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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


on tap


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RATINGS: 3   MEAN: 3.23/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.91/5   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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
fletchfighters (1376) - 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 (4880) - 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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