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


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RATINGS: 702   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.91   IBU: 85   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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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.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Doghair (292) - Illinois, USA - FEB 2, 2014
Pours a thick dark brown with a dark brown foam. At first itís like a good RIS. Then it warms. Wow! Eventually itís like coffee mixed with baking cocoa and a little caramel . Pretty intense. Love it!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ron (2948) - Rochester, New York, USA - JUN 27, 2015
Bottle I got in Ohio. Pours oily jet black with a brown foamy non-lasting head leaving little lacing around the glass. Aroma of dark chocolate, espresso and alcohol. Taste is of dark chocolate, vanilla, liquorice, coffee and a little alcohol on the finish. Sticky oily texture, medium carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ibrubeer (189) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JUN 25, 2015
12oz bottle. Nice cocoa aroma, with a touch of wood. Jet black color, with dark tan head that lingers for a while on the edges. Decadent flavor is pretty accurate. Well balanced sweetness with the coffee, chocolate, and wood flavor. Full bodied. A very nice RIS!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Luvystypotables (1004) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - JUN 20, 2015
Aroma of malt, coffee, and a hit of chocolate. Dark black color with a lasting tan head. Thick viscous feel with a taste of coffee, malt and dark chocolate. Slightly bitter chocolate finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mike5326 (1111) - virginia beach, Virginia, USA - JUN 20, 2015
Poured from a bottle. Dark brown color, small tan head. Medium pepper malt aroma. Medium body with a slightly burnt pepper malt flavor and a medium finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
elbernays (838) - Dublin, IRELAND - JUN 19, 2015
Bottle from Blackrock cellar. Pours oily black with tan head. Fairly viscous pour. Aroma is toast, coffee, blackberry, chocolate lactose, some leather. Flavour is toast, roast malt, bittering chocolate, coffee bean. Full body. Nice

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
blackradioboy (90) - SCOTLAND - JUN 19, 2015
Tap from Brewdog Glasgow. This is from my notes of Oct 24 2014: "Beautiful appearance. Black underneath a gorgeous thick coffee head. Then...yum! Rich, rich beer. Roll over tongue and taste that choc - Lots of choc. then booze kicks in. More!" One of my favourite beers, ever. Judging by the high scores itís a big favourite with Ratebuddies too, but -bizarrely - it seems to have been forgotten by Brewdog completely. This could be easily one of their core beers. Revive please! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
WhatDaddy (15) - GREECE - JUN 19, 2015
0,33 bottle @ Valentin - Curious Bierkneipe, Volos. A super choco coffee Imperial stout. Aroma of coffee, very thick almost sticky on the glas and nice brown head, taste full of black bitter chocolate & coffe with full, thick body, nice carbonation and looong bitter aftertaste. Alcohol is well hidden but explodes the whole experience just right

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DCLawyer (1798) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - JUN 12, 2015
Bottle->snifter. Black with miniscule brown head. A: strong chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, hint of booze. T: boozy dark chocolate, anise, roasted malt. Bottersweet. Ok, not great.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mateuszk (509) - Poznań, POLAND - JUN 12, 2015
Bottle 1 years after expiration date. Pitch black, thick and oily with beige creamy head. In aroma lots of black and roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, vanilla. Dried fruits present due the fact it was old bottle, very nice. In taste dense, full bodied, sweet with nice roastiness and good chocolate flavours mixed. Oily texture, full body, soft carbonation and almost no alcohol makes this beer just fantastic. Great Imperial Stout!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
artiredbirds (73) - St.Petersburg, RUSSIA - JUN 10, 2015
coffee, chocolate, leather, black, rocky head, creamy, sticky, full body, soft carbonation, long finish,

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