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RATINGS: 314   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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
blipp (6148) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - JUL 5, 2012
Draft. Pours near black with a brown head. Roasted malts, dark chocolate, a light nutty sweetness, and lighter coffee notes. Tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ibrew2or3 (6990) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JUL 5, 2012
12oz bottle pours very dark with dark brown head. The aroma offers up black licorice mixing with dark rasted malts, some molasses and a faint toffee like note. Wow, I’m digging this flavor with its dark roasted malts, black licorice, some molasses covered chocolate brownie and then rolling into burnt maltiness. This is rich and yummy and but ends a little under whelming for the style as it is thin and picks up a touch of malt astringency. Over all a very tasty brew.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
omega (703) - NEW ZEALAND - JUN 30, 2012
Pours a very dark brown and has a generous tan head to boot. Big rich coffee nose, but lacks a little viscosity. Initial impression is that it is a little thin on the palate, but I had to review this as it took awhile for it to open up.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
AmEricanbrew (5863) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - JUN 29, 2012
Black color with tan sheen. Deep roast, chocolate, tobacco aromas. medium bodied. Astringent tobacco, dark fruit, mild chocolate flavors...bitter finish

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dmac (4080) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - JUN 22, 2012
12 oz bottle from Spirits Brick. Poured a velvety smooth, viscous, pitch black under an average sized dense foamy dark brown head. Aroma of chocolate syrup, dark chocolate, dark fruits, slight hint of sherry, burnt toast and wet old coffee grinds. Fuller smooth bodied that has light carbonation, however what carbonation is there comes off as very bubbly and stingy that is slightly distracting, a decent amount of alcohol heat on the backend and a lingering aftertaste that borders on more of an alcohol burn than an actual flavor. Flavors of coffee and cream, some burnt toast, coffee grounds, bakers dark chocolate, burnt malts, vanilla extract and dark fruit skins. This is pretty solid, I like it.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jbardin (161) - New York, USA - JUN 20, 2012
Bottle at Sunset Beer Co. in LA. A thin, light imperial stout. Good, non-specific roasted flavor. A surprise from this brewery, but not something I'd drink again. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
48FanInCali (728) - California, USA - JUN 19, 2012
Solid beer. 22 oz bomber. Pitch black pour with a fairly thin head. Nose of mostly roasted malts and coffee. Taste follows with a nice creamy texture. Wasn’t expecting much and I was pleasantly surprised.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ICEatALAMO (944) - Troy, Michigan, USA - JUN 8, 2012
Bottle. Pours dark, but fairly thin. Aroma is roasted maltiness and dried fruits. The head also sticks around for the whole drink. Drinks a little thicker than it pours. Good flavor with a strong malt notes. Better RIS than its rating for me. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
pushkinwow (2033) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 3, 2012
Bomber from JonnyJ as a bonus. Black with a brown head that disappears almost instantly. Liquorice, heavy charcoal and roasted malts, some chocolate and used coffee grinds. Full body, moderate to low carbonation, bitter, anise and alcohol become more present as the beer develops on the palate, bit syrupy, long sweetish finish. Decent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jredmond (5458) - Manhattan, New York, USA - MAY 31, 2012
Draft at pony. Where you at King Brendan??? Pours a deep brown with thick creamy chocolate brown lacing. Aroma is light espresso and sweet chocolate. Mouthfeel is dry and chalky with toasty notes and flavors of roasted chocolate malts, espresso, and bitter dark chocolate.

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