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RATINGS: 249   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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A dark rich creamy ale. This is our version of this classic stout style. With its dense black color and velvety texture, our stout's flavor hints of chocolate liquorice and coffee. This ale is truly a meal in a glass.


3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Travlr (13413) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 21, 2014
Bottle. Pretty much black, beige head. Aroma of licorice, burnt espresso. Taste is very roasty coffee, cocoa. Nice.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
malrubius (1860) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - NOV 10, 2014
"Russian Imperial Stout" Bottle from Table and Vine. Near black with lasting brown head and lace. Earthy dark chocolate ashy aroma with hints of booze and fruit. Sweet and fruity with dark chocolate some roasted coffee and raisin fruitiness. Medium earthy ashy roasted bitterness. Medium full body. Somehow not really rich, more fruity and herbal. Decent enough but not up there with the champions of the style.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JBPortland (929) - Portland, Maine, USA - SEP 27, 2014
22oz bottle pours dark oily black brown with 2 finger offwhite head. Nose is rich dark bitter cocoa and licorice, some vanilla. Taste is semi sweet, pretty good mouthfeel, some sweet vanilla, licorice spice, dark dusty bitter burnt chocolate, some charred coffee. Finish is bitter with some sweet vanilla and earthy cocoa and coffee bean.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
cpetrone84 (1537) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 17, 2014
pour is dark brown with a light tan head. Nose is sweet, magic marker, chocolate, uneaten sugar, stale grain. Taste is overly sweet and lacks malt complexity. Some chocolate, lots of sugar, brown sugar, caramel, thinner body and moderate carbonation.

3.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 8/20
ByTheirLimpin (27) - New York, USA - MAY 11, 2014
Bomber from a store local to the brewery. Labeled Russian Imperial Stout. Poured a thick tan soapy head. Jet black in the glass. First taste yields a syrupy carmel note which fades sweet all the way through. Didnít really end, but faded away gently. Not much chocolate, and I donít miss any char from the roast. Pleasant all the way around, just not as complex as I expected.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bbbeer (592) - Massachusetts, USA - MAY 7, 2014
Labelled as "Russian Imperial Stout." Dark brown, bubbly, small beige head. Aroma sweet malt, nutty, a litle cocoa. Medium to light body, some carbonation, not much alcohol. Flavor is unobjectionable but unmemorable, some sweet malt, nutty, a little chocolate syrup. Finish off-dry. Itís drinkable, but kind of thin for the style.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
DarkElf (3035) - La Jolla, California, USA - APR 28, 2014
28-Apr-14 (22-oz bottle: Obtained in trade with jjpm74, thanks John!)
This beer pours a very dark brow body with an inch of tan head that settles to a ring and swirly sheet. The nose is roasty and sweet, with dark chocolate and earthy, mossy notes. On the palate, the dark, slightly sweet chocolate is dominant, but lacks richness and "deliciousness", but the toasty, lightly roasty malt has a somewhat dirty flavor in the finish. The beer is full bodied, but not rich like the typical Imperial Stout, and carbonation is moderate. Overall, this isnít one of the better Imperial Stouts Iíve tried, primarily because of the finish that tastes like dirty floors.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 17/20
asheft (2553) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 16, 2014
Bottle. Sweet hazelnut, vanilla, and dark chocolate aroma with some pine hops lingering in the background. Opaque black under a thin, tan sheet with a bubbly island meandering around. Sweet cereal grain and vanilla roast flavour with some oaky butterscotch. Very low bitterness with balance on the sweet side, but not cloying. Nutty. Low carbonation doesnít help with the sweetness, cut is okay, medium body, clean and smooth.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
harrymel (1503) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 12, 2013
Bottled: unk Black beer with a latte surface of foam and no lace. Nose brings through licorice, malts, licorice, molasses, some sweetness. Not really impressed, but not surprised - this seems to be the standard differentiation from Impy Stouts with the licorice. The flavor has plenty of dark malts, hints of leather and dark stone fruit and a little bit of molasses - the licorice doesnít dominate the flavor as much as the nose. Medium bodied and moderate carb with a dry finish. This is a decent beer, above average, but nothing worth seeking too hard. Serving type: bottle 04-04-2012

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
williamstome (992) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 20, 2013
Black pour, small super-creamy head. Light roasty aroma. Sweet chocolaty flavor with notes of fruit and sake. Nice creamy mouthfeel :)


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