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RATINGS: 407   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 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hayduke (4123) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
maneliquor (3479) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - APR 18, 2013
UPDATED: SEP 9, 2013 Bottle from Mane Liquor. Dark pour with a small, light tan head sitting on top. Nose shows powdered chocolate, slight vanilla, some balanced dark fruits. Quite roasty but all in check. Taste has balance between coffee and chocolate, the chocolate resembling light cocoa powder and not full on chocolate. Vanilla and dark fruits work with each other and keep the beer very balanced. Creamy mouth feel with lingering coffee. Never out of whack and always balanced. Reminds me a lot of North Coast Old Rasputin. Great stuff

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
HopRedHead (397) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - APR 18, 2013
Bottle from Mane Liquor. Pours pitch black with one finger of dark tan head which quickly fades. Thin lacing that lingers for the duration of the drink. Nose presents roasted coffee, chocolate icecream and vanilla with a touch of raisins. Also a soy-esque hint. Flavour is sweet, like a chocolate fruit syrup with an oily thickness to match. Lingering soy and espresso taste. Nice dark-sweet bitterness. Chocolate and raisin flavours extrapolate as the beer gets warmer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
natejgood (439) - Bozeman, Montana, USA - APR 15, 2013
This beer pours black and thick. No other way to say it. And it has a nice dark coffee colored head to boot. Aroma of dark fruit and molasses. Extremely smooth and viscus in the mouth. Flavor of brown sugar and dark fruit with just a hint of alcohol. For the amount of flavor in this beer it is dangerously drinkable. Very good example of the Russian Imperial Stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Strykzone (5900) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - APR 14, 2013
Bomber from Hayduke. We had it together via facebook chat. This beer poured an angry looking black used motor oil with an equally angry looking head. I love how this looks. The second pour was even better than the first. A surprising aroma of dark fruit with roasted notes behind. Interesting. The flavor brought out that fruit along with the roasted notes and Bosco Chocolate sauce. Maybe I should pour this beer over ice cream. This was dangerously easy to drink. Very tasty and so rich and smooth in the mouth. A real winner here.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lukaduke (2793) - Gray, Maine, USA - APR 14, 2013
Pours a rich thick black color with a deep dark brown foam that sits about three fingers off the beer. Aromas are soft roasted chocolate, malt, marshmallow, brown sugar and a little roasted fig. On the sip it follows the nose nicely with a rich round marshmallow backbone that smooths out the deep dark fruit, chocolate and earthy coffee notes. Nice tasty stout !

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Itzjerm (1850) - Taft, Tennessee, USA - APR 12, 2013
A pretty nice ris. Malty aroma. Dark sweet balanced with hop just enough. Nice mouth feel pretty thick on the tongue nice beer ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
onceblind (6171) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 9, 2013
Inky black pour with a thin khaki head. Nice nose of roasted dark chocolate and molasses, a gentle whiff of smoke, and some light earthy soil. Flavor is a little on the roasty side but still retains a lot of that chocolaty sweetness from the nose, albiet a bittersweet dark chocolatiness with lots of cocoa and earthy licorice. A bit heavy and roasty bitter, but not shabby.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
3fourths (8811) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - APR 5, 2013
bottle. deep brown body with a shallow light brown head. fudge cake malt-forward nose of roast and chocolate malt with light char, mild alcohol and a succulent medium-low american hops. very full and frothy carbonation with a rich, round, full flavor of creamy, melting bitter dark chocolate. lush German chocolate cake richness coupled with tangy hop acid, the balance here is about right where I want it. Iím sort of perplexed by this brewer; the IPA was good for the style, the weizen and kolsch passable, but this is a pretty delicious and clean imperial stout that sticks out in a word full of over-sweet, over-hopped booze bombs. the first bottle reminded me of some good batches of Green Flash Double Stout, the second try here is pulling memories from The Butcher from Societe. but thatís probably just me associating California, who knows.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
douglas88 (7588) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 4, 2013
22 ounce bottle from the Holiday Wine Cellar. Pours a deep black color, oily, a medium brown head. A sweet fruity and roast nose. The flavor is big dark fruits, dark cherries and plum, a bit of smoke and ash, big deep roast and more dark fruit. Very sweet, not too dry. Quite good.

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