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RATINGS: 34   MEAN: 3.73/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 115   EST. CALORIES: 345   ABV: 11.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Named for the witch who guarded the fountain of life and death in Russian folklore, the black depths of this Cognac barrel-aged Russian Imperial Stout hold coffee, licorice, and bittersweet chocolate flavors.

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3.6
b3shine (9339) - Indiana, USA - JAN 16, 2018
Draft to taster at The Pint Room. Looks good; a lightly translucent dark cola with beige head. Smells and tastes of dark malt, dark chocolate, black licorice, oak, coffee, roast, and a bit of cognac. Mouthfeel is medium full-bodied and a bit boozy and warming. Good, not great.

3.5
koleminer20 (4258) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - NOV 27, 2017
From notes. Enjoyed at FoBAB 2017 (3rd session) in Chicago on November 11. The pour is a darker black with a thin khaki ring of head and a couple spots of lace as it falls down. The aroma is pretty decent. There is a light chocolate, a decent bit of licorice (not my favorite), and a growing sweet cognac. There is a growing booze on the back of this. It’s not as smooth or complex as I remember cognac stouts being. The flavor is a little better. There is a strong chocolate and sweet booze up front with a nice warm alcohol and a growing licorice bitterness on the back end. There is a light dark fruit that poked through on the finish. The mouth feel is a little heavier medium bodied with a soft carbonation and a lingeringly sweet alcohol and boozy bitter chocolate to finish. This one is interesting, that’s for sure. 6 4 7 4 14

3.8
luttonm (7077) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 7, 2017
QFC Cork and Tap, Bellevue. Thick tan foam, some soapy bubbles. Heavy brown-black body. Sweet and boozy nose, with black licorice. Heavy booze flavor, cognac, bitter black chocolate, quite high apparent bitterness. Good, dry and bitter. Cognac is solid touch. Nice unique Imp stout.

3.8
rumproasts (6052) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JAN 14, 2017
Tap at Horrocks. Black with small head. Complex stout. Chocolate, coffee, anise and medium cognac. A bit boozy, but flavor to back it up.

3.7
commonshawn (1344) - Minnesota, USA - JAN 13, 2017
Tap at Butcher and boar with commonmac. Black with tan head. Nose is super boozy. Taste is dark fruit, tart plum, heavy alcohol. This is an enormous beer. Almost knocks you out. Still good. Very aggressive.

4
commonmac (1381) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 13, 2017
Tap at Butcher and the Boar with commonshawn. Belgian snifter glass. Black as night with a minimal tan head. Nose has elements of dark fruit and a roasty, malty quality. Hint of chocolate. Taste is assertive and in your face. The alcohol is strong in this one. Dark fruit like plums. An almost wine like feel probably coming from the cognac. Slight chocolate characteristic but not overwhelming. Becomes ever so much more approachable as it warms. Mostly sweet...bitterness is at as premium. Maybe a little black licorice at the end. This beer is dangerous...happy to have used Uber tonight. Old Baba Yaga sounds like how I’ll be talking later tonight after consuming this one.

3.8
maley1 (1301) - Calgary, CANADA - NOV 27, 2016
Dark brown pour with small beige head. Aroma of coffee, chocolate, roasted malts, slight caramel and faint cognac. Taste of roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, licorice, vanilla, oak and subtle cognac. Full bodied, creamy smooth mouthfeel, nicely balanced.

3.7
AWISLguy (3481) - Wisconsin, USA - NOV 2, 2016
On tap at Champps in Brookfield for game 1 of the World Series. Didn’t know what to expect. Sweet malts, sweet barrel. Molasses. Anise. Some chocolate for a bit of balance, but still quite sweet. Some alcohol presence. Fairly thick.The blend is solid. Finishes strong and thickly sweet. 13.9

4
katrinaez (2411) - norristown, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 7, 2016
Nice black coloring and thick. Mouth feeling is full and velvety. Taste is molasses and malty. Slight hops and roasted cocoa nibs. Good imperial flavor. Tap

3.9
slowrunner77 (13368) - Reno, Nevada, USA - APR 10, 2016
BA Baba Yaga at whole foods reno. Light to moderate booze with lots of molasses and roasted malt. Coffee and chocolate secondary. Very good, if a touch hot.


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