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RATINGS: 262   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.


4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Kevin (2148) - New Mexico, USA - JUL 23, 2006
Tar pulled this gem out at our cellar blow out. Wow. I did not know what I was getting into here. Umm, yeah that’s black, not pitch, but just black with a gray head. Smells of vanilla, chocolate, brandy, whiskey, oak, naked women, coffee, peanut butter fudge. Taste is fudge-peanut butter-cocoa, light dark figiness, doughy and powdery. It is beautiful. Cocoa powdery dry caramel finish. Like coating my tongue with good chocolate. Great scalded latte taste. I want more. Ap-4 ar-10 tas-9 pal-5 ov-19

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
richlikebeer (838) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 16, 2006
from YEHA 05...pour was a black as black can be with a thin brown head. coffee and chocolate were the primary components of the nose, and the flavor gave a hearty amount of caramel and a bit of sweetness. very velvety smooth body and a great mouthfeel.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
BrockLanders (780) - Panama City, Florida, USA - MAR 21, 2006
What a gift.....after the brew session this bottle magically appeared. No one fessed up...doesn’t matter! Love the deep dark black pour..nominal brownish head. This is why I love impy stouts...big roasty choco nose. More of the same plus lotsa coffee, caramalts, bourbon, brown sugary toffee....more bourbon...whew! Damned oaky goodness. The highlight of the brew day. Thanks to whoever parted with this gem.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
mkobes (2142) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - DEC 18, 2005
Bottle. Sampled at RLB YEHA 05. Deep black in color with a nice fluffy tan head. Roasty and chocolatety aroma. Coffee like roast. Caramel notes. Flavor is malty and bourbon. Finish is bitter chocolate. Rich tasting. Smooth. Full bodied. Well balanced. Very nice.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
alobar (3019) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 17, 2005
Had it at Yeha ’05. Strong caramel and coffee aroma. Pours a dark brown with a brownish head. Tastes of chocolate, caramel with a hint of coffee. Outstanding!

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - DEC 13, 2005
12.10.05 22oz bottle (thanks to kramer17801!) at RLB YEHA-05. Dark, fudgy brown; not much of a brown head. Butterscotch and cracker at the aroma forefront with bourbon-ish alcohol in the background, plus caramelized fat - like a burnt bbq rib. Ashy and dry, lightly bitter, coffee astringency. Rich and slick. Very tasty.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 13, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 14, 2005 NJ, Pocono, Philly YEHa!’05. Translucent muddy brown body with decent carbonation and a light tan head. Has elements of unsweetened dark chocolate, char, nuts, and sweet toffee and caramel. Impression is medium sweet with a lush texture. Decadent and very nice.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
IMtheOptimator (1162) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - DEC 12, 2005
Thanks to kramer17801 for sending this to the Yeha. Poured black with a brown head. Huge and complex aroma of cocoa, coffee, and caramel sweetness. Taste is mostly strong coffee, a bit of sweetness and a dash of chocolate. Just has lots of great coffee flavor that doesn’t get overpowered by the other additions. Barely detectable alcohol. Nicely done.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jimmack (1223) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - DEC 11, 2005
Bottle at Ricklikebeer’s YEHA ’05 thanks to egajdzis(from kramer17801) and also thanks to Rich for saving me some until I got back. Dark brown, almost black color with a small tan head. Really nice roasted malt aroma with lots of bourbon and oak. Flavor was bourbon, toffee and roasted malt. Not a big fan of bourbon barrel aged beers, but this was very well done.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
DYCSoccer17 (3459) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 11, 2005
Bottle sampled at YeHa 05. I believe this bottle was brought by egajdzis, so thank you. Roasty/chocolate aroma with some vanilla and bourbon-like notes. The aroma is nice and the barrel-aging is not overly done. Mild-moderately transparent dark brown color with a light tan head. Wish this were a little darker and more opaque. Chocolate-like sweet, roasty start, which turns more vanilla-like. This is followed by more woodsy and bourbon notes. This is a nice complent which fades and allows more sweetness to come in at the end. Extremely smooth and tasty. Wish this were more opaque.


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