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RATINGS: 324   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheEpeeist (3399) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 21, 2013
12 oz bottle. Inky brown with dark tan frosting. Nose is cocoa, smoky prune and salty licorice. Creamy medium body with a sharp alcohol bite. Taste is woody blackberry, dark roast and bittersweet chocolate with a lingering, slightly sour, red wine note that adds a nice layer of complexity.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Shooter42 (130) - California, USA - JUL 19, 2013
UPDATED: JUL 28, 2013 Very tasty dark and complex russian stout. I really enjoyed the smooth and rich mouthfeel and found it very easy to drink. Nice flavors of coffee and dark chocolate mixed with ripe fruit. The alcohol is so well hidden that you would never know this was a 9.8% ABV beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jado (573) - Camp Hill, AUSTRALIA - JUL 9, 2013
From 355 ml bottle. One of the darkest beers I’ve ever seen. Solid black, no light coming through at all with a dark brown head. Aromas of aniseed, prunes, dates, figs and chocolate. The taste starts out with smooth milk chocolate and dark fruit before a robust espresso/dark chocolate bitterness comes through. Lingering, rich chocolatey finish. Thick but velvety smooth body. Awesome.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
reebtogi (4368) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 5, 2013
650ml bottle pours black in color with a finger of brown head that leaves some spotted lacing behind. Aroma is dark fruits (wine grapes and/or prunes) with roasted grains and chocolate. Taste is a roasted grain bitterness with a chocolate malty sweetness and a red wine grape dry finish. Also, has a hint of brandy. Medium to heavy bodied with some decent carbonation. A rich and complex Imperial stout that begs to be sampled. Well done.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 4/20
wzd (1) - Colorado, USA - JUN 29, 2013 does not count
A nice body, nice head, starts out like a very nice rich stout, but the "roasty" malt is just a little too toasty, with hints of burnt, which kills it for me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
jivy26 (31) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - JUN 24, 2013
Tastes of chocolate and roasts with a dark color and slight head at pour. Very solid imperial stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
TheShepherds (54) - chapel hill, North Carolina, USA - JUN 21, 2013
Bit of a yeasty aroma. Nice dark appearance with a nice dark caramel head. Very nice taste. Incredibly thick, creamy and smooth.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
50belair (2488) - Florida, USA - JUN 17, 2013
Bottle. Dark brown pour with a brown head. Tasty dark malts, chocolate, and vanilla notes. Good body, mouthfeel, and balance. Nice...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jimhilt (2428) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 14, 2013
Pours a three finger brown head that fades slowly leaving some lace. Black as midnight, no highlights. Good carbonation and heavy bodied. Baked chocolate and some coffee nose. Flavor is sweet baked chocolate and some black liquorice, the 9.8% ABV is hidden. Decent RIS. 12oz bottle from Gift Specialists Oceanside, California.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ratman197 (10192) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JUN 7, 2013
Bottle poured a clear dark reddish brown nearly black with a lasting brown head. Aromas of roasted malt, bakers cocoa, carmel, light vanilla and light mocha. Palate was full bodied and smooth. Flavors of roasted malt, bitter chocolate, light coffee, light vanilla and a hint of anise with a smooth lingering roasty bitter chocolate finish.

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