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RATINGS: 257   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.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
stephen (308) - California, USA - MAR 14, 2005
Growler from a friend recently at the brewery. This one wasnít my cup of tea. Pours black, opaque with small head. Carbonation is still there. Aroma is intense and gives way to the roastiness and sweetness of this monster. Flavor is dominated by sucralose, roasted notes and whiskey. I think the sucralose thing is really getting to me. Some background tamari notes as well. Full bodied. Not a favorite for me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cbfobes (2596) - Quad Cities, Illinois, USA - JAN 2, 2015
On tap at GTMW 2014, back to back barreled aged beers at this festival, nice. Pours a very dark brown pretty much black with a thick brown head, the aroma was of heavy bourbon and oak at first with a nice amount of oak and vanilla showing too, the flavor has a heavy chocolate front end with the bourbon and vanilla showing quite a bit in the finish, big beer but still pretty good, not overly sweet.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
merc7186 (2290) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - AUG 23, 2014
Aroma: Chocolate, Brown Bread, Dark Malts Appearance: Dark Opaque Hue, Passes No Light, Brown Head Ring, Mild Brown Lacing Taste: Dark Chocolate, Dark Malts, Mild Coffee Mouthfeel: Average Carbonation, Medium to Full Bodied, Mildly Boozy

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
umich03jm (2221) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - AUG 16, 2014
2012 bottle. Shared with friends and neighbors. Pours black with a huge foamy head that fades normally a thick ring leaving nice webbing. Aroma is great. Dark chocolate, espresso, overripe cherries, tobacco and molasses. Tastes like it might have a slight sour infection but it sorta works. Lots of dark roast, chocolate, coffee, and tobacco mix with the sour dark fruit taste. Medium to thick body. Would love to try this fresh one day because I think thereís something a little off about this bottle.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jcnielsen (2326) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JUN 25, 2014
Sampled at Grand Tasting during RBSG. Pours a black color with off white head. Bourbon, oak, roasty flavors.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jcartamdg (2135) - Spring Hill, Florida, USA - JUN 21, 2014
Pours jet black with a thin mocha head. Aroma of roast, molasses, dark chocolate and brown sugar. Taste is big roast, dark chocolate, molasses. Really nice!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ataraxia (399) - Massachusetts, USA - JUN 14, 2014
Mills aroma of powdered chocolate, coffee beans, oak, and caramel. Somewhat vinous sweetness. Full carb, full bodied, a little thin. Inky black, small tan head.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bytemesis (3682) - 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 (431) - 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 (5759) - Gent, BELGIUM - FEB 26, 2014
75cl, Vintage 2012 (red wax), as Townhall Cellar Series íCzar Jackí, 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 (1209) - 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 ... itís tough to live up to that competition. Thankfully I had a whole growler to start and thereís at least 2 pints left in my fridge, so Iím giving it another go now that Iím 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 donít know if Iím using that word right but thatís what it usually means to me -- itís 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. Itís 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 itís quieter this is a mighty tasty brew.

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