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RATINGS: 363   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86   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 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Benjii (3049) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - NOV 23, 2012
In bottle at home. A black beer with a decent tan head. A fantastic aroma of chocolate, roasty malt, soy sauce, cacao nibs and alcohol. Similar flavours with moderate carbonation and an oily mouth-feel. Nicely bitter. Lovely!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BlueRidgeMatt (39) - Virginia, USA - NOV 18, 2012
Good stout but a little too much of a sweet coffee flavor that was oddly distracting. I know some people like that in their stouts but itís not for me. That being said, Iíd definitely enjoy drinking it again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
NikkTwist (1886) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 18, 2012
Draft at Khyber Pass. Opaque black pour with a fluffy tan head. Great thick chocolate stout. Some coffee, some burnt wood, some light black pepper, but mostly just creamy chocolate goodness. Way too smooth considering the high ABV. Iím impressed! Wonderful dark chocolate bomb!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
OnWisconsin (132) - Wisconsin, USA - NOV 8, 2012
Happy international stout day! Nice black beer with 1/2 finger drak tan head. Aroma of sweet chocolate, coffee and roasted malts. Taste is sweet like a milk stout. Can not taste the high alcohol. Medium mouthfeel with good carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AWISLguy (1622) - Wisconsin, USA - NOV 11, 2012
Bomber from Discount. Pours an opaque black with a chocolate milk head. Nice sticky lacing. Aroma has bakerís chocolate, licorice and chocolate liqueur. Taste is of sweet brown sugar, expresso, bittersweet chocolate and lactose. Slightly rough and hints of alcohol. Nice combination of bitter and sweet after beginning more like a sweet stout. Solid base. Finishes with some length, and very bittersweet. A very, very nice roasty chocolatey stout with a lot of strength.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jkwalking05 (4132) - Arlington, Texas, USA - DEC 9, 2012
Black and thick with a decent tan head. Aroma is of molasses, coffee, roasted malt, leather, and chocolate. Taste is of dark chocolate, light smoke, molasses and coffee.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
alexsdad06 (6622) - Ohio, USA - DEC 1, 2012
12 oz. bottle. Pours black with a medium sized fine tan head. The aroma had roasted malts, chocolate, molasses, dark fruits and char. The flavor was very similar; the roasted malts, chocolate and dark fruit work well together. Dry and fairly smooth, this presented more like a nice basic stout instead of being imperial. Overall, pretty nice beer that exceeded expectations.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
EithCubes (5195) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 4, 2012
Bottle. Beautiful rich nose, controlled but heavy dark and medium roast, touch of char but this is more rounded, some coffee and huge chocolate. Good olí motor oil pour with a dark brown head. Taste is mildly sweet, light-medium bitterness that picks up with time -- a creamy, smooth espresso aftertaste to finish and beyond. Hint of salt under the coffee and chocolate, roast is sultry and a little woody with an initial probe of astringency (that I donít taste again). Sweet plum and lesser mineral water, alcohol is superbly integrated (Iíd have said 6%), absolute minimal hops unceremoniously walloped and cast aside. Typical obese body. I havenít had an impy in a while, so you know Iím loviní this, but there isnít really anything to separate it from similar by-the-numbers competitors in a suddenly crowded field at the top end. Still, well-made and velveteen, not one to turn down. Cheers!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jgb9348 (4993) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - NOV 23, 2012
Deep, pitch black, about 95% opaque with a thin, oily deep brown head that fades fairly quickly. Aroma of oak, vanilla, soy sauce, meat, licorice, mushrooms, tons of roasted malt and a bit of dark chocolate. Full-bodied; Nice chewy licorice and chocolate flavours at first with a nice roasty finish, a good warmth from alcohol and a pleasant lactic quality. Aftertaste shows a nice complexity with malt, caramel, earth, chocolate and a hint of vanilla and even rye noticeable. Overall, a very well crafted imperial stout with a range of flavours, a nice body, nice look and a good complexity. Well worth trying if you can find it! I only aged mine for half a year and it still turned out great. I sampled this twelve ounce bottle purchased from Olive Tree Market Place in San Diego, California on 01-May-2012 for US$2.99 sampled at home the day after Thanksgiving on Black Friday, 23-November-2012.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
daknole (10100) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - NOV 30, 2012
Very dark pour, brown head. Tar, roast, prunes and baking chocolate notes. A bit of a dry and bitter finish.

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