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RATINGS: 11   MEAN: 3.69/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.35   IBU: 80   EST. CALORIES: 282   ABV: 9.4%
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Originally a stout of British origin, this style of beer became popular with the Czarist Court in Russia. High hop levels and alcohol content, as well as large amounts of dark malts, allowed it to survive the journey to Russia and the surrounding regions. These qualities also make for a beer that ages well, providing layer of flavor that continue to develop over the years. A combination of chocolate, coffee, and roasted malt flavors and aromas are complimented by an assertive bitterness from both dark malts British hops. High bitterness Roast malt shop aroma Black color

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
monk191 (980) - California, USA - OCT 2, 2014
A decent imperial stout, not the best, not the worst. Pours a deep lack with a creamy tan head. Smells of coffee and cream. Taste is creamy upfront, with a quite better finish, bitter chocolate and hops, maybe a bit too much. Had on tap at Beer Revolution.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
slowrunner77 (5805) - Reno, Nevada, USA - AUG 20, 2014
A big, thick tar-like russian imperial. too much for one in our party, even though 11-13% seems to be the norm and this was "only" 9.4. Chocolate, licorice, tar, adequate bitterness all in one big package. In smallish amounts, I really dug it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dodgrblu (612) - Sacramento, California, USA - JAN 29, 2014
22 ounce bottle from Nugget Vacaville, big roasted flavor, no sweetness, medium head.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
baraciisch (1915) - USA - JAN 17, 2014
Deep black in color, light tan head.... Aroma of light roasted malts... Flavor is licorice, dark chocolate, smoke... Tobacco notes... Thin body... Solid ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Fatehunter (1269) - Corbett, Oregon, USA - JAN 1, 2014
Pours two and half fingers of tan head on a black body. It looks amazing. The aroma is molasses, brown sugar and a touch of burnt malt. The taste is heavy on the burnt malt, some roasted malt, wood and molasses. Great profile and balance. The texture is heavier with moderate carbonation. It nails the style and tastes great.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
marcus (6578) - Sacramento, California, USA - DEC 31, 2013
Bottle from Capitol Beer & Tap Room. Pours near black with a thick tan head and a treacle aroma. There is a hearty dark molasses and burnt chocolate flavor with a hint of coffee and a dry finish. Very tasty.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Fratto (2626) - Arlington, Texas, USA - DEC 21, 2013
Bottle from my aunt Pam. Black pour with a small brown head. Aroma is vanilla, lots of chocolate and, smoke. Taste is alcohol, chocolate, and dark grain. Boozy finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
thetmaxx (750) - West Sacramento, California, USA - NOV 26, 2013
Poured from the bomber I found at nugget west sac. The aroma is nice and chocolatey. Flavour is also chocolate, some roast but I feel like the hop bitterness it coming through nicely. This is really a nice imperial stout for this cool evening.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bb (6858) - Alamo, California, USA - NOV 12, 2013
Bottle. Blackish beer with a brown head. light roast and chocolate aroma with bourbon. Bourbon and toffee flavor with light licorice and light roast. Fuller bodied. Roast and licorice lingers with bourbon and chocolate. Hops are noticeable in the background.
Earlier Rating: 3/29/2012 Total Score: 3.3
Draft. Black beer with a tan head. Earthy and malt aroma. Pine and grapefruit flavor with earth, malt, and light chocolate. Medium-plus bodied. Chocolate and malt lingers with pine, grapefruit, and earth.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DYCSoccer17 (3327) - Woodland, California, USA - NOV 11, 2013
22 ounce bottle purchased at Nugget in Woodland, CA. The aroma has some light cocoa sweetness initially, before some anise comes through. Pretty strong with roasted anise aromas. The appearance is gorgeous. Opaque black body with a strong, large dark brown head. Great retention. Starts with a very mild chocolate sweetness, before it becomes more of a dark chocolatey flavor in the middle. Pretty heavy on the burnt flavors in the middle, with a fair share of anise-like flavors. Finishes a bit astringent and quite bitter. I wish this had a little more sweetness. Just really kind of gritty and harsh for my palate.

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