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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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Ratings: 246
Reviews: 148
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 14.29%
Wants: 39
Gots: 61 | FT: 1
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:
Beer added by: jsanford on 11-05-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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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!

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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.

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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

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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.

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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!

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