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RATINGS: 166   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.33/5   IBU: 80   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
Russian Imperial Stout brewed with chocolate and roasted barley malts. This beer has essences of chocolate and roasted coffee and compliments many desserts. This heavy bodied beer is best enjoyed at 55°F-60°F.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BillKismet (3844) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 28, 2013
Black as a Siberian night and topped with a thick coffee foam head. Modest chocolate and coffee notes, with a pleasant sweetness. Quite smooth smelling grains for an imperial stout. Again, the body is surprisingly smooth. No real rough edges to the coffee and chocolate notes. Chocolate liquor underpinning. Dangerously smooth and with some pricks of dark chocolate on the finish. A touch of cherry cordial.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bulk_Carrier (3736) - Lake Champlain, Vermont, USA - JAN 20, 2013
It pours black leaving a mocha colored head that dissipated quickly. Minimal foamy ringy lacing is left in my nonic. The smell has the chocolate notes up front coming forward in a roasty way. The taste is sweet having the chocolate dominate the mouth in the same roasty way yet there is still a slight bitterness coming through. The palate is medium to heavy and coats the mouth in a creamy smooth wonderful way. Overall, though not as drinkable as some other RIS’s, I still liked it.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
alobar (3532) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 19, 2013
Pours tar black with a brown head that vanishes quickly. Aroma of coffee, roasted malt, and anise. Lots of coffee and roasted malt flavor with hint of chocolate, anise, and alcohol. Big beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DuffMan (9542) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 16, 2013
Bottle, shared with Parksy and Grippitis. This followed the Bruery Tart of Darkness, so it probably scores a little higher from me, since it satisfied my dark malt craving that I failed to find in the sour Tart. Deeply roast and thickly malty, soy sauce, molasses, coffee, vanilla all in that order of participation. Moderately bitter finish. Not sure why this scores so low, as it drank well with me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
changeup45 (1729) - Mount Dora, Florida, USA - JAN 4, 2013
This pours black with a thin tan head which leaves some spotty lacing. The aroma has some chocolate, molasses, coffee, and toasted oats. The flavors start off a bit sweet with caramel, molasses, and milk chocolate. However, it finishes roasty and bitter with grains, bitter coffee, and unsweetened dark chocolate. There’s some heft to this making it a smaller doses beer for me. While not incredibly exciting, it is a pretty well done Imperial Stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
maley1 (1169) - Calgary, CANADA - JAN 1, 2013
Black pour with large tan head. Aroma of chocolate milk, roasted malts and hint of coffee. Taste of malts, chocolate, cocoa, hint of molasses. Full bodied with a slight bitterness on the finish, pretty good beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Thisis12ptfont (1107) - Los Angeles, CA, California, USA - DEC 23, 2012
Big coffee, chocolate and malted barley on the nose. Black in color with a purple tint. Mellow flavors of rich cocoa, coffee beans, burnt caramel and some oats. Nice alcohol presence on the finish. Overall, it’s pretty good. Nothing too special or outstanding about this one. Just a mellow stout. I’d give this a C+ rating.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
queenholly (3623) - South Whitley, Indiana, USA - OCT 29, 2012
Bottle. Molasses, chocolate, anise, hops aroma. Near black with a moderate tan head. Dark roasty charred malt, tart cherry, ash, and light hop flavor. Medium to full body, moderate carbonation, dry finish. Alcohol is well hidden.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fiulijn (19160) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 28, 2012
Bottle from Lee Discount Liquor, Las Vegas
Black color, with brown head, short lived. Sweet aroma, with roasted malt and molasses. Full bodied, round; flavor of roasted malt, dark caramel, rich chocolate, molasses, touch of tobacco; medium sweetness. It has the expected strong bitterness, well blended together.
Very good, rich.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
wheresyourball (572) - El Cajon, California, USA - OCT 28, 2012
Bottle at Public House Venetian in Las Vegas. Pours opaque brown with a medium head. Nose is sweet milk chocolate and some hops. Taste is rich chocolate, coffee, mild hops. Medium mouthfeel with good carbonation. Pretty good. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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