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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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trujahwarrior (515) - Monroe, Washington, USA - NOV 8, 2012
Happy stout day! Smells of chocolate, roasted malts caramel and molasses. Tastes of all the same smells plus a slight black licorice flavor. Mouthfeel is creamy but pretty light for an imperial stout. Overall this was a great imperial stout. I’m interested on how it will taste after a year of aging.

Suttree (6537) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 27, 2012
Black, huge brown head. Smells like chocolate and marshmallow, with a little bit of coffee. Taste is coffee, a little fruity, and a good deal of vanilla and chocolate. Hint of rum, as well. Woody finish.

dwaggs2 (1298) - Jefferson City, Missouri, USA - OCT 23, 2012
Bottle. Poured a dark jet black with a big pillowy two finger creamy tan head. Aroma was milk chocolate, roasted malts, charcoal, and hops. Flavor was rich and creamy. Malts, chocolate, coffee and roasted flavors. Finished dry and bitter. Very good beer.

jcos (1855) - Maryland, USA - OCT 1, 2012
Location/Date:Bottle on October 1st, 2012.

Appearance: Pours black with light brown lace.
Aroma: Aroma of light roast, chocolate.
Taste: Stronger than the aroma. Nice amount of roast, some chocolate, a little bit of bitter at the end.
Palate:Medium body, creamy, short aftertaste.

Summary: Tasty imperial stout with a nice taste and palate.

dwyerpg (6494) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - SEP 29, 2012
I thought this was really great. A full body with a solid grainy flavor, the best of this most recent long shot bunch. Thick yet easy to drink.

Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - SEP 21, 2012
THOUGHTS: Nice, robust imperial stout. Probably better than SA’s own imperial stout. It could have done a better job hiding the alcohol. TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured an opaque black with a small, light brown head that mostly diminished. The aroma had moderate to heavy roasted malt, chocolate and chocolate syrup; light hops; cherry; slight alcohol; and dark fruit. The initial flavor was light to moderately sweet, lightly acidic and lightly bitter; while the finish was moderate to heavily sweet, lightly acidic and lightly bitter with a long duration. There was chocolate syrup, roasted malt, dark fruit, cherry, dark chocolate, light hops, light alcohol, licorice, and a little grain. The medium to full body was oily, a little sticky on the lips and then a little fry with fairly fizzy carbonation and a slightly alcoholic finish.

BigBeer45 (1585) - Michigan, USA - SEP 18, 2012
Bottle, this impy had a black pour and made a spare/small cover of coffee colored bubbles that went away to an island in the center and thin ring, this drink is very black and I could not see any carbonation except for what was flowing up the sides of the glass, it left some spots and small fingers of lacing on the sides of the glass, the bottle had no sediment, there were aromas of roasted malt, bitter chocolate, a little malt sweetness, and faint smoke roastiness in the background, the flavors were roasted malt, bitter/dry chocolate, some dark/intense caramel and molasses sweetness, the finish had a combination of alcohol, malt and coffee bitterness, the mouth feel was a little more than medium with a nice creamy feel on the palate, a simple Impy with a nice mouth feel.

hopdog (13191) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 14, 2012
12oz bottle. Poured a black color with a large sized tan head. Aromas of roast, floral hops, green, chocolate, and some earth. Tastes of chocolate, caramel, roast, floral, some earth, and some dark fruits. Alcohol content hidden.

DrnkMcDermott (3175) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - AUG 30, 2012
Oh my gosh! Good thing I noticed the "Enjoy by August 2012" date notch on the label for this 4-month old Imperial Stout. Heh! Well, I just want to get in a rating and cellar the other bottle from the six pack. This pours with a nice warm chocolatey and alcoholic nose. Black with a ring of foam around the edge of the glass, little carbonation evident. There is some very tiny fizziness trying to swim through a suitably rich and thick stout malt taste, but it only serves to enhance it. Quite chocolatey, smooth roast malt. Not getting much in the way of ester here, so why even bother to mention it? Anyway, this is a smooth and rich as any Impy Stout I’ve ever tried at this young age. I definitely want to save the other bottle for, oh, just say "later."

BobbyAnalog (334) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 30, 2012
Hearty baking chocolate profile with a touch of saltiness. The mouthfeel is thinner, more innocuous than some of the more heavy, pulpy stouts. Completely average at best.

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