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


on tap

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RATINGS: 839   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.93/5   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.

ianwelby's rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ianwelby (1109) - - DEC 21, 2013
A very strong malt and chocolate aroma but it smells like a strong beer. Taste is an initial chocolate and malt

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lunkie (1828) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - OCT 26, 2016
Malt chocolate coffee aroma. Dark brown colour fair head and lacing. Smooth malt coffee flavour. Smooth palate. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Wixie (406) - BELGIUM - OCT 21, 2016
Liquid is black as night, with small, brown head. Aroma of peat and chocolate, quite weak. Heavy body, little bit carbonation. Taste is bitter, chocolate, stout.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
VueltaBirrista (15) - Murcia, SPAIN - OCT 19, 2016
Negrísima y una más que considerable capa de espuma marrón. Maravilloso aroma en el que por encima de todo sobresale el café intenso y el chocolate puro. En boca es densa y muy cremosa. El sabor a café se hace mucho más intenso aún. Vainilla y frutos rojos a lo lejos.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bierdimpfe (501) - Quebec, CANADA - SEP 28, 2016
Opaque black color with no visible activity, but a nice slow foam construction. Thick creamy brown sparkling 4 finger head, lasting around 15 minutes, with poor lacing. Flavors of rotten dark fruits, yeast, burnt malts, coffee, peppers, cocoa, and herbal spices. Chalky medium body with prickly carbonation. Vinous sweetness with sour bitterness. Super strong and long astringent finish, ending with a tongue burning leathery coffee feel, with a little bit of cocoa. Overall this is a good quality bold Russian stout, but I personally find it overly strong and unbalanced. Fully flavored, very rich and tasty, with a killer peppery mouth feel. Highly vinous and alcoholic. A very sour smell, almost foul. Stale, hard to drink, yet super warming. Hardcore only. You can easily serve this as an appetizer, still quite complex and unique.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Villyzzz (91) - Espoo, FINLAND - SEP 19, 2016
Bottle at home. Pours darker than black with large copper head. Aroma is cocoa, booze, coffee and a bit of caramel. Taste is subtle chocolate, roasted malts and coffee. Long finish. Thick mouth-feel but not unpleasant. Kind of short on words but this was a baller of a imperial Russian.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Lele (433) - Padova, ITALY - SEP 18, 2016
Aspetto: nero impenetrabile schiuma marrone scuro, abbondante, fine e persistente. Aroma: intenso, con sentori soprattutto di cacao, caffè e liquorosi. Gusto: semplicemente spettacolare, sentori come al naso con aggiunta abbondante di liquirizia. Carbonizzazione media, corpo decisamente strutturato. Veramente una grandissima birra! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
rob19a (101) - - SEP 17, 2016
17/20 Fairly sensational imperial stout. Mildly carbonated initially tastes like really strong coffee but flavours really open up, with a complex mix of malts, caramel and chocolate. Really strong 10%. One to savour ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Thompson (644) - - SEP 8, 2016
Bottle @ the guild.. Head is minimal to non-excistend but beige colour leaves a little edge... Pitch black colour.. Smell liqourice coffee bitter smokey bbq sauce... Taste coffee bitterness hops wood...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mabuzzer (586) - Hamilton, SCOTLAND - AUG 26, 2016
330ml bottle from Doghouse. Thick, inky, viscous black with a lively dark brown head. Bitter, sweet espresso aroma. Taste is very bitter, coffee, alcohol, not much chocolate or vanilla. Tasty

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Heidbummer (266) - SCOTLAND - AUG 24, 2016
Brewdog at their zenith. Roasty coffee-ey, toasty, boozy, loveliness Massive sweet mouthfeel balanced by dry dry dry toast. F**king fantastic. The cause of more than one necessary hangover

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