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RATINGS: 461   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.87/5   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
astanford (36) - California, USA - JAN 10, 2015
UPDATED: FEB 5, 2015 roasty, smoke, black, cloudy, minimal head, lightly bitter, full body, average carbonation, medium sweetness,

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
DYCSoccer17 (3603) - Woodland, California, USA - JAN 2, 2015
22 ounce bottle purchased at Bel Air in Woodland, CA. The aroma is relatively mild and unassuming. Light sweetness with a little toffee and chocolate. Not much else present. Virtually opaque black body with a small, weak quickly dissipating brownish head. Starts with a bit of a roasted maltiness, becomes a little sweet in the middle. Finishes with really charry, burnt astringent bitterness. Very burnt and very dry. Hard to drink.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
bpreo (2419) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - DEC 30, 2014
A nearly perfect Russian Imperial Stout. The only problem is a slightly soapy aftertaste. May be a fluke bottle.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mbgrayson (703) - Anaconda, Montana, USA - DEC 24, 2014
Pours a very dark brown, nigh black, with a fairly thin tan head. Malty aroma with hints of vanilla. Taste is rich, smooth, and complex, like a good imperial stout should be. Notes of vanilla, coffee, and chocolate. A little sweet. This is very drinkable and is a solid example of the style. Thumbs up!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hermod (5937) - Vantaa, FINLAND - DEC 23, 2014
355ml bottle. Lot number 453. Poured black color, thin brown head. Tobacco, cold coffee, vanilla, dark chocolate in aroma. flavor has roastedness, ashy notes, strong coffee and vanilla. Smooth, rich, full bodied. Excellent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tsekouratos (579) - Nea Filadelfeia, Athens, GREECE - DEC 22, 2014
355 ml bottle at The Local Pub, Athens Greece. Black as night with a really thin brown head. Aromas of chocolate, mild coffee, liquorice. Taste is sweet, chocolate, liquorice, raspberries, maybe some coffee on the back. Aftertaste is long and sweet. Full body with low carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rosenbergh (9922) - Tampere, FINLAND - DEC 22, 2014
12 oz bottle. From alesbymail.co.uk.
This was behind my advent calendar door #19. Pitch black colour with a small mid-brown head. Roasted malt, vanilla, chocolate and mild alcohol in the aroma. The flavour is roasted malt, alcohol, dessert wine and coffee. Very rich. Nice brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
mzaar (2658) - Varberg, SWEDEN - DEC 19, 2014
Fat @ Ölrepubliken. I det närmaste helt svart öl med ett stort och långvarigt moccafärgat skum. I doften är det bara kaffe och mörk choklad. Mer komplext blir det i munnen, där choklad, kavring, mörk sirap, plommon och kaffe hittar fram till en slutprodukt som inte är något annat än njutbar. Gräddig munkänsla, stor kropp, en underbar sälta i avslutningen.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
joeneugs (5451) - Livermore, California, USA - DEC 13, 2014
On tap at Three Sheets. It pours black with a light brown head. The aroma has nice notes of chocolate and graham cracker with lighter coffee. The flavor is graham cracker, coffee and chocolate. A tad harsh on the palate as the alcohol is pretty noticeable along with heavy roast. The finish is a bit clunky, but overall it’s a pretty competent imperial stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
snoworsummer (4388) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 11, 2014
From a bottle from the brewery. Pours dark brown with a thick, fizzy tan head. Smells like booze, chocolate, roasted malt, and some burnt coffee. Tastes like burnt coffee, burnt toast, ash, booze, and roasted malt. Light/medium body and low carbonation.

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