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RATINGS: 475   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63/5   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.


4.1
   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.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
EithCubes (5616) - 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!

4
   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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
henrikb (1262) - 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.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Grovlam (4207) - 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

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
joergen (25926) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - SEP 11, 2007
Black coloured with a beige ehad. Roasted aroma of dried fruits, vanilla and chocolate. Roasted flavour of dried fruits, chocolate and vanilla. Dry roasted finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Emil (6065) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 11, 2007
Bottle. A black beer with a beige head. The aroma is of chocolate, so is the taste but a bit fruity and roasted. Medium body with a sweet dry finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
yespr (40417) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - SEP 9, 2007
Blind tasting at sk8vikings porter / stout tasting, beer no 12. Pours dark brown with light brown head lacing head. Slight alcohol aroma with a liqourice note. Thick roasted malty, slight chocolate and mild liqourice note into the finish. Clear alcohol finish, warming.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Papsoe (25063) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - SEP 9, 2007
(Bottle 65 cl) Courtesy of CaptainCougar. Hazy, dark brown with a tint of red and a small, light brown head. Lightly tart aroma with roasted malt showing. Medium body with lightly sweet, roasted malts and a touch of vanilla. Thereís a vague underlying tartness before a malt astringent bitterness. 070907

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ungstrup (34315) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - SEP 8, 2007
UPDATED: JUN 4, 2008 Bottled and draft. A pitch black beer with a thin brown head. The aroma is sweet mlaty with notes of chocolate and alcohol. The flavor is sweet malty with notes of chocolate, alcohol, cocoa beans and strong notes of roasted malt.


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