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RATINGS: 470   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63/5   IBU: 18   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MrBendo (1064) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - OCT 13, 2007
Thanks to JCB for the bottle. Pours dark brown color with a small head. Aroma of coffee, chocolate, dark malt with a little dark fruit. Starts with chocolaty sweetness with coffee and a bit of liquorice and dark fruit, and finishes dry. No hint of the high alcohol. Really amazing stuff here.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
biz82 (1328) - austin, Texas, USA - OCT 12, 2007
Solid black with a wisp of a head. Heavy, earthy, coal, tar and dusty cocoa aroma. The smells remind me of cold, nutrient rich soil. Surprising light in body. Standard mix of stout flavors with nothing particularly outstanding. Lingering bitterness and roasted flavors in the finish. No noticeable alcohol. I wonder what "nitrogen conditioned" means, in relation to a bottled stout. The overall palate in the beer is a bit flabby.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 9, 2007
Translucent chocolate amber pour settles darkly and opaquely in the snifter with icy tan sheafs lining the head like ice. Aroma breaks bread with dark, scorched chocolate, burnt mocha beans, crisp jojoba and unsweetened bakers chocolate sitting at the bottom of an espresso tin. Flavor tells a tale of dry, roasted revelations. The medium bodied fluid stakes its stopping power in the bittersweet baking chocolate morsels, unsweetened mocha brownie bars and heavily roasted mocha bean, lending a bitter acidity. Pulls off the perfect cloak and dagger routine when it comes to its ABV. Dry countertop cocoa grinds meet mocha beans and unsweetened chocolate ash. Burnt caramel sticking to the bottom of the candi pot gets smothered with singed hazelnut sheafs and disintegrating, burnt marshmallows for a dry, roasted, chocolaty café conclusion. Thanks for the bomber, tpkenned!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DocLock (9857) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 9, 2007
Huge thanks to EcMagee for this one. Pours jet black with 2-finger brown head. This is an easy 5 for look. Aroma is chocolate malt, chocoff, hints of cherry, some nuts. Tastes dark malty, with chocoff, bourbon, noticeable alcohol, mild tart cherries. Not sweet, and stays rather dry, with a nicely smoothed out palate courtesy of the Nitrogenation, but a rather light in heft palate for the style, whch makes this one smooth to quaff, even though the alcohol stays prominent throughout, which lends this one an air of a slighty thin bourbon-oak-barrel stout. At the last dregs, a lot of brown lacing remained. Well done, yet again, from Eel River.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ChillCoat (1029) - Concord, California, USA - OCT 6, 2007
Bottle. Pitch black pour with a light tan head. Chocolate malt aroma with some cherry and coffee notes. More coffee and chocolate in the flavor. The mouth feel seems somewhat thin but it seems to work well with the fruitiness of the flavor and the dry, somewhat bitter finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bager (2120) - Copenhagen N, DENMARK - SEP 26, 2007
Bottle. Pours black with almost no head. Roasted and malty with notes of coffee, chocolate, hops and dark fruits. Soft mouthfeel with a somewhat dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
EithCubes (5547) - New Jersey, USA - SEP 20, 2007
UPDATED: SEP 22, 2007 Bomber dragged back from Asheville. Heavy, sweet roast aroma - thick, sticky syrup and espresso beanage with lots of malt and a large dose of vodka-ish alcohol. Chocolate with dried fruits, plum, and light bourbon. Touch of vanilla. Opaque pitch pour with a super-thick, creamy and lacing dark brown rocky head. Intensely (!) bitter taste, heavy roast with espresso overtones. Sticky, extremely obese body, playful mouthfeel leading into a heavily roasted, extremely dry and bitter aftertaste. Loads and loads and loads of thick malt, with, again, heavy notes of chocolate and fruit. Alcohol is a bit too high in the mix, to the point of being off-putting. Salty with a touch of licorice. I have to disagree with a lot of the criticism here; this impy is slightly simplistic, but an extremely robust and muscular rendition, a real powerhouse!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - SEP 19, 2007
22oz - Aroma is roasted dark malts, espresso and snappy hops. Pours black with a small brown head and good lacing. Flavor is chocolate, mocha and a lingering hop bitterness. Very smooth and creamy with the alcohol hidden well. A nice imperial stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
henrikb (1261) - Aarhus, DENMARK - SEP 15, 2007
@ blind tasting - Very dark brown body with a red shine, some lacing; Quite nice balanced nose, not to complex but very pleasant, quite a bit of dried prune and some soft chocolate behind; Full balanced body, slightly sweet, slightly bitter; Medium long finish, very balanced bitter sweet, again quite a bit of dried prune aromas, some fruity coffee bean as well. Very balanced quite elegant beer, not standing out in any way, but very well made and elegant.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Grovlam (4206) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 12, 2007
Bottle. [#12 Blind tasting session @ Sk8viking] Small rocky beige head that mostly diminished. Fair display of lacework. Black color. Aroma of molasses, chocolate, coffee, nutty, wood, vanilla. Full bodied with an alcoholic texture and a flat carbonation. Moderated to heavy sweet with light bitter flavor. Sweet light bourbon finishes with a long duration. Lovely 07-09-2007

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