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Terrapin Big Daddy Vlady's Russian Imperial Stout - Terrapin Beer Company

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Terrapin Big Daddy Vlady's Russian Imperial StoutTerrapin Big Daddy Vlady's Russian Imperial Stout

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246 Ratings
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Ratings: 246
Reviews: 148
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 14.29%
Wants: 39
Gots: 61 | FT: 1
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Georgia, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  10.25% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: jsanford on 11-05-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 246 | Reviews: 148
Photo of stakem
3.99/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bomber into a snifter. Man...have I really cellared this beer for 5 years? I remember when it was released and I bought a bottle, then subsequently had it on draft and figured id tuck the bottle away for aging. Here we are now drinking the bottle: black in color with a pleasant looking mocha head.

The smell includes licorice and pleasant coffee-like roastiness and earth with alcohol imparting something like raisons across the back. The tastes is equally bitter with roast and raisony alcohol, earth and a suggestion of some molasses-like dark smoky sweetness.

This is medium to fuller bodied with a light yet enjoyable amount of carbonation. For having been aged for 5 years, this is drinking pretty good and not really showing any signs of degrading. Worth checking out.

Photo of jmdrpi
4.02/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle, 2010 vintage

appears pitch black, with thin dark tan colored head that fades fast. smells roasty, a bit of bitter espresso and bitter cocao. nice aroma. tastes of charcoal, a bit ashy, roasted grain. dry bitter aftertaste. thicker mouthfeel, but could be more viscous. lower carbonation, smooth. overall a pretty good RIS

Photo of Ego
3.86/5  rDev +4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

eyes...
super sizzle fizzle, in a blink there is an o-ring of tan foam, dark legs crawl up the glass, pitch black hue as it should be, that is pretty much it...

nose...
boozy with hints of roasted coffee, sweet bourbon notes mixed with chocolate, some dark fruit notes as well (ie prunes), smells like a beast of booze

taste etc...
thick and boozy (sounds like my nightlife in college), this follows the nose exactly, there is no deviation from what you smell aside from a deeper roast tone in the aftertaste, like I thought this is a boozy beast (insert college nightlife joke again here), this teeters on too boozy but does not slide into the abyss. it lets you know it is there to kick you in the face but leaves you
breathing, this is not one to have if you plan on doing anything in the next few hours, the ABV seems bigger than the 10.5 listed, definitely one of the thicker beers I have had in some time

verdict?
not the best RIS around but a pretty damn big one, this is a bully and I like it, for what it lacks in depth of flavor (and I am being a bit picky here) it makes up for in boldness

Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From notes. 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.

Photo of bamadog
3.91/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

PIcked this one up a couple of years ago and read that it was a pretty hop-forward stout so I let it sit for a while to hopefully let them mellow out and allow the malts to come to the front. Review is from notes taken on 5/17/2013 and poured from the bottle to a snifter.

Appearance: Pour looks about like it should, but I was hoping for a slightly thicker looking body. Starts with a one finger deep, nice, rich and dark brown head that looks creamy. Head has decent retention, which leads me to believe that the hop resins are still lingering quite a bit, and the head eventually dwindles down to a complete, but uneven skim. Body is, of course, opaque and shows signs of moderately strong carbonation in tiny streams creeping up along the sides of the glass.

Smell: Hmmm... definitely still quite a bit of earthy and bitter hops, first thing I notice, but that's perhaps because I'm looking for them. Bit of a metallic and dirt-like twinge to it, but not awful or anything like that. Definite bitter roastiness and some bittersweet chocolate as well. Decent, but I really like some rich, big and roasty malts up front with more of a sweeter edge in the nose as opposed to the hops.

Taste: Sneaky, sneaky, sneaky. While there are definitely some hops right up front (still), there is more a balance than I thought there would be with what I like in a big stout -- the bitter roastiness belies it all and hangs out underneath the hops, but there is a really nice, chocolate covered cherry and vanilla aspect in there, and a nice blast of alcohol which is entirely masked in the nose and makes a loud and proud appearance on the back of the tongue. I was a little disappointed with the nose, but the mouth is definitely making up for some lost ground.

Mouthfeel: A little thin, but not like it's watery or anything. A nice, fairly sticky coating is left on the palate and slight grittiness on the teeth. Warm booziness left lingering on the breath and it keeps the belly warm as well.

Overall: Not mindblowing or anything, but definitely solid. Probably not worth any extra amount of cash but I like Terrapin and I'm glad they didn't disappoint.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.29/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bottle poured into a snifter.
10.25% ABV,

Thanks to Chaney for this want!

