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RATINGS: 130   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.29/5   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 258   ABV: 8.6%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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2.6
nbondi (203) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 6, 2012
Very dark caramel brown with quickly dissipating dark tan head. Roasty nose of cereal, hay, dark dried fruit, and chocolate. Somewhat flat flavors of dark roast malt, coffee, chocolate, caramel, and vanilla. Not a lot going on. Thin, grain-forward, somewhat flat. Not good.

3.1
edgallow (4376) - nashville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 27, 2012
12 oz bottle pours black with a thin tan head. Aroma is of coffee and roasted malts. Taste is coffee and a the roasted malt comes through.

3.6
Lowe1983 (1621) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - FEB 10, 2012
Pours a black color with a brown head. Aroma is of roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, and some citrus hops. Flavor is a has a little more hops then I thought there would be. Roasted malts, coffee, and chocolate come out on the finish. Slightly bitter finish as well.

3
reggiedunlop (3726) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 23, 2012
Pours black with a medium tan head. Aroma is roasty and slightly burnt. Flavor has caramel and roasty malts...a bit of dark fruit. Mouthfeel is medium and thins a bit...finish is roasty...cheap bland sort of flavor creeps in at the end.

3
unclemike (3170) - Junction City Kansas, Kansas, USA - JAN 16, 2012
Pours a nearly black, ruddy brown with a 1 finger chunky beige head that has good retention. Aroma is roast, dark fruit, ferment, raw walnuts, a touch of pine and chocolate. Flavor is roast, very sweet malt, dark fruit, and light nutty notes. Palate is medium bodied a little oily and moderately carbonated. Way sweet and somewhat lacking in complexity for an impy stout, but not bad

3.8
jmohno (1652) - Iowa, USA - DEC 31, 2011
thick dark pour glazed top after miniscule head.Moderate carbonation ARoma is mild but nice,sweet malt,vanilla,nutty ,maltychocolate,coconut,barleywine almost like,kinda bready also.Very subtle though. Taste right off has a nice drinkability. But smooth and rich but not too rich. Really balanced sweet malt with a nice dry slight roasty/coffee but chocolate. Finishes pretty clean too leaving a sweet/dry balance with a nice mellow bittering with smooth resinous dark malt lingering. Its more milk chocolate/carmel malty in taste with a balanced dryness subtle of darkmalt/smooth coffee. The flavor is what matters and it is overall a very good flavor.Perfectly balanced for my taste of not to coffe roasty dry stout.Another enjoyable whole hog series beer.

3.3
Headbanger (4020) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - DEC 22, 2011
12oz bottle 12/22/11 (Binny’s Downers Grove)-46° in Snifter-Pours black with a one finger tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, and toffee. Taste of the same with more chocolate coming through. This medium bodied brew is a bit weaker in the body than most but I was expecting worse.

2.8
decaturstevo (6343) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - NOV 27, 2011
Black pour with tan head. Chocolate aroma dominates followed by a bit of a harsh paint like aroma, and some abv. Flavor is chocolate, a bit harsh fusel alcohol, grainy roastd malt. Thin and watery lacks body and complexity to me. Not one of my favorites

3.2
tmoreau (4593) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - NOV 19, 2011
Shared 12 oz. bottle at a local geek tasting. Poured to a sampler with a black/brown hue, modest, tan head foam, and light, waves & spots of lacing. The nose was roasty. a little burnt coffee, smoke, with molasses & chocolate sweetness. The flavor added some low hop bitterness in a less than medium body, but couldn’t find the 8.6%. Fairly tasty.

3
wedgie9 (2702) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 19, 2011
Tasted on 11/18/11 from a 12oz bottle. Pours like an expected RIS, with an opaque black color and an average, smooth, tan head that slowly recedes, leaving a thin ring of lace behind, with an amoeba of thin lace inside the ring. The nose is roasted milk chocolate, cola, molasses, and a charred savory quality. The flavor is fairly light for an RIS, with the molasses, cola, and milk chocolate at the forefront, along with some roasted and charred qualities in the background. The body is medium with average carbonation, and a long, roasted milk chocolate, lightly bitter, molasses and cola finish.


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