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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.


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3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ThisWangsChung (826) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - MAR 2, 2014
12 oz bottle into a pint glass. A: Pours a pitch black color. The head is a one finger tan shade - retention isnít the best, but the soft and creamy texture it has make me forgive that. Not much lacing is left behind. S: Quite chocolaty in general. There are slight hints of coffee, as well, but this is mostly chocolate, roast, and brown sugar. And thatís not a bad thing at all. Maybe it doesnít have the depth of other imperial stouts, but whatís here works quite well. T: There are some slight chocolaty hints, not only to start, but on the finish as well. In general, though, this one is roasty. Not oppressively so - it does end in a slightly sweet fashion - but it does enough to cleanse the palate of excess sweetness. There are also some coffee-ish hints, along with a bit of alcohol and licorice (usually the bane of imperial stouts for me.) Just like with the nose, it isnít the most complex imperial stout on the market. However, itís still quite enjoyable that does a good job of bringing the traits I like within the style. M: Itís not the driest imperial stout, nor is it the sweetest. Rather, it strikes a neutral balance between the two. Make no mistake, in spite of its full body, itís quite drinkable for a 10% RIS, and despite the alcohol flavor, there isnít much booze to be felt on the palate. O: Not a top-tier RIS, but certainly a very good one. It has to compete with the likes of Old Rasputin, though, and that makes this one a hard sell for yours truly. Still, Iíd have no trouble drinking this one again.


4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (5530) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 23, 2015
Sampled from a 12 oz brown bottle this beer poured thick, black and oily with an exceptionally dark brown head that lingered and left good lacing. The aroma was strong toasty malts, anise, whiskey, chocolate syrup, marshmallow and floral hops. The flavor was anise, whiskey, wood, chocolate syrup, marshmallow, port wine adn crisp floral hops. Intense and strong flavors. Long finish. Full body - thick and creamy. Fantastic.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Capa (2307) - Kitsap, Washington, USA - JUL 17, 2015
Black with a super deep head. Aroma is intense dark malts, dark fruit, molasses, licorice, and booze. Full body. Bitter finish. Lightly burnt. Real nice impy.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fombe89 (631) - Asturias, SPAIN - JUL 17, 2015
Botella. @Cimmeria, Oviedo 15/07/2015 BBD: 01/2016. Batch: ZBMIDS1. Color negro, espuma blanca, aroma chocolate, cafe, sabor torefacto, cafe lupulo.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
steelcitybrew (454) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUL 16, 2015
Had this at the brewery 7/15. Probably the best beer they make. Love the color and mouthfeel. Very roasty. Pick this beer up

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
laxuaca (24) - - JUL 15, 2015
RockíníRoll, mamina del alma vaya fuegos díartificio nel paladar, na boca na napia....aroma a torrefacto, sabor resinosin brutal, en paladar nun ye tan dura, pero presta el chocolate y el cafetŪn que dexa.......

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BRW (1445) - Barcelona, SPAIN - JUN 28, 2015
Bottle. Black colour with brown head. Coffee, roasted aroma. Coffee, roasted, dark chocolate taste. Medium to full body.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Stuedmaster (298) - San Marcos, California, USA - JUN 24, 2015
Pours jet black with a dense tan head that leaves lacing, very thick and rich. Chocolate syrup, creamy coffee, nutty, licorice, roasted grain aromas. Pretty dry overall, not too sweet, the hops arenít too aggressive, the right amount of bitterness. Has notes of raisin, plum, and brandy. Soft carbonation, rich mouthfeel, full bodied, creamy and oily texture, bittersweet finish. Very nice, would repeat.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
gregwilsonstl (1407) - Missouri, USA - JUN 11, 2015
UPDATED: JUN 12, 2015 Its been a challenging week. Had a sip of this and instalntly remembered......"geez, greg, life is good". Darkest beer I can remember pouring. Chewy cocoa. Tough to get better than this. Thx Ibrew2or3.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
FatPhil (10893) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JUN 11, 2015
355ml bottle (?, Helsinki) (7:4+:7+:4:15-=3.7+)
Lovely lovely chocolatey aroma. Beautiful smooth full palate. Huge roast and tons of chocolate. Drinkability surprisingly good, not saying 9.8%. Lovely roasts, full and sweet, but not sticky. Fades nicely, the finish giving you a lovely memory of the taste.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
melush (1325) - SPAIN - MAY 29, 2015
Bottle 35,5cl / Botella 35,5cl. @ XXXII The Great Power of Beer & Wine. A: Black / Negro. T/S: Roasted malt, chocolate, licorice / Malta tostada, chocolate, regaliz.


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