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


on tap

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RATINGS: 816   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.

sneakychi's rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
sneakychi (74) - - JAN 1, 2014
Black liquid with really dark head. Rich chocolate, roasted malt, some alcohol, sweet caramel. Medium to full bodied with quite high sweetness and balancing bitterness at the end.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MiP (14983) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - MAY 25, 2016
Bottle at KØ16. Good roasted aroma. Black colour. Small dark brown head. The flavour is very roasted and a little sweet. Has a bit of jam and not as much chocolate as expected. Syrupy mouthfeel. Roasted finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Michael27 (282) - Berlin, GERMANY - MAY 22, 2016
Aus der Flasche getrunken. Undurchdringliches Schwarz im Glas mit stabilem braunen Schaum. Voller Körper aus schwarzer Schokolade. Ganz spät kommt der Alkoholschock.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
__Rb81 (588) - NETHERLANDS - MAY 16, 2016
Bottle at home (batch 098). Pours black with a small tan head. Sweet aroma of dark chocolate, hard roasted malts, coffee, hops. Taste is moderate to heavy bitter, moderate sweet, hard roasted malts, dark chocolate, coffee, dry finish, long lasting hard roasted chocolaty bitter aftertaste. Not bad, could have been a bit thicker.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gerbeer (2918) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 9, 2016
330 ml bottle. Pours black with a moderate dark tan head. Aromas of oily coffee, smoke, figs and oak. Flavors of crushed coffee beans, dark chocolate powder, old oak and dry roasted malts. Dry. World class.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
ZodiacM (653) - NETHERLANDS - APR 27, 2016
Uit de fles geschonken. Prachtig dik zwart bier met een bruine schuimkraag. Aromas van geroosterde mout, koffie en chocola. Het bier is vol van smaak, dik van textuur, mooie smaken van geroosterde mout, koffie en chocola, eindigend in een nasmaak van hop en koffie. Prachtige RIS.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Speko (116) - DENMARK - APR 24, 2016
Bottle 0,33. Pours oil black with dark brown, quickly diminishing, head. Aroma of roasted malts, dark chocolate and some coffee, dark fruits perhaps?. Taste is roasted malts, chocolate and hint of coffee as well. Nice bitterness in the aftertaste. Full body, oily texture and soft carbonation. Excellent warm up for tonight’s concert.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sunevdj (3820) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - APR 23, 2016
On tap at CBC 2013. Pours black with a light brown head. Quite sweet with a moderate bitterness. Aromas of chocolate malts with hints of cookies and roasted malts. Also hints of cheese.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Brew_Cat (117) - Athens, GREECE - APR 20, 2016
Aged bottle shared with a friend at home, on St. Patrick’s day. Pours opaque black with thick but diminishing creamy brown head. Full body, rich textures, rich mouthfeel, dry bitter finish. Strong roasted malt aromas, coffee and chocolate, vanilla hints, citrus zest, resin, licorice and raisin notes. Very complex, very strong with a significant grainy backbone. Excellent.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
coldbrewky (1648) - Hippetown East, New York, USA - MAR 30, 2016
Scotland Will be FREE! There, now that I’ve got that out of my system....FREEDOM! Lurking nose of all the dark malts that could be spared...some coffee and dark chocolate. Short lived very dark head. Glistening body. Yup, as in the deScription....chocolate coffee and then malts and hops. Stoic and gravitous. Much needed after a day of weird angle and awkward position work in the basement. The Russians couldn’t make anything this good and strong except maybe a train or a tank, or a reinforced bunker.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pedro_Pinho (103) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAR 30, 2016
Pitch black with thick dark brown head. Aroma of chocolate, more chocolate and roasted coffee. Very pronouced taste of coffee and bitter chocolate.

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