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RATINGS: 178   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71/5   EST. CALORIES: 327   ABV: 10.9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
A most unorthodox imperial stout brewed with malted rye and aggressively hopped with four U.S. varieties to develop a depth of character like no other. Notes of rye, treacle, chocolate and espresso are joined together to create a crescendo of flavor. Full-bodied and warming. With an ABV of 10.9%, you will be doing a Kalinka dance after drinking this.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
sir__v (2049) - Lille, FRANCE - JUL 16, 2016
Bottle (12/13/13) from Les Bières de Célestin, Lille - FR. Color: deep dark black beer with no carbonation and medium brown head. Smell: roasted malt, caramel and soy sauce. Licorice finish. Taste: full body wit roasted malt, coffee and caramel notes. Soy sauce finish. Quiet good. Good attenuation. Aftertaste: soy sauce, roasted malt, caramel and licorice. Good.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
WillRunForBeer (2269) - Massachusetts, USA - JUL 14, 2016
Bomber. Bottled 08/20/15. Pours coca cola brown with a beige head. Aroma is dark chocolate, mild coffee, soy. Flavor follows. Semi sweet chocolate, overextracted coffee, soy.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chalumeaux (1041) - Methuen, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 14, 2016
Poured from bottle dated 8/20/15 dark black pour with a nice mocha head with nice lacing. Aromas of bakers chocolate nuts wood and coffee. Taste is chocolate cocoa nibs coffee dark fruit and a slight lingering bitterness. Well done.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BrettGT (179) - Aalborg, DENMARK - APR 22, 2016
2014 vintage - 9,2%. Aroma of roast coffee, spicy rye, green hops, bitter chocolate. Pours black with a creamy beige head that lasts well. Taste of umami, bitter and roasty espresso. Is more hoppy and almost fresh at first and then becomes roasty / toasty. Light sweetness. Medium body, silky mouthfeel, average carbonation. Could need a bigger body. Overall an interesting and solid imperial stout.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Bulk_Carrier (3720) - Lake Champlain, Vermont, USA - MAR 10, 2016
Hmmm...well, I poured this into a nonic pint glass thinking it was a Russian Imperial Stout, but ended up leaving it in the glass and not re-pouring it into a snifter, oh well, cheers for experimentation. Here’s the rest. The appearance was a dark brown color with a finger’s worth of foamy off white to tan head. Nice coat of lacing running all around the glass. The smell takes in some rye spice, dry roasty chocolate. Light coffee bean. The taste is basically the same as the smell. Light spicy to roasty aftertaste. Dry roasty semi-spicy finish. On the palate, this one sat about a medium in body with a decent sessionability about it. Carbonation felt good. Rye does hit as the harshness and leaves a slight stickiness on my tongue. Overall, I’d say this was a decent Russian Imperial Stout, nothing over the top. Last RIS I had with rye in it was Midnight Sun’s Moscow. If I remember correctly, I think that was a bit more balanced than this and this came across with more rye. Nice effort if anything.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cuso (7774) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - MAR 9, 2016
Bottle from Beerlovers. Almost black color with minimal beige head. Nuts, chocolate, coffee, wood in aroma. Taste, chocolate, coffee, wood, bourbon, cocoa nibs. Long coffee bitter finish. Tasty.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gurthnar (4986) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - MAR 9, 2016
Bottle at Bolime tasting 3/2016. Assertive with lots of roasted flavours, coffee, chocolate. Considerable alcoholic warmth. However not incredibly rich. Could use more body and more maltiness or any complexity.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
rusos (593) - Stupava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - MAR 9, 2016
Bottle. Bolime tasting. Black colour, beige head. Aroma roasted, coffee, tobaco, alcohol, nuts, hops. Taste roasted, coffee, caramel, tobaco, wood, warming alcohol. Alcohol is a bit problem for me. Overall good one.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
MisoW (3201) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - MAR 9, 2016
Bottle at Bolime tasting 3/2016. Pours nearly black color, beige head. Aroma of raisins, coffee, chocolate, plums, roasted malt. Taste is sweet, medium bitter, chocolate, coffee, vanilla, plums, raisins, warming alcohol.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SeniorZozo (1265) - Budapest, HUNGARY - MAR 1, 2016
Tasting session @ Budapest. Black with a tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, some coffee, light fruit and some chocolate. Similar taste. Full body and with a long aftertaste.


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