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RATINGS: 224   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 267   ABV: 8.9%
Created by Joe Formanek.
For the past 15 years, Joe has been brewing his Russian Imperial Stout. This malt-forward brew has a rich complexity, with roasty and chocolate notes, yet enough hop bitterness to balance out the sweetness. This satisfying winter brew is full-bodied with an enjoyable velvety smoothness.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
horto008 (185) - Alabama, USA - APR 3, 2012
Really enjoyed it. Very balanced and not too sweet. Really enjoyed the general viscosity, mouthfeel, and lingering thickness. Pours thick and black with a long developing head that traces the glass. The aroma has a floral not i didnt care for given the style, but overall it looks and tastes great.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ben4321 (6134) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - APR 2, 2012
Location: 12 oz bottle from Colonial Wine and Spirits, 4/2/12, from the Long Shot 6 pack

Aroma: The nose has roasted malts, some bread/toast, dark chocolate, a little spice, and hints of fruit
Appearance: Pours a black color, like motor oil, with a creamy foam of brown head and mid-heavy lacing
Flavor: Tastes lightly sweet, heavy roasted/chocolate, with a mid-bitter finish and some light alcohol notes
Palate: The body is fairly full and extremely creamy, with a hint of heat, and a light dryness to the finish
Overall Impression: This was a pretty solid one. It had a nice complexity to the flavor, and theres some interesting balance for the style. This one was rather thick too, with a motor oil pour and smooth feel. Overall, this was a pretty nice attempt at the style, and a good homebrew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Drake (13301) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 1, 2012
12 ounce bottle. Pours clear very dark brown such that little light permeates it. Large dark brown head. Good head retention. Aroma of roasted malts, chocolate, toasted notes and piney hops. The taste is roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, a tart note, cocoa and a hoppy finish. Medium bodied. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SDalkoholic (2375) - Linda Vista, California, USA - APR 1, 2012
Bottle from Best Damn Beer Shop: Poured a dark blackish brown liquid with a firm layer of tan colored head. Aroma is soft considering this is an Imperial stout weighing in around the 9% mark, but the smell is more timid than usual and I only pick up on a couple of things such as roasted malts and a hint of cocoa powder or perhaps chocolate milk. The flavor is similar except for a smack of alcohol taste and burn that wasnt concealed by the weak flavor of roast malts. Meeh.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
shrubber85 (11215) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - APR 1, 2012
Bottle. Cinnamon, chocolate malt aroma - kind of like a cinnamon roll. Oil black with thin brown head. Sweet chocolate malt, cinnamon, and moderately bitter herbal hops and light astringency. Smooth. Nice, drinkable beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rugbydude05 (478) - Bridgewater, NJ, New Jersey, USA - MAR 31, 2012
12 oz bottle, almost black color, thick with minimal head. Aroma is sweet and roasty, some caramel noted. Taste is heavy sweet malt but balanced out nicely by high alcohol taste and some bitterness. The beer really fills you up and has a long sweet malty finish. Good example of an imperial stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SSSteve (4006) - - MAR 31, 2012
bottle. one of the thickest, darkest pours i think ive seen. medium sized dark brown head. roasty, toasted nose. flavor has hints of brown sugar sweetness and bitter nuts blended with black roasted malt. more sweetness would bring this beer out even more. kind of salty and leathery. missing a middle. full body with moderate carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
notalush (5836) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 31, 2012
Dark black pour with one of the darkest tan heads I have ever seen - nose of sweet cream, bitter chocolate, cocoa, light char - creamy mouthfeel - fairly sweet up front, with vanilla and chocolate notes - gets a little spicy through the middle, with some peppery alcohol - notes of anise arrive late, some char, a leathery notes - a little sweet, but follows some of e profile of the classic examples of the style - a pretty good brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
johnnnniee (4112) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 31, 2012
Pours a solid black with a decent sized tan head that leaves moderate lace. Smells of licorice, dark fruits, smoke, acridic coffee, a bit of caramel. Taste is quite sweet with lots of dark fruits coming through as well as lots of anise and caramel. Medium to thick body with a light level of carbonation and a sweet almost syrupy mouthfeel. This one reminds me a lot of the regular Sam Adams imperial stout. Its thick and tasty but its missing the heavy roasted grain presence that should be there for the style.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
ChainGangGuy (4881) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - MAR 31, 2012
Part of the Longshot 2012 six-pack - $9.99 at Total Wine & More in Atlanta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours out a black body with a growing, steady, dark tan head. Sporadic lacing on the drop.

Smell: Roasted malt, heavily toasted malt, Dutch cocoa, dried fig, oatmeal, light spice, even lighter alcohol, and a small sprinkling of Mortons salt.

Taste: Roast, toffee, with plenty of melted chocolate and coffee spiked with spirits. Moderately sweet. Fruitiness of dehydrated figs and black currants. Very low hop character, low bitterness. Faint but noticed salty-ish iodine twang underneath. Puckish pinch of alcohol. Drying, silken, roasty finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium carbonation. The mouthfeel, its quite smooth.

Overall: Almost really nice except for a slight salty, iodine quality. If I wanted salty, soy, Id pop open an old bottle of Triple Bock.

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