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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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gerardgathier (511) - - FEB 6, 2015
Very Dark pour. Intens burned coffee aroma. Taste is also very very strong coffee. Very thick. I like it, but its probably not for everyone

-- rated with beerbasher/winphone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
lusikka (6961) - Tampere, FINLAND - FEB 6, 2015
355 ml bottle. Pours a pitch black colour with a small beige head. Aroma of rich roastiness, burnt biscuit, plum sweetness and some espresso. Flavour is very strong with dark burnt roastiness, espresso, mild wooden tartness and also some berries. Alcohol warms just a bit. Full bodied. Thick mouthfeel. Luscious.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
RichardW (1674) - Carlisle, Cumbria, ENGLAND - FEB 1, 2015
Bottle Rehills Newcastle. This pours so thick and black and the tan head disappears very quickly. Big alcoholic aroma, plummy and vineous, sour notes, combining with background roast, chocolate flavours and bitter fruit. Pretty damn big.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MrMilli (7) - nödinge, SWEDEN - JAN 30, 2015 does not count
Sprang snabbt in på Flying dog då mitt tåg skulle gå om en halvtimma. Blev tyvärr tvungen att slänga i mig den alldeles för snabbt och alldeles för kall. Han dock hinna njuta av en underbar doft och en mjuk, len, god munkänsla med smaker av choklad, kaffe och lakrits.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
gopherfan99 (810) - CROATIA - JAN 28, 2015
Bottle; pours black with a minimal mocha ring of head; aroma slightly bitter with roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, and hints of dark fruits; taste is bittersweet with chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, and hints of molasses and dark fruits; bitter finish; very smooth and the alcohol is nicely hidden; very good

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
cobaink2 (159) - seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 18, 2015
Beer watching Seahawks Green Bay nfc championship game. Tastes of dark malts, large amount of espresso coffee and a aftertaste of chili flavor. Pretty great beer.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
micahmarieaz (5) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JAN 13, 2015 does not count
Although the head was somewhat lacking, the taste made up for it! There was a perfect balance of bitter, sweet, and smooth taste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Svesse (6854) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - JAN 12, 2015
(Bottle, Stockholm Beer Festival, 4 Oct 2014) Black colour with brief, beige head. Malty, roasted nose with notes of chocolate, black coffee and liquorice. Malty, roasted taste with coffee, liquorice, dark chocolate, soy sauce, a touch of smoke and a generous coffee bitterness in the finish. Almost full body, with a certain sweetness. Quite powerful, but very tasty and well balanced. Excellent beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
astanford (21) - California, USA - JAN 10, 2015
UPDATED: FEB 5, 2015 roasty, smoke, black, cloudy, minimal head, lightly bitter, full body, average carbonation, medium sweetness,

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
DYCSoccer17 (3461) - Woodland, California, USA - JAN 2, 2015
22 ounce bottle purchased at Bel Air in Woodland, CA. The aroma is relatively mild and unassuming. Light sweetness with a little toffee and chocolate. Not much else present. Virtually opaque black body with a small, weak quickly dissipating brownish head. Starts with a bit of a roasted maltiness, becomes a little sweet in the middle. Finishes with really charry, burnt astringent bitterness. Very burnt and very dry. Hard to drink.

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