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RATINGS: 131   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.29/5   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 258   ABV: 8.6%
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Whole Hog Russian Imperial Stout is Inspired by the English brews exported to the Russian Imperial Court over 200 years ago this bold and luxurious Imperial Stout is handcrafted using roasted barley, Dark Roasted, Crystal and 2-Row Pale Malts, balanced with Cluster and Cascade hops for the rich satisfying flavor.

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3.3
beerbill (3619) - Laurel, New York, USA - DEC 1, 2010
12 oz. bottle shared by goldtwins. Pours a dark brown, just about black with a tan head. Pleasant aroma of lightly roasted malt along with just a bit of dark fruit and chocolate. The flavor is lightly roasted malt, caramel, along with just a touch of dark fruit. Some licorice emerges in the flavor right at the finish. A bit light in body for the style - medium bodied overall. Ok, but underwhelming for the style.

2.9
gormanb (174) - Bowling Green, Ohio, USA - NOV 30, 2010
aroma- dark chocolate, caramel, cinnamon, roasted malt, brown sugar, bread. pours pitch black with little tan head. taste is chocolate, bread, caramel malt, cereal, some smoke, hay, coffee, alcohol taste lingers. palate is thick, full bodied, but with a light finish besides lingering booziness, some carbonation.

3.4
Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - NOV 26, 2010
12oz bottle from the Sahara Mart in Bloomington, IN. Pours a black body with a thin, creamy, brown head that dissipates quickly and leaves a moderate lacing throughout. Aroma is licorice, caramel, molasses, roast, peat, chocolate, and plummy dark fruits. Flavor is a jumble of the aroma, but once it settles out a bit it turns out okay. Roast, sharper licorice, some alcohol, peat, molasses, chocolate, caramel, dark fruits, and a moderate piney hop presence. Finishes dry with a decent mixture of roasts, hops, and molasses before leaving a lengthy aftertaste. Medium-full body and soft, moderate carbonation. Overall, a decent impy. Lots of molasses and fairly roasty and bitter, but everything never seems to come perfectly together. Not bad at all, but not nearly elite either.

3.2
Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - NOV 26, 2010
Pours a deep brown ruby nearing on black. Aroma is very sweet with fruity esters, plum prune, toast, light chocolate malts, some roast. Flavor is also low on the roast and chocolate- some acrid burnt notes, lots of caramel sweetness, some fruity notes, leather, burnt tones, ash, grassy, some acrid smoked malt in the end. A bit to weak- sweet, not roasty enough- and a touch tin in the end.

3
Beerona97 (2399) - Washington, USA - NOV 26, 2010
Pours solid black with a creamy light tan head. Aroma of toasted malt and butter. Taste is decent, molasses and toasted malt, slight dark chocolate bitterness on the finish. Body is a little thin with high carbonation. Not bad, not great.

3.4
heemer77 (5358) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - OCT 28, 2010
The body is perfectly black and topped with a thin light tan head. The nose has milk chocolate, raisins and hints of mushroom. There is some roast in there, but it is light. The taste first hit me with bubblegum, then I got raisins and milk chocolate. There is also a little bit of coffee and ashes in the finish. The body is smooth and lightly carbonated. There is a little bit of green apple, but it is light. This is decent, but boring and underwhelming for an Imperial Stout.

3
dionysus (1486) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 22, 2010
Bottle pours dark brown with a khaki head. Aroma shows chocolate, roasted malt, toffee, green apple, and sour dark fruit. Flavor shows the same with a touch of molasses. Even though the flavor doesn’t seem heavily roasted, it still gets a touch ashy at times. Overall body is much lighter than I look for in a RIS.

3.3
daknole (11049) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - OCT 18, 2010
Dark brown head, tan head. Roasty, tart, chalky aroma. Flavor is sweet, lightly roasty, raisins, molasses, hop finish.

3.4
BeerHawk (1810) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - OCT 1, 2010
Bottle. Poured black with a tan head. Aroma of sweet chocolate malt. The flavor had chocolate and light roast. Medium to full body, creamy texture and bittersweet.

3.4
andyhwcinc (1884) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 24, 2010
I picked this up at a local liquor store who had it at a greatly discounted price. For the price, it’s not bad but I’m glad I didn’t have to pay full price for it. Poured from 12 oz bottle. Aroma of alcohol, sugar, and chocolate. Appearance pure black with a thin head. It’s pretty smooth, definite chocolate presence with a hint of coffee, toffee, and lactose. Carbonation is much more apparent than other beers in the style and I’m not a huge fan because of it. It’s not a bad beer, but there are better options in the field of RIS.


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