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RATINGS: 182   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.51   IBU: 100   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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his Russian Imperial Stout is an intensely flavorful beer. Chocolaty, roasty, fruity, and bittersweet, with a hidden alcohol presence. This beer was designed to be sipped slowly on a cool evening in a nice cognac glass. Let it warm up to get the full flavor. This beer won Best in Show at the 2005 NJ State Fair when Brian was home brewing.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BVery (7963) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - JUN 29, 2012
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2014 Bottle. Very dark brown pour with a small off white head. Aroma is roasty and slightly fruity. Moderate palate for the style. Taste is slight fruit, licorice, roasted malts, and a bit of chocolate.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
boxofrane (2417) - Spring City, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 25, 2012
Bottle. Pours typical imperial stout black with a small tan head that dissipates, leaving a film on top of the beer. The aroma isnít as pungent as others in the style but has some expresso, chocolate, and a little booziness. Taste is very chocolatey with a little coffee in the background. The palate is sticky and full. This one surprised me. One of the better imperial stouts that I have had to date.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
imaragingbull (572) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - MAY 19, 2012
Bottle. Pours big opaque black with nice tan tight creamy head. Aromas of pine, choc roast, coffee bean and a touch of touch of smoke. Med light body hoppy pine. Very easy drinking light finish with a touch of roast and choc sweetish balance with the piney hops lingering. Not all that complex for an IS but very good drinking.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
lowgun1212 (109) - Carlstadt, New Jersey, USA - FEB 16, 2012
Some light fruits on the nose surprisingly - peach and pear maybe, then some licorice, toffee, malt. Real dark, persistent thin head. First you notice its a medium bodied imperial stout - weird for the style. Root beer notes, more of those lighter juicier fruits. Confusing really.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bubbleflubber (2042) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - FEB 11, 2012
Pours a deep cola, almost opaque hue, with the slightest mahogany-ruby fringes. The head is light and dissipating, choco-tan, leaving thin spotty lace. The nose is of roasted chocolate-covered strawberries. Flavors are almost commercially spot on... there is a definitive roasted note to a bitter and semi-sweet chocolate bark, accompanying a strawberry/cherry citrus that maximizes mid-palate. A roasted bitter closes the finish, providing a smoky effervescence to the pull. As the description suggests, one needs to let this warm before fully appreciating. Straight out of the fridge, it seems thin, stringent and milky. After letting it warm and "open up", many more roasted, fruity flavors come through, as well as a more relaxed, open palate. Appreciated.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SamP01 (624) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 30, 2012
12oz bottle. A dark thick brown with nice lasting medium brown head. Aroma of roasted caramel malt espresso note and cacao. Taste is a sweet bitter roasted caramel malt with some notes of coffee and cacao, some dark fruity tones as well with some bitter hops. Palate is a thick sweet full body with moderate carbonation and a rich thick mouth feel. Finish is sweet bitter roasted caramel malts with some burnt espresso cacao, some dark fruit followed by some nice mild bitter hops for balance. Overall a very good, drinkable ( considering a 10% alcohol) and tasty Russian IP.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
callmemickey (3625) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 21, 2012
UPDATED: JUN 9, 2012 A: Pitch black head, with just a bit of transparency around the edges when held to the light. A very faint skim of a head. No lacing. S: Bittersweet chocolate and a bit of medium roast coffee. Not too much else. T: More of the same. There is something slightly off, like the chocolate is an inferior grade and the coffee is from a Perkins or something. The two components donít really come together and there is quite a bit left to desire. Not gross by any means, just doesnít really cut it with the complex bold imperial stouts that are readily available. M: "Lumpy" At times chewy, at times thin. The mouthfeel just isnít fine tuned. Earthy bitter finish lingers a bit longer than it should. O: In the end this is a passable imperial stout, but it just doesnít offer enough to warrant a repeat.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jesterdeal (1985) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - DEC 19, 2011
Aroma of roasted coffee, dark fruits, and hints of anis. Pours black with a big foamy head. Tastes manly and dark. Roasted coffee, dark fruits, and delicious malty back. Big fan.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jkwood04 (4787) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 2, 2011
12oz bottle in a snifter. Pours very dark brown with a lacy, tan head. Aroma of roasted malts and chocolate plus some hops. Flavor about the same, not as strong as most other imperial stouts. Smooth texture. A decent beer, not the best for its style.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Boutip (5185) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 9, 2011
Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a large dark brown foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of dry roasted malt with light dry coffee notes and some black chocolate. Taste is also a good mix between some roasted malt with light dry coffee notes with some subtle bitter chocolate with some light lactose notes. Body is quite full with good carbonation. Well balanced classic imperial stout.


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