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RATINGS: 436   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.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bhensonb (10935) - Woodland, California, USA - MAY 23, 2007
Bomber. Huge chocolate aroma backed by coffee. Opaque black/brown color with a firm tan head. A bit thin. Start with chocolate and deep toasted malt. Moves on to, ok, make it espresso. Itís not standard coffee. The finish is decently bitter. Itís well balanced. The alcohol doesnít get in the way of the flavors. A really good imperial stout, with hints of Guinness toastiness.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ElJefe (553) - Rochester, New York, USA - MAY 22, 2007
Jet black with a thin brown head. Aroma of cocoa and espresso. There is definitely more than a "hint" of espresso in both the aroma and flavor of this one. Accompanying the roasted espresso overtones are hints of bittersweet chocolate and earth. A touch of sweetness compliments the espresso nicely. Not the most complex IS, but very enjoyable nonetheless.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
chef201atc (261) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - MAY 17, 2007
DArk black pour, reddish color around the edges. Scant, quick fading tan head. Nose is very sweet, figs, prunes, some coffee. Mouthfeel is somewhat light, moderate carbonation. Flavor starts with coffee and finishes with a nice lingering hoppy bitterness.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RollinHard (1024) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - MAY 16, 2007
Dark brown pour, lighter foam than I like. Aroma of cocoa, roast, and a mellow hop-earth. Sweet chocolate flavor followed immediately by a substantial roast. Finishes with raisins, dark/dried fruit, roast and mild hop flavor and bitterness. Good stuff, just didnít jump out to me.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - MAY 12, 2007
bomber, Nose was choclate and coffee, real nice. Smal brown head on a dark brown body. Taste is alcohol, licorice, sweet chcolate, and coffee. There was something unpleasnat in the end of this, and I found out what, I believe it is. The nitrogen bottle conditioning, not so great. That said, I liked this just not loved.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JohnnyJ (4318) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 7, 2007
Aroma of sweet milk chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, and some hops. Pour is the standard black with tan head. Flavors of coffee, sweet malt, chocolate, and smoke. Very smokey and chocolaty. Silky mouthfeel, but a little thin (not too bad).

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - MAY 7, 2007
Bottle. Muted malt profile w/ nice hop presence. Very drinkable. No noticable alcohol. Good, but not great.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
buckybeer (666) - Eau Claire, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 2, 2007
22oz. bomber from Liquid Solutions. Pours pretty much black with a small brown head. Very nice aroma. Bitter cocoa, malts and roasted nuts. Flavor is raw coffee, light bitter malts, hints of smoke and a trace of bitter hops in the finish. Silky mouthfeel but just a tad thin. Overall it was very good.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kramer (4905) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 28, 2007
22 oz bottle, via TURDFERGUSON. Pours a dark brown colored body under a fine bubbled brown head that faded to a whispy film. The aroma is pretty roasty, but thereís a quite noticable diacetyl note that grabs my attention right away. Some chocolate, licorice, and light alcohol. The flavor is dominated by the roasted and burnt malt luckily and mostly hides the diacetyl. Finishes with a little too much astringency, heavy roast, chalk, coffee, and moderate alcohol. Mouthfeel is slightly oily in texture with a slightly sticky finish. Moderate soft carbonation. A little on the thinner side for an Imperial Stout. This was just an average to slightly below average beer, quite a disappointment given there seems to be alot of fans of this one.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
boboski (1095) - Alabama, USA - APR 22, 2007
Nitrogen conditioned bottle. Pours a medium thick black with a medium tan head. Pitiful retention, adequate lacing. Aroma is rich, inexpensive chocolate, raisin, light anise, hazelnut, coffee and caramel in moderation. Flavor is lightly to medium bitter, burnt and unimpressive. Palate is creamy, though too fruity sweet. Finishes mildly drying. Alcohol is moderately concealed throughout. Coffee in the finale tastes cheap as well. Not my thing at all. Nitrogen bottle conditioning is not the way to go. A well made imperial stout could be substantially creamy without this annoying addition, it really detracts from the enjoyment.


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