Brewed by BrewDog
Style: Imperial Stout
Ellon, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Serve in Snifter


on tap

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RATINGS: 729   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.91   IBU: 85   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
keg/ bottle 2012 Prototypes release.
A 10% decadent and indulgent Imperial Russian Stout. Brewed with a copious amount of dark malts, infused with coffee beans during the boil and after fermentation and aged on cacao nibs, vanilla pods and toasted oak chips. This opulent whirl of chocolate, coffee, dark malts and hops even rivals the most colourful of imperial Faberge eggs. Originally created to celebrate the Russian Royal Family, this is a fitting tribute with which to toast your own empire.

SimplySike's rating

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SimplySike (1175) - The Hague, - APR 24, 2013
UPDATED: APR 16, 2014 2014-04-16
33cl. Bottle.
Pours black with brown head.
Aroma loads of chocolate, coffee, dark roased malts, caramel, vanilla, wood. some dak fruits.
Taste bitter roasted coffee, chocolate and vanilla sweet.
Mouthfeel Oily, sticky, thick, dry.
Amazing beer, really tasty!

33cl Bottle.
Pours black with brown head.
Aroma chocolate, coffee, dark roasted malts, wood notes, some vanilla in the back.
Taste bitter coffee, chocolate and vanilla sweet.
Mouthfeel Oily, sticky, thick, dry.
On pouring the bottle the chocolate comes at you. Amazing beer, taste is choco coffee in the best way :). Perfect Pitch Black!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Patersoi (61) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 23, 2015
Pours like old engine oil, thick and inky black. The head is amazing. The thickest deep brown head ever. It sticks to your finger like chocolate mousse. Some upfront sweet maltiness that lingers through the whole time, eventually balanced by a bitter dark chocolate and charcoal flavour. Fascinating beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cantabrian (953) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - AUG 21, 2015
Oily black, with a dark russet head. Aroma is very fragrant, alcoholic, but still with a hint of leather and olives, indicating the heavily hopped nature of the stout. Flavours of dark chocolate, vanilla and leather. Double expresso too, but not nasty, still controlled by the cocoa bitter-sweetness. Very evident booze, and a rather resinous feel to the palate. I was never a fan of the Brewdog presentation, but this bas-relief label is pretty damn cool!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Przemek1992 (66) - Warszawa, POLAND - AUG 19, 2015
Jedno z bardziej czekoladowych piw jakie piłem. Płynna czekolada moze nie tak jak w Gorge z Mikkellera ale i tak swietne

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kkleu357 (599) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 18, 2015
Pours very black. Has a sweet oak aroma. Sweet dark chocolate taste with mild hints of coffee.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
martjoobolut (1694) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - AUG 17, 2015
0,33L bottle, batch 247 with new lable (from Drink Shop, Tallinn). Pours black with dark brown head. The head stays for some time. Aroma is massive cocoa, vanilla, roast. Flavor is sweet, dark chocolate, vanilla, roast, coffee. Finish is dark chocolate-roast bitter with touch of alcohol. Overall: great brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beer-yum (876) - Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - AUG 15, 2015
UPDATED: AUG 17, 2015 Alluringly complex aroma with a hint of chocolate, coffee, and vanilla in an inky black pour. Flavour is similarly complex and makes for an excellent brew to end a session.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Plovmand (7052) - Helsinge, DENMARK - AUG 12, 2015
Bottle. Wow this is a beauty! Opaque black with a dark brown dense thick head. The aroma is high roasted with bitter dark chocolate notes. Some grinded coffee bean notes. Thick smooth palate. Very roasted flavor again with the bitter chocolate notes. Light licorice and a good hoppy bite.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Mapinguarify (9) - SERBIA - AUG 11, 2015 does not count
Wow! Creamy, almost like oil. Brown foam, quickly disappearing. Middle-full body. Aroma: Liquor, whiskey like smell, vanilla, cocoa, floral, spicy aroma. Taste: Chocolate syrup and chocolate, vanilla, iced coffee (probably specialty malts or cold steeping), slowly advancing bitterness. Long enjoyable, bitter aftertaste. Great balance. I would never guess that there’s 10% alcohol, even it is quietly warming and nice beer. There’s also some spicy and pepper aroma. I guess BrewDog used Willamette as aromatic hop. Quite psychedelic, aromatic chaos, but, it’s still beer, which is great. Will drink again for sure!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
stoutjunkie (31) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - AUG 10, 2015
Pours thick black, even the head foam is impressively dark. Dark chocolate and coffee flavour. Hints of vanilla. great beer, can feel the boozyness through it though.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ads135 (3563) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - AUG 9, 2015
Super dark, thick quickly disappearing brown head. Rich and slightly astringent character. Like drinking 85% chocolate. Little sweetness. Can sense its got a high alcohol content.

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