - Poured a motor oil black with a small white head. Nose has a nice woody bourbon note with a touch of vanilla. Taste is velvety smooth with cocoa and malts overtoned with the bourbon wood dryness. Palate was slick with some hints of fruits on the finish. Very nice....

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
MotherBrother (775) - Aalborg, DENMARK - APR 29, 2013
Pour is pitch black, with a nicely looking mocha-brown slightly frothy head. Aroma of leather, slight chocolate, some coffee notes appears when this starts to warm up a bit. Some berry notes in here as well. Lots and lots of dry oak. The taste is slightly sweet upfront, with quite some bitterness to it, and faint sour hints. Medium bodied, with a slight fizzy carb. Thanks to the Jeffo for handing over this one;)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
brystmar (1306) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAR 23, 2013
Growler. Finally, a pour of CJ that isn't infected! Rich and full of flavor, barrel character complements the underlying stout. Still suffers from CW Syndrome (lack of body); a nice BA stout nonetheless.

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