RATINGS: 183   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.51/5   IBU: 100   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
his Russian Imperial Stout is an intensely flavorful beer. Chocolaty, roasty, fruity, and bittersweet, with a hidden alcohol presence. This beer was designed to be sipped slowly on a cool evening in a nice cognac glass. Let it warm up to get the full flavor. This beer won Best in Show at the 2005 NJ State Fair when Brian was home brewing.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jmm635 (1004) - Havertown, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 22, 2014
Pours black in color with a light brown head. Standard impy stout aromas of chocolate and coffee and roasted malts with the addition of licorice. Definite hop presence. Easy drinker.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
NeoHippie2 (1074) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - DEC 29, 2013
Black pour with a tan head. Aromas of roasted malts, coffee, and notes of cocoa. Flavor is malt forward but the hops are definitely there too. Finish is slightly hoppy for an impy stout. Solid brew, not sure how I feel about the hop presence in this beer but still pretty tasty all the same. Id drink it again. Thanks Mikeq215 for the bottle!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
AndrewMichaelZ (63) - - DEC 25, 2013
Pours opaque black with a small lightly colored head that quickly fades. Medium bodied but with full flavor (and not syrupy). Nice and malty but the hops come through as well. Smooth finish with roasted coffee and chocolate notes. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
troupos40 (67) - New Jersey, USA - SEP 20, 2013
Poured into a snifter, blackwith a tan head, aromas of chocolate and coffee. Oily mouthfeel, and sweet and bier on the tongue, burnt flavors and malt. A nice offering overall

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ed5388 (3436) - Forked River, New Jersey, USA - AUG 12, 2013
12oz bottle. Pours jet black with a really thin tan head. Boozy aroma of roasted and caramel malts, and sweet chocolate. Taste is also boozy with notes of roasted coffee, chocolate, caramel, and a hint of vanilla.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - APR 28, 2013
Bottle:   Nearly black, moderate to large beige head, spotty lacing.   Stale and overripened dark pitted fruit on the nose, slight ash and roasted malts.   A wide spectrum on the tongue, aged figs/dates, tobacco, some campfire, some licorice, a little bit of earthiness, maybe root beer, with a moderate hop base.   Lots going on here.   Not too heavy or cloying, but it still remains a little sticky.   The 10% ABV seems fairly well hidden.   A little vinous on the exit.   A very unique example, not a malt or hop bomb, with lots going on.   Based on the label, I had low expectations, but its not half bad.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
budznsudz (582) - Audubon, New Jersey, USA - APR 19, 2013
Pours dark black with almost zero head. Aroma is chocolate and roast with a touch of oak. Taste is toasted grain, chocolate, licorice and alcohol. Thin on the palate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ganache (5773) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 14, 2013
UPDATED: FEB 26, 2013 My 4050th rating, according to RB [and boom, my 50th from the great state of New Jersey, according to RB; I have a Rauchbier from Triumph rated higher but this might be my favorite regular from the Garden State]. Bottle. Nose is strongly roasty on several levels, lots of inky black chocolate, some grape, salty licorice, light raisin, faint red berry, a great mix right out of the bottle! Just a hint that alcohol is coming. Dark brown pour is mostly opaque, supports a light brown head. Full body, bright and fresh, low but consistent and smooth carb. Roast ends up being somewhat gentle in the mouth, sweet but not cloying, chocolate recedes a little but its not straight-up sugar. Neutral yeast in the bg, alcohol amazingly well hidden from the tongue and other sensory organs of the mouth, but there is some excellent, soothing warming in the throat and chest, and then only slowly. Faint wood and vanilla, some cognac/brandy notes and faint caramel, plus the almond and faint cherry of amaretto. Hops are mild, but despite the relative balance, this ones about the other side of the coin (and honestly, isnt it nice to have a multi-layered go resembling an expensive spirit instead of a straight-up new age face-melter? A big selling point might be that my mouth actually feels clean afterwards rather than gummed up with sugar fuzz and hop sludge). I might regret the high score in the morning (I can see the weak spots in the armor and an older/riskier batch might expose the flaws directly), but for now, this is a tremendous sipper worthy of the snifter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Travlr (23971) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JAN 12, 2013
Bottle. Hazy brown color, small beige edge head. Aroma of chocolate and coffee. Taste is bitter coffee and burnt almonds.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
j12601 (10259) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - JAN 6, 2013
Bottle at Pauls for the Blind Stout tasting. Pours a deep brown to black with a touch of haze and a very thin white head around the edges. Lots of sweet old roast on the nose. Sweet and malty, ashy and a bit of bitterness. Long rusty charcoal and malt. Not great.

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