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RATINGS: 460   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.87/5   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.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Vighals (2836) - Sørumsand, NORWAY - NOV 12, 2015
Svart med fingerhøyt brunt skum. Siste tre cm var en tykk grøt. Lukter mørk sjokolade, kakaopulver, mørke frukter og lakris. Fyldig. Smaker salt, lett bitterhet, noe dyp fruktsødme. Middels lang.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Finn (6116) - Tromsø, NORWAY - NOV 8, 2015
Flaske 330ml fra Vinmonopolet Tromsø - Sentrum. Kullsort. Høyt mokkafarget skum. Ganske tett. Tynn tett lacing. Beskjeden - men god - aroma av sjokolade. Oljeaktig munnfølelse. Smaken litt tilbakeholden. Svakt sjokoladepreg før alkoholen slår gjennom som tørrhet.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
ZodiacM (713) - NETHERLANDS - NOV 7, 2015
Fles gekocht @Kaapse Brouwers. Mooi zwart bier met kleine schuimkraag. Aromas van gebrande mout, chocola, koffie, gedroogd fruit. Dit komt ook volop in de smaak terug. Deze heeft een heerlijke bittere afdronk met koffie en chocolatonen. de textuur is olie-achtig. Prachtige RIS!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sebletitje (8936) - Enghien, BELGIUM - NOV 6, 2015
355ml. Noire, col blanc-cassé, moka, huileux au verre. Arôme offre un bouquet de stout impérial américain dont le caractère grillé et chocolaté ressort bien mais restant moyen avec une pointe de noisette, et un café presque renforcé au niveau des malts. Palais est réchauffant, montre de suite son niveau alcool. Grillé, pointe de caramel et un renfort épicé tirant sa force des houblons tout comme l’amertume qui reste modéré - citronnée. Léger côté fruité noir, sec avec un fini cendre.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
aleksander9 (1226) - Oslo, NORWAY - NOV 6, 2015
Black with tan head. Good lacing. Roast, chocolate, cinnamon bun and leather. Thick, sweet and sour, spicy, dry, earthy and spicy. Overall: Nice. The dry and spicy finish is excellent.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MarcoDL (3772) - NETHERLANDS - OCT 31, 2015
At Craft & Draft. Dark oily pour. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, cacao and cream. Taste is thick, with heavily roasted malt, cacao, coffee, mild licorice, bitters and a sticky mouthfeel. Nice ris.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
77ships (7251) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - OCT 21, 2015
355 ml. bottle. BBF 05/2016. Finally Pirate themed beer. Typical (for the style) black with mocha head (which doesn’t last) beer. Nose is charcoal mixed with sweet mocha, light nuts, artificial chocolate, almost touch herbal mainly sweet candy mocha mixed with some light roasted malts & ashes. Taste is strongly powdery overly ashy, strong ashy roasted coffee, faintly herbal some mocha & cheap chocolate sweetness in the back, light roasted nuts, touch chestnuts. Body is a bit thin, roasted, touch ashy. Not bad at all as a beer but low on the totem pole for a RIS.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Neorej80 (499) - - OCT 21, 2015
Strong grapy and daek chocolate aroma with malts, vanilla and a little coffee. Pitch black with a tiny dark brown head. Nice smooth creamy, nutty, chocolate aroma (like nuttulla) at the start, a sharp (mint/licorice) yeasty and oaky bite. Then roasted dry malts, bbq, pinetree, licorice and a tiny hint of bitter citrus/lime. Woody, earthy grapy aftertaste. Really great!!

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
voyageurmike (237) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 6, 2015
Opaque black with dark tan head, brandy aroma. Coffee, anise, roasted malts. Alcohol malty lingering finish. Not refined perhaps, but lots to like in this RIS.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JefVerstraete (2754) - Oosterzele, BELGIUM - OCT 4, 2015
Bottle from Dranken Geers. Dark brown, brown foam. Medium carbonation. Sweet with nose of caramel, roasted malts and coffee. Also some chocolate. Little bit weak but good!


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