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RATINGS: 16   MEAN: 3.71/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56/5   IBU: 80   EST. CALORIES: 282   ABV: 9.4%
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 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
madchemist83 (262) - USA - OCT 5, 2016
Bottled 2 months ago. Pours pitch black with thick tan head. Aromas of coffee, roasted grain, chocolate, molasses, figs and alcohol. Nice and smooth start but the finish is very flat and watery. Astrigent flavor dominates the palate. A bit too dry and young. More of the sweet bready malt, like Golden promise, mayhap and all the problems dissapear like rebels in Gulag.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Zymurgeist2 (1870) - Redwood City, California, USA - FEB 14, 2016
Bomber to glass. Black with full brown head. Overt roastiness with slight chocolate backing. Taste is coffee and chocolate. Deep roast leads to a high bitterness. Kind of like drinking a dark roast, cold pressed coffee. Not terribly complex, but nice enough.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beertholomeus (1725) - California, USA - JAN 12, 2016
Pours black with a tan head. Roasted malt, chocolate, caramel, toffee, licorice and marshmallow aroma. Roasted malt, marshmallow, cocoa, caramel, licorice, raisin molasses and booze flavors. Full body and moderate carbonation. Cocoa, roasted malt and licorice finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
joeneugs (5879) - Livermore, California, USA - NOV 10, 2014
On draft at Tap 25. It pours black with a tan head. The aroma has dark cocoa, coffee and a little toasted marshmallow. The flavor is smoky with caramel, burnt marshmallow, coffee and cocoa. Very full bodied with a burnt, smoky finish. Great stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - NOV 6, 2014
On tap - All the beers I had on St. Patrick’s Day here were really nice, and this was one of them. Their regular stout on nitro was outta-sight great, so was their Baltic porter, so this had to deliver and it did. A nice coffee aroma, with just a bit of dark chocolate, dark fruit and Tootsie Rolls. Flavor smacks you squarely in the jaw with a rich, roasty bitterness that doesn’t let up. Attenuated very nicely, with just enough sweetness left behind to really amplify the coffee aspect of the beer. I would have liked a little more chocolate in the flavor, with perhaps just a bit more sweetness, but then..I do love my impy’s to be on the sweeter side of things, and I know he wasn’t making this beer based on my specs. Just a really, really nice impy stout, and one I’ll definitely get again and again.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
monk191 (1777) - Portland, Oregon, 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 (10251) - 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 (732) - 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 (2909) - California, 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 (2275) - 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.

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