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RATINGS: 143   WEIGHTED AVG: 4/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Russian Imperial Stout made with smoked jalapeños from McClendon Select and smoked over Arizona mesquite wood, all aged on cocoa nibs (Papa New Guinea and Belize). Well, well. What sits in front of you, this thick, monstrous, viscous … this is the Russian Imperial Stout. This is the crème de la crème of the beer world. The empress of Russia couldn’t get enough of it. This being the US of freaking A makes this the free world’s style, thus, the American Presidential nomenclature. Catherine the Great would have sat in the Hermitage and asked why jalapeños smoked over Arizona mesquite were used. We say this to CTG: This is ’Merica and this is Wilderness. This is OUR stout. Enjoy — we poured our hearts and souls into this one!

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4.1
BuckeyeBoy (9515) - Boise, Idaho, USA - APR 24, 2018
On tap at ratebeer best pours out dark brown almost black topped with a tan head. Nose is dark chocolate some peppers spice and coffee. Tatse is more of the nice dark roast coffee spice peppers and dry notes.

3.7
koleminer20 (4485) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - APR 20, 2018
From notes. Enjoyed a pour down in Miami for Wakefest 2018 on February 17. The pour is a nice darker black with a dense cap of off white head and a couple spots of lace as it falls down to a thick and bubbly collar. The aroma is decent. There is a heavy roastiness and a strong bitterness that I’m not entirely digging. A lighter chocolate comes through beyond that and a light bit of pepper seems to come through after that. It’s weird. The flavor is much of the same. The roasty malt and light chocolate comes through with a growing pepper and a light dark fruit that does help here. The darker and bitter chocolate opens up a little and the pepper balances it. The mouth feel is slightly heavier than medium bodied and a little more sharply carbonated with a roasty alcohol and a lingering chocolate and pepper finish. This is something else. 7 4 7 4 15

3.8
ClarkVV (7296) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 28, 2018
Draught at CBC Boston, 9/23/17.
Dark mahogany-to-ebony, some decent clarity and dark magenta-like highlights on the edges. Medium-sized, tan head atop shows modest retention.
Sticky fudge and roast in the nose mixes with a light vegetal, smokey character that I assume to be the jalapenos. It is however, quite light and easily folded in to the other notes of the beer, which, despite loving jalapeno, I really appreciate. Char, burnt caramel and light coffee all provide a good variety of characteristics with only light alcohol notes on the finish, at best. Gains more fruitiness and salted caramel characteristics with warming.
Sweet up front, with toffee, raisin, milk chocolate and light fudge softening the palate initially. As it progresses, it dries out considerably, with some salinity and just a touch of peppery heat, bready malts and a hint of vanilla and baker's chocolate. Low, somewhat engaging carbonation and a slick-to-malty texture with good attenuation leaving a medium-full body with low alcohol apparency on the end. Personally I'd like more jalapeno character, but it's completely fine without it. Pretty nice stuff that comes off surprisingly light (relatively speaking).

4
rhoihessegold (2501) - Mainz, Rineland-Palatinate, GERMANY - DEC 27, 2017
09-09-17 // taster, draft. At Beavertown Extravaganza 2017, London. Black coloured. Beige head. Aroma of bitter chocolate, Espresso, some sweet malts. Dry finish.

3.7
MrTipple (7890) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 29, 2017
Dark chocolate, cacao, dark, toasted malts, lightly charred, charcoal. Hazy, very dark brown, small, creamy, beige head. Medium bitter. More dark, bitter chocolate, baking cacao, dark, charred, roasted malts, soft carbonation, medium bodied. Punchy Impy, heavy on the roasted malts. Keg at Beavertown Extravaganza 17, Canada Water.

3.5
GenDV138 (8247) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - OCT 1, 2017
6 oz pour on draft at Snallygaster 2017 shared. Dark brownish black with light tan head. Aromas of chocolate, roast. Tastes of roasty notes, chocolate. Medium body with a dry finish.

4
drfabulous (9234) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - SEP 29, 2017
Draught at CBC Boston. Big creamy stout with chocolate and a somewhat light body but tasty.

4
AirForceHops (8422) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - SEP 28, 2017
4 oz. draft at Copenhagen Beer Celebration, Boston, 23 September, 17. Aroma shows mild pepper, coffee, roast. The jalapeño comes off in the finish but it's not over done. Just the right amount. Body is medium plus and has a thick for mouth feel. Creamy texture. Nicely done

4
solidfunk (9968) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - SEP 27, 2017
A little spice and roast. Great balance. Sharp spice like rubbing chile into a wound. Pours dark with good head and lacing. Finishes bitter. Tap at Snally.

3.8
sebletitje (10730) - Enghien, BELGIUM - SEP 24, 2017
Draft @ Beavertown Extravaganza'17. Boire/brune, col beige crémeux. Arôme au nez malté, caramel, fin grillé avec effet de piments écrasés qui arrivent plus en rétro et accompagnent un effet de biscuité. Petite note fumée du boise de mesquite. Palais est bien ne ligne de gros stout américains, retrouve qcq éléments de levure tirant sur un effet de farmhouse surtout niveau levure. Petite note fumée venant des piments avec un rappel de chipotle. Chaleur reste modérée sur un caractère de malt correct.


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