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RATINGS: 386   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.79/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 65   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Every so often we brew this tasty treat that clocks in at 10% ABV. A silky smooth, motor-oil black pour reveals rich, roasty notes of caramel, chocolate and coffee.

Like the first stouts brewed for Russian Czars, this offering is big, bold and built to last. Grab a few for the cellar, a couple for your comrades and enjoy because— like those Czars of yesteryear— this beer may be gone soon.

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3.5
RCL (2032) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - APR 7, 2009
Pleasant chocolate and cola aroma. The flavor is not bad, cocoa powder, mostly. Palate is a wee bit thin for an impy. 10.6% ABV is totally undetectable. Decent and drinkable but I will not be buying another anytime soon.

3.9
Rosebud butternuts (2398) - Denton, Texas, USA - APR 7, 2009
Bottle thanks to bu11zeye. poured black with a tan head that left some lacing behind. aroma was impressive with toffee, caramel, coffee, and dark roast. flavor was toffee, dark roast, and some alcohol. slick body with low carbonation. pretty good stuff IMO.

4
mwelsh13 (499) - Maryland, USA - APR 7, 2009
22oz bottle pours deep black with a very creamy (think nitro pour) brownish head. Delicious coffee, molasses and licorice aromas. Initial burnt coffee flavors with dryness leads into chocolate, figs, slight smoke body. Slightly fruity in the sweetness. Only a bit of alcohol burn. Different from many RIS beers I have had. One of Otter Creek’s best. Need one more bottle to age to see how it turns out.

4.2
Drake (14358) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 5, 2009
22 ounce bottle from State Line Liquors. Pours a dark chestnut brown appearing opaque in the glass. Large dark tan head with good head retention and lacing. Aroma of heavy roasted malts and heavy chocolate with citrus hops, nuts and coffee. Taste is roasted malts, coffee and chocolate. Some caramel and vanilla also. Fairly strong citrus hop finish. Creamy and full bodied. Very nicely balanced. Fantastic beer.

4.1
SphinxTX (2878) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - MAR 30, 2009
Pours a black with chocolate head. Nice aroma of chocolate and dark roast. Flavor is rich dark roast and chocolate. Mouth feel is heavy body with low carbonation. Very good stuff!

3.7
jkwalking05 (4745) - Arlington, Texas, USA - MAR 29, 2009
Black with a decent tan head. Aroma is of roasted malt, coffee, chocolate and a little vinegar. Taste is of bitter chocolate, roasted malt and espresso.

3.6
ScoWRee (425) - Perkiomen, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 28, 2009
Pours black as night with a slight tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, coffee. Taste is bitter roasted malt, coffee, Very nice. Commercial description is accurate.

3.8
blutt59 (6624) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAR 27, 2009
bottle, thanks to bu11zeye, pours a quick fading dark head over black body, aroma is smoke and butterscotch, flavors of coffee, smoke, butterscotch, finish is astringent and tails off too quickly ot this could have been really good

4
ChainGangGuy (4949) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - MAR 27, 2009
Appearance: Pours a dark brown, near black body with a frothy, bubbly, dark tan head. Smell: Dark roasted maltiness command the earthy, heady aroma with full notes of coffee, chocolate, and charred grains. Taste: Sweet, malty opening of roasted barley, bittersweet chocolate, cigar ash, and Italian roast coffee. Slight fruitiness buried underneath all the weighty malt flavors. Growing roasty, earthy bitterness and slight hint of warming alcohol begin to take hold, though a taste of gooey molasses tempers them somewhat. Finishes dry and rather roasty. Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium carbonation. Fairly smooth mouthfeel. Drinkability: Recommended. Whaddya know, that’s pretty darned good. A well-made, respectable RIS from Otter Creek.

3.7
BMan1113VR (7930) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAR 27, 2009
Bottle thanks to bu11zeye. Pours with a dark brown head over a black body. Aroma of chocolate three ways (baking, fudge, and brownie), coffee, cardboard and nutshells. Taste is chocolate, and very strong espresso. Syrupy mouthfeel and light bubbles.


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