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4 Pines Russian Imperial Stout

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Brewed by 4 Pines Brewing Company
Style: Imperial Stout
Sydney, Australia
Serve in Snifter


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RATINGS: 9   MEAN: 3.33/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.21/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
In 18th Century London few suspected that strong porter would be the toast of Russian Royalty. Perhaps it was due to the greater amount of alcohol used to fortify the brew for its journey north. Though once the Empress of all Russia tasted this Alcoholic Alchemy, no longer called a porter due to its stronger, more ‘stout’ nature, She championed the black libation and the rest is a rather blurred history.
This big, intensely-flavoured dark ale has roast malt characteristics with deep, dark dried fruit flavours, and a warming, bittersweet finish. Like Russia, it can’t be conquered – only enjoyed briefly before beating a retreat.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ANZUShophunter (283) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - AUG 26, 2016
From bottle in porter glass. Pours dark, near black with thin tan head and aroma of roasted malt plus a hint of prunes. The malt provides a bit of smokiness to the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
StevieT (1625) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 7, 2016
From a bottle. This is a great beer, rich roasted coffee and dark chocolate flavours, smooth and very drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Countbeer (6221) - Best of E-Town mit 2 Brauhausen, NETHERLANDS - JUL 29, 2016
Bottle: Thanks Owen: Served in a Chouffe glass: Beautiful label! Deep dark blackish brown body with a lively rough and airy beige light brown head. Nose is a mix of some roast, coffee, bay leaf, liquorice with light hints of brown sugars, salt, raisin, smoke, caramel and a soy sprinkle. Flavours of roast, bitters, herbal roast, light dry, some bay leaf, coal, liquorice, wood roast and a hint of raisin. Aftertaste is bitter, roast, coal, liquorice and dry... Low carbo, creamy mouthfeel, more than medium bodied. Mwah, it’s ok, but nothing crazy!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
KeefOz (1559) - Tarragindi, AUSTRALIA - JUL 22, 2016
Poured an opaque black with a very slight mahogany edge tint at the base. Frothy one- to two-finger tan frothy head that diminished slowly to a collar that laced OK. Carbonation low. Aroma of nice soft moderately strong roasted malt and a hint of dark chocolate; alcohol well hidden. Taste initially strongly roasted malt with some burnt tones but then becomes sweet with a slight earthiness and a slight bitterness: alcohol well hidden. Medium body. Smooth and slightly sweet with a slight coffee bitterness on the finish. Really nice packaging and well marketed but the bottle content is disappointing. From their Black Box of Dark Ales release.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hawthorne00 (3535) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JUL 3, 2016
Almost black with a tan head that fades quickly to a good coat. Aroma of roasted malt, blackberries, some molasses, weeds. Smells like it’s going to be a bit on the thin side. But it’s only a little so and very smooth with lowish carbonation. Heavy roast, some burnt and rubbery notes. Light berries, some coffee, grass /weeds. Dries out with decent bitterness at the end. Underwhelming.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bmeup (639) - Ormeau, AUSTRALIA - JUN 16, 2016
Part of Black Box of Dark Ales. Very dark, but not black, slight tinge of red on the edges. Roasted malt, some wood fired smoke, hint of fruitiness in the hops. Sweetness is minimal though quite smooth and chocolate like, no coffee which is really good, dislike coffee and coffee infused beers.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
fletchfighters (1410) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 27, 2012
A-- Served black. Just tints of ruby at the base and near the head. Pretty simple I suppose. Half finger of light brown head that stuck around the film area after settling. No carbonation shown and left good ringed lacing through drinking. S-- Lots of roast but a soft nose. Straightforward nose. Roast, coffee, dark chocolate and no hops. Very English RIS. T-- Roasted malt, roasted coffee, and dark chocolate. No bite to this at all. Just an attack of roastyness. M-- Coffee acidity really grows in the feel. Kind of a turn off. Really forward with the roast, no sweetness to smooth this out. Just coffee, roast and chocolate. Seriously needs some sweetness to mellow this out. O-- Strengths, well hidden ABV and by style done well. Weakness, weak nose, lacks sweetness compensate for the roast and coffee. Just became a harsh, acidic beer in the end. Interesting beer from a brewery that has a real good base range but this was just an average one off beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
magdalar (516) - Zurich, SWITZERLAND - APR 17, 2012
Draught at Local Taphouse in Sydney. Pours black with a creamy off white head. Smells roasted, smokey, malty. Tastes salty, medium sweetness, medium bitterness. Medium bodied, oily texture. Finishes bitter and salty with a long duration.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mkel07 (5221) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - MAR 17, 2012
On tap at Archive. Very thick and chewy in the mouth with great flavour.RIch, smooth and velvet like in the mouth. Not one that you drink quickly, one to sit sip and enjoy.

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