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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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Reviews: 148 | Ratings: 248
Photo of Vonerichs
3.19/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Dark brown, borderline black in color with a 1/2" of cinnamon head.

The smell has the normal chocolate and roast scents, but it also has a strong off-putting odor of burnt plastic like when you burn a lego guy.

The taste is a little better. The roasted malt and chocolate come through but are subdued by the extremely high astringency of the alcohol. It's one of the hottest stouts I've had, for sure.

Mouthfeel is boozy, but otherwise thick as it should be.

Overall, this beer is kind of all over the place. It has some decent taste at times, but has some detracting qualities about it that solidifies the fact I'll never try it again, nor would I suggest it.

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Photo of UMNbeerhunter
3.61/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Cigar City snifter on 4/4/11.

Pours a pretty black with a chocolaty brown head that dissipates leaving moderate fine mocha lacing on the glass.

Smell is slightly subdued but smells of chocolate and roasted coffee beans.

Taste is along the lines of the smell. Good chocolate and coffee tastes and sweet malt but its all underdone. I really wanted some more taste.

Mouthfeel is heavy with a nice resin that leaves a nice coffee taste leftover.

Overall the drinkability is low. The taste and smell is wanting and with the higher ABV my dollars and alcohol consumption limit is better used elsewhere. I am glad to have tried it but I will not be going after this one and the 2nd bottle I have will probably find its way into a box as an extra.

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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 tr4nc3d
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Taken from notes

22oz bomber poured into my snifter

Appearance is an opaque black color with a one inch mocha colored head. Average head retention with good lacing sticking to the glass.

Aroma consist of dark semi-sweet chocolate, roasted coffee beans, cocoa, and slight alcohol heat.

Taste starts off semi sweet with a milk chocolate taste and then follows with a bit of roasted malts. Not to complex.

Taste is pretty thick and full bodied with minimal carbonation.

Alright RIS but nothing special really.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.08/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22oz bottle courtesy of bulbman, thanks! I split this with a couple friends and they seemed to enjoy it more than I did. Not much point describing the appearance, it's black and has a minimal head.it smelled like alcohol at first but as it warmed up it was a nice rich, toasty smell. The taste really had a charred meat flavor to it that was just too much for me. I won't be seeking this out again.

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Photo of chilly460
3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours thick black as expected, topped with a finger of dark tan head. Decent retention and good lace, spidery traces down the glass.

S - Plenty of chocolate, fudge, and coffee in this one. Has a dry aspect to it, like cocoa powder. offer, plus some definite booze as well.

T - Starts off as nice chocolate, not sweet like milk chocolate but not bitter dark either. Decent amount of coffee roast in there, as well as plain malt sweetness. Not real complex, but enjoyable straightforward RIS.

M - Moderate thickness, not as big and chewy as some, but definitely thicker then an American stout.

O - Solid brew all around, I'd say it's a good beer when you want something heartier then an American stout, but don't want a monster/complex RIS.

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Photo of justintcoons
3.94/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: Pours pitch black with 1 finger of tan fluffy head that dissipates quickly. Low carbonation.

N: Roasted barley, dark chocolate, espresso and dish soap?

T: A lot of nice dark notes throughout this one. Roasted barley, bitter dark chocolate, espresso, toffee and finishes bitter and dry with some earthy hop notes. Luckily the soap detected in the nose does show up in the taste.

M: Medium bodied, silky and smooth.

D: Pretty decent drinkability for 10.25% abv. Very rich and very dark.

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Photo of meatyard
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours an opaque black or brown with a 3-finger cocoa colored head that has good retention while leaving splotchy lace.

The smell is dark roasted malt, dark chocolate and a good dose of alcohol.

The taste is similar to the aroma only more intense especially the alcohol. Some chocolate & molasses appears in the taste too.

Mouthfeel is medium and decently carbonated

Overall there's just too much noticeable alcohol throughout the aroma & flavor to be comfortable. I was expecting more from this and it might do well after a year in the cellar. There are too many better RISs to buy another. It's far from bad but I'd rather spend the $$ on something else.

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Photo of beerdown77
4.1/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This poured black with tan head. The smell and taste was chocolaty and sweet. There was Strong alcohol flavor that didn't try to hide, but it's presence was pleasant ant expected from a Russian Imperial. I am really starting to like this genre of beer, and I'm blaming this for that new found interest. It was a solid imperial stout that had surprising carbonation and a body that was drinkable.

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Photo of msubulldog25
3.76/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A gold foil-wrapped 22 oz. bottle, sent by Crowe Daddy (thx, bluepred!). (Un)Lucky Number 13 in the Side Project series - less Lenin, more Turtle, please! Poured to a pint glass... not a shot glass, as is recommended per the label.

