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RATINGS: 392   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.87   EST. CALORIES: 294   ABV: 9.8%
The ancient legends that abound the Russian Imperial Stout of yore are filled with tempestuous romance, sinful thievery, and scurvy, too. So highly regarded was this historic recipe, the Russian Kings tried to keep it all to themselves. They failed. Today we bring you our own dastardly dark version, with a rich and roasty aroma, notes of plum and port and a velvety texture so luscious it just might make a grown man weep.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RobertDale (4433) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - JUL 14, 2014
22 ounce bottle. Pours black with a small reddish brown head. Aroma of malt, chocolate, coffee, and fruit. Taste is roasted malt, dark chocolate, coffee, and dark fruit. Very tasty and very well made.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
scotchzombie (438) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JUL 13, 2014
Pours boot black and viscous with a finely bubbled mocha head that fades quickly to a rim. A bit of lacing. Aroma is is burnt brown sugar with a faint hint of booze. Taste is burnt toffee, caramel and chocolate with a booze and bitter coffee finish. Less chocolate/more roasty; chocolate and alcohol flavors rise with warming. Thinner and shorter of flavor than I expected. Good, but not great.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
HonusWagner (1793) - Florida, USA - JUL 13, 2014
Very interesting, heavy port dark fruit flavors, kinda reminds me of what Dark Lord used to be before the ABV hike, very impressive.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Westmeister (2111) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUN 28, 2014
Haven’t had an impy stout in a while. Pours thick black with thinner brown head. Smell is dark chocolate, sweet toffee, some booze, slight licorice. Taste is medium sweet, some booze as it warms, swirling dark and semi sweet chocolate, minor anise and dark fruits. Nice velvet palate . Nice surprise here.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
lightbias (332) - USA - JUN 27, 2014
The aroma is chocolate, coffee and heady tobacco. I feel like smoking a cigar right now to accent my experience. The pour is black with a russet head that decided not to stick around too long. A very thick, oily body with a nice average carbonation. Not too boozy, just right with the afterward fading to a light reminder of the brew. If I had access to this Russian Imperial Stout again, I would find it again and make it mine.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Concealer (983) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 24, 2014
Tap at hops and pie. Clear dark reddish brown with a chocolate brown head. Aromas of roasted malt, dark chocolate, coffee, and some dark fruit notes. Flavor is roasted malts, coffee, pine, and chocolate. Medium bodied, smooth with a bitter end.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BlackHaddock (5091) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - JUN 18, 2014
Draft in The Hopping Pig, San Diego on 18th March 2014. Really black with a lasting beige crown. Sweet and sour nose, Roasted malts, over roasted malts actually with liquorice, coffee, dark chocolate and a vinous under-smell. The taste was very similar with a slight fruitiness within the mix. The alcohol was almost hidden. Good body depth and a fine Imperial Stout (not that I have had many to compare it with).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SlovakSniper (4045) - Candiac, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 18, 2014
Très noire avec une tête presque kaki. Parfums de fruits noirs liquoreux, de torréfaction, de café colombien, de bois brûlé, de chocolat et de noix rôties et grillées. Puissante beauté olfactive. Saveurs de café et de grains rôtis assez prenantes avec une fumée langoureusement chocolatée, des raisins alcoolisés et une invasion de houblons résineux et de réglisse noire. Délectable! Corps bien porté par des bulles volontairement affaiblies et texture toute en crème épaisse. Arrière-goût vraiment amer de torréfaction certainement aidé par de vigoureux cultivars américains.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kbudd19 (911) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 28, 2014
Bottle, big thick oily black pour, nice finger of mocha head with good retention, beautiful. Aroma, thick roasted malts, brown sugar, coffee and chocolate. Taste, lots of coffee roast up front, thick mouthfeel, some chocolate, sticky bitter aftertaste. Overall, a solid RIS.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Likesemdark (2) - L.A., California, USA - MAY 3, 2014 does not count
True to it’s name, Dark Seas is as dark as they come. The head was a very dark brown and the liquid itself looked like ink. From the initial pop of the top, I smelled that sweet unmistakable aroma of a true stout. The first sip satisfies in a way only a dark beer connoisseur would appreciate. Overall this is a great beer for all you stout drinkers.

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