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RATINGS: 444   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61   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.


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3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
moonbug (67) - Bryan, - JUL 23, 2013
Smells dark and sweet like espresso and sin. Pours black like a shadow in the night. Taste fills a void with sweet hops and roasted bitterness...almost like chewing on a chocolate covered coffee bean...but much more exhilarating! I'm a bit smitten by the darkness! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


2.6
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Duchammer (90) - Eagle river, Alaska, USA - JAN 3, 2015
Bottled: poured black with a tan head. Aroma had malty roast with a stale biscuit taste. I am giving up this bottle was poor. Had some funkiness to it in a bad way. Probably bad bottle!

2.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
SHIG (3703) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - JAN 3, 2015
Bottle shared by duchammer: Poured a pitch black with ring of light brown head. Aroma is stale coffee. Taste is a alcohol burn with a coffee mix.

0.5
   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 1/20
pliny-the-dead (1) - - DEC 26, 2014 does not count
Bought this on 12/15/2014. It exploded in my fridge four days later. Beer everywhere. Took two people an hour to clean up. I had several other 22 oz. bottles in there which were fine.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
RobertDale (3778) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - DEC 19, 2014
22 ounce bottle. Pours black with an average tan head. Aroma of malt, chocolate, and coffee. Taste is roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, dark fruit, and vanilla. Alcohol very well hidden. Nice.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beertholomeus (950) - California, USA - DEC 2, 2014
Pours black with a tan head. Chocolate, coffee, dark fruit, soy sauce and roasted malt aroma. Dark chocolate, coffee, plum, roasted malt and raisin flavors. Full body and moderate carbonation. Dark chocolate and coffee finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stuedmaster (268) - Vista, California, USA - NOV 15, 2014
22 oz. bomber from Mr. Aís liquor in Vista. Pours dark brown/black with a rich, creamy khaki head that leaves thick, artistic lacing. Aroma of plum, chocolate, coffee, molasses, alcohol, slight vanilla, and sweet malt. Taste is tending toward sweet but is well balanced with light bitterness, overall pretty dry. Full body with a thick, creamy texture, medium carbonation and long, balanced, chocolatey finish. The alcohol is present but not over the top for 9.5% abv. This is a well crafted imperial stout, recommended.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
slowrunner77 (6160) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 5, 2014
we had a 22 of this beer alongsode some of the cream of the crop impy stouts last night, and in comparison it flat out sucked. it may have done better by itself, but still... looks like a porter (sorry, i like my impyís to look like motor oil) and has a weakish but non-offensive roasted malt aroma and flavor. for an impy it sucked...it would be an ok porter."

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Shark_Pants (299) - AUSTRALIA - SEP 1, 2014
UPDATED: DEC 14, 2014 Pours dark brown with only a few ruby highlights visible at the bottom of the tulip glass, 2 finger mocha head. Aromas of coffee, molasses, leather - nice but not overly complex. The taste initially is sweet, with dried fruits, dark chocolate, not much coffee but quite a hop bitterness and very noticeably boozy. Nice creamy and full-bodied. Tastes more like a Belgian quadrupel than an imperial stout; not what I was expecting but fairly good nonetheless.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Davros (2066) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - AUG 10, 2014
Pours black with a light tan head. Nose shows roasted malt, caramel, bready malt, liquorice and cocoa. Flavours include bitter one-dimensional roast, booze, a prominent milk chocolate note and bready malt. Nice creamy carbonation.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerFunGuy (776) - California, USA - JUL 30, 2014
Chocolate, coffee and molasses make this a unique aroma for a stout. It pour black as night with a head that reminds me of thin brown sugar cream of wheat. Mild chocolate flavors with only slight coffee bitterness this beer is much more mild than I expected. That is more of a strength than a weakness for this beer. I really liked it. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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