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RATINGS: 296   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.84   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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mora2000 (5569) - McKinney, Texas, USA - OCT 13, 2013
Black pour with a brown head. The aroma is full of light licorice with some chocolate and roasted malt thrown in. The flavor has some strong chocolate character as well as some roasted malt and some cream notes. Medium carbonation and thick mouthfeel.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
UncleKorm (748) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - OCT 3, 2013
Bottle poured a brown so dark it has a black hue w/ a dark brown medium frothy head. Big roasty aroma of molasses and coffee. Initial flavor is moderate sweet with a moderate bitter from the heavy roast. Tastes are molasses, brown sugar, espresso, and dried prunes. Full bodied, soft carbonation, and alcohol in the finish.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
viyh (73) - San Luis Obispo, California, USA - OCT 1, 2013
This is one of the darker beers Ive ever had. Its almost syrupy. Lots of chocolate and coffee aromas. This one is almost too much to handle.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kidobutai (309) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - SEP 28, 2013
Rich, coffee and chocolate. Sweet smelling yet bold in taste. Not a great head, but good luck lacing. Smoothe and thirst-quenching.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
mike5326 (807) - virginia beach, Virginia, USA - SEP 28, 2013
Poured from a bottle. Black color, no head. Acrid roasted malt smell. Tangy roasted malt flavor.

1.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
shaunfield (68) - adamstown, AUSTRALIA - SEP 27, 2013
Not my type of beer. Way too much of a coffee flavour for me. And it tastes thick like a smoothy.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jerm719 (105) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - SEP 26, 2013
Jet black, dark head. Big nose, coffee beans, semisweet chocolate. Roasted coffee, wood, faint hops, lactose. A bit of mint on an enjoyable finish. Very good irs

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dfinney23 (1590) - Houston, Texas, USA - SEP 23, 2013
Pours typically dark with a gorgeous mocha head. Surprisingly fain aroma giving the strong roasty and bitter taste.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Vaiz (3298) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - SEP 23, 2013
Bottle from Total Wine Summerlin, Las Vegas. Black pour, thin tan head. Aroma of coffee, chocolate, tobacco, licorice, spicy and very roasted. Flavor is dry, bitter and roasted, Huge body, great balance and very smooth while still very impressive and strong. Amazing brew.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
StevieT (545) - AUSTRALIA - SEP 21, 2013
Mild brown sugar aroma and smokey, thin brown head. Strong coffee flavours and very intense, not a mild beer by any means.


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