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RATINGS: 453   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 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ernest (7164) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - APR 29, 2013
Bottle. Head is initially small, frothy, dark brown, mostly lasting. Body is opaque black (flashlight tested). Aroma is moderately to heavily malty (dark chocolate, fudge, roasted grain, cookie, caramel, coffee), lightly to hoppy (grapefruit), with notes of vanilla, alcohol, light notes of currant and blackberry. Flavor is heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter. Medium to full body, creamy/velvety texture, lively carbonation, moderately to heavily alcoholic. This has a surprising amount of bottle-to-bottle variance (this is my fifth sampling), but on the whole it’s a wonderful rendition. Tons of malt presence and depth, but the hops and berryish notes are not drowned out...so it’s not only rich and enticing, but fairly complex too. Some bottles seem more hoppy and some are a bit less vibrant, but that may be due to the bottle conditioning variances, and in the end it’s always in the high 3s to near 4. The only real complaint I have is that it’s quite sweet...although it’s still quite drinkable, more bitterness would be desirable to clean up the finish better.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
anders37 (21960) - Malmö, SWEDEN - APR 29, 2013
Draft @ the brewpub. Pours a black color with a small tan head. has a roasted malty chocolate and coffee aroma. Roasted malty chocolate and coffee flavor. has a roasted malty coffee and chocolate finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ComradeK (1092) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - APR 29, 2013
355ml bottle. Pours an opaque black, with a small and rapidly diminishing dark tan head. Earthy, savoury malt mixes with plum, liquorice and faint alcohol in the aroma. Mild herbal hops up front are soon overcome by smooth plum, which leads into a rich blend of port, faint liquorice and bittersweet dark chocolate. A mild Scotch whisky flavour comes in at the finish, which leaves a warming aftertaste. This is very fine imperial stout, with the rich, full body and subtle complexity that the style demands. Very good.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
dreadnord (1012) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 28, 2013
Pours thick oily black with a dense filthy multi shaded head. The nose is big black licorice and chocolate, cherries, nuts and coffee mix in with traces of tanned level and booze. The taste is high sweet and low bitter. Great balance. The mouthfeel is like drinking chocolate cream, so smooth. The body is heavy a d the finish is long. Damn it's good. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Brenhophead (684) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - APR 21, 2013
330mL bottle. Pours thick oily black with a small mocha head. Deep roasted coffee and molasses in the aroma, thick and syrup like on the tongue with a nice sweet coffee flavour with a slight fruityness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hayduke (4463) - Eureka, California, USA - APR 19, 2013
Shared tasting with Strykzone on Facebook Chat. This beer poured a dark and viscous black like motor oil from a 1969 Volkwagen Beetle that has gone 50,000 miles without an oil change. The head matches the beer with lots of big tan bubbles. Looks scary to drink The nose is dark ripe fruit with chocolate malts and some boozy wine-likes aromas. The body is bold and the mouthfeel rich and creamy with no alcohol burn. The flavor is roasted chocolate malts and the dark ripe fruit. Some light bitterness in the finish rounds things out perfectly in the really easy to drink big brew.. Exceptional beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
maneliquor (3482) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - APR 18, 2013
UPDATED: SEP 9, 2013 Bottle from Mane Liquor. Dark pour with a small, light tan head sitting on top. Nose shows powdered chocolate, slight vanilla, some balanced dark fruits. Quite roasty but all in check. Taste has balance between coffee and chocolate, the chocolate resembling light cocoa powder and not full on chocolate. Vanilla and dark fruits work with each other and keep the beer very balanced. Creamy mouth feel with lingering coffee. Never out of whack and always balanced. Reminds me a lot of North Coast Old Rasputin. Great stuff

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
HopRedHead (397) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - APR 18, 2013
Bottle from Mane Liquor. Pours pitch black with one finger of dark tan head which quickly fades. Thin lacing that lingers for the duration of the drink. Nose presents roasted coffee, chocolate icecream and vanilla with a touch of raisins. Also a soy-esque hint. Flavour is sweet, like a chocolate fruit syrup with an oily thickness to match. Lingering soy and espresso taste. Nice dark-sweet bitterness. Chocolate and raisin flavours extrapolate as the beer gets warmer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
natejgood (466) - Bozeman, Montana, USA - APR 15, 2013
This beer pours black and thick. No other way to say it. And it has a nice dark coffee colored head to boot. Aroma of dark fruit and molasses. Extremely smooth and viscus in the mouth. Flavor of brown sugar and dark fruit with just a hint of alcohol. For the amount of flavor in this beer it is dangerously drinkable. Very good example of the Russian Imperial Stout.

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