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RATINGS: 290   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MadDogMD (213) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - APR 11, 2012
Black in color w/ almost no head. Decent nose of roastiness, chocolate & some vanilla. Flavor notes of more bitter chocolate, dark fruit, finishing w/ strong coffee. Enjoyable RIS, all in all.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
zathrus13 (1703) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - APR 7, 2012
Bottle. Pours black, with a rich, brown head. Aroma is roasted malt, dark fruit, and chocolate. Flavor is roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, dark fruit, and a little alcohol. Creamy, heavy body.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 4, 2012
12oz. Bottle: Aroma of malt, lactose, roasting, and cream. Poured pitch black in color with a small, creamy, dense, brown head around the edges only. Opaque. Sparkling. Flavor is lightly sweet and lightly bitter. Tastes of malt, roasting, char, tar, and some cocoa. Medium to full body. Lightly sticky, then slightly dry texture. Soft to average carbonation. Malt, roast, char, tar, finish is lightly sweet and lightly bitter. 9.8%ABV is completely hidden throughout.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
dfhhead25 (251) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 3, 2012
Aroma- big chocolate, malts, dark fruits Appearance- very very dark, some head and lacing Taste- typical RIS qualities, smooth, dark fruits Palate- relatively full-bodied, higher carbonation Overall- An RIS through and through. Very well-blended with subtle dark fruit nuances. Pretty decent.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mjg74 (2487) - La Mesa, California, USA - APR 1, 2012
Bomber from Casa De Oro. Strong roasted nose. Very rich aroma of coffee and chocolate. Flavor is quite roasted with a good deal of coffee. This brew is dominated by super rich roasted malt. A dose of hops in the finish. Alcohol is well hidden. Solid impy.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RZahler (47) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAR 31, 2012
Poured from 12oz bottle with white frothy head. Aroma is of chocolate and coffee. Smooth sweet tasting with medium body. Great beer

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
sonnycheeba (3301) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 25, 2012
Bottle. Pours opaque black with average, frothy tan head; short retention and spare lacing. Aroma is roasted malt, earthy hops, oak, coffee, chocolate, and dark fruit. Flavor is heavy malt, light hops and dark fruit esters, with some light smoke; dry, chocolate finish. Medium body, carbonation, and warmth.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MrChopin (3220) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 25, 2012
near black, dark tan ring, large bubbled. Nose is wavy roast and vomit, light chocolate coating. Flavor is more roast and chocolate, thin inky profile, lots of licorice and roast.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeerandBlues2 (9400) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - MAR 24, 2012
Bottle shared by ygtbsm94. Pours opaque with a medium, frothy tan head, medium retention with good lacing. Aroma is chocolate and roast malt, figs and prunes, oak, leather and earthy hops. Flavor is malt dominant with medium hops and bitterness, light smoke and vanilla, roast, oak and a dry finish. Full body, medium retention and carbonation.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (10699) - Woodland, California, USA - MAR 17, 2012
Bomber from Beverages 4 Less in Santee, CA. Pours very black with a slight dark tan head. Aroma is dark malt, dark fruit, with hints of treacle and coffee. Full bodied. Flavor is dark fruit, smooth dark malt, light coffee and a treacle note. Very smooth. Creamy, with a finish that seems woody and nearly dry. Quite tasty.


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