A - Inky black in color, this dark stout pours with a fleeting tan head that leaves random groupings of bubbles on the surface and dots of lace on the snifter.

S - Cold like the air of mother Russia, this Russian imperial stout screams dark chocolate, feet away from the pour. Mocha, dry cocoa, and black coffee add a bit of harshness to the smooth chocolatey nose. Notes of smoke waft out from behind the mild alcohol which increases with a vigorous swirl.

T - Heavy chocolate roast really drops the hammer with a powerful blow of dark chocolate bar dusted with hot chocolate mix and dirty cocoa. Aggressive and rich, cold French-pressed coffee and alcohol-soaked raisin come in to play as it warms.

M - Big Daddy Vlady's Russian Imperial Stout has a smooth, rich entry that becomes more balanced with grittiness and a dry, bitter roasted malt finish. This full-bodied beer is warming with a touch of alcohol on the finish that is suitable for sustaining a Siberian native.

O - Terrapin nails the style with brutal finesse as this beer captures layers of dark malt complexity while including heavy roast for a smooth-yet-gritty finish that balances almost flawlessly. I'm not sure of the age on it, but it's damn fine right now.

Photo of larryi86
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into a snifter
Got this over a year and a half ago during a trade, forgot who sent this to me, so thank to who sent it!

A- Black with a small half finger mocha head.

S- Chocolate, touch of coffee, some dark fruits, caramel, toffee.

T- Very close to the smell, chocolate, caramel, toffee, touch of dark fruits, espresso in the finish.

M- Medium to fully body, smooth, creamy.

O- A tasty stout, I am not sure how this tasted fresh but I think that it is still drinking well.

Photo of colts9016
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another Bottle from my cellar, I am excited to try this beer, despite some of the pitiful reviews. Poured into a nonic at 55 degrees.

Appearance: A three finger foamy bubbly head that has good retention. The head is a medium brown color and left some lacing on the glass. The color of the beer dark brown, like burnt motor oil. The clarity of the beer is opaque.

Nose: A deep rich roasted malt with burnt, espresso, chocolate, toasted, and biscuit notes. Other aromas alcohol, fruity esters, dark cherries, raisins, toffee, and caramel.

Taste: A rich roasted malt flavor with burnt espresso, dark chocolate, toasted ad biscuit tones. Other flavor is alcohol, fruity esters, toffee, caramel, cherries, and hops( wood, grapefruit,and floral).

Mouth feel of the beer is coating, warm, astringent, and carbonated.

Overall: The body of the beer is medium full and the finish is lasting. This is a decent RIS, but the overall complexity and uniformity is a jumbled. I was hoping for a more balanced and smooth beer. It is a good beer with a lot of potential.

Photo of bigfnjoe
2.71/5  rDev -27%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass

A- pours black with a one finger brown head that fades pretty quickly. Standard, with a lacking head. Disappointing

S- chocolate, and a ton of booze. Lots of dark fruits. Licorice. Pretty much all the things I don't like in an imperial stout

T- extremely bitter chocolate. Slight roast. Alcohol burns at the end. Ugh

M- paper thin body. No bueno

O- not a fan of this at all. I aged this for maybe a year, and it's still dripping with booziness. The body destroys a lot of the "mystique" for me as well, as there is absolutely no thickness to this whatsoever. Stick with Wake & Bake and MooHoo, stay far away from this

Photo of BennyL1
3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a globe glass. Doing a little cellar cleaning - this one looks good!

Big Daddy Vlady's pours a dark-as-night jet black color with a slim mocha colored head that doesn't stick around for very long. Solid looking RIS.

Lots of roasted malt upfront as one would expect. Hints of dark chocolate and coffee. Dark fruits like raisins as well. Nothing overly dominating, decent aromas.

Tastes of bakers chocolate and burnt espresso up front. Plenty of roasted malt at the back end with no real bitterness. What you would expect from the style but nothing that sets it apart from other options. Body is full with carbonation on the lower end. Some definite alcohol warmth at the end.

Overall a good RIS. There are better options out there, but not a bad brew to try out.

Photo of Darkmagus82
4.2/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance – Served a thick black brew with a two finger tan head. The head faded over about a 1 minutes time to give a nice level of lacing.

Smell – The nose was heavy of coffee and roasted notes. With this was a good strong chocolate and sweet molasses and vanilla smell. Quite nice.

