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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 (747) - 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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mbgrayson (560) - Anaconda, Montana, USA - DEC 24, 2014
Pours a very dark brown, nigh black, with a fairly thin tan head. Malty aroma with hints of vanilla. Taste is rich, smooth, and complex, like a good imperial stout should be. Notes of vanilla, coffee, and chocolate. A little sweet. This is very drinkable and is a solid example of the style. Thumbs up!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hermod (3459) - Vantaa, FINLAND - DEC 23, 2014
355ml bottle. Lot number 453. Poured black color, thin brown head. Tobacco, cold coffee, vanilla, dark chocolate in aroma. flavor has roastedness, ashy notes, strong coffee and vanilla. Smooth, rich, full bodied. Excellent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tsekouratos (351) - Nea Filadelfeia, Athens, GREECE - DEC 22, 2014
355 ml bottle at The Local Pub, Athens Greece. Black as night with a really thin brown head. Aromas of chocolate, mild coffee, liquorice. Taste is sweet, chocolate, liquorice, raspberries, maybe some coffee on the back. Aftertaste is long and sweet. Full body with low carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rosenbergh (7415) - Tampere, FINLAND - DEC 22, 2014
12 oz bottle. From alesbymail.co.uk.
This was behind my advent calendar door #19. Pitch black colour with a small mid-brown head. Roasted malt, vanilla, chocolate and mild alcohol in the aroma. The flavour is roasted malt, alcohol, dessert wine and coffee. Very rich. Nice brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
mzaar (1747) - Varberg, SWEDEN - DEC 19, 2014
Fat @ Ölrepubliken. I det närmaste helt svart öl med ett stort och långvarigt moccafärgat skum. I doften är det bara kaffe och mörk choklad. Mer komplext blir det i munnen, där choklad, kavring, mörk sirap, plommon och kaffe hittar fram till en slutprodukt som inte är något annat än njutbar. Gräddig munkänsla, stor kropp, en underbar sälta i avslutningen.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
joeneugs (3495) - Livermore, California, USA - DEC 13, 2014
On tap at Three Sheets. It pours black with a light brown head. The aroma has nice notes of chocolate and graham cracker with lighter coffee. The flavor is graham cracker, coffee and chocolate. A tad harsh on the palate as the alcohol is pretty noticeable along with heavy roast. The finish is a bit clunky, but overall it’s a pretty competent imperial stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
snoworsummer (2480) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 11, 2014
From a bottle from the brewery. Pours dark brown with a thick, fizzy tan head. Smells like booze, chocolate, roasted malt, and some burnt coffee. Tastes like burnt coffee, burnt toast, ash, booze, and roasted malt. Light/medium body and low carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tmongoose (1394) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - DEC 10, 2014
Bottle shared. Pours 10/30 thickness. Deep dark black much roasted malts right down to the core. Coffee and chocolate notes. Thick dense body plenty of malt flavor with hints of coffee and chocolate. Alcohol hidden nicely. Very enjoyable. For those who loves stouts this is a must try.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beerhunter111 (8392) - Hasborn, GERMANY - DEC 10, 2014
Sehr dunkelbraun bis schwarz, schöner bräunlicher Schaum. Geruch sehr röstmalzig, viel Kaffee, Vanille. Geschmack sehr schokoladig, röstmalzig, viel Kaffee, Vanille, gering alkoholisch, vollmundig, gut!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
gyllenbock (5031) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - NOV 24, 2014
Bottle at Hamnmästaren, Malmö. Black with a creamy tan head. Aroma and taste of chocolate, roasted malt, cocoa, light fruit and some coffee. Warming alcohol in the finish.

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