A: A thick-looking, viscous oil slick. Perfectly dark... er, 'black'... and topped with a terrific two-fingers of dense light tan sudsiness. Good retention and excellent lace, a jigsawed coating of diminishing foamy film above an ever-present coating sheen.

S: Reasonably strong and VERY fudgy, a dark chocolate Imperial Stout at its best. Wish it had a little more to offer, but a lot of dusty cocoa and roast is good enough for me. Something in there tickles the nose, a boozy note that hasn't quite settled.

T: A nice dark chocolate, on the sweeter side, but with a berry fruit and roasted/dark coffee bean backing. Maltiness that borders on 'molasses' and 'syrup', dark and sweet and just about what I want from a Russian Imperial.

M: Modest thickness, though it deepens given time. VERY smooth, which is a pleasing find in a relatively young RIS. The end result is a medium (at best) feel, filling out bit by bit but never quite turning heavy or sticky. And those are things I look for in an Imperial Stout, frankly...

O: Not bad now, but something tells me this could approach greatness given some time. Too bad this is/was my only bottle. Impatient me, what have I done??? As such, likable and drinkable enough; 10+% ABV isn't overbearing. Just not transcendent...yet. Could I get another in a few months?

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Photo of SFLpunk
3.61/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to cmrillo and Hodgin for this one! 22oz brown glass pry-top with gold foil. No date. Bottle is a little sticky...hmm?

Pours a medium thick black with brown around the edges. .5 inch tan head, very creamy and a quick cascade. Leaves some lacing.

Nose smells very dry and roasty but with a little cream-like mellowness. Like marshmallows dipped in espresso!

Palate is thinner than I would expect. Medium-bodied at best, leaning medium-light. Black coffee flavors with some molasses and a little charred wood. Sweetness is there, but it snaps dry towards the finish and ends on a bitter char note.

Notes: Was expecting more viscosity from this bad boy. I just came off a Stone IRS 09, so maybe I'm a little jaded, but this lacks some viscosity that I've come to expect form American Imperial/Double Stouts. Maybe down South they don't need them as rich as we Northerners do to keep the chill off. A nice try, but not quite there.

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Photo of Pellinore1
3.43/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to both CaptinRedBeard and donManguno for sending bottles of this.

Pours a deep, opaque brown, producing less than a finger of tan head. This slowly fades away, disappearing almost completely.

I smell dark fruit, molasses, roasty malt, and some booziness.

This beer opens with a light sweetness, reminiscent of the molasses and dark fruit that I smelled. It then moves into some deep, roasty flavors, and finishes with noticeable alcohol warmth.

Smooth and thick on the tongue, the mouthfeel is fine.

Drinkability is fine, but somewhat limited by the noticeable ABV.

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Photo of Chaney
3.38/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: First of all, it poured with absolutely no head whatsoever.... Now that we got that out of the way, the color was the darkest brown you could imagine, with the slightest bit of light gleaming through around the edges.

S: A slight bit of roast, coffee, and a quite a bit of nothingness....

T: A bit more substantial on the taste front. Chocolate, dark fruit, coffee, coffee, coffee, and quite a bit of roast.

M: Thick, but not as much as it should be for this style, with a ridiculous lacing that coated the glass and then some.

D: This was far from great, far from bad, but didn't really go anywhere else....

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Terrapin Big Daddy Vladdy

Poured into a snifter, a midnight black with light brown head that fades to some wispy lacing. Aroma is of dark, roasted malts. In the flavor, much of the same. Black/charred malts giving it a real heavy feel and deep roasted flavor. Coffee, dark chocolate and alcohol all dial in, along with some earthy hops in the mix. Not as boozy as it could have been, but nice overall stout flavors. At 10.25%abv, it is a big one, and worth spending some time in the cellar.

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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 BarrytheBear
3.45/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle received in two separate trades. Believe this bottle came from Alex. Thanks!

Stouty looking stout that appears stout-like. No head retention and minimal lacing.

Smell swings hard towards the sweet side of roasty, which always smacks me as grape-tastic. Some coffee and hops show as well, creating a lightly orange/grape/coffee amalgamation. A blast of vaporous booze heat rides atop.

Hops are all over this, which is surprisingly a bit of a downer here as I have an unfortunate relationship with Terrapin's hoppy creations. While loving Wake and Bake, their hoppy beers often fail to deliver. Here, the two worlds collide with mixed results. The stout base is repelled too much, leaving fruity coffee stout more than the expected Russian Imperial. Not bad, but not an elite delivery in the category.

Mouthfeel is creamy but light with low but appropriate carbonation.

