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Brewed by Swans Brewpub
Style: Imperial Stout
Victoria, Canada
Serve in Snifter


on tap


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RATINGS: 7   MEAN: 2.86/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.81/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
Russian Imperial Stout

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
sulawang (1148) - - JUN 27, 2014
Visual: Pours ultra dark brown with almost no head and many streams near the surface. Nose: thick sweet caramel malts, roasted, molasses, brown sugar, soy sauce (lvl-7)-pungency Attack: thick viscosity, very tingly, half-crisp Mid-palate: (lvl-6) sweetness, (MAIN) thick caramel malts, molasses, licorice, strange plastic/rubber, mild oak Finish: malty sweet, soft hopped, light bitter malty finish. Summary: An okay imp stout with decent body but rather disappointing considering it is barrel-aged. It has distasteful persistent rubber/plastic in there that ruins the experience.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
XaenDovet (1282) - British Columbia, CANADA - APR 1, 2013
Bottle. Off the pour, there's almost zero head. What is there, vanishes FAST. Base is dark brown. Capflu nailed the aroma as soy sauce. Salty malt. A drop of vanilla. Such an awful smelling impy stout LOL oh wait. The taste! It's the best example of watered down chocolate and vanilla around. The film left in the face hole is reminiscent of some charred wood. Not dry at all, no shining moments of this beer whatsoever. I'm glad someone else paid money for it and left it at my house.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
WheatKing (1338) - Phnom Penh, CAMBODIA - FEB 16, 2013
On tap.How the heck can there be this much alcohol apparent in an 8.5% beer? That’s the main aroma and flavour, it’s like cheap rum. Vanilla, probably less coffee and chocolate than I’ve had in an impy. Whatever.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fiulijn (20284) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 30, 2013
Bottle from Brewery Creek, Vancouver
Black color, small brownish head. Light aroma of roasted malts. Good flavor of roasted malts and dark chocolate, semi-dry; I like the bread and creamy notes that go with it; correct bitterness. In the final is a bit sweeter, and it produces notes of tobacco, and just an acceptable hint of liquorice.
Very pleasant.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
mcberko (16956) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 24, 2013
650mL bottle, pours black with a tiny tan head. Aroma is subtle, with vanilla, wood and light cocoa. Flavour is also very bland for an impie stout, with vanilla, wood, cough drop, and marshmallow. Thin-bodied with an annoying cloying character from the marshmallow and cough drop. Not too good at all.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
CapFlu (5123) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 2, 2013
(8oz wine glass) pours a thin, dissipating brown foamy head and a black body. Nose of soya sauce. Interesting the intensity of the nose is not played out in the taste. The flavour is so mellow - mainly vanilla, wet wood cask. Very bland.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
LarryBeast (616) - - DEC 16, 2012
650ml bottle. Pours a clear deep deal brown with next-to-no head. Aroma of oak, woodsmoke, coffee, booze, booze and more booze. Very sweet. Has the bitterness of a bad day-old coffee rather than a beer. Like a McDonald’s decaf mixed with a decent stout and two shots of vodka. Syrupy yet thin, doesn’t carry the high alcohol well at all.

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