Taste – The taste begins with sweet molasses, roasted malt, and chocolate notes. As it advances more the sweetness shifts more towards a vanilla flavored sweetness. Toward the middle the level of sweetness fades slightly as well and notes of some coffee and espresso meeting the tongue. The chocolate and roasted flavors then intensify at the very end and mix with a not overpowering alcohol flavor to level a nice pleasant flavor on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – A nice thick and turbid body with a lower level of carbonation. Great for the style of brew as all the roasty and boozy flavors can really soak into the tongue.

Overall – One tasty, thick, and warming brew with great flavors. Go for it if you have a chance.

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.03/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Poured thick black with a moderate cap of brown bubbles followed by light lacing

S: Big roastiness here with coffee, bakers powder cocoa and perhaps some dark fruits and black liquorice

T: Starts off as blended milk chocolate and cheap bakers cocoa powder with a pungent booze sting. There is a moderate amount of coffee and roasted malt to keep it interesting, a light hint of black liquorice on the end

M: Medium to big bodied, perhaps a tad overly carbonated, bitter chocolate, roasted malts persist

O: No major complaints but not one I would go for again

Photo of AwYeh
2.88/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

22 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Pours a dark brown, almost black color, with a small dark brown head.

S: Alcohol shows up here in strength, along with chocolate, coffee, and tons of roasted malts.

T: Alcohol and chocolate really dominate the flavor. Even coffee and the roasted malts are pushed aside a bit. It's tasty, but the alcohol is slightly offputting and there isn't much to reward successive tastes.

M: Thick-bodied and almost flat. Alcohol burn is considerable.

O: Fairly tasty chocolate flavors despite its lack of balance. While this beer doesn't pull it all together, I'm alright with having tried it (especially since the bottle was split three ways).

Photo of veinless
3.3/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to AwYeh for this, my man is hooking me up these days.

2010 one off vintage.

Looks like normal big stout, a little watery. Average foam and coating.

Smells of coffee and wood, good rich chocolatey flavor.

Tastes like it smells, plus some warm alcohol. Nuts and some dark fruit join the rest of the party. Dates and darker chocolate also appears.

Mouthfeel is firmly average, smooth and kind of rich, but thinner than expected. Drinkability easy with slow sips but ive definitely had more drinkable stouts.

Photo of Asgeirr
4.13/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Terrapin Big Daddy Vlady's Russian Imperial Stout pours a pitch black colour, we're talking total f****n' darkness along a cream toned crown with ashen intervals (ash grey-to-light brown). Very stable, thick, and dense.

S: Soy, some toffee, hints of charcoal, maybe molasses, somewhat sour backdrop.

T: Honey, cream, a gentle sourness (reminiscent of ripe granny smith-apples), some raisins. Chocolate mousse, comes to mind, yet it's mild in sweetness. Hints of charcoal, burnt malt and
bitter cocoa linger in the threads that is the aftertaste.

M: Creamy, full, smooth, rich (what'd you expect?).

O: Stable, strong, pleasant. Very balanced. GREAT!

Photo of rarbring
4.3/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A black beer, hints of red, a tan/almost brown head, good lacing and good curtains.

Smelling of dried dark fruits, chocolate and a whiff of licorice.

Tasting brown bread crust, dates, coffee, soy sauce and some bourbon.

Little carbonation, small soft bubbles, thick, smooth and oily, a huge body and light dry finish.

Very well balanced, a real treat and the perfect finish of an evening.

Photo of aorloski
3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Deep Dark Black, a fingers worth of a mocha head with little retention

Smell - Chocolate, coffee, burnt toast, roasted malts, deep dark fruits, prunes, dates, figs.

Taste - dark fruits, roasted malts, chocolate, espresso, kind of one dimensional

Mouthfeel - a little thin

Overall - nothing spectacular here, kind of a one note stout but still tasty and not bad by any means

Photo of rapidsequence
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle. $8.99 from Neds. I think its a year old by now.

Appearance: Pours black, not the darkest, but black. Deep brown head with very brief retention. Some small spots of lacing.

Smell: Interestingly smells a little hot of booze. There is some chocolaty malt, old coffee, and charcoal. Its OK.

Taste: A little better than the smell, but pretty simple. Chocolate and roasted malt, with fairly pronounced roasted bitterness and a sharp alcohol bitterness.

Mouthfeel: A little on the thin side for an RIS. The roast is drying on the finish.

Overall: Its boring, and too bitter, roasty, and boozy.

Photo of ThickNStout
4.7/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My first review on BA (but far from my first brew...) so bear with me. I apparently don't have the refined taste & smell of all you experts out there but hopefully the act of writing these reviews will help.

22oz bottle purchased from Bruisin Ales in Asheville last weekend for 9.99.

