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Old Baba Yaga | Bear Republic Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Bear Republic Brewing Co.
California, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 13.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Named for the witch who guarded the fountain of life and death in Russian folklore, the black depths of this Russian Imperial Stout hold coffee, licorice, and bittersweet chocolate flavors.

Added by John_M on 12-03-2009

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Reviews by MrVonzipper:
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4.89/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap @Stone 15th Anniversary VIP section (chose to have this as my last taster after smelling and tasting a friends)

Dark dark brown. Taster pour So not much to very little head to talk about and consider but I would think this beer could have a pretty solid creamy head.

Huge nose! Smells like dessert at a nice coffee shop. Great chocolate and coffee notes. Faint bourbon. Robust yet not overwhelming. 

Phenomenal flavor and balance. Sweet balanced bourbon up front. Chocolate and coffee and dark malt are in perfect harmony. 

Smooth creamy. Medium bodied. Low carbonation.

Overall this beer is just outstanding. I hadn't really had many Bear Republic beers until fairly recently and I have been more and more impressed. This beer just puts them over the top. Amazing in every way.

Amazing beer. 

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More User Reviews:
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4.75/5  rDev +12%

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3.68/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of dertyd
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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3.85/5  rDev -9.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +12%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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5/5  rDev +17.9%

Photo of jaydoc
3.92/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of WeisGuy
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of DarthKostrizer
4.75/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Look: Black with brown laces on the bottom and 1/2 inch head and some lacing

Smell: Has a very candy like sweetness to it mixed in among some bitter chocolate and coffee. Smells like high end coffee house

Taste: Very bitter chocolate upfront with coffee and vanilla in the middle and finishes with some oak and other unique flavors that I am at a loss of words for

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and low carbonation and a perfect velvety silkyness to it

Overall: Really amazing beer this is hands down my favorite Bear Republic beer and I highly recommend giving this a try and I cant wait to get another shot at drinking this one myself

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4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of John_M
3.93/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Portland holiday ale festival.

The beer pours a blackish brown color with very good head retention and lacing. The nose is as you would expect, with a powerful nose of licorise, dark chocolate, coffee and noticeable booze. Flavors replicate the nose, except I'm a bit surprised how sweet and boozy this beer is. Still, the beer imparts a considerable amount of flavor, and mouthfeel is rich and full. However, the noticeable alcohol detracts just a bit from this beer, and there's no doubt this is a sipper. While an impressive beer, the high alcohol and significant sweetness make it difficult to have more then a short portion of this beer at any one sitting. Still, this is a very fine beer to have on a cold winter's night in the NW.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of BFCarr
4.34/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours black with no head. Aroma is coffee and dark fruit. Taste is molasses, smoke, coffee and chocolate. Feel is a bit thin for an imperial Stout but still good. Overall, a good RIS but just shy of great.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of sprucetip
4.37/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Belmont Station. What a nice surprise this was!

Black, thin film and ring of foam remain after the head falls.

Rich. Molasses and booze foremost, with some roast underneath. Slight burn doesn't detract. Sweet malt and chocolate trying to be noticed.

Rich malty and sweet with some balancing bitterness, chocolate and molasses. Pretty close to smooth, and very complex. Boozy, but not too much.

Low carbonation, rich, full, and smooth. Finishes clean.

Could not and should not gulp this, but I could sip it until I fell over. It's yummy. Wow.

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4.06/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

On tap at Bear Republic Brewing Company in Healdsburg, CA.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa powder, caramel, toffee, licorice, and vanilla frosting aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa powder, fudge, caramel, toffee, molasses, dark fruit, red wine, and char flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with a fantastic mix of cocoa, fruit, and sticky sugar flavors that make this one a treat to drink.

Serving type: on tap.

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3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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Old Baba Yaga from Bear Republic Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.24 out of 5 with 50 ratings
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