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


on tap

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RATINGS: 829   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.

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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
NosirIwont (2322) - Frederikssund, DENMARK - AUG 6, 2016
Bottle. 10.0%. Best before 11.09.20. Pours black with a diminishing dark tan/brown head. Bit of lacing. Sweetish, roasted aroma with a fruity note and a creamy overtone. Slightly tart. Light cocoa, barbecue notes as it warms, as well as a hint of wood. Flavour is roasted, with a light barbecue note. Sweetish note as well. A bit vinous. Light spicy note as it warms. Bitter, slightly tart finish with an alcohol burn; though very present, the alcohol is still fairly well—balanced, considering how high the percentage is. Lingering mild bitterness along with hints of hops, grass and wood. Soft palate, almost velvety. Overall pretty good and well-made, but lacks that last complexity to make it outstanding, as the nuances drowns a bit. 06.08.16.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mortlach (1886) - Rome, ITALY - JUL 12, 2016
On tap @Brewdog Bar (Rome). Pours deep brown/black with a little off-white head. Aroma of roasted malts, chocolate, milk, vanilla, alcohol, coffee. Flavour is a bit unbalanced, too sweet. High body, medium to light carbonation. A bit rough, but ok.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Koelschtrinker (16785) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - JUL 8, 2016
Massiger, malzig vanilliger Antrunk ohne starke Süße. Milde Bitterkeit, die Malzigkeit wird etwas schwächer, trocken nach Bitterschokolade. Angenehm würzig, süffig! 10/11/12/12//12

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
OminouSC2 (423) - SWEDEN - JUL 4, 2016
Pitch black, just the way I like them. Cacao, chocolate and smoke. A nice bitter-sweet taste from the cacao. A bit one-dimensional, but a heavy hitter and a nice Imperial Stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
cokolwiek11 (367) - POLAND - JUL 4, 2016
jet black beer with big brown head. Aroma: chocolate mixed with porto. Some licorie, vanilla. Reminds of pralines. Very strong. Slightly alcoholy. Taste: strong bitter, slightly alcoholy.A lot of chocolate, cocoa, some sweetness with licorie and vanilla. Palate: medium body as for RIS, low carbonation, oily. Overall: pretty classic european Imperial Stout. Very agressive, tones of chocolate and cocoa as you can expect mixed with alcoholy notes. Very intense.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
jakubwloszcz (165) - Piastów, POLAND - JUN 27, 2016
UPDATED: JUL 21, 2016 Barwa czarna, nieprzejrzysta. Piana niska, bardzo ciemna, drobnopęcherzykowa, ładnie zdobi szkło. W aromacie zdecydowanie dominuje intensywna czekolada, kakao, w tle delikatne nuty kawowe. Trochę mało złożony ten aromat, ale bardzo przyjemny. W smaku również na pierwszym planie jest czekolada, od słodkiej, mlecznej, przechodzi stopniowo w stronę gorzkiej. Odczucie w ustach jest naprawdę świetne, piwo jest bardzo gładkie, aksamitne, wysycenie jest niskie. Do czekolady dochodzi solidna paloność oraz delikatne nuty kawowe i waniliowe. Fajny RIS, pije się go z przyjemnością, ale trochę jednowymiarowy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
wombat23 (602) - Texas, USA - JUN 21, 2016
Shared 11.2 oz. bottle. Pours almost black with a brown chocolatey head. Viscous. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, booze, and vanilla. Similar taste with coffee notes. Very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
KoNrRiI (1177) - Århus, DENMARK - JUN 20, 2016

0.33 bottle.
The beer is black like tar with a small, truly brown head with a crimson tinge. Aroma of smoke, smoked meat, smoked ham, charred wood - generally a lot of smoke. Taste is also smoky, meat, charred woof smoke fish, chocolate - despite the weird descriptions it is sweet and good. A full body, a thick texture, and a soft carbonation. Finish is long, chocolate and coffee are introduced. Overall the beer is great, awesome even - it is characterized by high viscosity and has this terrific texture I have always enjoyed.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
darbeer75 (430) - Round Rock, Texas, USA - JUN 19, 2016
Aroma: lots of chocolate and malt; Appearance: pitch black with extremely dark, creamy head that dissipates slowly; Taste: follows nose, with lots of rich undertones; Palate: heavy body with long, sweet finish; Overall: very nice imperial stout; would definitely buy again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mesjasz (906) - Lodz, POLAND - JUN 11, 2016
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