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RATINGS: 373   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.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
smith4498 (3234) - 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 (927) - 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 (1604) - 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 (3171) - 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

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
portableparty (2025) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - SEP 17, 2012
22 oz. bottle to snifter. Pours dark oily black with faint red/brown hues and shows a reddish tan soapy head that dissipates to a wispy film and tight foamy collar. Aroma starts out with fig, plum and soy/peat like roasted malt and some signs of coffee. Taste is much like the aroma , but is more straight forward with the plum and soy/peat roasted malt and has a nice bitterness and subtle chocolate and coffee flavors. Palate is full and rich with a sticky dry finish. Really nice RIS with great complexity! I would buy this again and again @ $7.99 a bottle!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jtclockwork (10655) - , New Jersey, USA - SEP 11, 2012
Bottle. Pours black with brown head. Nose/taste of dark chocolate, roast coffee, vanilla bean, dark fruit, plum and roast black malt. Medium body/slightly lighter.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
boxofrane (2387) - Spring City, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 4, 2012
Bottle at craft ale house. Pours pitch black with a small brown head that dissipates quickly. Aroma had some booze and chocolate and coffee. Taste has chocolate with a nice coffee finish. The alcohol is completely hidden in the taste.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheGB (561) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 31, 2012
Pours black with very little head. Thick chocolate aroma, some bread and yeast. Taste of chocolate, roasted malt, more bread,with a nice bitterness to balance it out. Nice palate, but is a bit sweet.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
knewell (73) - Alabama, USA - AUG 22, 2012
UPDATED: AUG 27, 2012 Pours a dark coffee black color and leaves a dark brown color head. Has a good aroma of chocolate, and roasted coffee.Leaves a little bitterness after the swallow. Taste of roasted coffee, chocolate, caramel and malt with a little sweetness. Overall, a decent stout.


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