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RATINGS: 224   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 267   ABV: 8.9%
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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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4.6
dwyerpg (6410) - 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.

4.5
efecher (70) - Long Valley, New Jersey, USA - APR 11, 2012
Another very good offering from this year’s LongShot collection. A very strong interpretation of an Imperial Russian Stout

4.5
Cybercat (6146) - Georgia, USA - MAY 20, 2012
Strong, smoky aroma has subtle molasses, roast coffee and horehound notes and a hint of burnt wood. It pours a rich sable a mere whisker above black with a thick, fine-bubbled, persistent tan head that leaves generous lacing. Mouth-filling flavor is a little sweet and has notes of roast quality coffee, molasses, caramel and licorice plus a hint of anchovies. The last part actually seems to add to the flavor instead of subtracting from it. Thick, smooth, oily texture has a decent amount of fizz. Attention Boston Beer Company: Hire Joe Formanek - he knows how to brew some a** kicking beer!

4.4
jmagnus87 (3302) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - APR 22, 2012
12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Pours black with about a half finger of dark brown head. Aroma of coffee and chocolate with a hint of caramel. Taste is medium bitter. Heavily coffee and dark chocolate with a little caramel and milk chocolate on the end. Medium-full bodied with a thick and creamy texture. Lively carbonation and a long finish. Overall, pretty good. I wouldn’t mind getting a whole 6-pack of this.

4.4
DrnkMcDermott (3136) - 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."

4.3
bpreo (2943) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - APR 27, 2012
It’s a good Imperial Stout. Not as brutal (a good brutal) as I had hoped, but good enough.

4.3
williamherbert (1544) - Syracuse, New York, USA - AUG 1, 2012
Dark chocolate brown, with a mousse of light brown lace on top, like chocolate pudding. This thing looks totally badass. Malts are deeply roasted chocolate, like cookies, immediately followed by an incredibly boozy bourbon scent. So far this seems like it might be legendary. There are plums and stone fruits wafting out in its wake. The flavor is harsh, burnt cookies, with more of that boozy alcohol burn. There is a musty quality, but once it warms up, it turns into a deeply dark nutty taste. Much more burnt than I had anticipated. The sweetness is fleeting, and quickly swallowed up by a burnt darkness. Chunky and creamy on the tongue. Has the body of a creamier stout, with a little burn at the end. Not as oily as I would have expected. This baby does not hide its alcohol. It is a big beer, bigger even than it’s 8.9% would indicate. If you like a big Imperial Stout, this one should suffice.

4.2
BeerandBlues2 (13814) - Escondido, California, USA - JUN 26, 2012
Bottle. Pours opaque with a large, frothy dark brown head, medium-long retention with excellent lacing. Aroma is roast, dark chocolate, and lightly burnt caramel malt, earthy hops, smoked meat and ash with dates, prunes, and raisin notes. Flavor is dark malt, medium sweetness, dark fruits, smoke notes and a dry finish, though some lingering sweetness remains on the palate. Full body and medium carbonation.


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