A-Deep dark brown/black w/ quickly fading bubbly mocha head. No lacing to speak of but a nice thin clear film on the glass as I sip.

S- Big sweet dark fruit nose.

T- Nice sweet robust dark fruits. Malty. A little bitter coffee and a tad of sweet chocolate. Quite complex. It gets even better as it warms but I just can't stop drinking it!

M-Oily medium thick. Faint carbonation. I really don't notice the over 10% abv. It apparently was meant to age a bit.

O- not the best RIS I've ever had but I'm really diggin this 1-yr aged. Very smooth, very flavorful. I sure hope I can find more on my next trip to Asheville or that they re-release!

Photo of robwestcott
3.57/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

poured cold and black to a founder's brewing goblet with a 1/2 finger, relatively long lasting mocha head that ran out to the edges of the glass

aroma of milk chocolate and creamy espresso.

semi sweet chocolate, fairly bitter coffee, and a bit of smoke.

medium bitter to the roof of the mouth, smooth and slick, low carbonation, heat

overall: an average RIS, great label though.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.92/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to hotmanflab666 for sending me this one as part of the Heavy Metal BIF 3 (Halloween Edition)!

Pours an opaque black with a 1 inch puffy khaki head that settles to a film on the top of the beer. Small dots and patches of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa powder, and some bittersweet chocolate. Taste is of dark roasted malt, some dark fruits, chocolate liqueur, and cocoa powder. A mild roasty bitterness lingers on the palate after each sip. This beer has a somewhat thin body with a lower level of carbonation. It goes down pretty smooth however. Overall, this is a good RIS but the mouthfeel is a bit lacking. I am still glad I got to try one of these.

Photo of birchstick
3.05/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Big Daddy Vlady pours black with a big head on it.

S - The nose contains sweet chocolate malts mixed in with some dark fruits.

T - The taste plays out in a similar fashion as the nose. Starts off a little fruity (dark fruits) that fade to milk chocolate. It finished with some milk chocolates and a little bit of a vinous character. It sounds better than it is - for reason this one fell a little short of what I was hoping it was going to be. Nice flavor profile but nothing that really grabbed me.

M - This has a medium, silky body and finishes dry.

D - This isn't the best RIS I have ever had, but it is tasty in its own right. I found it way sweeter and fruitier than other RIS's I have put down and to be honest prefer a little more burnt malt to balance out the sweetness in the style.

Photo of beer2day
4.47/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark as coal, with a short coffee colored head. Retains what little head there is and laces thin, but all over the glass.

Thick chocolate malt and dark roast coffee nose, but alcohol climbs over both of those. Very boozy. Bit of vanilla underneath, too.

Dark, dark roast coffee and dark, bitter chocolate hit hard on the tongue. Fairly active carbonation. Bitter, almost sour, finish with touches of grapefruit sliding under all the rich malt flavors. Alcohol contributes to the hop burn in the finish.

Rich, thick feel. Slightly oily. Very, very dark.

Overall, a very nice RIS. Thick feel makes sharing the bottle something to think about, but the flavor may make that hard to do.

Photo of LiquidBread219
4.2/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A= Poured dark black with a nice tan head. Head disappeared and left behind nice film on top of the beer some lacing.

S= From the nose you get the Dark chocolate and coffee flavor in the front and vanilla in the background. Also picked up on some raisins in the nose.

T= I thought the taste was nicely done with the chocolate and coffee flavor being really strong up front and the vanilla and raisins where nice in the background.

M= Medium bodied, Medium Carbonation it seemed to become a little bit thicker as it warmed up a little.

O= Overall, I thought this was a really good RIS stout it was different than others that I have had but it was nicely done.

Photo of Treebs
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Split a bomber of this with fellow BA danielnovak3 in the hotel room before the CBS release. Poured into a Deschutes snifter.

A: Pours a jet black with a khaki head. Bubbly and has some nice lace down the glass.

S: Black licorice, roasted malts, and sweet chocolate are all present. Finishes with a sweet vanilla and some faint dark fruits.

T: Man, the taste hid some great flavors. There is the big chocolate and roasted malts from the nose with a just a little bit of leather mixed in. But there is also a smokey oak smell that was completely hidden in the nose. It's almost overwhelming, but there's just enough to make it work and it is really integrated. The alcohol is well hidden.

M: Very heavy, close to syrup. Surprisingly drinkable though.

O: Some age as done some wonders to this bad boy. Pop it open now if you still have it.

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Terrapin Big Daddy Vlady's Russian Imperial Stout from Terrapin Beer Company
84 out of 100 based on 246 ratings.