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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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   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 isn’t 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 that’s not a bad thing at all. Maybe it doesn’t have the depth of other imperial stouts, but what’s 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 isn’t the most complex imperial stout on the market. However, it’s still quite enjoyable that does a good job of bringing the traits I like within the style. M: It’s 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, it’s quite drinkable for a 10% RIS, and despite the alcohol flavor, there isn’t 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, I’d have no trouble drinking this one again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lowenbrau (2464) - Asturias, Oviedo, SPAIN - APR 21, 2015
12 fl oz bottle @Cimmeria, Oviedo. 21-04-2015.
BBD: 01/2016. Batch: ZBMIDS1.
In short: dry IStout.
Pours black with nice tan head, Moderate head retention, some lacing. Roasty, coffee, liquorice, plums nose. Medium body, soft carbonation, viscous texture. Taste is mild bitter, dry, coffee, some chickory notes, liquorice, dried fruits. Bitter and dry finish. Enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tiong (4504) - Espoo, FINLAND - APR 18, 2015
355ml bottle from Ales by Mail

Pours pitch black with a small brown head. Aroma of roasty malts, salty licorice, dark chocolate, coffee, molasses and syrup. Taste is smooth, sweetish and roasty with hints of licorice, dark chocolate, syrup and coffee. Finish is smooth, sweetish and roasty with notes of licorice, dark chocolate and syrup. Pretty smooth and balanced.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
shrubber85 (8582) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - APR 17, 2015
Bottle. Woody coffee and chocolate malt aroma. Black with minimal head. Woody-earthy plum, coffee, chocolate, malt and lightly bitter herbal flavor. Nice body. Gets an extra point for being in a 12 ounce bottle. Very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Camons (7158) - Hasselager, DENMARK - APR 16, 2015
Bottle @ DØE. Pours ppitch black with a small brown head. Aroma of roasted malt, licorice, coffee, dark chocolate, toffee, alcohol. Flavor is light sweet, malts, coffee, dark fruits, licorice, dark chocolate, some light alcohol. Medium body, average carboantion, light bitter finish with light warming alcohol. 150415

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jake65 (2856) - Boise, Idaho, USA - APR 15, 2015
Bottle, Boise imperial stout tasting. Dark brown pour with a small brown head. Roast and a little bit of dark pitted fruit. Semi-sweet, but roasty too. Smooth and creamy texture. Nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bodega95 (85) - - APR 14, 2015
On tap at Biercap. Negra con una pequeña corona marrón. Algo de lacing. Balanceada, chocolate, maltas tostadas, sedosa. Muy agradable sin embargo no espectacular.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
TET (1958) - FINLAND - APR 12, 2015
A pitch black beer, a head weak and dark brown. Aroma is great, liquirice, dark chocolate, some coffee and vanilla, low fruitful sweetness. Taste has intensive liquirice and salt liquirice, some roastiness and coffee. Full bodied, low carbonation, soy sauce drinkability not sticky. Warming in the throat. Great beer, balanced and liquirice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
teddybeer (2532) - Madrid, SPAIN - APR 10, 2015
Black color with a medium tan head with short duration, medium lacework. Aroma has notes of roasted malts, coconut and light vanilla. Flavor is roasty, notes of plumbs and ripe dark fruit, strong coffee taste and licorice. Light bitterness int eh final with medium duration, roasted notes. Creamy and smooth on palate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Torrefacto (813) - Madrid, SPAIN - APR 10, 2015
Negro opaco, espuma beis. Aromas de chocolate, melaza, tostados y herbáceos. Cuerpo medio -alto con iniciativa dúlceras de chocolate y melaza con final de amargor intenso y duradero tostado y resinoso.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
angel77 (1265) - oviedo, SPAIN - APR 8, 2015
Caña en el sr don lúpulo de gijon. Color negro intenso con espuma beige oscura poco persistente. Aromas y sabores intensos se maltas tostadas con cacaos y gran sensación alcohólica. Bastante buena, para repetir.

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