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RATINGS: 474   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86/5   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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Zlotta (2083) - Hagen, GERMANY - MAY 31, 2016
0.355 l bottle shared by markoijelena, thanks! Pitch black with a thin, light brown layer. Sweetish-malty, slightly roasty aroma dark chocolate, some coffee, molasses, toasted nuts and some caramel. Sweetish-malty, slightly roasty taste of dark chocolate, some coffee, nougat, toasted nuts and some vanilla, followed by a medium long, slightly roasty-bitter finish. Medium to full body, creamy mouthfeel, soft carbonation. Moreish, tasty and superbly balanced, maybe a bit sweet. Somehow reminds me of Jopen’s Houten Haarlemmer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MelvinKalksma (930) - UTRECHT, NETHERLANDS - MAY 28, 2016

Medium/heavy aroma of malts, caramel, liquorice, chocolate, roasted malts and coffee.

Opaque black beer with a slight/medium dark brown head.

Starts medium sweet with malts, caramel, liquorice and chocolate; ends slightly bitter with roasted malts and coffee.

This beer is rather intense, complex and balanced. Could have been better and misses umph factor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
klm1 (902) - - MAY 24, 2016
Pours black color, slightly clear, with foamy brown finger head. Aroma: intense dark roasted malt aroma, which takes on roasted, dark, bittersweet chocolate, cocoa powder...dark fruits like prunes, plums. Flavor: intense dark, roasted malt flavor, with notes of espresso coffee, cocoa powder, bittersweet chocolate, roasted, hint of licorice when it get warmer, port wine, supported with fruity esters of hops, which takes on dark fruits. Finish is roasted, slightly bitter dry. Body is moderate full, texture is silky smooth, carbonation is low.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MonsterMagnet (1175) - NETHERLANDS - MAY 23, 2016
Bottle, pours black with a tan head. Lots of liquorice and molasses, you can even smell the stickiness... Light nutty notes, sugar, bay leaf. Sweet and sticky, full body, boozy finish with, again, sticky sweet liquorice. Very nice, but a bit sweet and boozy and one dimensional.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bergstaden (2382) - Rřros, NORWAY - MAY 21, 2016
Black with a brown head - Good dark malt aroma - Dark roasted malt body with some chocolate and coffee with some bitterness and there is some alcohol heat in the back - The dark roasted malt and chocolate goes into the finish with some bitterness - This was good

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Probabeer (174) - - MAY 15, 2016
Bastante buena. Tiene un aroma y un sabor muy pronunciado a café. Cuerpo medio. Tiene un sabor menos largo del que esperaba por su aroma.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
markextrae (3801) - Maastricht, NETHERLANDS - APR 28, 2016
sample from bottle, available in dutch beer shops, poured a deep dark black colour with a beige head. nose of deep roasted malts, light earthy fruits. cloves, charred smoke, roasted bitter chocolate, toffee and slight molasses. taste even opens with a little salty licorice, mouthfeel is sticky, quite nice and roasted.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MrHangover (3935) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - APR 21, 2016
Bottle. Pours a jet black beer with a small amount of light brownish head on top. Aroma has loads of molasses and licorice with laurel. Very strong and boozy aroma and flavor. Very sticky and sweet moutfeel, very cloying with loads and loads of molasses and sugar in there. Full bodied, long sweet sticky finish. A bit unbalanced, too sticky but still quite nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
larsga (7292) - Oslo, NORWAY - APR 19, 2016
Small beige head. Opaque black body. Earthy chocolatey toffee aroma, very smooth, with syrupy nougat notes. Sweetish mealy chocolatey toffee taste with roasted oily notes. Mid-bodied. Mild, mealy mouthfeel. Sweetish earthy cold coffee and toast aftertaste with oily burnt mineraly notes. Lovely! Very smooth and harmonic. (0.355l bottle, I forget where from.)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rikstar (2196) - NETHERLANDS - APR 14, 2016
0,33l fles zwart met een bescheiden bruine kraag. Geur is donkere chocolade en ook caramel en hopjes. Smaak Haagse hopjes iets scherp met alcohol en een droppige afdronk. Body iets meer dan medium.

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