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RATINGS: 328   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.


4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
portableparty (1957) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - SEP 17, 2012
22 oz. bottle to snifter. Pours dark oily black with faint red/brown hues and shows a reddish tan soapy head that dissipates to a wispy film and tight foamy collar. Aroma starts out with fig, plum and soy/peat like roasted malt and some signs of coffee. Taste is much like the aroma , but is more straight forward with the plum and soy/peat roasted malt and has a nice bitterness and subtle chocolate and coffee flavors. Palate is full and rich with a sticky dry finish. Really nice RIS with great complexity! I would buy this again and again @ $7.99 a bottle!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jtclockwork (8959) - , New Jersey, USA - SEP 11, 2012
Bottle. Pours black with brown head. Nose/taste of dark chocolate, roast coffee, vanilla bean, dark fruit, plum and roast black malt. Medium body/slightly lighter.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
boxofrane (2258) - Spring City, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 4, 2012
Bottle at craft ale house. Pours pitch black with a small brown head that dissipates quickly. Aroma had some booze and chocolate and coffee. Taste has chocolate with a nice coffee finish. The alcohol is completely hidden in the taste.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheGB (515) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 31, 2012
Pours black with very little head. Thick chocolate aroma, some bread and yeast. Taste of chocolate, roasted malt, more bread,with a nice bitterness to balance it out. Nice palate, but is a bit sweet.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
knewell (73) - Alabama, USA - AUG 22, 2012
UPDATED: AUG 27, 2012 Pours a dark coffee black color and leaves a dark brown color head. Has a good aroma of chocolate, and roasted coffee.Leaves a little bitterness after the swallow. Taste of roasted coffee, chocolate, caramel and malt with a little sweetness. Overall, a decent stout.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
odinstyr (564) - Hamilton, New Jersey, USA - AUG 21, 2012
Pours dark brown/black with the barest of brown heads. Smells of plums, floral, nuts, chocolate. Taste is sweet and bitter, dominated by roasty nuts and a dark fruitiness.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
wnewberr (100) - Huntersville, North Carolina, USA - AUG 13, 2012
Chocolate aroma with a very nice port taste. Label is very true to actual taste. Does not pour much of a head at all. Dry finish. Fantastic brew!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Thisis12ptfont (866) - Los Angeles, CA, California, USA - AUG 11, 2012
Deep, malty aromas of molasses, toffee, roasted nuts and chocolate. Appearance is thick black with a decent sized foam. Complex flavors of smokey maple, chocolate, deep roasted coffee, and some thick caramel. Very rich chocolate yet, not overbearing. Big boozey sting on the finish. Overall, this is a delectable stout with intense malty flavors and strong alcohol presence. I’d give this an A+ rating.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
argo0 (11653) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 10, 2012
12oz bottle. Medium brown head atop black body. Aroma is moderately sweet, cocoa, some molasses/caramel, roast, plum/raisin. Taste is moderately sweet, cocoa, vinous/plum, some roast, burnt, port. Smooth medium-full body -- alcohol noticeable but not unwelcome. Altogether a very nice take on the style.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ober (2812) - Bommelerwaard, NETHERLANDS - AUG 2, 2012
A black colored beer, with a beige head. The aroma of a little menthol, dark fruits and malt. The taste of bitter coffee, dark fruits with licorice candy. A little hop and nutes. The aftertaste of licorice candy, some sweet and bitter.


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