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RATINGS: 266   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.02/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Russian Style Imperial Stout aged for ten months in oak barrels. Rich and delicious.

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tyler_mn (1475) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - AUG 11, 2007
draft at the Great Taste of the Midwest. Quite sweet aroma with hints delicate hints of smoke and wood. Pours a dark, dark, dark brown (almost black) with a huge khaki head. Nice maltiness on the palate, but not nearly as sweet as the nose would lead you to believe. Some alcohol hotness, but overall fairly well balanced. Medium to full bodied with good carbonation.

4.2
detroiter (958) - Euphoria, Minnesota, USA - FEB 12, 2007
Pours a nice deep black, with almost no head and no lacing. Nice coffee and bourbon in the aroma. Very flavorful beer, with coffee, chocolate, oak, and lots of vanilla bean. And bourbon of course. Smooth and full bodied, moderate carbonation

4.4
Dorwart (2585) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - JAN 10, 2007
Sampled at richlikebeer’s YEHA 2005. thin body with light carbonation. BIG complex aroma. Soy sauce, vanilla, bourbon, chocolate and a bit of smoke. Nice combination that works really well. Actually the aroma in this brew was simply awesome! Color is a dark brownish black. Slick, smooth, creamy and smokey (ashy). Lots of dark carmalized sugar and and roasty malts. Underlying bourbon presence but not overpowering. Seemed a little salty from the soy sauce taste. Thick creamy and coating at the finish. An excellent brew.

4.3
SpudClampDawg (1029) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - JUL 23, 2006
A big thanks to TAR for sharing this beauty. Hand bottled from a growler. Pours a deep, deep brown with a small head that quickly recedes, leaving coffee swirls across the surface. The deep, fudgey nose is loaded with chocolate, vanilla and peppered with ABV. The thick, creamy body is the perfect vehicle for the fudge cake body. Whiskey, vanilla beans, brownie batter, rum raisans and more in the lush body. Good stuff.

4.7
Kevin (2199) - Montana, USA - JUL 23, 2006
Tar pulled this gem out at our cellar blow out. Wow. I did not know what I was getting into here. Umm, yeah that’s black, not pitch, but just black with a gray head. Smells of vanilla, chocolate, brandy, whiskey, oak, naked women, coffee, peanut butter fudge. Taste is fudge-peanut butter-cocoa, light dark figiness, doughy and powdery. It is beautiful. Cocoa powdery dry caramel finish. Like coating my tongue with good chocolate. Great scalded latte taste. I want more. Ap-4 ar-10 tas-9 pal-5 ov-19

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richlikebeer (838) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 16, 2006
from YEHA 05...pour was a black as black can be with a thin brown head. coffee and chocolate were the primary components of the nose, and the flavor gave a hearty amount of caramel and a bit of sweetness. very velvety smooth body and a great mouthfeel.

4.5
BrockLanders (780) - Panama City, Florida, USA - MAR 21, 2006
What a gift.....after the brew session this bottle magically appeared. No one fessed up...doesn’t matter! Love the deep dark black pour..nominal brownish head. This is why I love impy stouts...big roasty choco nose. More of the same plus lotsa coffee, caramalts, bourbon, brown sugary toffee....more bourbon...whew! Damned oaky goodness. The highlight of the brew day. Thanks to whoever parted with this gem.

3.8
mkobes (2142) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - DEC 18, 2005
Bottle. Sampled at RLB YEHA 05. Deep black in color with a nice fluffy tan head. Roasty and chocolatety aroma. Coffee like roast. Caramel notes. Flavor is malty and bourbon. Finish is bitter chocolate. Rich tasting. Smooth. Full bodied. Well balanced. Very nice.

4
alobar (3759) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 17, 2005
Had it at Yeha ’05. Strong caramel and coffee aroma. Pours a dark brown with a brownish head. Tastes of chocolate, caramel with a hint of coffee. Outstanding!

4
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - DEC 13, 2005
12.10.05 22oz bottle (thanks to kramer17801!) at RLB YEHA-05. Dark, fudgy brown; not much of a brown head. Butterscotch and cracker at the aroma forefront with bourbon-ish alcohol in the background, plus caramelized fat - like a burnt bbq rib. Ashy and dry, lightly bitter, coffee astringency. Rich and slick. Very tasty.


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