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3.71/5
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249 Ratings
Terrapin Big Daddy Vlady's Russian Imperial StoutTerrapin Big Daddy Vlady's Russian Imperial Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Terrapin Beer Company
Georgia, United States
terrapinbeer.com

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.25%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Side Project #13

Added by jsanford on 11-05-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
149
Ratings:
249
pDev:
14.29%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
38
Gots:
59
Trade:
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Ratings: 249 |  Reviews: 149
Photo of rodbeermunch
3.61/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Sat on this one for a few years before I cracked it open a few years ago. Pours black, above average thickness to it. Brown head on the top, 3/4" deep. Aroma kicked down substantial roasted malt and not much else. Seemed to be leaning on the Russian Imperial Stout side of things, and I guess that would make sense given what appears to be Kruschev on the label. Or maybe its Lenin. Its definitely one of those Russian assholes.

Taste isn't bogged down in a hefty dark fruit bitterness like some Russian Imperial Stouts go all in on, this thickness and heft of the roasted malt seems to temper that a little bit with the chewiness. The alcohol is strong, but its all relative and for being over 10% it does a good job of making it tolerable. A mix of mild licorice and roasted chocolate malt, coffee from the malt does a good job minimizing that licorice dark fruit aspect. Held its own after being aged for around five years.

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Photo of RochefortChris
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of einman
3.97/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Cellared for five or six years. I guess that's the way to do it because I thought it was way better that the rating it has received here. Shared with a friend and it was excellent.

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Photo of DucksFan16
3.59/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of stakem
3.99/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bomber into a snifter. Man...have I really cellared this beer for 5 years? I remember when it was released and I bought a bottle, then subsequently had it on draft and figured id tuck the bottle away for aging. Here we are now drinking the bottle: black in color with a pleasant looking mocha head.

The smell includes licorice and pleasant coffee-like roastiness and earth with alcohol imparting something like raisons across the back. The tastes is equally bitter with roast and raisony alcohol, earth and a suggestion of some molasses-like dark smoky sweetness.

This is medium to fuller bodied with a light yet enjoyable amount of carbonation. For having been aged for 5 years, this is drinking pretty good and not really showing any signs of degrading. Worth checking out.

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Photo of DrBier
4.24/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DrMindbender
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jblain
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of olradetbalder
4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

Photo of a77cj7
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of richkrull
4.4/5  rDev +18.6%

Photo of baerb69
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of Latarnik
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of jsanford
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of Lovely85
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of BillRoth
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of jmdrpi
4.02/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle, 2010 vintage

appears pitch black, with thin dark tan colored head that fades fast. smells roasty, a bit of bitter espresso and bitter cocao. nice aroma. tastes of charcoal, a bit ashy, roasted grain. dry bitter aftertaste. thicker mouthfeel, but could be more viscous. lower carbonation, smooth. overall a pretty good RIS

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Photo of Rion
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of OKCNittany
4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

Photo of damienblack
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of Ego
3.86/5  rDev +4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

eyes...
super sizzle fizzle, in a blink there is an o-ring of tan foam, dark legs crawl up the glass, pitch black hue as it should be, that is pretty much it...

nose...
boozy with hints of roasted coffee, sweet bourbon notes mixed with chocolate, some dark fruit notes as well (ie prunes), smells like a beast of booze

taste etc...
thick and boozy (sounds like my nightlife in college), this follows the nose exactly, there is no deviation from what you smell aside from a deeper roast tone in the aftertaste, like I thought this is a boozy beast (insert college nightlife joke again here), this teeters on too boozy but does not slide into the abyss. it lets you know it is there to kick you in the face but leaves you
breathing, this is not one to have if you plan on doing anything in the next few hours, the ABV seems bigger than the 10.5 listed, definitely one of the thicker beers I have had in some time

verdict?
not the best RIS around but a pretty damn big one, this is a bully and I like it, for what it lacks in depth of flavor (and I am being a bit picky here) it makes up for in boldness

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Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%
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.

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Photo of oline73
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

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Beer rating: 3.71 out of 5 with 249 ratings
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