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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mike mcneil (660) - St Augustine, Florida, USA - JAN 12, 2009
Pours a deep black moderately viscous stout. Creates a minimal, but thick and dense head which fades fairly quickly to a thin coating of foam. No lacing observed. Faint but pleasant aromas of dark roasted coffee, chocolate, vanilla bean and some spicy/earthy hops. Palate was too thin for an Impy Stout with a bit too much carbonation. Not much fullness or thickness experienced in the mouth feel as expected for the style. Like the aromas the flavors were also fairly weak and wimpy. Dark chocolate, espresso, molasses, burnt caramel and earthiness are subtly perceived. Alcohol was slightly hot due to the thiness and reserved flavors of this stout. With so many good to great Impy Stouts on the market this one is hardly worth seeking out.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 17/20
samsmith33 (772) - - OCT 10, 2015
UPDATED: NOV 11, 2015 Nice beer. Touch of fruity after taste. Fig, date. Muddy brown color. The 10% abv is well hidden.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
katrinaez (1762) - norristown, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 29, 2015
UPDATED: JUL 1, 2015 Rich cocoa scent. Deep black color. A very malty and slight rye flavor. Hops come out at the very end. Bottle Tap - watery at first light considering its imperial and a high abv. The end is where you get the flavors. Had a coffee aroma. Only a 3 for tap.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerdedDave (1543) - Beckley, USA - JAN 15, 2015
on tap at Eulogy in Philadelphia; black color; roasted malt aroma with coffee notes; roasted malt flavor with coffee, chocolate, and warm alcohol notes; semi-sweet malt; fairly bitter

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
swoopjones (7020) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JAN 11, 2015
bottle, medium to fuller bodied black pour, dark chocolate, roasted malts, OK RIS, little complexity, straight frowned stout

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sammy (11824) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 16, 2014
A beer that tastes better than it smells. Black chocolate body. Taste is bittersweet dark chocolate. Better as it warms. Rich, hops in the long finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bth122 (1546) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 15, 2014
Bottle. Pours black with a generous head. Aroma of cocoa sweetness, sweet milk cream, slight coffee. Taste has a hop backbone with nice smooth roasty flavors and chocolate. Heavy bodied. Average carbonation. Creamy texture. Pretty good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
trapped (2853) - New York, TURKEY - JUN 20, 2014
Bottle. Dark brown with tan spongy head, caramel aroma, low carbonation, roasted malt-caramel taste, long finish with roasted malt aftertaste. Good example of an imperial stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
HighlanderOne (1296) - York, SC via NJ, South Carolina, USA - JUN 8, 2014
Poured from bottle. I smell malt and ocean. Looks like a classic stout. Toffee, licorice, coffee dry cocoa, lotsa roasted malt nicely balances these flavors. Just a trace of alcohol in the back. Had a tough time detecting the hops - comes thru as pepper and spice, I think. Overall, an outstanding brew from a local brewer. Looking forward to trying more Boaks beers.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jdb288 (584) - Wake Forest, North Carolina, USA - MAY 6, 2014
On tap at Maloneys (NJ). Pours brownish/black with tall tan head. Aroma is chocolate, vanilla, and some earthy notes. Taste was chocolatey in the first few sips but that dissapated as it warmed. Strong peanut/roast flavor as well. Flaked oats in this? Feels a bit dense. Was actually expecting more when it opened up but didnt get much. Still pretty decent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beerman6686 (6585) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 15, 2014
This one poured a darker brown with a beige head. Aroma was of cola, roast and some dark chocolate. Flavor was heavy cola, lightly ashy and some chocolate. A tad thin and unbalanced.

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