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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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BA SCORE
83
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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:
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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.

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Photo of Ryan011235
2.3/5  rDev -37.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into an E&J Cask & Cream glass on 1/5/11

Thanks to PDXHops

After pouring a cola brown color, it basically settles black. Two fingers of tan foam took time dissipating; the head held out well considering the abv. Thin retention; good lace. Looks quite nice.

The aroma appropriately potent for the style, but it seems clustered & messy. Earthy hop overtones drift amid layers of various malts & such: scorched chocolate, burnt sugars, hints of roasted coffee, bread, musty yeast. Swirling congers soapy & medicinal notions. Yeah, not so great after the swirl.

A trifecta of great fun & good times is given the palate, progressing as follows: hops, malts, booze. The first taste of each sip is simultaneously dull & slightly agitated by earthy, herbal, solvent-like hops. Next up is a disorganized slew of malt: sweet chocolate, burnt sugars & dry, roasted coffee further back still. The burnt & sweet aspects clash; there is too much of each. Not particularly complex; more could be done with less. Picking up along side the malts & carrying into the finish is a poignant, raw booziness; perhaps that's why Terrapin mentions serving this in a shot glass.

The feel is plenty viscous & heavy. I'm not sure but what the aforementioned dullness might have more to do with the feel than the taste. Eh, I'll presume it's a combination of both. Smooth upfront with modest, prickly carbonation in the latter half. Some grittiness as well. Notions of aspirin manifest on the finish.

I'm not digging this much at all. It looks nice, but that's about it. Far, far too messy for its own good. It isn't entirely undrinkable; no, it's not nearly a drain pour. The bottle will be finished. That said, I can't recommend this one.

Follow-up from the last part of the bottle: it's somewhat improved after it opened up & warmed. I would suggest serving close to room temperature. However, this isn't enough to save the experience.

Ryan011235, Jan 09, 2011
Photo of BarrelO
3.28/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber poured into a snifter.

A: Black body, thin head with no lacing.

S: Some chocolate, roastiness, and fruits.

T: Some roasty notes, some fruity notes. Noticeable bitterness and alcohol, but neither is overwhelming. All of the flavors kind of cancel each other out, so the overall profile is pretty neutral. Feels to me like a half-assed Belgian stout.

M: A bit light, but not gratuitously so.

D: Just a boring beer. Pretty disappointing. This is the same brewery that did Wake-n-Bake and Moo Hoo, so it's not like they're clueless when it comes to stouts. Step your game up, Terrapin.

BarrelO, Jan 08, 2011
Photo of ztaylor1
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Appearance- opaque black body with a tight chocolate/mocha head that sticks around.

Smell- sweet chocolate and roasted malts dominate. Slight alcohol and light hops in the finish.

Taste- very chocolatey brew. Sweet milk chocolate up front with ripe fruit with an alcoholic, bitter dark chocolate finish. Fairly dry finish.

Mouthfeel- medium to heavy body with an amazing creaminess. Carbonation is light and prickly. Fantastic.

Drinkability- fantastic brew, but too rich and too much alcohol.

ztaylor1, Jan 08, 2011
Photo of scifan
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black with a light brown head into a tulip glass. Head settles down quickly leaving minimal lacing along the glass.
First thing I smell is chocolate, kinda like powered cocoa. Also some roasty malts and coffee, and just a tinge of vannila. There's also quite a bit of alcohol making itself known.
The first sip reveals more of the powered cocoa again. Then some nice roasty coffee bitterness in the middle, along with some earthy herbal hops. Then the warming alcohol at the end. This one is still a little hot and I think aging a few bottles would be a great idea.
I thought the mouthfeel was good for the style though it could have a been slightly heftier.
Very drinkable although the alcohol is noticable it was never overbearing and I won't have a problem with this 22. A good attempt at this style from Terrapin.

scifan, Jan 08, 2011
Photo of mattgreger
3.8/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Recently reviewed On Tap, however also enjoyed in a bottle about a week later. Pour, Aroma, Taste, Mouthful very much the same, but some change for the drinkablility. See below.

This brew poured a very dark black, with a nice thick, brown colored head. It has pretty good retention. This brew really didn't have very much lacing, just a few beads as you drink it.

The aroma has strong from the pour. The first punch is a bit of an alcohol smell, not bad, but strong. It followed with a presense of chocolate, caramel, and roasted coffee aromas. There is a bit of a sweet molasses flavor in the finish.

