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


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RATINGS: 582   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.89   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.

AKSalmon's rating

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 6/20
AKSalmon (74) - Norfolk, - JUL 12, 2013
When I pored this one it came out motor oil black with a very very dark tan small head. The aroma is coffee and candy sugar. The flavor is bitter dark chocolate and bitter finish. It flows across the palate smooth with a slight tingle of carbonation. Overall a bit too bitter for my taste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
weordie (87) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - NOV 20, 2014
Pours a thick, pure black with a small, long lived chocolate head. Aroma is bitter dark chocolate and coffee beans. Taste is extremely bitter with a strong taste of freshly brewed black coffee and chicory.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
KeefOz (953) - Tarragindi, AUSTRALIA - NOV 19, 2014
BB 10/04/19. Poured a very opaque black colour with a thick looking appearance with a light brown dense foamy head 5mm thick that diminished to a collar and laced poorly. A great looking beer! Aroma of sweet dark chocolate, coffee, some dark toasted malt, and hint of molasses with the alcohol well hidden. Great aroma! Taste persistently and strongly of strongly roasted coffee with some bitter chocolate, hints of smoke and a bit of alcohol. Moderately sweet with a hint of bitterness on the aftertaste. Great taste! Full body. Smooth and creamy on the palate and with a lingering taste of dark chocolate and dark fruits with a slightly bitter finish. A great imperial stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
MonsterMagnet (302) - NETHERLANDS - NOV 18, 2014
Bottle, bb 2-2019. Pours black with an almost brown head. Aroma: wood, cocao, roast. Taste: big dark chocolate, espresso, wood, liquorice root, blackberries, elderberries, butterscotch, port. Full body, medium sweet, high bitterness, creamy mouthfeel. Long lasting bitter and slightly vinous alcoholic finish. Pretty intense but still well balanced.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
androman (486) - Maarssen, NETHERLANDS - NOV 16, 2014
33cl bottle @ home from Csak a J Sr, Budapest. Body is pitch black, Head is medium, creamy, brown, average lasting, fair lacing. Nose is bonbon, Aroma is dark chocolate, cocoa, mild roasted coffee, light rum, dried frutis, raisins, berry. Taste is medium sweet, heavy roasted bitter, hint of sour. Finish is long lasting dark fruity, chocolate, coffeeis roasty bitter, fruit-syrup, alcohol warmth. Full body, oliy texture, sticky lips, soft carbonation. Excellent desset beer, not so easy, delicious.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
heavy (2151) - Split, CROATIA - NOV 16, 2014
Jun 14. A 0.33 l bottle @Magic Beer Room, Zagreb. It poured pitch black body with a small, full brown head atop. Aroma of cocoa in the first plan, very strong, little bit of roasted malt, herbal notes and only a touch of alcohol. Flavor was lightly bitter from coffee and other heavily roasted malts, but also very well balanced with chocolate and other sweet malt notes. Herbs were not omitted; hops were even more pronounced than in the nose. Medium bodied considering the style with very pleasant and lightly alcoholic finish. Could have a tad more body, although its really a pleasant brew. Thumbs down for the extreme retail price only.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
azzie (294) - - NOV 9, 2014
Bottle 0,33l. Thick black liquid with foam like chocolate mousse. Full body, light carbonation. Full and beautiful. Strong taste of cocoa. Medium to strong bitterness like chocolate with high % of cocoa, light sweetness. Great one. One of most impressive appearances.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rikstar (875) - NETHERLANDS - NOV 8, 2014
0,33l fles, die al een tijdje stond te wachten. Zwart als inkt met een bescheiden bruine schuimkraag. Geur is vol stroopachtig en geroosterd. Smaak is biscuit met een zuurtje, koffie en cacao duidelijk aanwezig, erg vol mondgevoel en een aangename afdronk. Topper!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
CacheManyHose (228) - HONG KONG - NOV 7, 2014
From Brewcraft. Jet black with a very thin fizzy red-tan head. Smells of raisin, dark burnt malt, smoky ashy leather, smoked dried meat/beef jerky, an almost minty/herbal bitterness. Tastes hugely bitter, burnt coffee beans, sharply acidic. Body is medium, little slick, smooth. A massive bitter smoky burnt imperial stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HKdIPA (286) - HONG KONG - NOV 7, 2014
Bottle from Brewcraft at home. Inky black pour with reddish brownish thin head. Looks a bit flat even. Aroma is deeply roasted with leather and some slight raisin and beef jerky-like smokiness. Not unpleasant. Taste is big - echoes aroma in smokiness and slight raisin as it warms, also boozy and bitter coffee flavors. Very rich but not creamy palate. Not in a bad way. Lasting warm booziness and lingering bitterness. Very good imperial stout. Would get again.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
JohnnyJ (4483) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 2, 2014
Bottle. Cloudy dark brown, close to black, with a tan head. Lots of chocolate flavor, cocoa powder, milk chocolate candy bar, roasted malt, sweet, heavy, rich, and some folgers coffee grounds. To sweet and chocolatey for me.

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