Serve in Snifter


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RATINGS: 378   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.87   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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jb (2514) - Rochester, New York, USA - JAN 20, 2013
Very black, very thick tan head, recedes and leaves some thick tan clingy stuff. Nose is big and mostly chocolate with some plums. Palate is velvety and full and rich. Ends with a roasted feel. A bit strong , not the smoothest I have had but complex and full. Tastes include dark fruit, chocolate, a touch of coffee. Pretty good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
greenhorn1 (850) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - JAN 19, 2013
Bottle. Pours black, sweet chocolate aroma. Big flavor; coffee, chocolate, dark malts. I could not detect the ABV. Easy drinkin’. Great beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jkwood04 (4787) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 18, 2013
12oz bottle in a snifter. Pours black with a lacy, tan head. Aroma of roasted malts, coffee and chocolate, a little alcohol, and floral hops. Flavor the same. Thicker texture. Not a bad imperial stout.

   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.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
marcus (7563) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
magsinva (968) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jrwhitney6 (370) - - 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

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
demmbonz (666) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
doublebock (527) - 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

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