RATINGS: 51   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.68/5   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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Export-styled Stout. O.G. 1.066. 50 IBU’s. Named after the Russian Special Forces. This beer is very dark and mysterious with very inviting flavors resembling coffee and chocolate.

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3.7
nuplastikk (6456) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 28, 2009
Draft at the brewpub. Opaque black color. Roasty sweet chocolate aroma. Sweet with a pleasant bitter balance. Smooth chocolate tones. Light lactic touches.

3.7
coharahawk (170) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 9, 2010
Tap at brewpub. Black with light tan head. Aroma of dark chocolate malt and coffee with hints of lactose for some reason. Lots of coffee flavor with a little thinner body than expected. Very drinkable. There is nothing too exciting about the beer, but i found myself digging this one. Probably my favorite of their beers that I tried.

3.7
Narnad (1521) - Crystal Lake, Illinois, USA - JUN 21, 2011
Dark black coloring, clean of any yeast and quick fading tan head. Strong coffee nose with a lot of dark roasted malt character, very very light chocolate sweetness late with a slight smokiness to round it out. Modest coffee flavor to start with a nice smooth roasted middle and finishes slightly dry with a light dark chocolate taste. Modest body, smooth texture with a just a touch of dryness from the dark malts at the end. Overall one of the beers I had multiples while at the Grumpy Troll. Great coffee and dark chocolate flavors.

3.7
sherm1016 (1274) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 30, 2014
22oz bottle, from the brewpub, spit with dwm1034. Pours a jet black color with a big tan head. Aroma is malty, chocolate, licorice, coffee. Medium on the palate with creamy carbonation. Flavor is sweet, malty, chocolate, coffee, a little smokey, licorice, with a bittersweet, chocolate finish.

3.7
brnandersen (4109) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 12, 2014
Sample from 65 cl. bottle. Pitch black with a big, creamy tanned head. Roasted aroma with red berries, roasted malts, fruits, herbal hops. Taste is bitter. Medium body with a creamy texture. Finishes dry and roasted. Very enjoyable Stout.

3.6
Brigadier (3750) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - JUN 23, 2007
On tap at brewpub

My palate was beginning to get a bit tired so this made a nice change of pace. They advertise it as an imperial stout but it is definitely not; if anything it falls more under the heading of an export stout. There is also a barrel aged version available which I did not get a chance to try on this visit in May.

Aroma / Appearance - Without being extremely dark it was still a dark and mysterious color. The body swirled effortlessly around the glass leaving no lacing or discoloration. Coffee, hazel creamer, wood smoke and malt form the first wave. This is followed by anise, pepper and dark chocolate. There is alot going on within the confines of the sampler glass.

Flavor / Palate - The first impression is a little thin but the flavors are unaffected. Strong black coffee, almonds, smoke, peanut butter and burnt malts make their way down the throat leaving behind evidence at every sip. The only flaw is that it gets a little overpowering at the end - for that I have to knock it down a point or two. Otherwise this is a well made beer no matter what you call it.

3.6
CaptainCougar (7634) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - NOV 18, 2007
Growler sampled at the Pre-RBSG ’Tosa gathering on 6/21/07: Pours an opaque viscous black with a frothy dark tan head. Aroma of roasty dark malts and earthy chocolate with a touch of doughy yeast. Body starts with a fairly full earthy dark caramel maltiness and a good dark chocolate and roasty finish. A nice foreign stout.

3.6
nolankowal (939) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 20, 2007
Bottle @ Pre RBSG. Black pour with a tan head. Aroma of meaty smoke, roasted malt, coffee, and chocolate. Flavors of roasted malt, smoke, coffee, chocolate. Medium body roasty with a roasty finish.

3.6
phishpond417 (2088) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 20, 2008
Pours a dark opaque black colour with a large creamy brown head. Burned toast, coffee grounds and dark chocolate flavors. Aroma is sweet, yet strong of chocolatey malts and roasted nuts. Nice brew!

3.6
TheEnemy (564) - Chicago, USA - MAR 12, 2010
On tap at the brewpub.
Pours deep dark brown-black with thin head. Aroma is deep dark bitter roasted grains, coffee, and that’s about it. Flavor is bitter roast grain, coffee, a light dose of sweet malt... but otherwise just plain dark, roasted grain. One-dimensional but still pretty darned good. Tingly palate with long roasty aftertaste.


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