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RATINGS: 350   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
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Brewed in the style of a Russian Imperial Stout. Strong, chocolatety and aggressively hopped with finest English hops.


4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
johnnnniee (2459) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 18, 2011
Iíve gotten several bottles of this in trades so Iím not sure how old this bottle is. Pours a solid black with a big fluffy tan head that sticks around for a while. Nose is of chocolate syrup, a bit of perfume, some brown sugar, carob powder, a touch of alcohol. Taste hits with chocolate syrup mixed with hops. The hops push their way through the middle battling with some alcohol and dried dark fruit and winning, only to succumb to the roasted malt finish. Very complex taste, it seems I picked up something new with every sip, very nice! Mouthfeel is oily and resinous, body is medium at best, carbonation is a bit high. Very nice complex tasting stout. Lower the carbonation and up the body and Iíd drink this every day.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DavoleBomb (1467) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 18, 2011
Poured into a snifter. 4.5 A: Black color. Two and a half fingers of hybrid frothy/creamy head. Good retention and plentiful lacing. 4.0 S: A lot of roasted barley, semi-sweet chocolate, touch of blackstrap molasses, sweet caramel maltiness. Very nice. 4.0 T: Biggest flavor is a burntness, which I incidentally didnít detect in the nose. Loads of roasted barley, black coffee, and a touch of dark chocolate. The sweetness in the nose does not manifest in the taste which is too bad, because I like a good battle between roasty and sweet in RISs. 3.0 M: Lighter medium to medium body. Carbonation is a bit too aggressive and further takes away from what isnít very creamy to begin with. Other than that no problems. 4.0 D: Love the roastiness, but a bit too dry for me. Would prefer a thicker body as well. Still, a pretty good brew. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 05-23-2010 03:58:44

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
NayTron (133) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - NOV 19, 2010
Bottle thanks to Tom. Pours black with a little head that lingers. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, coffee and alcohol. Nice full bodied mouthfeel that follows the nose. Ends with a sharp hops bitter with a little dryness. Alcohol is well hidden in this one. Not as robust as I would like it but pretty tasty none the less.

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Brandman (2144) - Helsinki, FINLAND - NOV 17, 2010
Black body, tanned head. Some ash, liqourice and burnt malts in aroma. Way too dry and not in balance. It is ok, but something is missing.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ron (2688) - Rochester, New York, USA - OCT 22, 2010
I got this from Da and Erica(my kids) for my B-day present. Wow, the foam on this kept coming after the pour was done. Stayed high and thick for a long time. Poured motor oil black. Aromas of roasted malt, coffee, and sweet chocolate. Flavors of coffee, and sweet chocolate malt. Smooth drinking stout with great flavor.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
alexsdad06 (5899) - Ohio, USA - OCT 14, 2010
22 oz. bottle. Pours black with an above average sized tan head. The aroma is dry roasted malts, black coffee, chocolate and an earthy quality. The flavor has more roasted dark malts and hints of coffee, but develops a dry bitterness that takes away from the other flavors, namely the sweetness. The chocolate in the nose canít stand up to the growing bitterness. Medium plus bodied and good, but nothing that stands out as great.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
unclemike (2309) - Ft. Riley, Kansas, USA - OCT 8, 2010
Black colour with a brown head. Roasted malty aroma with a balanced coffee and chocolate sweet note. Coffee bitter flavor with a vanilla sweet note and a dry roasted finish.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mcox90 (1588) - Wilton, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 5, 2010
22 oz bottle. Pours black and is almost impervious to light. A careful pour netted a full 2 finger creamy off white head which receded leaving a good amount of lace. Huge chocolate malt aroma with secondary caramel and coffee. Medium to heavy body with a slight amount of carbonation. Flavor is dominated by chocolate, but one can pick up some dark fruit as well. Dangerously easy drinking as it goes down smooth with no boozy aroma or taste.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sledutah (5104) - Utah, USA - AUG 30, 2010
Bottle shared by Doug, thanks
Appearance: Poured black with a small tan head and some lacing left in the glass
Aroma: Roasted malts and chocolate
Taste: Smokey, ashy and bitter hops in the finish
A nice Imp. Stout, easy to drink.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
douglas88 (6333) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 29, 2010
22 ounce bottle. Pours a pure black color with a medium brown head. The aroma is chocolate, some piny hops. The flavor is good; a fairly dry flavor of both milky sweet and bitter chocolates, some light hops, easygoing, medium roasted malts. Tasty and easygoing. They made what they wanted here Iíd say.


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