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RATINGS: 452   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62   IBU: 18   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
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A rich roasty brew with a deep "espresso" character. Originally brewed for the Imperial Court in Russia, this stout is a warm festive drink made with the cold Russian Winters in mind. This complex stout is brewed with a combination of nine domestic and imported malts. Only the finest Pacific Northwest hops are used to provide the perfect balance in our award winning beer.


3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
luckygirl (1223) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 29, 2007
Bottled. Beer is very dark brown, nearly opaque. Head is beige, frothy/bubbly, small and mostly diminishing.<P>The aroma is malty with a heavy note of deeply roasted grain, moderate black coffee and dark chocolate; Hoppy with a moderately heavy resinous herb note; Yeasty with just a light note of basement; Light note of alcohol, trace under-ripe banana.<P>The flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter with a long, moderate/heavily bitter, moderately sweet finish. Grippy.<P>The body is full, the texture is velvety and the carbonation is lively.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jrob21 (2933) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 25, 2007
A nice version of this beer. Went great with my hoisin glazed pork chop. Big roasted, smoked malt aromas. Bittersweet chocolate flavors. Slight alcohol ever so faint on the back end. Slight sugar sweetness as well. Pretty good one.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JJClark (551) - Roscoe, Illinois, USA - JUL 25, 2007
Bottle from trade. Pours a rich black color with a small tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, coffee and molasses. Taste is semi sweet chocolate and licorice. Has slightly bitter, acidic, metal type flavor in the finish. Decent RIS.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ernest (6745) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 25, 2007
Bottle. Head is initially average sized, frothy/creamy, brown, mostly lasting. Body is black (non-opaque, flashlight-tested). Aroma is moderately malty (chocolate, caramel, roasted grain), lightly hoppy (grapefruit), with notes of alcohol, vanilla, and plum. Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter. Medium to full body, creamy texture, soft/lively carbonation, moderately alcoholic. A nice example, but not quite on the top shelf for me...the alcohol sticks out more than expected; usually Impies (esp. American ones) are massive enough in body and flavors to hide quite a bit of alc, but even at under 10% itís still a bit of a poke in the eye (and throat). The aroma is pleasant but a bit on the light/meek side. Overall a nice effort and could definitely be a real winner with only a little more work.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
1FastSTi (3344) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 24, 2007
Bomber. Pours to a black body with a really tall and ultra creamy dark khaki head that looks rocky and has a nice lacing. The aroma is sweet milk chocolate syrup, crisp pale grains, and crisp chocolate grains. Some espresso coffee comes through. The flavor is chocolate malt and a seemingly organic graininess. Coffee and a dry roasted black patent malt. The palate is a bit thin but leaves a sticky coating dry feel.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Odeed (1798) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JUL 22, 2007
(bottle from ledgers)black body with a nice dark brown head.as the head sits i see some small lacing.aroma is loaded with molasses and caramel.followed by coffee,roasted malts,and a tiny alcohol finish.flavor is a very nice blend of coffee,roasted malt,powdered cocoa,sweet chocolate,and a slight smoke finish.to bad i only bought one bottle cuz this stuff is pretty tasty.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ross (2128) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - JUL 10, 2007
Bottle. I dont know how I got this, someone sent it to me I think. I think it was Ken, but I am not sure. Anyway, thanks whoever you were. Pours out a dark black color with a brown head on it. Smell is full of chocolate and coffee and some sweet caramel flavors. Taste is thick and rich, probably a better candidate for a snifter than the shaker that I drank it in. Took me a while to drink this bomber, but it was good stuff. Perhaps a little underrated. No real hop bitterness so to speak of. Good stuff, now that we can buy it in NC I may get another bottle or two of it.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
aubreya (676) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JUL 9, 2007
The color was a dark chocolate/black. The head was dark butterscotch colored, creamy and laced some. The aroma was soy sauce, molasses, vanilla, and caramel. The flavor was soy sauce, alcohol, molasses, roasty, and coffee. The palate was medium/thick bodied and very smooth. The finish was warm and roasty.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JPDIPSO (5124) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 21, 2007
Dark brown with a moderate tight bubbled light tan head that settles to a thin lid rather quickly. Dark fruits dominate the aromas. Some dark chocolate and roasted malts infused with a touch of alcohol are also present. Somewhat simple, but yet quite calming, a thing many stout and especially imperial stout seem to lack. Full lightly oily feel. Cocoa and roasted malt dominate the flavors. Long singed earth and licorice linger. Traces of alcohol in the flavor and the fact that my stomach now has a mild burn. A nice, not overbearing imperial stout. Thanks Andre.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bb (7642) - Alamo, California, USA - JUN 16, 2007
Bottle. Black beer with a small brown head. Rich, malty, caramel, slight coffee roast aroma. Full bodied. Rich malt, chocolate, caramel flavor with just enough hops to back it up. LIngering chocolate and slight bitterness. Alcohol noticeable. Well put together. Nice.


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