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Valley Brew Russian Imperial Stout

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RATINGS: 45   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.8   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
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Russian Imperial Stout: Imperial Stouts derive their name from the Imperial court of Katherine the Great who commissioned this beer style to be brewed by Thraleís brewery in London, England for export to Russia. Our Imperial Stout lives up to that, and then some; with copious amounts of dark roasted malts that translate into a wonderfully rich and complex beer with notes of ripe dark fruit, black currant, cocoa, and black licorice. Enjoy a snifter of this luxurious beverage after dinner with a fine cigar or your favorite chocolate dessert. If youíre feeling adventurous, try it with a nice wedge of your stinkiest blue cheese and a plate of fresh raw oysters, you wonít be disappointed. Approximately 9.5% ABV.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ungstrup (28462) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - DEC 31, 2010
Draft. A pitch black beer with a rim of tan head. The aroma has notes of roasted malt. The flavor is sweet with strong notes of roasted malt and alcohol, leading to a dry alcoholic finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
badlizard (5540) - Berkeley, California, USA - SEP 17, 2010
Black with a fizzy off white head. Good strong chocolate and coffee aroma with a chalky chocolate and roasted grain taste with a coffee finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rastacouere (6107) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 15, 2010
A truly pitch black stout covered by a short-lasting dark tan cover. Oily, strongly roasty, chocolate chip cookies and fruity impy. I love how it unveils more and more dark fruits as it warms up: from blackberries to blue grapes, to strawberries all the while a strong anise component keeps up. Itís a more aromatic than most example, though itís also smaller than average, reflecting Altimariís preference for balance in its normal lineup. So think various dark fuits and slightly burnt chocolate chips cookies touched with anise and youíll be close enough. Solid, but not particularly distinguishable.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerguy101 (5267) - Newark, California, USA - OCT 8, 2009
Sampled on 9/25/2009. This Russian Imperial Stout pours an eclipse black color from a 22oz bottle. Medium sized tan foamy head. The aroma is chocolate and coffee with some dark fruits. A medium bodied Russian Imperial Stout. The malts are chocolate and coffee. The hops are earthy and floral. Touch of vanilla, wood and dark fruit. A nice solid stout. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Papsoe (25094) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - AUG 15, 2009
Growler. Pours black and opaque with no head at all. Distinct aroma of hard roasted malts, dried fruit and an extreme alcohol. Very full body, a little low in carbonation, hard roasted malt and vanilla with a burning alcoholic finish. 110709

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
yespr (29691) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - JUL 27, 2009
From tap at the restaurant. Pours pitch black with a minimal tan head. Aroma is rasted malt, light fruity accent. Flavour has the same with a distinct fruity bourbon character. Smooth fruity and dark rich chocolate malty flavoured finish.7-4-8-4-15=3.8

From growler, RBSG2009. Pours pitch black with a small tan head. Aroma is light chocolate and roasted malt. Smooth chocolate and dark malty flavoured with a dense malty and dark cocolate note and a solid roasted acidity. Acidic and slight wooden tannin finish.7-4-7-4-15=3.7

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JUL 19, 2009

Name: Imperial Stout
Date: July 07, 2009
Mode: Draft
Source: Brewpub
Appearance: black, scant head
Aroma: rich roasted aroma, dark fruits, winey sweetness
Body: creamy body
Flavor: rich sweet chocolate and caramel flavor, caramelized sugars like a creme broulee, light roasted adds depth, sweet dark fruits, light earthy oakyness
Aroma: 8/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 16/20
Rating: 3.9/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: **4

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
fonefan (33333) - VestJylland, DENMARK - JUL 9, 2009
Bottle 22fl.oz. @ [ Tasting by cgarvieuk ].
Clear dark dark red brown color with a large, frothy to creamy, good lacing, mostly lasting, beige to light brown head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, roasted, vanilla, heavy burnt, light to moderate hoppy. Flavor is heavy sweet and heavy to harsh bitter with a long duration. Body is medium to full, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20090411]

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheEpeeist (3189) - Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 23, 2009
22 oz bottle. Dark brown with a pocked tan head. Nose is dark roast and molasses, spicy hops, a touch of alcohol. Medium body with a light tingle. Taste is dark chocolate, burnt sugar, bitter orange and lime. Dry finish with licorice and vodka.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - MAY 28, 2009
Poured a very dark brown color with a thin tan head. Roasted malt aroma with some notes of ash and alcohol. The malty flavor was lighter on the roast. Some chalky notes and alcohol finish. The body was on the light side.


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