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RATINGS: 335   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.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Chuckaduck (674) - Highland Heights, Kentucky, USA - JAN 18, 2013
Pours black with a thick, fluffy brown head. Aroma is sweet and malty; dark fruits, roasty, molasses, some chocolate. Flavor is roasty malts, dark fruits, some smoke, and some wine-like booziness. Chewy mouth feel. The alcohol is pretty well-hidden. Really nice overall.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Elwood (3336) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - JAN 16, 2013
Serving: 22 oz. bottle. It pours black with an active dark brown head. Small with lots of CO2 bubbling about. The nose has notes of molasses, prune, raisin, smoke, and roasted malt. The flavor is a little vinous up front with some of those prune and raisin notes with smokey, roasted malt and slight burnt and ash notes on the back end. A medium to long ashy finish. Full bodied. Slightly warming on the way down, but the alcohol is well hidden otherwise.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
marcus (6861) - Sacramento, California, USA - JAN 9, 2013
Bottle from Corti Bros. Sacramento. Pours near black with a thick light brown head and a chocolate and coffee aroma. There is a rich chocolate and treacle flavor with a slightly sour finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
magsinva (918) - Virginia, USA - JAN 8, 2013
Bottle from Virginia Wine Experience - pours cola with a tan head. Aroma is fantastic, malt and dark chocolate, without the bitterness. Taste is sweet. Palate is nice too. Overall, very well balanced.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jrwhitney6 (335) - - JAN 8, 2013
Great beer. From tap, is dark with a minimal head. Nice aroma of coffee and roasted malt. Taste of some burnt dark chocolate, and very smooth. Excellent - and hides the high alcohol on the taste, but packs quite a kick when done. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
demmbonz (606) - Erin, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 30, 2012
Bomber to mega snifter. Thick and oily and black. Big dark brown head. Burnt aroma. Sweet and roasted. Near perfect palate.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
doublebock (516) - California, USA - DEC 23, 2012
Jet black with dark brown and reddish hue. Roasted malt and chocolate syrup aroma. Creamy texture with notes of espresso grinds and tootsie roll. Chalky toasted malt finish of soy sauce and port and some light hoppy bitterness

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
maxwelldeux (3874) - Everett, Washington, USA - DEC 20, 2012
Bottle. Pours a super thick and almost black color with a thin off-white head. Nose has some bitter chocolate notes in there with just a hint of licorice underneath. Taste is thick and toasty, with just a hint of toasting. Great brew.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
nuplastikk (4747) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 16, 2012
12oz bottle. Opaque black with a nice creamy deep rusty beige head. Creamy chocolate aroma, a touch of vanilla. Pretty solid Imperial Stout, not super hop forward, as you might expect/hope for from a West Coast brewery. Solid, respectable offering nonetheless. Quite drinkable, Has some nice dark fruit tones, De Coqish at times, mundane at others. A nice depth that doesn’t center on overbearing qualities.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Iphonephan (3733) - McLean, Virginia, USA - DEC 15, 2012
From a 22 oz bottle shared at home. Pours black with a tan head. Intense coffee and chocolate aroma carrying over to the taste. Hints of plums and dark fruits. Bitter finish.


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