The taste really follows this brew pretty well . The alcohol hits you first. It gives a nice warming feeling as you take the first few sips. its not too overpowering though, becauase as you drink on you get the sweet caramel and molasses flavors. These flavors are followed up with a bit of spices and finishes with a nice bitter chocolate taste.

The mouthful was quite creamy and enjoyable. A saw a lot of reviews, saying this brew was a bit thin. I had thsi brew on tap and by the bottle, and its very full bodied and delicious.

This is one of the better Russian Imperial Stouts I have had. Not teh best, but pretty good. This brew is a great representation of the style, but with a little bit of flare. Great brew by Terripan. Great on draft or bottle. I do have to say, I think the bottle might loose a point or so for drinkability, due to booziness. The bottle, which was very fresh, was a bit harder to drink. The brew from the bottle, was a bit harder to finish because of a strong alcohol flavor at the finish. Still a decent brew.

mattgreger, Jan 08, 2011
Photo of benlloninho
3.7/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Alright! Welcome to my first review on BA! I probably should have picked a less complex style, but oh well. I picked up a 22 oz bottle of Big Daddy Vlady's this evening on the way home from work. I went to school at UGA, so Athens, GA will always be a special place to me, which is where Terrapin is located. I dig most of the Terrapin brews, and am glad that they're doing well for themselves (as far as I can tell).

Appearance: A thick, frothy cappuccino foam sits upon a blackness matched only by the cold, dry place in Martha Stewart's chest. You've seen this before; a fine looking beer.

Smell: It's January, so my ability to smell isn't at its peak. I can discern a bit of coffee, nuts and chocolate. Very pleasant, but not terribly distinct from any of the other Imperial Russian Stouts that I've enjoyed. Here we go...

Taste: ... and here's where I feel out of my league. My initial inclination is to write, 'A yummy stout ale', and let that be that, but that's not what I'm here for. So here's an attempt to analyze the vague hints and subtleties my tongue is trying to relay to my brain: A nice bitterness on the front of the tongue is balanced by a malty, nutty sweetness flooding in mid-taste. There's some sort of dry (and almost spicy by comparison) flavor between the middle-of-the-tongue smoky maltiness and the aftertaste. 10.5% is apparent on the backend. I'll also suggest that this seems to have more hop action than other Imperial Russian Stouts that I've had.

Mouthfeel: Very thick, almost chewy. Could you use it for syrup on your pancakes? Yes, yes you could. I like the amount of carbonation which, in my mind, is more than other beers in this style.

Drinkability: What a fantastic beer for a January evening! That said, it's a little bit thick for more than a couple pints.

Overall, I am very pleased with this. Keep up the good work dudes!

benlloninho, Jan 08, 2011
Photo of titosupertramp
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pretty typical for the style. Black, mocha head. Splotchy lacing.

S: The smell caught me off guard a little. Fruity sweet? Huh, ok. It's good, but not what I expected. The usual suspects of chocolate and roasted barley are there, but you have to search a little. Some alcohol when it starts to get warm. Weird, but I like it.

T: Very nice. The hops really burst in the flavor. Good balance with licorice, chocolate, dark fruit. Really like the bitter/sweet playing against one another. The alcohol is present enough to keep this from being rated higher.

M: Pretty thick. Alcohol sting. Dry finish.

D: High ABV shows itself when this warms so I can't rate the drinkability as high as the other metrics.

I like this beer a good bit and glad I bought two so I can cellar one and revist it in a year or so when it mellows a little. Would recommend this to any stout fan.

titosupertramp, Jan 08, 2011
Photo of glid02
3.95/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Brick Store.

Pours black with a half-finger light brown head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of robust roasted malts and sweet black malts. Also present are moderate amounts of unsweetened chocolate and lighter amounts of dark molasses.

Tastes good. Equal amounts of sweet dark malts and roasted flavors kick things off. Joining in shortly thereafter are solid amounts of semi-sweet chocolate and mild pine hop flavors. Midway throuugh the sip the hops fade and the flavor profile sweetens with the addition of molasses that carries through to a mildly bitter ending. The alcohol is hidden fairly well.

Mouthfeel is OK. It's a bit on the thin side for a beer this big but with solid carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I finished my glass without a problem and could have another.

