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RATINGS: 439   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.


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 (5063) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ty5592 (1018) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 21, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 2, 2007 Black with small head. Aroma of chocolate, coffee, dirt and malt. The aroma was the best thing about this beer. Thin and watery with nasty chalkyness. Bitter chalky finish with some sour notes. I was literally going to pour the rest out. Instead I gave it to my dog.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - APR 21, 2007
Chocolately ,ovaltine aroma,,taste is choclate brownie,with caramel smoothness and sweetness ,dark chocolate bitterness in the finish. Alcohol not a factor. Hard to believe this is nitro,as there was plenty of carbonic bite on the tongue. This IMP is all about chocolate. Tasted it with the new Sam Adams glass, this is where it works best, as the front of the tongue really gets a hit,and the sweetness really comes through

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RagallachMC (631) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - APR 19, 2007
22oz bottle from TURDFERGUSON. Aroma: Chocolate, caramel, popcorn, coffee, anise, light smoke. Some molasses comes out as it warms. Appearance: Black in color with small dark brown highlights. Small medium tan head was small and frothy with fair retention. Nice lacing. Flavor: Creamy chocolate, coffee, smoke, anise, caramel, molasses, and a touch of dark fruit. Some grassy hop flavor into the finish. Medium-high bitterness. Finishes with a bit of astringency. Palate: Medium-full bodied. Moderate carbonation. Light alcohol warming in back of the mouth. Overall: A decent IS overall. A little thin in mouthfeel and a bit of astringency, but pretty good overall.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
SamuraiArtist (292) - portland, Oregon, USA - APR 15, 2007
Bottle Pours almost black with very dark highlights. 1 finger tan and very creamy head. A light but very good aroma of dark chocolate and vanilla and a little coffee. Flavor is a very smooth creamy light coffee and vanilla notes. Nice silky body. Feels like a nitrogen stout. I dont know how they nitro conditioned this but its nice. It has some lingering coffee roasty bitterness that balances it out. Didnt really notice the alcohol in the flavor.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
nolankowal (931) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 14, 2007
Bottle shared by OhioDad at C-Bus 6, thanks! Black pour with a tan head. Aroma of chocolate, roasted malt and light coffee. Flavor of liqourice, chocolate, and some roasted malts. Solid body with a nice roasty finish.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - APR 11, 2007
Poured a clear very dark brown, almost opaque with a small brown head. Good roasted aroma with notes of light coffee and some alcohol. Roasted malt flavor. Moderate sweetness mild alcohol. Medium-full bodied. Mild bitterness on the finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CaptainCougar (7132) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - APR 11, 2007
Pours an opaque black with mahogany edges and a thin ring of dark tan head. Aroma of sweet dark caramel and milk chocolate with a hint of brown sugar. Body starts with a nice sweet roasty dark maltiness with a touch of dark fruits and a smooth, lingering roasted coffee finish. A nicely-balanced and enjoyable imperial stout with a hint of smoke in the distance.


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