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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.


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3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Cbuk1013 (244) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - SEP 21, 2013
This was definitely a middle of the road Russian imperial stout Heavy on the coffee.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
adnielsen (9481) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 2, 2014
Bottle @ home via the olí rot box. Pours a black appearance with a dark brown head. Burnt roasted malty nose with chocolate, some char, smoke, light coffee, and a fair amount of anise. Medium full body. Moderate sweetness and bitterness. More anise, piney hops, and dark chocolate in the flavor. Fairly smooth. Not sure Iím crazy about the flavor but itís ok.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Elwood (3336) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - NOV 1, 2014
Serving: Bottle. Black pour with a frothy light tan head. Roasted malt, a bit of coffee, and a bit of sweet stone fruit in the nose. The flavor is a bit sweet up front followed by black coffee, a slight burnt note, and a very little dried dark fruit in there. Lighter body than I was expecting. Not bad.

4.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
smitty137 (1) - - SEP 13, 2014 does not count
This northeastern stout was absolutely delicious. There was just the right amount kick for a craft beer and I wish the bottle was just a little bit bigger. :-) I'll have to grab a few more bottles the next time I'm in The Syracuse area.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DarkElf (3035) - La Jolla, California, USA - APR 7, 2014
06-Mar-14 (22-oz bottle: Obtained in trade with shadey, thanks Shane!)
Several years old, this beer is still quite solid. It pours a black body with half an inch of dark-tan head that settles to a ring. The aromas are dark and pungent, showing tobacco, charred meat, prune, and chocolate, leading to flavors of dark chocolate, blackstrap molasses, cigarette ash, burnt toast, prune, and coffee, with medium sweetness thatís balanced by medium, lingering bitterness. The beer is medium-full in weight, medium in carbonation, and finishes relatively dry for pretty good drinkability. Overall, quite enjoyable and itís held up very well.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jtclockwork (8965) - , New Jersey, USA - MAR 10, 2014
Bottle thanks to Springlicker. Pours black with brown head. Nose and taste of fudge brownie, roast chocolate, coffee, black licorice and earthy chocolate. Medium body. Dry old licorice finish.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gluepot (69) - Ontario, CANADA - MAR 5, 2014
head is an attractive dark tan on a black body. The nose has some coffee and chocolate with a hint of bubble gum and some whiffs of something medicinal. The taste has bittersweet chocolate, a thick maltiness, coffee and a hint of cherry and other dark fruits. There is more effervescence than you would expect in a Russian imperial stout, which blunts many of the taste elements.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hamilton23 (612) - Alpine, California, USA - MAR 4, 2014
Poured from 22oz bottle. Pours black with a thick tan head. Aroma is some smoke and a bit of toasted malts. Taste is some burnt wood, chocolate malts and a fair amount of bitterness in the back end.

4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mcclainc50 (204) - New York, USA - FEB 15, 2014
Bottle, pours an oily black with a khaki head leaving heavy lacing. Notes of malt and alcohol in the nose. Very malty flavor with notes of licorice and coffee with a little alcohol. Very strong stout.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mtdewa1 (351) - rome, New York, USA - FEB 15, 2014
Bottle. Dark black, khaki head. Aroma is dark chocolate and coffee. Taste is a milk chocolate. Smooth milky velvety taste. A bit thin. Overall decent.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
puboflyons (2233) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 13, 2014
From the 650 ml. bottle. Very dark brown to near black pour with a tan head that melts away shortly. The aroma has a dark toasted malt and dark fruit character sort of like cherries. It is also a bit wooden and slightly dusty and musty. No booze om the nose. The body is medium and creamy. The taste tends to bring out more of the cherry and dark fruit character ahead of the dark toasted malts. Mildly bitter ending. Alcohol well integrated, which makes it quite drinkable but at 9.5% ABV - also quite dangerous.


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