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RATINGS: 378   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.87   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.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DCLawyer (1865) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - OCT 23, 2012
Bottle->tulip. Black cherry color with faint head. Looks thicker than it is. Aroma of chocolate, coffee, fig and molasses. Bitter chocolate and malt flavor, lingering alcohol aftertaste. Very good.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
dpatchen (15) - - OCT 20, 2012
Wow, I’ve found another favorite. This is a solid stout with bold and balanced flavors. Intense in an excellent way. Up there with my favorites Alesmith Speedway, Port Old Viscosity, Oskar Blues Ten Fiddy, Firehouse One Tun and Green Flash Double Stout.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MIBRomeo (2570) - Wisconsin, USA - OCT 19, 2012
Black pour no real head looks thick. Aroma is heavy roast malts a light bitter cocoa hints of grains. Avg pal. Flavor is mostly roasted malt some light bitter cocoa elements a dry lightly hopped finish. Fairly plain.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
emacgee (4376) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - OCT 14, 2012
Pours a viscous inky black with one finger of chestnut brown head. The nose shows burnt sugar and dark coffee and fig. Very roasty with a mild acidity. Full bodied and sharp/acrid flavor. Blackstrap molasses and bitter chocolate.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DeputyAndy (636) - Ambler, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 30, 2012
Bottle. Pours a pitch black with a thin mocha head. Aroma is heavy chocolate. Taste is a really nice balance of chocolate, roast, and a touch of coffee in the aftertaste. Very thick on the tongue but it is nice. Really impressed, will look out for more of their offerings.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
smith4498 (3253) - Miami, Florida, USA - SEP 29, 2012
Bottle from a trade with cbkschubert. Thick, black pour with brown head. Milk chocolate and roasted malt aromas. Bittersweet milk chocolate flavor with dark roasted malt and hints of espresso. Slight alcohol burn. Full body with minimal carbonation and a silky mouthfeel. Very good. Thanks Craig.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cantabrian (944) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - SEP 27, 2012
UPDATED: SEP 28, 2012 Finally a masterpiece of American-made Imperial Stout! Oily black with a walnut head, a nose of chocolates, freshly tanned leather and olives - the green ones. The flavour is beautiful, never breaking apart into nonsense hops, but just smooth, charred and chocolaty. Salty asd an imperial stout should be. There is indeed a bit of plum somehwere hidden, but it’s the roasted malts that set the tone. The finish gives us a bitterness that grows very elegantly. Fabulous stuff. I can have more of that, no worries.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nsquishee (630) - Richfield, Minnesota, USA - SEP 25, 2012
Bomber. Pours dark, thick, and brown a mocha colored head. Roasted chocolate aroma, but not nearly the best smelling imperial stout ever. Smooth and velvety palate, with slight bitterness and alcohol on the finish. Flavors of roasted malts, chocolate, brandy, and walnuts.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
zizzybalubba (1608) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - SEP 24, 2012
12 oz. bottle from Total Wine in Chesapeake, VA. Pours what appears to be black (possibly very dark brown) with a beautiful brown head. Aroma is heavy on the licorice with notes of dark fruit and cocoa. The flavor offers dark fruit initially and fades into dark chocolate and roasted coffee. Maybe just a touch of licorice in the taste but nothing that should turn off those that dislike its taste. Slight alcohol warming. Can’t find anything to complain about with this one. Nice beer!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Blairgus (3328) - California, USA - SEP 21, 2012
21 sept 2012, bottle. Black and thick. Nose is soft burnt bread and faint blueberries. Full body and a bit fizzy. Tart chocolate, bitter coffee beans, some alcohol, faint sugar. Really nice. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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