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Brewed by Blue Monkey
Style: Imperial Stout
Nottingham, England
Serve in Snifter

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RATINGS: 28   MEAN: 3.57/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.42   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
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Imperial Russian stouts were brewed in the 18th century by English brewers for export to the court of Catherine II of Russia.
Brewed strong to survive a long sea journey, on their voyage they developed an incredible depth of flavour.


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2.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Zer0 (1125) - The Hague, - SEP 13, 2013
Bottle. Aroma is bubblegum, sweet malts and chocolate. Medium sweet and light bitter.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
RichardGretton (4175) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - FEB 24, 2014
Bottle. Pitch black beer with a lightly coloured small brown head. The aroma is gently bitter with roasted'ness, and the flavour is very bitter and roasted with a Pernod dry finish. Overall a nice very strong imperial stout. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
maneliquor (2780) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - FEB 23, 2014
Bottle shared in London for my farewell drinks. Cheers to Colin for this. Pours light black with a dense beige cap. Nose is milky chocolate, vanilla, nice roast and toffee. An ashy background in the taste with espresso like bitterness, dark chocolate, riasins and more dark fruit. Slightly burnt focus which works well. A little one dimensional but everything is in check. Solid

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Theydon_Bois (6986) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - FEB 23, 2014
Bottle split at Josh’s Farwell Blast, acquired from Beers Of Europe, 20/02/14. Light black with a moderate tan covering. Nose is treacle toffee, light spice, dark malt, roasty bitter notes, ash, dark chocolate. Taste comprises bitter chocolate, earthy tones, molasses, dark toffee, medium roastings. Medium + bodiment, fine carbonation, semi drying closure. Ok impy but lacks depth and grace, a little raw in places.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Leighton (9831) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 20, 2014
Bottle shared in London for Josh’s farewell do. Pours clear, rich brown with a fine, creamy tan head. Odd nose, definitely some alcohol present, toasted brown bread, perhaps some ripe fruits. Medium sweet flavor with dried dark fruits, burnt marshmallows, strong roast, earth. Medium to full bodied with fine carbonation. Warming finish with lasting torched earth bitterness, baking cocoa, more dried fruits. Decent.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scopey (5506) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 20, 2014
Bottle thanks to C-Dogg. It pours darkest brown with a small tan head. The nose is roasted malt, vanilla, cocoa, coconut, wood and dark fruit. The taste is roasted malt, toasted coconut, coffee, some acidity, wood, medicinal notes and booze with a dry, rough finish. Med to Full body and fine carbonation. Solid.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
allmyvinyl (2147) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 24, 2014
UPDATED: JAN 25, 2014 330ml bottle from beer hive. Black pour, thin tan head. Strange rubber note on the nose. Ash said ’gimp mask’ I said ’tyres’, I guess we all have our own frames of reference... Sweet and sour taste. Thin finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
AshtonMcCobb (2113) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JAN 24, 2014
Bottle from the Beerhive. Appearance - opaque black with a nice thick crema head. Nose - gingercake, demerara sugar some liquorice and actually some rubber. Taste - liquorice allsorts, some demerara. Palate - medium bodied with a wierdly latex texture with a tangy sweet but sour at the same time, finish. Overall - this is verging away from imperial stout into Belgian strong ale.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
johndoughty (3716) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - DEC 21, 2013
Bottle. Black with a small head. Smooth but very powerful.Slightly nutty with a range of flavours fighting each other. A very classy and extremely drinkable beer.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DanielBrown (3625) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - NOV 21, 2013
I milked a grapefruit man, auf der milk keller. Bottle from Metro Wines, Syston, Leics.Really good beer. Smooth, bitter chocolate. Light, yet stickly mouthfeels. For sure. Moreish, delicious. Hops: reported they are present. Yes.

3.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Osprey87 (1154) - London via, WALES - OCT 20, 2013
Bottle BB May 2014 into snifter, purchased from Kris Wines a fortnight ago. Big head for an imperial stout. Smells cheesy like wotsits, worcester sauce. Body medium to big. Taste is mixed - some more cheese, spice, blood, chocolate, ashy finish. It provides a unique combination of tastes and smells that I’ve never encountered before in an imperial stout. It’s let down by the pervasive cheesiness. OK apart from that - drinkable, interesting.


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