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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Terrapin Beer Company
Georgia, United States

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.

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Ratings: 248 |  Reviews: 148
Photo of Sammy
3.55/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Looks good but doesn't deliver RIS. Chooclate, smoke in aromas. A chocolate and coffee story, great lace. Medium mouthfeel. Nothing to write home about for the style. Radek's bottle.Not greatly drinkable, brewery did not execute on this one, I did not care for the taste.

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Photo of Texasfan549
5/5  rDev +36.6%

Photo of kylehay2004
4.48/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: No light getting through, black color. two finger milk chocolate colored frothy head with a lot of lacing.

S: So many imperials seem to have a dominating either coffee or roasted aroma. This one seems to be chocolate first and roast/coffee in the background with vanilla notes.

T: Roast malt with a strong espresso flavor and lingering bitter espresso after taste. The brown sugar and vanilla notes are just the right amount of sweetness.

M: Very smooth. Thick bodied and moderate carbonation.

D: As most imperial stouts go, drinkability is low. If you like espresso like I do, this is a good beer to try.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.92/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to hotmanflab666 for sending me this one as part of the Heavy Metal BIF 3 (Halloween Edition)!

Pours an opaque black with a 1 inch puffy khaki head that settles to a film on the top of the beer. Small dots and patches of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa powder, and some bittersweet chocolate. Taste is of dark roasted malt, some dark fruits, chocolate liqueur, and cocoa powder. A mild roasty bitterness lingers on the palate after each sip. This beer has a somewhat thin body with a lower level of carbonation. It goes down pretty smooth however. Overall, this is a good RIS but the mouthfeel is a bit lacking. I am still glad I got to try one of these.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of Knapp85
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I really wanted this beer to be thicker. The smell, the look, and the aromas are really nice in this. All beer would neednis the thick oily mouthfeel and it'd probably be much much better. This beer has a really nice aroma of roasted malts and some hops. The burnt dark flavors are all over the taste but in the way back of my mouth I'm can pick up some tingling hops. The color is black, the head is minimal after the pour has settled. But the lacing that's left is pretty good. This is a good beer, I just don't know if I'd call it a Russian Imperial or not.

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Photo of t0rin0
3/5  rDev -18%

Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of brentk56
4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
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

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Photo of oline73
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of DrBier
4.24/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of olradetbalder
4.5/5  rDev +23%

Photo of jlindros
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Optimator13 for this.

Light creamy head pitch black no light.

Nose bitter dark roasty malts, cocoa powder, creamy choc, nice coffee fresh roasted, light booze, light oats, some earthy and light spicy hops, caramel, touch of vanilla.

Taste smoked malts to start, cocoa powder, light creamy choc, light smoked meat, bit of roast, fresh coffee, chewy oats, earthy and light spicy hops, light booze, sweet little syrupy, syrupy but dry finish with lingering choc, caramel, roast, semi bitter, little smoke.

Mouth is heavier bodied, little syrupy, light warming booze, lower but decent carb.

Overall good, nice malts, good coffee and choc, drier finish, interesting smoked malts, decent hops, nothing too powering, but nothing special.

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Photo of nickfl
3.54/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

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Photo of Kegatron
2.64/5  rDev -27.9%
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.

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Photo of billab914
3.45/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Bruery tulip glass. It poured black in color with a thick, dark tan colored head to it. The head faded and clung to the edges of the glass, where it left a bit of lacing.

The aroma leans more on the sweet side with molasses, caramel and some dark fruits being the most prominent. I get a little bit of a milky chocolate to it as well. It's a little light on the roasty flavors for the style. Not bad at all, but a little too sweet compared to the top beers of the style.

The taste shows more of a caramel and dark fruit profile to it. I get some sweeter, chocolate flavors to it up front and just a hint of bitter roasty flavors in the finish. Like the aroma suggested, it was a little light on the roasty, stout characters for the style and leaned a little too far to the sweet side. Pretty decent flavors overall, but not exceptional in the style.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied, but probably a little light for the style. Carbonation is average. Overall it had some decent flavors to it but wasn't outstanding in the style. Could have used a little more roasty, bitter flavors to balance it out some. I still really enjoyed sipping on it tonight though as it was very flavorful and easy drinking. Decent beer overall.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.71/5  rDev -26%
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.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

jet black, motor oil like with a small tan head that had a quick fade, and had a nice lace down sides for the duration of the glass.

The smell was light but very sweet. Caramel and sugar being the predominant flavors. A very light hint at chocolate and a modest amount of alcohol were present as well, though this did diminish as it warmed.The first obviuos shock for me was a bitter hoppy finish that seemed to come out of no where on this black liquid. Lots of caramel flavors mixed in with black licorice made this one yummy drink indeed. The feel feel was thick, creamy almost chewey in consistency.

Overall this was very very excellent, and definatly a winner in my book. The alcohol is soo well hidden that this is actually dangerous and could rightfully catch up to you at any moment.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

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Photo of womencantsail
2.81/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to Mike for providing another tick from the Side Project series.

A: Vlady pours a dark brown color with a finger or so of tan head.

S: Starts off with the familiar intense roasted malt of an imperial stout. Burnt/charred malts and ash follow with lots of coffee, licorice, and burnt sugar. Some definite rubber notes are there as well.

T: Just a really bad coffee flavor to this beer. Bitter roasted/charred malts and sugar along with a strong astringency. Earthy hops and licorice are also present.

M: The body is medium with a moderate level of carbonation.

D: Overall, this is just a really harsh beer.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.18/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle shared by Lunch. Thanks Paul!

This beer appears nearly black, with a thick beige head that leaves some decent lacing in its wake. The aroma is primarily of roasted malt and alcohol. The flavor brings a lot of heat, with the typical stout characteristics a bit out of balance. It's quite roasty with a formidable alcohol presence throughout. The feel is medium to full bodied. A small sample was plenty. There are many better examples of this style available.

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Photo of stakem
3.99/5  rDev +9%
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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