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Brewed by BrewDog
Style: Imperial Stout
Ellon, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
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RATINGS: 672   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.9   IBU: 85   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hoppsan (151) - Stockholm, - DEC 19, 2013
33 cl bottle (part of a mix pack). Pours pitch black with nice, creamy dark brown head! Aroma and flavor is full of coffee, chocolate, sultanas and roasted malts. Well-balanced. Lasting stuff! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


4
   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 life’s great pleasures at once? And Mrs H says I can’t do more than one thing at a time... Look, I’m multi-tasking! Appearance: It’s 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)

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
JStax (3420) - 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.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BKHansen (12) - Praestø, 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.

4
   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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
martin00sr (1242) - Sønderborg, 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.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BBHansen (286) - Køge, 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

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jzi (13) - 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 mówiąc nie spodziewałem się aromatu pieprzu. Nie mam pojęcia skąd on się wziął. Przypomina mi również tabasco. Bardzo ciekawe piwo. Jak tylko na nie trafię w sklepie, kupię na zapas i wrzucę do piwnicy. Polecam!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jjgmd (1622) - 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

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
zgaier (1549) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - APR 9, 2015
Bottle. Pours dark black with a dark brown head and aroma of chocolate, roasted malt, and liquorice. Taste is strong, lots of cocoa and chocolate along with oak, vanilla, coffee, and liquorice, complex, with a roasted, long finish. Delicious brew with lots of flavor

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Slaktmasken (62) - Gothenburg, SWEDEN - APR 8, 2015
On tap @ Brewdog Bar Göteborg. My favourite ordinary-tap @Brewdog. My first cocoa psycho was actually one of the prototypebottles back in the days. Jet black, dark brown head. Chocolate/vanilla/Coffee aroma.


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