RATINGS: 132   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.29/5   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 258   ABV: 8.6%
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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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
BrewHaMeister (456) - Wisconsin, USA - FEB 8, 2014
Its a bad idea to start with a Central Waters and Goose Island Bourbon barrel stout and expect this to taste good. Not bad but not in the same league.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hondajunkie (90) - Tinley Park, Illinois, USA - JAN 19, 2014
Pours black with a thin beige head that quickly settles into a ring on edge of glass. Light notes of roasted malt, vanilla. Somewhat light mouthfeel, malt, hint of vanilla, some molasses,slight booziness. Leaves a slight bitter, chalky aftertaste. Not bad, hits most of prerequisites for RIS but needs more body.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
alexsdad06 (9827) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 4, 2014
Bottle shared with Tmoney99 in Aug. 2012. Pours dark brown in color with a small beige head. The aroma had roasted malts, dark fruits and some dark chocolate notes pretty standard for a Russian Imperial stout. The only negatives were the body, which was a bit thin for the style, and the finish which was on the soft side.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Patrickctenchi (6423) - Coxs Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - NOV 17, 2013
Bottle: Pours black, with a minimal tan head. Dark fruit, cola, chocolate aroma. Chocolate malt, old coffee taste. Burned bittering. Pretty light for an Imperial. Ok.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Chudwick (3046) - Taylor Mill, Kentucky, USA - SEP 23, 2013
12oz bottle - pours dark brown with light brown head that mostly disappears. Nose is roast and milk chocolate. Sip introduces metal, burnt coffee, and more metal. Silky body. Fairly bitter but not hoppy. boozy after a few sips. More of a rich porter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Dinosaurobrew (7) - - SEP 2, 2013 does not count
couleur: noir tirant sur le marron, faible mousse arme: malt rti, pain rti got: chocolat noir, malt rti, lger got dalcool. Dfinitivement cette bire manque de caractre, de profondeur et nest pas rellement ce quelle prtend tre, une stout impriale russe.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
boxofrane (2553) - Spring City, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 14, 2013
Bottle from Maris. Pours a thin black with no head. The aroma is milk chocolate but very simple. The taste is lactic, roasty, funky.. not very good. This is definitely more of a high alcohol stout but does not have anywhere near the complexity of solid imperial stouts. Additionally, the body is very thin and seems cheap.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bytemesis (7751) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JUN 29, 2013
UPDATED: FEB 8, 2014 Bottle. Pours opaque black with a medium tan head that dissipates with some lacing. Aroma is dark roasted malt, anise, earth. Flavor it about the same, light sweet, medium bitter, anise is strong. Medium body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - MAY 3, 2013
Bottle:   Pours black, moderate to large foamy beige head, so-so lacing.   Sat on this for a while, so the nose is very subdued.   Other Stevens Point beers have been very alcholic, but this is very soft, a little roasty, smidgen of graham cracker.   On the tongue its rather subdued, soft semi-sweet roastiness, with a minor graham cracker background.   I aged this one for maybe... two years?   It seems very tame, soft sweet roastiness without really any hop bitterness.   Body and mouthfeel are moderate.   Seems rather smooth otherwise.   Its not brash or hoppy or unbalanced, just comes across as one smooth aged Imperial Stout.   Wondering if I would like it more fresh?   Probably not... Thanks Bob!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MaltOne (345) - Wisconsin, USA - APR 5, 2013
Pours opaque chocolate/black; little apparent head. Cocoa and coffee aromas. Taste is off-type for RIS, but taken on its own merits still quite interesting. It took awhile to pinpoint what was different - it has a much lighter roast profile, and the flavor profile seems closest to molasses, which has sweet and acidic profile. Other notes are light brown sugar and some earthy, woodsy notes. A different take on a RIS - a good beer once you get past expectations.

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