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


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RATINGS: 674   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.9   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 (281) - 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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dogbomb (1006) - ENGLAND - APR 27, 2015
Bottle. Jet brown! Head is a red brown like autumn, but fades rather quickly. Nose is rich - chocolate, cream, more chocolate, the faintest hint of whisky, vanilla, coffee. Taste is thick with an instant whoosh of chocolate liquier, chocolate powder and creamy whisky. Theres a little bit of chocolate heat in the nostrils, letting you know this isnít a beer to be messed with. Sip. Enjoy. Savour.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Grima (2168) - Saarburg, Rhineland-Palatinate, GERMANY - APR 27, 2015
Bottle from Mi Orge Mi Houblon, Arlon, Belgium!
Pours deep black with a nice espresso head. Aroma is rich malty, roasty with a huge amount of chocolate and licorice. Taste is strong malty, slight hints of smoke, coffee and lots of sweet chocolate. Finish is long lasting malty-roasty, chocolatey sweet and, with some burnt notes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
highlandlad (1433) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - APR 21, 2015
How often do you get to enjoy three of lifeís great pleasures at once? And Mrs H says I canít do more than one thing at a time... Look, Iím multi-tasking! Appearance: Itís a stout, so the colour is a given. Might be imagination or just bad light in here, but the head seemed to have a plummy tinge, like whipped grape juice. Aroma: dark chocolate, vanilla bean, milk - quite restrained for the style, even at room temp. Comes to life in the mouth, where it is thick and sludgy, sweet and bitter. Luxurious mouthfeel even for an imperial - almost milkshake-like. Sweet, treacley chocolate with some terrific espresso bitterness. Roasted malts dominate the finish. A rich treat in small quantities - two bottles of this would be too rich for my ascetic monk-like constitution. (330ml bottle from Leura Cellars. BB 10/4/14)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
JStax (3439) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - APR 19, 2015
Bottle poured into a brandy snifter. The beer looks like sludge coming out of the bottle, like used motor oil. Thick head of dark brown foam. The aroma is burnt and ashy, with a dark sweetness lingering in the background. The taste has mostly coffee and dark chocolate bitterness. Dry and bitter in the finish. Thick mouthfeel and low carbonation. Not bad, but too bitter for my tastes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BKHansen (15) - PraestÝ, DENMARK - APR 18, 2015
bottle @ tast it tougher with my son. dark blackwith a dark Brown head and aromaof chocolate, roasted malt and liqurice. tastis strong lot of cocoa and chocolate along with oak, Vanilla and liquriceand a roasted long finish. An excellent imperial stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
eManu (476) - Kuala Lumpur & Brussels, BELGIUM - APR 18, 2015
From draft at Taps KL. Super black with a tan head. Aroma of dark chocolate and liquor. Taste of strong dark bitter chocolate with a liquor finish. Dry and light bitterness finish. Nice strong stout. Would drink again for dessert.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
martin00sr (1248) - SÝnderborg, DENMARK - APR 16, 2015
Tap @Brewdog Shepherd Bush. Black with creamy tan head. Cocoa, chocolate aroma. Flavour has bitter milk chocolate, wood and coffee. Alcohol well hidden. Dry and sticky, medium bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BBHansen (294) - KÝge, DENMARK - APR 12, 2015
bottle @ home w family. Appearance: pours clear black with good creamy off-white head and lacing. aroma/taste: caramel, chocolate, cocoa, wood and liquorice hints. palette: average carbonation, full body, some caramel sweetness, average to distinct bitterness, long duration, dry finish and an oily texture. Overall: well balanced and tasteful stout

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jzi (20) - POLAND - APR 11, 2015
Piana: Drobnoziarnista, niska, drobnoziarnista, stopniowo opada, lecz i tak dłogo się utrzymuje jak na taki woltaż.. Barwa: Czarna, smolista. Przy nalewaniu na prawdę wygląda jak smoła. Aromat: lekki alkohol i spalenizna, pieprz, kakao, czekolada. Smak: Palone słody, gorzka czekolada, przyprawy, kawa. Intensywna goryczka o palonym charakterze utrzymuję się bardzo długo, lecz jest przyjemna. Piwo dość gęste i bardzo treściwe. Co ciekawe nie czuć słodyczy. Wszystko zgrabnie przykrywają kawowe i palone nuty. Szczerze můwiąc nie spodziewałem się aromatu pieprzu. Nie mam pojęcia skąd on się wziął. Przypomina mi růwnież tabasco. Bardzo ciekawe piwo. Jak tylko na nie trafię w sklepie, kupię na zapas i wrzucę do piwnicy. Polecam!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jjgmd (1623) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - APR 9, 2015
Back with Z, pours a very thick black color with no head. Nose is heavy malt, chocolate and burnt coffee with mocha as well. Taste is deep malt, mocha , coffee and oak. A bit of alcohol breaks through as well, very heavy , smooth and velvety on the palate. Finishes on all the above complex tasting notes, with a moderately long oaky finish. An excellent imperial stout. Quaff Score 8 / 10

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