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RATINGS: 182   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72/5   EST. CALORIES: 327   ABV: 10.9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
A most unorthodox imperial stout brewed with malted rye and aggressively hopped with four U.S. varieties to develop a depth of character like no other. Notes of rye, treacle, chocolate and espresso are joined together to create a crescendo of flavor. Full-bodied and warming. With an ABV of 10.9%, you will be doing a Kalinka dance after drinking this.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dlovell2 (1936) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - OCT 7, 2016
Pours dark brown with a tan head. Chocolate, roasted malt, and coffee aroma. Flavor is roasted malt, coffee, vanilla, and chocolate. Spicy rye and roasted malt finish. Thanks Maxbier!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BrettGT (202) - Aalborg, DENMARK - APR 22, 2016
2014 vintage - 9,2%. Aroma of roast coffee, spicy rye, green hops, bitter chocolate. Pours black with a creamy beige head that lasts well. Taste of umami, bitter and roasty espresso. Is more hoppy and almost fresh at first and then becomes roasty / toasty. Light sweetness. Medium body, silky mouthfeel, average carbonation. Could need a bigger body. Overall an interesting and solid imperial stout.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
StilleStorm (1466) - Stavanger, NORWAY - OCT 29, 2016
DWF; Bottle, large, drunk at Cardinal. Pours moderate to large, black with a creamy, lacing and lasting tan head. Nose is heavy, roasted malt, chocolate, coffe, moderate dried dark fruit, light ash and liqorice. Taste is heavy sweet and bitter with a lasting roasted, warming finish. Body is full, texture is thick, carbonation soft.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
WillRunForBeer (2472) - Massachusetts, USA - JUL 14, 2016
Bomber. Bottled 08/20/15. Pours coca cola brown with a beige head. Aroma is dark chocolate, mild coffee, soy. Flavor follows. Semi sweet chocolate, overextracted coffee, soy.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cuso (8111) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - MAR 9, 2016
Bottle from Beerlovers. Almost black color with minimal beige head. Nuts, chocolate, coffee, wood in aroma. Taste, chocolate, coffee, wood, bourbon, cocoa nibs. Long coffee bitter finish. Tasty.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Alengrin (4826) - BELGIUM - DEC 3, 2016
Rye stout at imperial ABV level, bomber bought at Biergenot. Thick and creamy, dense, pale greyish beige, moussy head leaving dots of lacing around the glass and retaining well, crowning a black beer with translucently hazy, mahogany yellow-brown edges. Assertive and very pleasant bouquet of burnt toast, bitter black chocolate, salmiak, cold black coffee, mocha ice cream, fresh fig, roasted peanuts, dried banana, liquorish, kahlua, soggy rye bread, pink pepper, tea, old dusty cocoa powder, cappuccino, black olive, salsify, pine wood, mushrooms fried with brown sugar, hard butterscotch candy, dried tarragon, vanilla, sweet red curry, honey-glazed spareribs, old dry pipe tobacco, green beans, sweet cherry tomatoes, vague eucalyptus oil, hazelnut paste, charcoal. Restrained but elegantly positioned dried fruit sweetness in the onset, hints of fresh fig and green banana, surrounded by a soft, blackcurrant-like sourishness, thin umami edge, medium carbonation, a tad above average for the style but certainly not disturbing, smooth and full, oily mouthfeel. Deeply rooted nutty maltiness ensues, sweetish and a bit caramelly at first but quickly shifting towards an assertive toasted and black chocolate-like bitterness, eventually ending in a coffeeish roastedness, with a very clear rye spiciness underneath, cleverly accentuating the pungent toastedness of the general malt profile. Ends in a beautiful symphony of bittersweet malts - yet more bitter than sweet - surrounded by a strong, spicy, peppery, leafy and almost bright green hop dosage leaving behind a trail of bold bitterness alongside a warming, rum-like alcohol sensation. Hopped up stouts (as in these new East India stouts and porters) often tend to cross the border with black IPA, but this brew firmly remains as stout-like as it gets, the hops providing a pungent end bitterness but no overwhelming grapefruit or pine aromas, though New World hop fragrance is noticeable in the background. The rye is generously applied it seems, adding an outspoken spiciness which fits in very well. Not overly alcohol either. All things considered, this may not be the most famous or acclaimed American stout by any means, but it is a beautiful piece of work, I hugely enjoyed it. Very well done!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
sir__v (2367) - Lille, FRANCE - JUL 16, 2016
Bottle (12/13/13) from Les Bires de Clestin, Lille - FR. Color: deep dark black beer with no carbonation and medium brown head. Smell: roasted malt, caramel and soy sauce. Licorice finish. Taste: full body wit roasted malt, coffee and caramel notes. Soy sauce finish. Quiet good. Good attenuation. Aftertaste: soy sauce, roasted malt, caramel and licorice. Good.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Bulk_Carrier (4224) - Lake Champlain, Vermont, USA - MAR 10, 2016
Hmmm...well, I poured this into a nonic pint glass thinking it was a Russian Imperial Stout, but ended up leaving it in the glass and not re-pouring it into a snifter, oh well, cheers for experimentation. Heres the rest. The appearance was a dark brown color with a fingers worth of foamy off white to tan head. Nice coat of lacing running all around the glass. The smell takes in some rye spice, dry roasty chocolate. Light coffee bean. The taste is basically the same as the smell. Light spicy to roasty aftertaste. Dry roasty semi-spicy finish. On the palate, this one sat about a medium in body with a decent sessionability about it. Carbonation felt good. Rye does hit as the harshness and leaves a slight stickiness on my tongue. Overall, Id say this was a decent Russian Imperial Stout, nothing over the top. Last RIS I had with rye in it was Midnight Suns Moscow. If I remember correctly, I think that was a bit more balanced than this and this came across with more rye. Nice effort if anything.

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TEJA (2624) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - OCT 25, 2016
Bottle shared by Jessica H thanks. Beautefull and Lasting dark brown head. Very nice dark caramell and chocolate aroma. A bit thinn but with lots of chocolate and roasted red. Balanced bitterness.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chalumeaux (1262) - Middleton, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 14, 2016
Poured from bottle dated 8/20/15 dark black pour with a nice mocha head with nice lacing. Aromas of bakers chocolate nuts wood and coffee. Taste is chocolate cocoa nibs coffee dark fruit and a slight lingering bitterness. Well done.


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