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RATINGS: 172   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 308   ABV: 10.25%
Big Daddy Vlady’s Russian Imperial Stout is Number 13 in our Side Project Series of beers. Brewed under the strictest Socialistic guidelines, this Imperialistic Stout will be carefully monitored and allocated accordingly. Black as the coldest Siberian Winter’s night, this colossal, viscous beverage will bring the hammer and sickle down on your little girly man’s palate.

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KickInChalice (860) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 4, 2012
Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a pint glass. My pour is a very thick and creamy looking black color, with a full-sized mocha head. The aroma is smooth, balanced, and relatively chocolate forward. Milk chocolate more than dark chocolate, with smooth lightly roasted dark malts, and a bit of coffee and cream. In my opinion, this beer has improved nicely with the age it has on it at the moment. The front of the beer has a nice milky sweetness, some dark chocolate, roasted malt character, some vanilla, a bit of espresso, and there are a bit of resiny hop bitterness toward the end. Even from the appearance, I could tell this would be a chewy, viscous beer, and the prophecy was fulfilled with each sip. The carbonation is light, gentle, and smooth. There is a sweet stickiness that is left on the lips after each sip. This is a nice offering from Terrapin overall.

AdamChandler (5181) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - APR 23, 2012
Thanks Wally for sharing this with us. Poured into my Hill Farmstead glass at cellar temperature.

A - No head, great lacing and light amber color on the edges of the glass. Midnight black beer.

S - Bourbon, cocoa and roasted malts with a hint of figs

T - Rye whiskey, chocolate milk, heavy malts

M - Very heavy, lots of booze, sweet and roasty. Dry finish.

O - Great beer but a bit too heavy. The booze is hot and needs to cool off a bit. Maybe another year and it would have been fantastic.

GT (10017) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 25, 2012
651mL Pours clear, deep sepia with a larger, creamy beige head. Decent retention and weak lace. Thick mocha and chocolate mousse nose with muted Mexican chocolate. Taste up front is briny, salty, moving to bitter chocolate, ending thin and metallic with iron and tart lemon. Lots of earthen soil and iron rich dirt. Gritty mouthfeel. Eh.

drunkenpolack (322) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - FEB 2, 2012
Vlady’s pours a pitch black as you would expect. 2 finger mocha head is poured. Sticks around for a good bit. Everything looks go so far. Aroma is where it falls apart. I was hoping for a big roasty smell here but it’s really hiding. Instead it’s a very sweet aroma. Chocolate is the number one thing here followed by alcohol. The over 10% isn’t hiding here. The smell finishes off with dark fruits and molasses. I love RIS that give off a big “Wow that smells fantastic” aroma. This one just doesn’t do that. In the taste the alcohol peaks through again but it’s honestly not that bad and doesn’t get in the way. The roastiness I was hoping is again missing for the most part. Instead it’s a sweet taste. Molasses, caramel, and dark fruits with a after taste of bitter chocolate. Once again it just felt like something was missing here. Close to being really good but just falling short. Mouthfeel is pretty nice though. Very slick, creamy, and smooth. Probably it’s best aspect.

boFNjackson (4230) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 30, 2012
Bottle at a recent BA/RB tasting... Thanks to Beerlando for this one in a trade. I sat on it for about a year and it was tasting great now. A black pour with a tan head. A hint of that older stout taste with a lot of roast a bitterness that seemed to have left with nice caramel malt sweetness. Chocolate, coffee, toasted sugars and grains. Really nice drinking beer.

BeeriedEyed (212) - USA - JAN 25, 2012
Love this beer! Very floral in smell and taste. Will definitely hit the spot.

alex4r (82) - - JAN 9, 2012
First time trying this beer. Pours a dark dark brown color, not as dark as I expected. Very thin head that vanishes quickly leaving a thin edge. The nose is very nice: Dark Fruits very prevalent, nice roastiness, a little bit of sweetness as well, licorice. Medium/full body, not as thick and syrupy as I would like: also, cholcolate and a very pleasant bitterness. Best brew I have tried from Terrapin but they lose points for brewing in a hell hole like Athens, Georgia.

drewbeerme (3921) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 6, 2012
bottle. pours black with whispy tan head, the nose has dark chocolate, burnt caramel, and raisins. kind of classic/typical impy stout nose. the flavor tends to fall more on the darker fruit side with raisins and prunes coming out strong although it is balanced by brown sugar, charred cocoa nibs, and a healthy hop bitterness. the body feels a little thin but swallows a tad syrupy and the palate is quite long. alcohol is really well hidden. overall this isn’t mind blowing or does anything new for the style, however it nails a pretty drinkable and well made imperial stout. too bad it’s 50degrees in Jan otherwise this would have hit the spot more.

kp (10880) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - DEC 25, 2011
UPDATED: SEP 8, 2012
Name: SP 13 Big Daddy Vlady
Date: December 20, 2010
Mode: Bottle
Source: Total Wine, GA
Appearance: black, fine tan head, bits of lace
Aroma: rich roasted aroma, sweet licorice, light hops, dark chocolate
Body: big thick body
Flavor: rich malt flavor, lots of roasted, dark chocolate bitterness, touch of coffee character, lots of hops

Name: SP 13 Big Daddy Vlady
Date: December 30, 2010
Mode: draft
Source: bsp
Appearance: black, dense tan head
Aroma: rich chocolate and roasted aroma, caramel sweetness brings out the richness of the chocolate, hint of vanilla
Body: creamy body
Flavor: rich roasted flavor mixed with agressive hops, dark chocolate bitterness, hint of coffee

Name: SP 13 Big Daddy Vlady
Date: May 12, 2012
Mode: draft
Source: bsp
picking up a lot of winey sweetness, rich chocolate, fruits esters, roasted malts,

Name: SP 13 Big Daddy Vlady
Date: August 30, 2012
Mode: draft
Words: apalachain vintners
rich chocolate and sweet wine,

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 8/10; Overall: 16/20
Rating: 3.9/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: *** /4

drfabulous (8591) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - DEC 22, 2011
22 ounce from Bruisin Ales. Big chocolate stout. Really big. Bold flavors. Big body. One of the better Side Projects, for sure.

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