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RATINGS: 451   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.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
after4ever (6635) - Brier, Washington, USA - JUN 10, 2007
22. Thanks, Pitonka! Pours opaque black with a fairly thin tan moussy shell. Sweet chocolatey nose--easily the dominant note. Medium, slightly velvety body. Plenty of carb, but not at all tingly or fizzy. Thorough coffee/chocolate-forward mid-palate. Nice mildly hoppy cling to the finish. I’d drink the hell out of this if it were more gettable for me.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - JUN 3, 2007
Nose-caramel coffee, cream, sweet coffee. Body-opaque with a slight ring of bubbles and a patchy film of bubbles. Taste-high CO2, wasabi, medium PNW hops, good smooth mouthfeel. Good, but simple. Chocolate, coffee.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bu11zeye (12150) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JUN 3, 2007
(Bottle) Pours a dark brown body with an average tan head. Aroma of chocolate, vanilla, oatmeal, and roastiness. Flavor of hops, roasted malt, cocoa, and coffee.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
emacgee (4361) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - MAY 28, 2007
Poured a black, not oily though, brew. The head is thin, brown, and gone quickly. The aroma is sweet, chocolate, coffee, light fruit, and alcoholic. The flavor is smokey/roasted, bakers chocolate, coffee, light fruit/citrus, with alcohol at the end. More shows up with warmth. Not hidden well for the abv. The palate was a little thin to be perfect. The palate is roastey and warm.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DYCSoccer17 (3481) - Woodland, California, USA - MAY 24, 2007
22 ounce bomber purchased at Nugget on Covell in Davis, CA. Aroma is rather roasted with a lot of anise present. Light coffee hints are also there, but the anise seems a little dominating. Some veggie notes are also in the nose. Eh. Opaque black body with a smallish brown head present, which dissipates faster than I would like. Sweet, malty, chocolate flavors are present to start. A little anise-like in the middle with some spritziness present. Finishes relatively roasted and a bit swampy. This is ok for what it is, but a little boring for my tastes. $6 I certainly won’t spend again. What’s up with them releasing this in May? Most people crave the style in the heart of winter, not late spring.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bhensonb (12308) - 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. It’s not standard coffee. The finish is decently bitter. It’s well balanced. The alcohol doesn’t 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 didn’t 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.


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