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RATINGS: 452   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 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Chrishrt30 (102) - AUSTRALIA - MAY 11, 2013
Deepest dark brown, almost black. A mocha head which dissipates quickly to leave a brown ring of lace. Probably served too cold, but strong aromas of plum, aniseed and coffee bean. Thick and milky, strong strong dark chocolate and coffee bean bitterness. Christmas cake fruits, plum, raisin and brown sugar, this is a real treat of a stout. The alcohol is warming, but not unpleasant, it lets you know it's there. The finish is warm and bitter, the thick milky body coats the mouth and leaves you wanting more ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
dwyerpg (5309) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - MAY 8, 2013
I absolutely loved this. Looks great, has a thick black color with dark tan head. The flavor is chewy and thick, yet it doesn’t make you feel fat. I could drink this all the time. A home run.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
thunderhops (224) - Vermont, USA - MAY 8, 2013
Pours black with thin tan head and some lace. Aroma is roasted malts, chocolate, dark coffee, taste follows suit with aroma well and alcohol peeks through as it warms. lively carbonation, sticky finish

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ALLOVATE (2828) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - MAY 7, 2013
Cellar temperature and into a snifter. Appearance of used motor oil. Muddy brown-trimmed black with no head. Smoky and peaty is the initial waft from the glass. Nuances of Bovril, kelp, cocoa powder, dank weeds, leather and topsoil fill it out, giving a uniqueness. Sticky, sweet and rounded on the palate. Rich, caramelised and burnt sugars, charred stonefruit, leather, bitter dark chocolate and bonfire ash sum it up nicely. Carbonation is prickly, the finish oily and viscous. Not huge in body but it is definitely well rounded. The burnt malt notes dominate the palate giving it a hefty bitterness that lasts long between each sip. A little cloying by the end. Alcohol is masked way to well which is a shame as it does need that warmth. Overall it is an Impy and that is all. Average! (12fl.Oz., no date stamp, Cellarbrations Carlisle)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
daleharshman (1026) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 6, 2013
12 ounce bottle bought a year ago at Bine & Vine ($3.49). First rating for this local brewery. Pours pitch black with one finger of quite dark brown foam. Aroma of grainy roasted malts, lots of dark chocolate, vanilla, roasted nuts, and coffee. Flavor of creamy but bittersweet chocolate, smoky dark roasted malts, fudge, rich caramel, vanilla marshmallow, some dark sticky fruit, and moderate roast coffee. Smooth and surprisingly soft on the palate for such a big beer. The high ABV is completely hidden. Quite a good rendition of the style...I think the year of aging helped, too. (168, 789)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hawthorne00 (3313) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - MAY 4, 2013
Bottle. Black with a brown head that fades to less than a coat. Aroma is roasty with coffee, chocolate and treacle, blackberries and licorice. Oily, low carbonation. Fudgy sweet with coffee, coffee, dark roast that struggles a little to break through the sweetness, bright hoppy citrus flavours that lighten things towards the end. More of that and/or less leaden sweetness would be good, but pretty good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
zoucrew102 (1203) - - MAY 3, 2013
Bottle at brewers republic. Aroma is rich and bold coffee notes. Pours black with a thin brownish head. Taste is coffee but not overpowering with a smooth finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jbruner (3780) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAY 3, 2013
Bottle thanks to my brother for my birthday! Pours an opaque black with thin ring of tan lace that doesn’t really stick. Aroma was grant on the booze or of the gate, but as it warmed chocolate and roasted malt came out nicely. Taste was chocolate with no real hint of the booze, coffee as it warmed up. Nice, nothing crazy but definitely solid.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Davros (2611) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - MAY 1, 2013
Pours pitch black with a very dark tan head. Nose shows heavy complex roast with loads of coffee. Also some soft booze. Equally rich flavours, with lots more coffee and heavy roasted malt. Some noticeable booze. Carbonation could be higher.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
olr1984 (1500) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - APR 30, 2013
12 oz bottle pours black like oil with dark tan head. Big chocolate and roasted malt aroma. Chocolate coffee and boozy taste.

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