Overall I disagree with some of the other reviews here as I thought it was a solid RIS with a good deal of complexity. The problems I had were the overbearing sweetness and the way all the different flavors interacted. Far from the top tier of the style but still worth a shot.

glid02, Jan 06, 2011
Photo of avalon07
3.8/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a dark brown color and a thick consistency. There was an inch and a half of foamy/creamy, tan-colored, long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: Aroma was dominated by chocolate and malt, with some hints of coffee.

T: Tasted of bittersweet chocolate and roasted malt up front, with some coffee in the finish. Not as sharp as some RISs in terms of focus. A decent flavor.

M: A solid amount of carbonation with a predictably slick finish. full-bodied.

D: On the whole, a solidly drinkable beer, in spite of some deficiencies.

avalon07, Jan 06, 2011
Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.68/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

22 ounce bottle - Bullock's Wine & Spirits in Marietta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a thick-looking, black body with an equally dense-looking, toasted khaki-colored head.

Smell: Tar-scented roastiness, softened dark chocolate, licorice, and burnt herbs mixed with a heavy dose of a low-grade, solventy raisin liqueur (as if there were a 99 Raisins on the market).

Taste: Maltiness landing back and forth between a sweet heavy roastiness and a taste of bittersweet chocolate squares, eventually joining in with some molasses and snippets of black licorice. Raisin-based dark fruitiness. Flecks of char from an oven cleaning. Green, leafy hop character with a moderate degree of bitterness. Well, that initial gulp is pretty tasty, but then a lacquery alcoholic hotness pushes its way into the mix, leaving with you a longly heated, roasty finish. Maybe the vodka-hinting alcohol quality on the back-half is all part of the Russian theme present.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body. Medium carbonation. There's a heavy slickness to the mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Sub-par, for me, and a bit tough to finish off. The coarse booziness is disappointing, sinking what could have been a far better, far more enjoyable brew.

ChainGangGuy, Jan 04, 2011
Photo of thagr81us
3.95/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served from tap into a sampler shaker. Poured pitch black with a one finger tan head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, roasted malt, caramel, and alcohol. The flavor was of sweet malt, cream, roasted malt, dark chocolate, caramel, and subtle alcohol. It had a heavy feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this wasn't a bad brew at all. A lot of people have been ripping it a new one though it seems. To each their own I suppose... But me personally, I found this one to be pretty tasty and well balanced in the flavors. The aroma was lacking a little bit in intensity, but you can't win them all. I would personally suggest this to any of my friends who like RISs and would do the same for you as well if you have not had it so you can judge for yourself.

thagr81us, Jan 03, 2011
Photo of KidsDoc
2.95/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

750mL bottle shared with (Shelton/Howard)

A: great pour, nearly black with some dark brown/amber hues, soft one finger tan/latte head that settles into a nice rim

S: dark roast malt, chocolate - minimal, not much alcohol in the nose.

T: this was the let down. Not very well balanced. Sweet and heavy burnt malt up front, middle was smooth with subtle blend of chocolate/coffee/roast; finish was a mess with heavy alcohol presence taking over and the flavor profile seemd to fall apart.

M: overall pretty good. Medium at best compared to other RIS, but very smooth. Carbonation was appropriate or at least not distracting

D: For the high ABV and the taste profile losing its way this is a beer I could tolerate, but would not look forward to in the future. The second bottle may sit for a while and that may be the best thing for it....

KidsDoc, Jan 01, 2011
Photo of brentk56
4.03/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: It has got that great RIS look, with a huge head that develops atop the obsidian liquid; the retention was great as was the lacing

Smell: Roasty chocolate, with plenty of "C" hops and a hint of licorice

Taste: The roast and chocolate make a brief appearance, up front, but the fusel alcohol and citrusy hops kick in rather quickly; after the swallow, the sweeter chocolate malts add a further dimension. though the finish has a lot of alcohol in the back

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate to high carbonation

Drinkability: This beer has some elements of a RIS but also is arguably an imperial black IPA; I like it better than many other reviewers but I may be viewing it through a different lens

brentk56, Dec 31, 2010
Photo of mdfb79
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 12/25/10 notes. Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

a - Pours a jet black color with one finger of tan head and moderate carbonation evident. Very little lacing and no retention.

s - Smells of coffee, roasted malts, chocolate, dark fruits, caramel malts, and vanilla. Pretty nice nose.

t - Tastes of bitter chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, dark fruits, toasted malts, and alcohol. A step down from the nose.

m - Fuller body and moderate carbonation, thick and chewy, smooth.

d - Good, just a little too much alcohol and bitter chocolate in the taste. Would try again but probably wouldn't seek out buying another bottle.

mdfb79, Dec 27, 2010
Photo of Kegatron
2.58/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

22 oz foil topped bomber into an oversized tulip glass.

