RATINGS: 388   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.79/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 65   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DiarmaidBHK (4644) - Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 2, 2013
Bottle from Total Wine Sterling. Pours black with a thin khaki head. Has a bit of lacing in the glass. Big roasted malt notes on the nose with a hint of licorice. lots of roasted chocolate and licorice on the tongue. finish lingers a bit. Hides its alcohol well. This is a hell of a lot better than I thought it would be.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ChadPolenz (1787) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - AUG 25, 2013
I poured a 12oz bottle into a goblet. It was bottled on 2/4/13 and cost $4.49 ($0.37 per ounce).

Appearance: Just looks thick and viscous flowing out the bottle. Body is extremely dark with a brown frothy head. It mostly dissipates, but does leave some lacing, which is impressive for such a big beer.

Smell: A strong aroma of dark malt, espresso, and milk chocolate candy. No alcohol presence.

Taste: Otter Creek is a brewery known for making pretty mainstream stuff that you can buy in the supermarket. Ive enjoyed a few of their beers, but some have been unimpressive. When I heard several people recommend I try their Russian Imperial Stout I was surprised to hear it. Now that Ive drank it myself I can see why everyones raving. This is a quality RIS that can hang with the big boys as its robust, complex and highly drinkable.

The first taste I notice is sweet milk chocolate. It almost seems sugary, though I doubt this beer is brewed with any actual chocolate or other additives. Beers of the style tend to have a strong red grape flavor, and while that taste is present here, it takes a backseat to deeply roasted (but not burnt) malt and iced coffee flavor, balanced by a strong hop presence. The label indicates the beer is 65 IBUs, which actually seems a bit low since big imperial stouts tend to be high in bitterness to balance out the intense malty sweetness. I think a lot of balance is being done by the malts inherent coffee and roasty flavors. Theres some alcohol warmth and flavor as it finishes, but it actually complements the palette quite well. I have to say Im floored by how good this beer is, since it can definitely hang with the big names of the style.

Drinkability: A delicious imperial stout is a lot less appreciable if its hard to drink. Thankfully, Otter Creek Russian Imperial Stout doesnt have that problem as it has a soft, comfortable mouthfeel with a velvety texture. It goes down smooth with a slight hoppy bite on the finish, but leaves no lingering aftertaste other than some chocolate notes. It does not nearly feel as heavy its 10% ABV weight. Though there is alcohol warmth, its not distracting. That seems to be what separates a great RIS from an average one.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
oh6gdx (26447) - Vasa, FINLAND - AUG 23, 2013
[email protected] VIII. Deep ambery brown to black colour, small brown head. Toasted and some ashes with sweet alcohol. Flavour is quite much the same into a nice roasted and and liquorice bomb. A bit one dimensional

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
olio (10003) - Tampere, FINLAND - AUG 23, 2013
65 cl bottle @ PBF 2013.
Pours dark red color with a small off-white head. Aroma of caramel malts, faint honey, pale malts and toffee. Flavor of caramel malts, rye, toffee,licorice and some cocoa. Dry palate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
lusikka (7813) - Tampere, FINLAND - AUG 23, 2013
650 ml bottle @ PBF 2013.
Pours a pitch black colour with a beige head. Aroma of roasted malts, cream, salty licorice and biscuit. Flavour of roasted malts, biscuit, floral hops, cream, some mild vanilla notes, strong milk chocolate and straw. Full bodied, oily mouthfeel and really smooth and soft finish with roasted notes. Alcohol warms nicely. A bit thin, but really enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tiong (7130) - Espoo, FINLAND - AUG 23, 2013
650ml bottle @ PBF 2013

Pours pitch black with a foamy white head. Aroma of roasted malts, sweet syrup, chocolate, coffee and grainy notes. Taste is roasty, chocolatey, sweetish, syrupy and grainy with notes of coffee and wood. Finish is malty, chocolatey and syrupy with notes of grainy malts and roastiness. Quite good imperial stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
omhper (24781) - Tyres, SWEDEN - AUG 23, 2013
Bottled at PBF. near black, minimal head. Citric licorice aroma. Sweetish with full body and clean, rounded mouthfeel. Some grapefruit and tobacco, but most flavours seem contained behind plastic. Big and bold. Dull.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
laiti (8309) - Tampere, FINLAND - AUG 23, 2013
65 cl bottle @ PBF VIII
Aroma is somewhat sweet with hay, cocoa, some soy sauce and licorice. Flavour has soy sauce, salty licorice and hints of coffee. Also some hay. Odd, but theres a certain English feeling here.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DCLawyer (2825) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - AUG 18, 2013
Bottle->snifter. Black with small brown head. A: coffee, chocolate, roasted malt. T: dark chocolate, roasted malt, ash. Bitter. Good, not great.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
reberiii (498) - Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 8, 2013
Boozy nose, bready background. Poured from 12oz bottle opaque black with slight caramel foam. Small in amount of head, but solid retention. Not super strong on the mouth, bitter hop middle and finish. Booze bite.

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