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RATINGS: 276   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.84   EST. CALORIES: 294   ABV: 9.8%
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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.


2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
zoucrew102 (373) - - MAY 3, 2013
Bottle at brewers republic. Aroma is rich and bold coffee notes. Pours black with a thin brownish head. Taste is coffee but not overpowering with a smooth finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jbruner (1972) - Athens, Georgia, USA - MAY 3, 2013
Bottle thanks to my brother for my birthday! Pours an opaque black with thin ring of tan lace that doesnít really stick. Aroma was grant on the booze or of the gate, but as it warmed chocolate and roasted malt came out nicely. Taste was chocolate with no real hint of the booze, coffee as it warmed up. Nice, nothing crazy but definitely solid.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Davros (1806) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - MAY 1, 2013
Pours pitch black with a very dark tan head. Nose shows heavy complex roast with loads of coffee. Also some soft booze. Equally rich flavours, with lots more coffee and heavy roasted malt. Some noticeable booze. Carbonation could be higher.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
olr1984 (917) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - APR 30, 2013
12 oz bottle pours black like oil with dark tan head. Big chocolate and roasted malt aroma. Chocolate coffee and boozy taste.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ernest (6031) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - APR 29, 2013
Bottle. Head is initially small, frothy, dark brown, mostly lasting. Body is opaque black (flashlight tested). Aroma is moderately to heavily malty (dark chocolate, fudge, roasted grain, cookie, caramel, coffee), lightly to hoppy (grapefruit), with notes of vanilla, alcohol, light notes of currant and blackberry. Flavor is heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter. Medium to full body, creamy/velvety texture, lively carbonation, moderately to heavily alcoholic. This has a surprising amount of bottle-to-bottle variance (this is my fifth sampling), but on the whole itís a wonderful rendition. Tons of malt presence and depth, but the hops and berryish notes are not drowned out...so itís not only rich and enticing, but fairly complex too. Some bottles seem more hoppy and some are a bit less vibrant, but that may be due to the bottle conditioning variances, and in the end itís always in the high 3s to near 4. The only real complaint I have is that itís quite sweet...although itís still quite drinkable, more bitterness would be desirable to clean up the finish better.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
anders37 (15503) - MalmŲ, SWEDEN - APR 29, 2013
Draft @ the brewpub. Pours a black color with a small tan head. has a roasted malty chocolate and coffee aroma. Roasted malty chocolate and coffee flavor. has a roasted malty coffee and chocolate finish.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ComradeK (922) - The Vale of Dundas, AUSTRALIA - APR 29, 2013
355ml bottle. Pours an opaque black, with a small and rapidly diminishing dark tan head. Earthy, savoury malt mixes with plum, liquorice and faint alcohol in the aroma. Mild herbal hops up front are soon overcome by smooth plum, which leads into a rich blend of port, faint liquorice and bittersweet dark chocolate. A mild Scotch whisky flavour comes in at the finish, which leaves a warming aftertaste. This is very fine imperial stout, with the rich, full body and subtle complexity that the style demands. Very good.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
dreadnord (1013) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 28, 2013
Pours thick oily black with a dense filthy multi shaded head. The nose is big black licorice and chocolate, cherries, nuts and coffee mix in with traces of tanned level and booze. The taste is high sweet and low bitter. Great balance. The mouthfeel is like drinking chocolate cream, so smooth. The body is heavy a d the finish is long. Damn it's good. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Brenhophead (524) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - APR 21, 2013
330mL bottle. Pours thick oily black with a small mocha head. Deep roasted coffee and molasses in the aroma, thick and syrup like on the tongue with a nice sweet coffee flavour with a slight fruityness.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hayduke (3159) - Eureka, California, USA - APR 19, 2013
Shared tasting with Strykzone on Facebook Chat. This beer poured a dark and viscous black like motor oil from a 1969 Volkwagen Beetle that has gone 50,000 miles without an oil change. The head matches the beer with lots of big tan bubbles. Looks scary to drink The nose is dark ripe fruit with chocolate malts and some boozy wine-likes aromas. The body is bold and the mouthfeel rich and creamy with no alcohol burn. The flavor is roasted chocolate malts and the dark ripe fruit. Some light bitterness in the finish rounds things out perfectly in the really easy to drink big brew.. Exceptional beer.


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