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RATINGS: 249   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.02   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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
sherm1016 (1057) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 26, 2013
Draft at Town Hall Brewery, the week following Barrel Aged Week 2013. Pours a jet black color with a big tan head that quickly recedes. Aroma is chocolate, oak, bourbon, vanilla. Medium to heavy on the palate with light, soft carbonation. Flavor is sweet, chocolate, roasty, bourbon, some alcohol heat, a little oak, with a sweet, roasty finish. A very nice BA Impy Stout.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mnmike (991) - Minnesota, USA - FEB 15, 2013
On tap during the barrel aged preview. Great smoothness here and some interesting side flavor additions like a coconut element.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
thome50 (891) - Boringville aka Irvine, California, USA - FEB 10, 2013
Bottle from the 2012 release, thanks Matty and Marks! (Not infected bottle) Pours a jet black with tan head that is bigger than I expected. Aroma is coffee, malt, pecan pie. Taste is oak barrel up front, kinda the first time for that , toffee, light coffee grounds and some odd hop stuff going on. Overall, rad beer 6 months after bottling.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Enjoyit (3086) - Vadum, DENMARK - JAN 12, 2013
Black of color with a beige head. An aroma of ash, spicy, roasted, oak and weak pepper. A flavor of roasted malt, liqurice, sour, redwine, oak and chocolate.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
phredrik (999) - Copenhagen (formerly Aalborg), DENMARK - JAN 12, 2013
Courtesy of Motherbrother - thanks! Aroma reveals a hint of freshly grinded coffee, black malts, black currants, very similar to an oak aged red wine - barrels seem to be used and don’t show any of the bourbon it used to store. Dark berries like black berries and currants are very evident, definitely not your average BA imperial stout. Taste is dry and intensely tannic - black currants and roasted tartness, huge woody oak profile which makes the beer resemble an oak aged red wine - think cabernet. Liquorice and dark chocolate in the finish. Very different and interesting, although far from what I expected.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
crossovert (6363) - Illinois, USA - OCT 28, 2012
Nice ba stout. Sweet caramel and some fruitiness. Not really a multi faceted stout but good.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ekstedt (5215) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 21, 2012
Bottle (bomber), courtesy of _angst_. Black with beige head. Strong salmiak roasted aroma, with coffee, tar, and strong vanilla and coconut barrel notes. Medium bodied, low carbonation. Semi dry, salty bitterness.

4.3
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Marsiblursi (2983) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 20, 2012
(Bottle) Pours black creamy brown head. The aroma holds deep malt with notes of dark bread, creamy chocolate, touch off coffee powder and liquorice. Undertones of brown sugar, balanced vanilla/coconut oak, cream, peanuts and blueberries. The flavor is light sweet, near medium bitter and light acidic with notes of perfect roast (a perfect malt bill), balanced oak, some blueberries, liquorice, tobacco and subtle hops. A bit too sour. The mouthfeel is smooth and velvety with a soft carbonation. Balanced and yummy finish. Medium to full bodied. Fantastic, maybe a tad bit infected.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
_angst_ (2371) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 20, 2012
750 ml bottle received in trade. Thank you Pandableh! Pours oily viscous pitch black with a nice-looking frothy dark mocha head that slowly dissipates while sticking to the glass leaving some thick lacing on the glass. Smell is sweet and malty with roasted malts, quality dark chocolate, dark roast coffee, vanilla fudge, roasted coconut, charred wood, chocolate cake, black pepper, burnt caramel, toffee and sweet dark bread. Taste is sweet, bitter, tiny sour and malty with roasted malts, bitter chocolate, dark roast coffee, prunes, brown sugar, vanilla fudge, roasted caramelized nuts, pine, lemon zest, moist soil, moist wood and sweet dark bread. Mouthfeel is round, smooth, soft, silky and full bodied. Finish is sweet and bitter with roasted malts, dark quality chocolate, dark roast coffee, pumpernickel, dark honey, coconut, charred wood and vanilla fudge. If it wasn’t for the weird sourness this could have been the perfect beer.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rlgk (9492) - Göteborg/Jönköping, SWEDEN - OCT 20, 2012
Bottle at USA comes to Skövde. Pitch black beer with a nice brown head that leaves quite quickly. Malty vinous chocolate aroma, figs, plums, dades, cocoa, licorice, licorice, coffee, some oak, quite nicely mixed. Hoppy roasted flavor, biscuits, acidic, hay, raisins, dades, roasted, coffee, oak, licorice. A bit sourish and that’s too bad, since this beer has huge potential.


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