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RATINGS: 42   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 83   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Our take on a robust Americanized Russian-Style Imperial Stout. Moderately hopped to liven up a richly malted classic. This is the base beer for our insanely popular barrel aged Reserve Series variants. You’ve worked hard. You’ve earned this.

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3.5
rumproasts (6035) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - OCT 31, 2017
can. black with small head. very roasty malt body, dark chocolate, coffee and tobacco, maybe a little dark fruit. very bitter hops in the finish. not bad.

3.6
Nicke80 (834) - Södertälje, SWEDEN - OCT 18, 2017
UPDATED: OCT 18, 2017 can from olé supermarket Shanghai. pours black with big brown head. malty coffee aroma with malty chocolate and coffee taste.

4.3
superspak (6011) - Waterford, Michigan, USA - AUG 16, 2017
12 ounce can into snifter, canned on 1/31/2017. Pours opaque dark brown/black color with a 1-2 finger dense and rocky light khaki head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a large cap that lasts the whole glass. Thick soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Amazing appearance. Aromas of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, toasted biscuit, dark bread, nuttiness, smoke, charcoal, herbal, pepper, and pine; with lighter notes of toffee, molasses, dark fruit, leather, tobacco, and roast/toast/smokey earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity dark/black/roast/bready malts, earthy/piney hops, and light fruity yeast notes; with great strength. Taste of huge dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, toasted biscuit, dark bread, nuttiness, smoke, charcoal, herbal, pepper, and pine; with lighter notes of toffee, molasses, dark fruit, leather, tobacco, and roast/toast/smokey earthiness. Light-moderate roast/char and piney/spicy hop bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of ark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, toasted biscuit, dark bread, nuttiness, smoke, charcoal, herbal, pepper, pine, molasses, dark fruit, leather, tobacco, and roast/toast/smokey earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/black/roast/bready malts, earthy/piney hops, and light fruity yeast flavors; with a nice hop/char malt/bitterness balance; and minimal acrid/astringent flavors lingering after the finish. Light-moderate increasing dryness from hop/char bitterness. Medium carbonation and medium-full body; with a very smooth, creamy/bready/sticky/chalky, and lightly resinous balanced mouthfeel that is great. Slight warmth of 9% ABV. Overall this is a fantastic Russian imperial stout! All around outstanding complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/black/roast/bready malts, earthy/piney hops, and light fruity yeast flavors; very smooth and dangerously easy to sip on, even with the increasingly bitter/charred/drying finish. Very rich and well rounded malt complexity; nice hop presence, without being too aggressive. A highly enjoyable offering, and pristine style example.

3.3
hman43 (1773) - Pinehurst, North Carolina, USA - JUL 6, 2017
It pours black with a brown head. Head retention is moderate. There are aromas of roast and citrus that makes up the initial impression. There are low levels of chocolate and some dark fruits. The citrus hops and roast mix together with a bit of a burnt flavor. The hop flavors are sharply bitter. There is a bit of sweetness to the flavor. Dark fruits are low and mostly masked by the increased hoppiness. It has a heavy feel and features a low lasting, sharply bitter hops finish with the roast. Overall, the hopping makes this taste more like a black ipa than an imperial stout; however, it has good flavoring overall.

3.9
Drake (14078) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 4, 2017
12 ounce can from Breeze Thru. Black, some clear brown highlights, thin frothy tan head, fair retention. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, raisin, pine. The taste is roast, earth, pine, tobacco, coffee, raisin. Medium bodied, mild booze, chewy. Solid.

4
wlajwl (7065) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - APR 19, 2017
Aroma is chocolate, fruit and a hint of sweetness. The flavor is dark/roasted malts, fruit, chocolate, a hint of spices/chilies and an acidic/slightly dry finish.

3.2
drjoeng (1380) - SINGAPORE - APR 14, 2017
9%ABV. Imperial stout. Poured out black. 40SRM. No head. Nose is coffee, dark toast. Mouthfeel is drip coffee. Palate is is burnt toast, fruity, with dark fruit. Finish is smoky and liquid smoke.

4.1
dnstone (3524) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - APR 14, 2017
Pours a deep chocolate brown with off white head. Nice roasty aroma. Light to medium bodied; rich chocolate and roast flavors. Excellent. Notes: on a tap in KC, Apt ’17.

3.8
SudsMcDuff (8494) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - MAR 28, 2017
Man, this beer really reminds me of Old Rasputin, that’s a good thing .. Roast and tar .. Solid mouth all the way through .. Bold bitterness .. Solid stout .. . . Don’t ever google where the lemon party is going to be!

3.8
dfinney23 (3424) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 28, 2017
Plenty of the expected chocolate and coffee plus a bit of licorice to spice things up. Very nice.


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