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

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239 Ratings
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Ratings: 239
Reviews: 147
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 14.63%
Wants: 39
Gots: 62 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Terrapin Beer Company visit their website
Georgia, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  10.25% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Side Project #13

(Beer added by: jsanford on 11-05-2010)
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5/5  rDev +35.5%

WillyMac, Nov 21, 2011
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5/5  rDev +35.5%

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5/5  rDev +35.5%

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5/5  rDev +35.5%

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5/5  rDev +35.5%

Texasfan549, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of Cyberkedi
4.75/5  rDev +28.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma is rich and smoky with undertones of quality coffee, unsweet chocolate and molasses, like a fine mocha with just a bit of an alcohol nip. It pours an opaque sable with a thick, fine-bubbled light tan head that leaves some good lacing. Flavor has firm tones of semi-sweet chocolate, fine coffee, molasses and toffee, as well as a good alcohol nip that gets your attention but it not overpowering or too fierce. Texture is smooth and quite fizzy, leaving behind a fairly persistent tingle, a not-quite-subtle alcohol bite, and a dollop of sweetness. Heartily recommended!

Cyberkedi, Dec 22, 2010
Photo of ThickNStout
4.72/5  rDev +27.9%
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!

ThickNStout, Dec 27, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +22%

whitekiboko, Dec 27, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +22%

TheBishopco, Nov 27, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +22%

opwog, Dec 21, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +22%

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4.5/5  rDev +22%

OKCNittany, Oct 29, 2013
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4.47/5  rDev +21.1%
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.

beer2day, Oct 22, 2011
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4.47/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: No light getting through, black color. two finger milk chocolate colored frothy head with a lot of lacing.

S: So many imperials seem to have a dominating either coffee or roasted aroma. This one seems to be chocolate first and roast/coffee in the background with vanilla notes.

T: Roast malt with a strong espresso flavor and lingering bitter espresso after taste. The brown sugar and vanilla notes are just the right amount of sweetness.

M: Very smooth. Thick bodied and moderate carbonation.

D: As most imperial stouts go, drinkability is low. If you like espresso like I do, this is a good beer to try.

kylehay2004, Sep 28, 2011
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4.45/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Based on the reviews this came out in Dec of 2010. This was a 22oz bottled poured into an oversized snifter. Thanks to Cbros for sending this to me.

Appearance-Pitch black with a dark brown sugar head that ends in a ring around the edges of the glass. Little lacing.

Smell- Lots of milk chocolate aroma. Some vanilla, tobacco, and a little alcohol.

Taste- Alcohol is first then the chocolate. The chocolate is a dark chocolate flavor in the taste. Tobacco and vanilla. Pretty sweet this one is.

Mouthfeel- This is nice and chewy, but I can't help thinking it could be a little thicker. Lip- licking sweetness after each sip.

Overall- I like this beer. I don't know if they will make it again, but I would get one if they did.

MADhombrewer, Apr 27, 2011
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4.33/5  rDev +17.3%
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.

rarbring, Apr 25, 2012
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4.33/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cracked open a bottle tonight, May 30, 2012, about 1.5 years old now. Doing very well with some time in the cellar. Hoppiness has faded away, alcohol is mellowing a bit but still there. Definite improvement in the aroma over fresh, body a bit thinner than I noted in initial review. Excellent stuff! Will sit on my last bottle for at least another year.

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22oz bottle, just released, very fresh. Served @ cellar temp.

Pours thick black with a one finger brown head that leaves nice sheets of lacing but holds only the faintest of caps and a small ring.

Aroma is heavily roasted if not burnt malts, quite smoky, chocolate, coffee, a bit of dark fruit, floral, herbal hop notes and a strong alcohol presence. Good overall strength.

Flavor is the real star with chocolate and coffee, roasted malts, smoke/char, figs, raisins, and plums, moderate sweetness, lingering roasted malt/chocolate finish. Some alcohol but well hidden for over 10% ABV.

Mouthfeel is relatively thick, creamy but with moderate carbonation.

Very good Imperial Stout, very enjoyable. Aroma leaves a bit to be desired but the flavor makes up for it in a big way. Really like what Terrapin puts out in the stout category (see Wake-n-Bake, Moo-Hoo, etc). Definitely gonna hafta get a couple of bottles of this to age as I feel this will really benefit from a year or so in the cellar.

elgiacomo, Dec 12, 2010
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4.33/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Finally procured a bottle of this while on a recent trip to Nashville. I figured this was long gone but I saw a couple of bottles and picked one up.

The aromas coming off of this are undeniably RIS with the chocolate and dark fruits but I'm getting quite a bit of smokiness as well that surprises me a bit...almost mesquite or hickory-like in it's aromas...Interesting...

Smooth as silk over the palate with a splendid blend of dark bitter chocolate, splashes of booze, raisins and a long smoky finish that keeps on giving long after the sip is gone...I'm actually surprised at how much I'm liking this...I like Terrapin's stuff but some of their Side Projects have missed the mark with me...Not this one...I'm digging on this...

Enjoyed the hell out of this one while watching the season's first fireflies and listening to the crickets on my front porch...a sublime experience

Tilley4, May 09, 2011
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4.29/5  rDev +16.3%
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.

BeerFMAndy, Feb 02, 2013
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4.28/5  rDev +16%
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.

Treebs, Oct 02, 2011
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4.28/5  rDev +16%
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.

KickInTheChalice, Jul 02, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

Keith_R, Aug 14, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

Rion, Oct 29, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

CGMLS3, Dec 09, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

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