Pours a pitch black in the glass, with 2 fingers of stiff dark mocha colored foamy head. This shrinks down quickly but holds fast with about ¾ of a finger, hanging tough with a nice monstrous richness to the retention that leaves back heavy spotty lacing which readily sticks to the sides of the glass. I think that the look was definitely the best part of this beer. The aroma is very forward with fresh and bright citric hops that then give way to a HEAVY does of sweetness in the nose, consisting of notes of chocolate, molasses, brown sugars, and a touch of darker fruit. There is some dark malt character present (I'm really getting a good bit of coffee) but the beefy sweetness just seems to crowd out the other flavors at times. Some stiff alcohol piles warmth and even more sweetness on top.

The taste is once again chewy and sweet up front, with a combo of chocolate cake, gooey caramel, and some ripe dark fruit, which then immediately run into a WALL of green citric hop character. This is just a complete clash of flavors here. Coffee and burnt roast flesh out the back of the profile but even then, the hops run over things a bit. Espresso lingers in the back, along with some dry bitterness and some leftover sweet twang. The mouthfeel is fuller bodied, with a mostly thick creaminess that expands out into the mouth and some oily slickness that seems to mostly come from all of the hops that are present. There is a beefy warmth here that really accentuates the strong bitterness but I wouldn't call the overall alcohol presence boozy.

You know a big hoppy Imperial Stout can be great when done right but unfortunately this attempt at the style from Terrapin just never got things on track, leaving this in the end to be a mildly drinkable and way too intense blend of hops, roast, and alcohol flavors. The hop profile here just seemed very raw and unrefined and both covered and clashed with the more sweet malt and fruit flavors that could have been this beers saving grace. This just wasn't a very well made Imperial Stout. A disappointment from Terrapin.

Kegatron, Dec 27, 2010
Photo of Georgiabeer
3.58/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I'm going to have to disagree with some of the reviews here. This is certainly boozy, but that doesn't bother me too much- should age fairly well. I don't think this is all that sweet, though. I get bitter chocolate, a small amount of brown sugar, and some vinous notes long with some pine notes. It is a bit thinner than it should be, and would definitely benefit from some body. I thought it was decent, but far from a homerun.

Georgiabeer, Dec 26, 2010
Photo of Gavage
4.05/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a black color with a 1" milk chocolate color head. Moderate lace develops.

Smell: roasted malt, light alcohol, nice bitterness, and some fruit sweetness comes through to the nose.

Taste: roasted malt, bitter chocolate, prunes, raisins, mild alcohol tones, and a moderate bitterness creates a flavorful beer.

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy in body. Lightly crisp to start, smoother to finish. Aftertaste is long as the flavors last in the mouth.

Drinkability: slow sipping beer, but nicely flavorful. Worth a try.

Gavage, Dec 24, 2010
Photo of axeman9182
3.23/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle, poured into my Duvel tulip.

BDV pours total black, with an impressive pile of creamy, very dark caramel foam sitting on top of it. The head starts at four fingers, and it's progress down the sides of my glass is *slow*. The lacing is also good, but is the sole factor keeping it from a perfect appearance score. The nose is disappointingly muted. What I do pick up is some general roasted grains, chocolate, alcohol, and licorice, in that order. The alcohol is still somewhat prominent (disappointingly), but the licorice is just barely there (which is how I prefer licorice). I'm finding the same things in Big Daddy Vlady's flavor profile, though I'd say a rich milk chocolate overtakes the mildly acrid roasted flavor. When I first poured BDV it had warmed a little, and the alcohol was way too hot and harsh. It mellowed greatly as it crept up to room temperature, without ever disappearing entirely.Body is a bit too thin for a big imperial stout, I'd really like a little more heft to it. Carbonation is slightly higher than what I usually encounter for the style, or maybe it's a normal carbonation level that jumps out more with a thinner body, but either way I feel like it works well. Big Daddy Vlady's carbonation still is understated enough that it avoids being at all fizzy or bubbly. I enjoyed my bottle of this brew, but I do feel it's a little bit young. It's got potential though, so I'll probably pick up another bottle or two to sit on for a while.

axeman9182, Dec 24, 2010
Photo of jpmclaug
3.4/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into my Stone IRS snifter

A - Black as can be with a nice sized light brown head and a lot of sticky lacing.