Drinkabilty is fine, but decreases as the bottle dwindles.

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Photo of dondeez21
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Chimay Goblet. Served at 40-45degrees.
A: Deep Dark jet black stout. No light is shining through this beer. Thin head that disappears very fast.
S: Is of roasted malts and slight booze.
T: Tastes like your average Imperial Stout. Nothing special. Roasty malts and slight booze.
M: Thick and rich like you would expect from an RIS.
D: This beer is decent at best. I might but another bottle and let it lay down for a year or 2. Fresh it isnt to impressive and reminds me of a beginners homebrew.

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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 Gobzilla
3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: poured pretty much a dark as night black with a finger worth of brown bubbly head leaving some good lacing sticking to the glass.

S: a good amount of chocolate was present in the aroma with oat grains, sweet malts, a little roasty character alomgside caramel, brown sugar, and boozy notes.

T: the booze was coming through more on the taste with chocolate, caramel, roasty accents and a touch of oat grains but the booze was well hidden.

M: the brew was full in body with a moderate amount of carbonation which had a sweet, roasty, creamy, and mild boozy finish.

D: it wasn't too drinkable but was a solid RIS all around, not too robust but had some good qualitites. definitely glad to try another terrapin offering.

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Photo of timobkg
2.76/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Had this on tap, and I'm surprised with how different what I drank seems from the other reviews.

The aroma was strong alcohol, overwhelming all the other scents. It fades a little as it warms, letting chocolate eek through.

Taste follows the smell, with a big hit of alcohol. It's very hot, very boozy, with some chocolate bitterness coming through in the aftertaste. Again, the alcohol overwhelms the other flavors.

I'm used to drinking big, strong beers, and this one doesn't hide the alcohol at all. It shoves it in your face, unapologetic about it. It tastes more like a 20% beer than a 10%. This is a mandatory sipper. This needs a year or two in the cellar to mellow it out.

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Photo of prg1976
3.02/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours jet black, with a thin beige head. Head dissipates quickly, leaving just a slight ring around the side of the glass.

There's barely any aroma. Slight coffee/chocolate smell, but not much at all.

Taste is chocolate malt. Very thin, with a hint of alcohol.

Not much carbonation, feels a little flat.

Kindof disappointed in this one. I was expecting a bigger, bolder version of what it actually is. It's not bad, just not up to my expectations.

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Photo of zhanson88
3.38/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: This beer pours a dark brown color that appears opaque black when settled in the glass. About 1.5 fingers of mocha colored head forms, that has just okay retention. Lacing is decent as well. Not bad.

Smell: I get a ton of vanilla and floral hops right off of the bat. Once I dig deeper I get weak roasted malts, chocolate and coffee. Really an odd smell, and unbalanced.

Taste: More of the same in the taste, only probably stronger. Vanilla really takes over, with florals coming in 2nd. Weak roasted malts and coffee come in next. While this beer isn't impressive by any means, it's not totally unpleasant. Just kind of weak.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: This beer is medium bodied and fairly creamy on the palate. Pretty good. Overall, this is a beer that is a ways off the standard set for the style in the flavor category. That doesn't make it a bad beer at all. I actually enjoyed this one somewhat due to the variation from normal flavors, but I just can't grade it out real well.

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Photo of jsh420
3.48/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

pours dark dark brown almost black with a 1+ finger tan head that left some spotted lacing

smells of chocolate and not much else

taste - lots of roasted malts and chocolate but there are some off flavors that make this stout good not great

mouthfeel is full bodied with low carbonation - very smooth

drinkability is so so - the whole bomber is just too much for one person

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Photo of jrallen34
3.08/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

650ml bottle poured into my new Hill Farmstead glass... The body is good looking black, even dark on the edges. A medium mocha head rises a quick few fingers, but even quicker I'm left with only a thing ring. Ok lacing... A weak boring aroma, a hint of sweet chocolate, a little creamy but that's it. The front whiff is actually nice, just not enough... The taste is pretty bad. Dull flavors, bitter chalk coffee. The finish is even worse, very stale coffee... The mouthfeel is light, with a bad finish.

I'd wouldn't drink again maybe.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.71/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours jet black with a small tan head. In the aroma, a small roasted malt and a bit boozy. In the taste, a small bitterness, a nice small roasted malt and a big presence of alcohol. a small bite and a medium to big bodied mothfeel, with a dry, small roasted malt and alcohol in the aftertaste. A nice representation of style, but a bit mellow in the flavor and a bit boozy.

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Terrapin Big Daddy Vlady's Russian Imperial Stout from Terrapin Beer Company
3.66 out of 5 based on 248 ratings.
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