RATINGS: 99   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
This little beauty will keep Oleg and his huskies warm against the bitter Ural wind. Russian Imperial Stout is a variety of British stout brewed considerably richer and stronger than the norm. Originally crafted for export to czarist Russia, Catherine the Great, among others, was a known enthusiast.

First, YEM is dark. Dark, dark, dark. When you get your nose down to the rim of the beautiful teardrop glass, on that reddish-brown, lacy head of foam, you will pick up some strong aromatics of chocolate, alcohol and black fruit. Or maybe its red fruit, I dont know. Im on my third glass already.

The brilliance of its composition becomes clear at first taste, where a deep bass of very rich, sweet chocolaty flavor gives over to high notes of elevated alcohol and then decrescendos to a slight bitterness from highly-roasted malts. If youre better at this than I am, you may detect some hop flavor-we used British Northdown. Continuing its articulate arpeggio across your palate, YEM trills notes of vanillin, hints of bourbon and oak, and an enchanting tannic note of red wine, with a smooth, creamy licorice flavor that coats without cloying. A final improvised splash of cherry-ish fruit grabs for your attention before a ridiculously long, lingering, espresso-roasted finish.

YEM has been aged since early September in a variety of oak barrels, both American oak from Jack Daniels, and French oak from Cognac used for barrel-aging pinot noir, before being blended back together. It exhibits great complexity contributed by tannins, toasted oak, and oxidation which complement the myriad flavors of malt and alcohol. Several small kegs of unblended, pinot noir barrel-aged YEM will be released at a later date. When? Well keep you guessing. It is 10.5% ABV, and quite beguiling for its richness. So please enjoy responsibly.

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
RickTheRick (949) - Montral, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 20, 2016
Un pais nuage de mousse brune se forme sur une bire noire et opaque, mais cette mousse ntire pas trop sa prsence. Un pot-pourri olfactif fort allchant comprenant des armes de tabac, de fruits noirs, de bois imbib dalcool et de chocolat promet de grandes choses en bouche. Malheureusement, cest un peu trop dsquilibr. La carbonatation est trop vive pour le style, lalcool est extrmement prenant, tout comme le chne. Quelques saveurs de fruits rouges russissent percer et allger le tout, mais cest un peu "too much" comme bire.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Oakes (17180) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 28, 2016
Carbonated, dark brown, some rich dark sugars like demerara, vinous barrel, bright almost tomatoey notes. Has some lush fruity sugars more veering towards gula melaka, but the carbonation knocks the thickness out of the body, which is disappointing. Has a certain something that I like.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ferris (14836) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 26, 2016
Bottle - Dark roasty chocolate . Jet brown with a rich brown head. Dark roasty chelate, touch of tartness and cocoa with a nice long finish. Weird cola notes likely from the very active carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fiulijn (20321) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 26, 2016
Tasting at Matts, explosive cork
Black color, generous brownish head. Given the high carbonation, an infection was feared, but eventually its not apparent; it has a lot of booze in the aroma, but also roasted malts, and nice Bourbon. The flavor is chocolately, lightly sweet, with a strange but pleasant blend of red wine and Bourbon.
A bit weird, but very interesting.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerplace (1539) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 26, 2016
750ml bottle at Matts place. Pours an almost black with a strong brown head. Aroma and taste are complex: whiskey barrel, lactose, vanilla. Taste is too sweet thought. Chocolaty aftertaste. Good stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mcberko (16969) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 26, 2016
750mL bottle, sent from yourilevesque (thanks a lot, Youri), pours jet black with a large brown head. Aroma is complex, with whiskey barrels, cognac and red wine barrels, with lots of woody tannins and roasted malt. Flavour is complex as hell, with bourbon, cognac, followed by roasted malt and brown sugar. The carbonation is too high, hinting at a slight infection, but its not too serious. A little messy, but it all works well together. Excellent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Slubgob (322) - West Hartford, USA - APR 10, 2016
Pours very dark, thick cream head like a root beer float. Nose heavy on the vanilla. In the mouth, bourbon overwhelms the stout. Sweet, brown sugar, raisin, almost liqour-like. Licorice? Finishes with some funky malt notes. The bourbon aspect is overdone, overwhelms the stout. Almost more of a desert drink than a food drink proper.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
yourilevesque (1802) - Montral, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 13, 2016
Merci Mademoiselle Irina pour la dgustation! Un liquide fonc et huileux ne forme aucune mousse. Dimportants armes de noix de coco accompagns dun alcool chaud et sec. Un bourbon presque poivr a eu chaud et me donne chaud! Une touche de vanille et le tour est jou. Un nez toutefois peu complexe mais qui mapporte beaucoup de satisfaction. En bouche le liquide est huileux et acide. Un mouthfeel qui me dplat furieusement. Lalcool y est toutefois bien dissimul. Beaucoup de tabac en feuilles qui se rsous sur des notes plutt courtes et pices. Apprciable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
AshtonMcCobb (6476) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 11, 2016
Bottle thanks to allmyvinyl via cgarvieuk dregs run. Appearance - dark brown to black. Assume decent head. Nose - honeycomb, caramel and dark chocolate, almost molasses. Taste - buttery, chocolate and molasses. Toasty edge. Palate - rich and full bodied and fairly sweet throughout the middle and end sections. Overall - this one kind of worked. The barrel is still a bit too intrusive in terms of killing the original style.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
allmyvinyl (10396) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 11, 2016
Bottle from Craigs, dregs run, shared with AshtonMcCobb. Pours oily black brown with a thin tan head. Aromas of liquorice, tar, molasses, vanilla. Taste is dark sugar, treacle maybe, bourbon coming through, faint chocolate. Sticky finish.

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