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Brewed by BrewDog
Style: Imperial Stout
Ellon, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
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RATINGS: 676   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.


Finwe's rating

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Finwe (414) - Grankulla, - FEB 23, 2013
Draught @ Kaisla. Pitch black with a brown head. Aroma of coffee, cocoa, chocolate and roasted malt. Very roasted flavour with coffee, chocolate, vanilla and bitter hops. Roasted, bitter finish. A great Imperial Stout.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Andy_ (887) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAY 1, 2015
330 ml bottle
Black beer with little brown head. Aroma and flavor have coffee, liqueur, smoked wood and licorice. Palate is quite full and stinging bitter. Finish has strong bitterness. Aftertaste has rough coffee beans, salty licorice, smoke, syrupy sweetness and tar with coffeey acidicy. I was expecting a bit more, also the palate felt too thin for the flavors.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
Estebanik (70) - Lublin, POLAND - MAY 1, 2015
Nalewa sie z bardzo trwala jak na risa, ciemnobezowa piana. Mega czekoladowe w aromacie. Geste, wyklejajace. Po ogrzaniu wychodzi alkohol, niestety.

4.4
   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 isn’t a beer to be messed with. Sip. Enjoy. Savour.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Grima (2172) - 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.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
highlandlad (1434) - 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 (3444) - 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 (17) - 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 (477) - 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 (1258) - 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 (296) - 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


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