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RATINGS: 434   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.


3.7
   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 (923) - 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 (7129) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
weeare138 (936) - Collegeville, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 6, 2007
Thanks to jasonmech77 for sharing this... Appears black with dark brown edges when held to the light. A small tan head slowly fades with streaky lacing left around the glass. Smell is of coca, fruity, figs, cream, and roastiness. Taste is the mentioned aromas highlighted by caramel in a delicious, mildly fruity stout. Mouthfeel is medium/full bodied, fizzy up front, creamy at some points with roasty notes with mild thinness that doesnít outweigh the decent parts of this beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jason (1677) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 6, 2007
Bottle thanks to Degarth for sending me this one. Dark dark brown body with thin head. Aroma was very chocolatey, caramel and some alcohol noted. Taste is surprisingly lite, lots of chocolate, smooth with no alcohol being tasted. This was delicious and went down so smooth.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopdog (8796) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 6, 2007
22oz bottle shared courtesy of jasonmech77. Poured a dark, deep brown color with a smaller sized off white head. Aromas of roast, chocolate, latte, and caramel. Tastes of roast, espresso, chocolate, and a trace of dark fruits. Alcohol content well hidden. Not one of the top tier Imperial Stouts (more of a stout).

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TomDecapolis (4443) - Milton, Delaware, USA - APR 5, 2007
Thanks to jasonmech77 for sharing this. Pours a dark brown bordering on black with a medium bubbly tan head. Aroma of caramel, chocolate, some alcohol, roasted malts and some cappucino. Flavor of dark chocolate, espresso, some caramel, light hop bitterness, roasted malts and some nuttiness.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mhelgason (495) - Salem, Oregon, USA - MAR 28, 2007
Bottle. Small off white (mostly dissapating) frothy head. Minimal lacing. Black body. Chocolate, malts, and something like sweet corn? in the aroma. Flavor is a bit weak: initially watery sweet and finishes mildy bitter. Average length on the duration. Medium to full bodied. A bit on the oily side. Flat carbonation. I was expecting more flavor from this imp stout.


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