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RATINGS: 265   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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4.1
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 13, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 14, 2005 NJ, Pocono, Philly YEHa!’05. Translucent muddy brown body with decent carbonation and a light tan head. Has elements of unsweetened dark chocolate, char, nuts, and sweet toffee and caramel. Impression is medium sweet with a lush texture. Decadent and very nice.

4.2
IMtheOptimator (1170) - Brookfield, Connecticut, USA - DEC 12, 2005
Thanks to kramer17801 for sending this to the Yeha. Poured black with a brown head. Huge and complex aroma of cocoa, coffee, and caramel sweetness. Taste is mostly strong coffee, a bit of sweetness and a dash of chocolate. Just has lots of great coffee flavor that doesn’t get overpowered by the other additions. Barely detectable alcohol. Nicely done.

4
jimmack (1223) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - DEC 11, 2005
Bottle at Ricklikebeer’s YEHA ’05 thanks to egajdzis(from kramer17801) and also thanks to Rich for saving me some until I got back. Dark brown, almost black color with a small tan head. Really nice roasted malt aroma with lots of bourbon and oak. Flavor was bourbon, toffee and roasted malt. Not a big fan of bourbon barrel aged beers, but this was very well done.

4.1
DYCSoccer17 (3703) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 11, 2005
Bottle sampled at YeHa 05. I believe this bottle was brought by egajdzis, so thank you. Roasty/chocolate aroma with some vanilla and bourbon-like notes. The aroma is nice and the barrel-aging is not overly done. Mild-moderately transparent dark brown color with a light tan head. Wish this were a little darker and more opaque. Chocolate-like sweet, roasty start, which turns more vanilla-like. This is followed by more woodsy and bourbon notes. This is a nice complent which fades and allows more sweetness to come in at the end. Extremely smooth and tasty. Wish this were more opaque.

4.3
egajdzis (6613) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 11, 2005
Poured an opaque black color, with a small, tight, tan, creamy head, that left light lacing on the glass. Aroma of oak, chocolate, smoke, bourbon, and nuts. Taste of chocolate, roasted malts, more nuts, dried fruits, anise, and bourbon, with light alcohol. Surprisingly full mouthfeel.

3.9
MullMan (1099) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - DEC 11, 2005
sampled at Richlikebeer’s YEHA’05. big thanks to KRAMER17801 who couldn’t make the event, but sent us a 22oz hand capped bomber of this via Eric EGajdzis. black body, brown at the edges. dense foamy tan head. aroma is roasted chocolate malt with a bit of whiskey. flavor is bourbon, butter, roasted malt. some alcohol heat but a nice cleaner finish.

4.1
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - NOV 9, 2005
Hand bottled sample courtesy of TAR. Dark opaque black with tan ring of film. Aroma has lots of roasted grain with some oak and bourbon. Flavor is all chocolate up front with some faint roasted grain through the middle and slight bourbon in the finish. Very nice overall.

3.7
kramer (6682) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 1, 2005
hand bottled from growler via trade w/ kms399. Poured almost black with no head at all, appears virtually still. Aroma of Jack Daniels whiskey, black strap molasses, alcohol, soy, vanilla, and a little oak. Tastes heavily of vanilla, burnt malt, and molasses. I had a Jack Daniels single barrel the other night and you can really see the parallels between the two. Finish was over the top hot with alcohol in my opinion. Medium bodied and virtually still on the palate. Overall this was decent, but I think it suffered some from being hand bottled. Not so sure it should have been so flat. I also thought it to be pretty unbalanced as well. Where there any hops used in this at all? Well, I’ve got 2 more of these, and I’ll rerate if I see improvment.

3.9
ElJefe (553) - Rochester, New York, USA - OCT 25, 2005
Pours black with a brown head that diminishes to a thick ring of foam around the edges of the glass. Strong aroma of bourbon accented by toffee and molasses. Taste is charred oak, vanilla, and bourbon, and is relatively sweet. Alcohol is a bit too prevalent is the flavor, but a good sipping Imperial, especially if you like bourbon.

4.1
RAYBOY01 (2011) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 23, 2005
Big surprise for me. I was not expecting such a big, high-quality beer from this source. Roasted chocolate, smoke, oak, bourbon, espresso, dried fruits, and a distinctly pleasant alcohol burn in the finish. I will definitely seeks this out again.


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