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RATINGS: 91   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71   IBU: 65   EST. CALORIES: 243   ABV: 8.1%
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Russian Imperial Stout brewed with American Amarillo hops.

Brassée en Angleterre à partir du 18ème siècle, cette variante plus forte du Stout traditionnel était destinée à la cour de l’impératrice Catherine II de Russie. La Postiche est une héritière moderne de ce style, où les saveurs torréfiées des malts s’équilibrent aux arômes citronnés des houblons américains (Amarillo).

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Fred82 (2115) - Québec City, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 22, 2012
750ml from IPB.
Appearance : Deep black medium foamy creamy head. Some lacing.
Aroma : Caramel malt with coffee and chocolate. Light yeasty notes maybe. Light hops.
Taste : Yeasty and caramel malt. Roasted notes with chocolate and coffee. Slightly resinous finish with more coffee and caramel malt.
Overall : Interesting. Slightly thin for an RIS but at 8% that was to be expected and it’s not necessarily a bad thing. Quite a lot of coffee with some caramel showing here and there. A bit too much caramel for the style IMHO. Overall not a bad beer but not such a good example of the style either. Nice coffee and roasty persistent finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Russo (1778) - Hemhofen, Baden-Württemberg, GERMANY - JUL 21, 2012
@ZBF’12. Dark color with a tan head. Aroma is roasted malt, hints of oak and belgium yeast. Flavor is malty, hints of coffee and chocolate. Medium carbonation, bitter end.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
marcus (7230) - Sacramento, California, USA - JUL 11, 2012
Bottle at Delirium Cafe, Brussels. Pours black with a nice tan head and a huge treacle aroma. Ther is as creamy chocolate and dark molasses flavor with some balancing bitterness. Very true to the style and quite tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Boutip (5031) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 5, 2012
Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a rather large dirty brown color head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma consists of roasted oatmeal with light black chocolate touch and a somewhat fruity and bread-like yeast profile. Taste is also a mix between some black chocolate notes with a serving of roasted malt and a light dry finish with light hoppy notes. Body is quite full with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Interesting beer with a Belgian approach and an American hops profile – not sure I would drink this regularly but interesting nonetheless.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
oteyj (2130) - New Hampshire, USA - JUN 26, 2012
750ml. Jet black pour with a frothy tan head. Lots of roasty ashen bakers chocolate and cocoa nib with hints of brownie and molasses in the back. Rich thick palate with velvety carbonation and a sweet finish. Delicious!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Countbeer (5043) - Best of E-Town mit 2 Brauhausen, NETHERLANDS - JUN 17, 2012
Bottle: Medium vast tan head disappears slow and leaves a thin tan lacing on top of a black beer. Smell fresh hops, citrus and light peach, light dusty, light plastic, hint of toasted malts, crispy like an ipa and roasted like a stout. Nice smell. Taste is a creamy mix of coffee, roasted malts, hops, hop flowers, hop soapy, nice bitter, light sour, light spicy, oatmeal, roasted barleys and a light hint of grassy herbs and a light sweetness. Aftertaste of bitter roasted barley malts, some other roasted ingredients and even some sweet sticky notes. Low carbo, soft light creamy mouthfeel, full body and a light creamy texture. Lovely beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SlovakSniper (3647) - Candiac, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 13, 2012
(75 cl via a trade with tom10101) Une belle tête foncée qui flotte sur un liquide profondément brun. Des houblons qui font une remarquable entrée avec un bouquet de citrons poivrés et une haleine de jeune pin. Des malts rôtis qui déroulent des parfums chocolatés. Des saveurs dardées par des houblons vigoureux et même verts. Des notes de parfum et des notes citronnées. De l’orge torréfiée et ses déclinaisons. Du cacao et du chocolat brun. Un corps qui n’est pas fortifié. Un pétillement qui est bien présent. Une texture qui me semble bien crémeuse. Une finale qui propose une amertume de bonne intensité avec un caractère asséchant. Quelque chose comme une IPA noire. Enfin, il me semble.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
suprchunk (2510) - Crestview, Florida, USA - JUN 13, 2012
Almost black pour with ruby highlights. Big, dense, creamy tan head that lasts a long time. Thick layer of lacing left behind. Peppery chocolate aroma. Hoppy front with a nice chocolate middle. Creamy and sweet, but not overly. Very decent. A bit too bitter on the back, but good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sebletitje (7221) - Enghien, BELGIUM - JUN 9, 2012
Draft @ Delirium Hoppy Loft. Brune foncée, col léger crémeux café au lait. Arôme est malté et grillé sur des notes torréfiées et pointe de citronné de houblon. En bouche, malt léger, le profile restant bien belge avec un côté stout très agréable alternant entre des malts grillé, sur une pointe de café et de chocolat laissant une brève amertume de fin de bouche. Assez sèche en bouche voire grains poussiéreux, le houblon américain confère une note citronné. Sur la fin je note ce côté presque tourbe de malt fumé? Encore une de ces belles surprises qui vient de la province du Luxembourg.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
77ships (4858) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - JUN 9, 2012
draft @ Delirium Hoppy Loft // It is still quite weird to see a bona fide Imperial Stout made in Belgium, wonder if this is made mainly for export? // Even has an American hop in it apparently // black with a mocha head // aroma is quite mocha heavy, blended with American hops into a whole, touch roast, overall quite going to fruity with the mocha going to the touch sweeter side & roast not being a dominant character, on the non-bitter side of coffee // taste is however bitter, must be the hops because the mocha & coffee are not quite on the bitter side, bitter sweet, touch chocolate milk & milk chocolate, medium long bitter coffee & bitter hop finish ‘which add more of a hop bitter dimension than fruitiness to this), dark fruits & espresso // body is quite nicely full but not entirely smooth because of the hops, carb. is around medium // overall a solid Imperial Stout but more in the middling category, I prefer my stouts on the smoother, heavier & tad sweeter side, this one is quite into hops, for me not every style should be as hopped-up as an IPA // interesting that Belgium is beginning to try this sort of stuff but it doesn’t feel like we are performing adequately so far in this category for the biggest part // we can or we should do better

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