S - A light roastiness but not too much more than that going on with this

T - Some roastiness mingles with dark fruit notes. Some hints of alcohol are present as well. Fairly sweet. Not much coffee/chocolate present

M - medium to heavy bodied with a light carbonation

D - It goes down pretty easy. Doesn't really challenge me the way a good RIS should. Not a drain pour but not all that great. I really expected more from Terrapin.

jpmclaug, Dec 23, 2010
Photo of Avagadro
4.2/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours jet black with a mocha colored head. Retention is great, maintaining a frothy blanket atop the brew throughout the experience. Body is opaque, and no lacing is observable through the heavy body.

S: Bouquet is potent, with a noticeable amount of alcohol. When I am reviewing whiskey, rum, or cognac, I rarely mention the alcohol aroma. But, since many beer drinkers do not appreciate the aroma or flavor of alcohol, I am mentioning it as a warning. Molasses, caramel, and clove are perceived in the nose.

T: Again, noticeable alcohol, but this is not a bad thing. Sweet caramel macchiato blends with ginger and spice, along with a touch of chocolate, to form a throughly enjoyable experience.

M: Full bodied, regardless of what anyone else proclaims.

D: This is a great RIS. It has all of the characteristics I was hoping for, it had some that I wasn't expecting, and all while not falling into the RIS cliche. This was truly enjoyable all while achieving originality. Definitely a stout worth recommending to customers.

Avagadro, Dec 22, 2010
Photo of gford217
3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber.

Pours pretty close to black with a small, short-lived tan head that leaves some spotty lacing and some boozy legs.

Aroma is sweet and dominated by mocha and dark fruits. There are hints of coffee and booze as well. Just very sweet overall.

The taste is very sweet as well and features more alcohol and plenty of dark chocolate malts, roasted grains and licorice. More coffee than the aroma but very boozy. Lots of heavy sugar and molasses.

The mouthfeel is thinnish with strong carbonation. Very sweet and boozy for the style.

This is a solid beer but not even in the same ballpark as Wake N Bake. Much more boozy than I was expecting.

gford217, Dec 22, 2010
Photo of nickfl
3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Black body with an light brown head of foam that stands less then one finger tall. The head fades away quickly and leaves little lace.

S - An alcoholic aroma of dark fruit and spiced coffee. Plums, espresso, clove, and licorice all compete for dominance.

T - Lots of dark sugar and fruit up front, plums and molars with a hint of burnt caramel. The character begins to come out in the middle with a rich, turkish coffee character. The beer finishes with lots of peppery alcohol and silvery clove as well as lingering warmth almost on the level of a distilled spirit.

M - Medium thick body, moderate carbonation, a slightly sweet finish, and hot alcohol that lingers on the palate.

D - This beer had a lot of potential, but it hasn't matured yet. It isn't quite as much of a mess as some others that I have tried before they were ready. The around us quite nice and the flavor shows promise until it falls apart in the finish. I plan on getting a boyle of this as it will be great in six months it a year, but it just isn't there yet.

nickfl, Dec 22, 2010
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 redneckchugger
1.4/5  rDev -62.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Served in a tulip glass, black body think tan head.
Next to no aroma, some hints of dark chocolate, but not a lot of that.
Taste is boozy very very boozy. Its like cheap dark hot cocoa with everclear. in it.
Mouthfeel is way to thin. I like my big stouts to be thick and this disappoints in a big way.
Not drinkable at all, this is far and away the worst stout i have had in my life. Terrapin is one of my go to breweries but they dropped the ball on this one.

redneckchugger, Dec 21, 2010
Photo of atsprings
4.03/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into a DFH Signature glass pours a deep opaque black with a decent light tan head that shows the shape of the etching at the bottom of the glass. The head lasts as a thin layer and leaves nice lacing on the glass. The aroma is a nice amount of roasted malts, espresso, and dark chocolate. The taste is a nice amount of smooth roasted malts in front of espresso, molasses, licorice and dried fruits, nice complexity. The beer is a bit on the heavy side, but it is an enjoyable sipper for a cold December night. This is a very enjoyable Imperial Stout, one I'd certainly have again.

atsprings, Dec 21, 2010
Terrapin Big Daddy Vlady's Russian Imperial Stout from Terrapin Beer Company
83 out of 100 based on 239 ratings.