RATINGS: 124   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.03/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
Russian Imperial Stout made with smoked jalapeos 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 crme de la crme of the beer world. The empress of Russia couldnt get enough of it. This being the US of freaking A makes this the free worlds style, thus, the American Presidential nomenclature. Catherine the Great would have sat in the Hermitage and asked why jalapeos 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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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
daknole (10923) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - APR 1, 2014
UPDATED: MAY 5, 2014 Jet black with a light brown head. Wow. This is incredible. The nose is incredible. A mix of chocolate, smoked jalapeos, rich roasted malt, incredible cocoa nibs...and the flavor. Well the 11% is hidden incredibly well. The flavor is just the right amount of sweetness and roast. Tons of cocoa, molasses notes, just a perfect amount of smoke...an amazing stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
klm1 (1291) - Bled, SLOVENIA - FEB 8, 2017
On tap@rbb: pours black, opaque, with foamy light brown head. Aroma-flavour: rosted grain, malts, with notes of tosted toffee, hint of coffee, dark chocolate, smoked malts, hint of peat, gentle chilli, cocoa, vanillin. Body is full, texture smooth, carbonation is low.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
RobertDale (6011) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - JAN 29, 2017
On tap at Ratebeer Best. Comes black with a small tan head. Aroma of malt, chocolate, and vanilla. Taste is roasted malt, dark chocolate, vanilla, and some peppers. Very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Bule (1992) - California, USA - JAN 28, 2017
Taster at Ratebeer best. Pours a black color with a bit of head. Rich malt and hop balance. Mild chili.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
djd07 (13132) - Houston, Texas, USA - DEC 27, 2016
On tap at Hunah Day. Pours a very dark brown with small tan head that lasts. The aroma is roasted malt, chocolate, peppers, smoke. Thick body, dark chocolate, roast, light heat from peppers in finish, dry bitterness, very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SHIG (4936) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - SEP 12, 2016
Sample at RB Best Fest: Poured a black with a brown color head. Aroma is vanilla, malty, booze. Taste was similar to the smell, very boozy with sticky malts, cocoa and vanilla.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Nische (2068) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUN 11, 2016
Sample at CBC 2016 Blue Session. Pitch black viscous pour with tan head. Aroma and taste of bourbon, dark chocolate, cocoa, light coffee. Sweetish, creamy taste leading to a roasted finish. Very thin for the ABV. I expected much more.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rasmus40 (18747) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - MAY 25, 2016
CBC. Black with a brown head. Aroma is sweet, roasted malt, chocolate and bourbon. Flavor is very sweet and rather bitter. Dry and rather rather bitter finish with heavy alcohol. Boozy. 130516
Earlier Rating: 5/14/2014 Total Score: 4.1
CBC. Black with a brown head. Aroma is sweet, roasted malt, coffee and spicy. Flavor is very sweet and very bitter. Dry and rather bitter finish with warming alcohol. 020514

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bursprak (2738) - Aarhus, DENMARK - MAY 22, 2016
Sample @ CBC16, Copenhagen. Blue session. Pitch black pour with a dark tan head. Notes of roast, light spice, some soy, brrrrbn and chocolatey goodness.
Earlier Rating: 5/12/2015 Total Score: 4.1
Tap @ CBC 2015, yellow session. Black with a light tan head. Nose has loads of green peppers, coffee, vanilla and chocolate. Taste is peppery, fresh coffe, vanilla and some light soy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Desverger (9871) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 22, 2016
Tap@Copenhagen Beer Celebration 2016, Copenhagen - pours black with a tan head. Roasted and medium sweet malty aroma and taste with chocolate, coffee, caramel,whisky soaked wooden notes, boozy warming finish.
Earlier Rating: 5/11/2014 Total Score: 3.6
tap@Copenhagen Beer Celebration 2014 - brown pour with beige head. Roasted malty, caramel, great choc and vanilla notes, some dark fruits, hotness on the palate. Very different, liked this.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Gerbeer (3411) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 21, 2016
On tap at CBC 2016. Pours black with little head. Aromas of dark sugar, bourbon, and sweet caramel malts. Flavors of bourbon, grainy roasted malts, dark chocolate powder and sugar. Okay but a bit rough.

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