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

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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.

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

csustar001, Nov 05, 2012
Photo of ncaudle
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

ncaudle, Oct 17, 2012
Photo of bigfnjoe
2.73/5  rDev -26%
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

bigfnjoe, Oct 07, 2012
Photo of BennyL1
3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

BennyL1, Sep 15, 2012
Photo of BrkfstOfChmpns
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

BrkfstOfChmpns, Sep 11, 2012
Photo of ADTaber
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

ADTaber, Sep 09, 2012
Photo of Darkmagus82
4.23/5  rDev +14.6%
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.

Darkmagus82, Aug 23, 2012
Photo of Keith_R
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

Keith_R, Aug 14, 2012
Photo of Crimsontider22
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Crimsontider22, Aug 10, 2012
Photo of GOMECK
2.75/5  rDev -25.5%

GOMECK, Aug 09, 2012
Photo of barleywinefiend
3.03/5  rDev -17.9%
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

barleywinefiend, Aug 06, 2012
Photo of AwYeh
2.88/5  rDev -22%
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).

AwYeh, Aug 05, 2012
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4/5  rDev +8.4%

3Hops, Aug 02, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

pixieskid, Jul 28, 2012
Photo of DrunkinYogi
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

DrunkinYogi, Jul 23, 2012
Photo of madvermin
3.3/5  rDev -10.6%
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.

madvermin, Jul 14, 2012
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3/5  rDev -18.7%

TimH, May 19, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

MaChiNe, May 19, 2012
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4/5  rDev +8.4%

DrFunkenstein, May 16, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

popery, May 04, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

pokesbeerdude, Apr 29, 2012
Photo of Asgeirr
4.13/5  rDev +11.9%
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!

Asgeirr, Apr 27, 2012
Photo of rarbring
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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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

billn3, Apr 24, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

UltimateLivewire, Mar 12, 2012
Terrapin Big Daddy Vlady's Russian Imperial Stout from Terrapin Beer Company
83 out of 100 based on 239 ratings.