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RATINGS: 253   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53   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.


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4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
auerbrau (3182) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - NOV 9, 2012
22oz Bottle, purchqsed from the Wine Thief - New Haven, CT and enjoyed from a plastic Amtrak cup with ice. Steel railings humming, this noses warm and a little bit fruity. On the palate this holds a mix of fresh toasted bread and some sweet grapes. Iím trying to enjoy this beer as though I were living in the UK in the 50s. Itís so hard to hold an old-style, nuanced lower gravity stout like this to all the brash, overly strong American renditions. This is subtle, hopped with Goldings, and a gracious old timey beast. If we split Imperial Stout into American and English, this would rock the latter category and thus Iím scoring it highly.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tommynh (67) - - MAR 2, 2015
Nice flavor, very dark and rich, says chocolate and coffee and I can taste them in there. Rich and flavorful with a taste like "a meal in a bottle" ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GIJOE (767) - North Berwick, Maine, USA - FEB 7, 2015
Pours black with a thick, creamy, tan head that stays long. Thick, sticky lacing. Nose is roasted grain with notes of chocolate. Taste is on the sweet side up front, but thereís a very nice dark-chocolate bitterness after. Lingers long. Full body. Moderate carbonation. Very nice brew.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
powelln13 (7) - Stuttgart, Baden-WŁrttemberg, GERMANY - JAN 3, 2015 does not count
Strong and hearty, a really nice dark beer with lots of strong flavors. Rich and chocolatey, good for winter. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
callmemickey (3385) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 1, 2015
Dark brown-black body, thin tan head, spotty lacing. Light roast, bittersweet chocolate, some coffee, caramel, and earth. Medium bodied with smooth carbonation, semi-dry throughout, clean finish. Well-balanced.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Travlr (14698) - 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 (2000) - 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 (1056) - 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 (1602) - 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 (32) - 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.


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