HopTown Old Yeltsin Imperial Stout

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RATINGS: 140   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7/5   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
HopTown "Old Yeltsin" Russian-style Imperial Stout is a very strong dark beer. It is brewed with a combination of the finest two-row malts, water, yeast and hops. It has a rich roasty character and plenty of alcohol to warm you for the long Russian Winter. HopTown "Old Yeltsin" can be enjoyed by itself or it goes great with a variety of foods.

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kp (10880) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
Date: 12/02/2005
Mode: Draft
Source: Brewfest, Strong Ale Fest

Black, thin tan head, big roasted aroma, creamy body, nice roasted malt flavor, easy drinking but not very complex

Aroma: 5/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 8/10; Overall: 11/20
Rating: 2.9/5.0
Drinkability: 8/10
Score: *4

MartinT (10036) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 29, 2005
(Bottle at least 1.5 years old):

The Lure:
Oily soy amidst the sweet chocolate and roasted malts. Dryness is purported, along with shyness.

The Festivities:
The sweetness of molasses and soy gets somewhat cloying through the slick mouthfeel. Roasted malts offer little bitterness and dryness, this appears already tired after a little time in the cellar. I feel redundant, but there isn’t much more to say.

Another day at the office.

bb (9789) - Alamo, California, USA - DEC 15, 2003
Draft, Dark colored beer with a big tan head. This is a very creamy beer with a subtle roasty taste. A little sharp on the tongue, but all that oatmeal creaminess covers it up well. Very creamy and smooth and hides the alcohol well. I got tired of it, but a friend liked it more than I did.

3fourths (9358) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 17, 2003
UPDATED: OCT 10, 2013 Smells like vegetables. Thick, black, syrupy, sticky, and tasting a little fishy, with stale licorice, and sweet motor oil, if that’s possible.

PorterPounder (8290) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JUL 13, 2004
Delectable aroma of bittersweet chocolate and kahlua with some roasted notes. Motor oil like appearance with a thick khaki colored head - good lacing. Mouthfeel is thick and creamy - a tad chalky in the finish. Flavor has some bittersweet chocolate notes, licorice, and coffee. Started off strong - faded just a tad near the end. Still a very good stout.

CaptainCougar (7634) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JUN 17, 2003
Bottled: Oily black with a thin covering of tan head. Bursting with ripe fruits and vegetables(grape, melon, and cucumber), brown sugar, and lots of roasty malts, perfectly balanced with western hops. And that's just the aroma. Body is somewhat dense, yet smooth, lightly sweet and bitter with a touch of alcohol in the finish. Becomes a little more cloyingly bitter around room temperature. One of the better imperial stouts I've had in a while. Thank you herbjones!

Ughsmash (7510) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 15, 2008
Bomber. Poured clear, very deep brown with a shorter cap of dense toffee head. My first impression on the palate with burger grease.. thankfully that dissipated promptly.. became molasses with some dark chocolate and coffee character.. roast was moderate in the aroma, and much more pronounced in the flavor department.. deeper, and it really hid the alcohol well. As mentioned, the flavor was more roasty with molasses, licorice, and coffee represented.. sticky licorice and soy with some coffee bitterness at the finish.. just too roasty without enough flavor development to make it really good. Heavier-bodied and slick with low carbonation on the palate.. the heavy roast stuck at points, and this never developed as I would like.. overall a decent and drinkable, but far from great imperial stout.

AmEricanbrew (7011) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - FEB 7, 2008
Pours black with a brown sheathing. Great smell of pit tree fruits, vanilla and blackened malts reminds me of a buttered sweet roll. Velvety smooth mouthfeel and way too easy to drink. Good taste is well balanced with sweet ripe pit fruit up front then bitter blackened malts to finish. Good stuff. 012606

kramer (6905) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 13, 2006
22 oz bottle, via dhlesq. Pours a clear black colored body under a very fizzy espresso like brown head that ran to the edges quickly. Quite a bit of active carbonation. Aroma is roasty and chocolaty with some coffee, caramel, alcohol, light lactose, smoke, and a little chalk. The flavor is roast, caramel, and licorice dominated up front, fading to a finish featuring alcohol, chalk, and caramel. This almost leans toward a Baltic Porter with all the caramel. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with a slick oily texture. The carbonation is fairly soft and fine, which surprised me because of how fizzy the head was. This was alright, but not an especially good Imperial Stout. I need a drier roastier flavor.

ClarkVV (6873) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 6, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 25, 2006 2003 22 oz bottle. Pours a very dark black, light tinges of brown/violet around the edges. Big mocha/tan head. Smells of caramel, coffee and port wine? Definitely some hops influences as well, lightly spicy with some cocoa and black pepper notes as well. Flavor is big and assertive. Lots of rich dark coffee mixed with chocolate. Smooth, creamy, low carbonation. There is some note of vinousness, like a hint of port wine, or dark dark grapes. As BBB63 says, it is surprisingly drinkable, yet not light in any way. The hops are quite present, as this is very young, but they are not hugely bitter. Good stuff!

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