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Pikop Andropov's Rushin' Imperial Stout - Hale's Ales Brewery & Pub

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Pikop Andropov's Rushin' Imperial StoutPikop Andropov's Rushin' Imperial Stout

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BA SCORE
78
okay

61 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 61
Reviews: 43
rAvg: 3.37
pDev: 18.99%
Wants: 1
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Hale's Ales Brewery & Pub visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: 49degrees on 04-17-2003)
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Pours inky blank with very slight head. Leaves a light brown lace as foam dissipates.

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Pikop Andropov's Rushin' Imperial Stout from Hale's Ales Brewery & Pub
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