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RATINGS: 464   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.87/5   EST. CALORIES: 294   ABV: 9.8%
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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
maddmatt639 (331) - Pacifica, California, USA - FEB 26, 2013
A: Very dark brown, borderline black. Half an inch head that's a light brownish/reddish color. No lacing and no long lasting retention. S: Strong aroma of chocolate and a hint of malt. T: Chocolate notes aren't as strong at first, then they totally surprise you in the end. Taste some malt and a slight bitterness in the end. M: Somewhat heavy feeling. Not a long lasting taste, but I can feel the weight of the beer in my mouth. O: Not a bad stout, but I was hoping for more. Enjoyed the aroma and taste, but not the aftertaste. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
martjoobolut (2799) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JUL 22, 2016
Bottle (from frima bier?). Pours dark brown-black with light brownis head. The head stays. Aroma is vodka like booze, roast, dark chocolate, malt. Flavor is sweet and bitter, booze, roast, dark chocolate, malt, sugar, caramel, booze. Finish is rather intense hoppy-roasty bitter. Did I say it’s boozy?! Drinkability is ok-ish. Overall: this would probably get better rating from me, but drinking this after the fantastic Wild Beer Wildebeest it feels like a real big step backward (and they are both rated the same - 99 currently int RB). This is really really boozy (not in a good way) and simple compared to the Wildebeest. Gets better as it warms up, but still rather simple and boozy brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Moolesen (450) - NETHERLANDS - JUL 12, 2016
Bottle 35,5cl. Pitch black with a small brown head. Liquorice and coffee aroma. Very intense. Really nice rich taste. Espresso, dark chocolate. Great beer. Not sweet but nicely hopped. Long finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Palme (3931) - Bergen, NORWAY - JUL 6, 2016
0.355l bottle. Yeah, it’s undoubtedly a dark black oily one this. On top there’s a super creamy but fading beige head. On the nose it has lots of marshmallows, roasted goodness and it’s quite on the sweeter path. Some woody tones, chocolate for sure and a little sweet licorice thing. Smells nice. It doesn’t taste bad eiter this. In the mouth it’s nice and oily and it’s soft on the carbonation. Much more licorice in the taste. The salty good kind, next along with espresso coffee, bitter cocoa beans and vanilla hints. It’s a really flavorful one, dark and perfect for sipping. Nice. 18.12.2015

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
markoijelena (2051) - Belgrade, SERBIA - JUN 29, 2016
Bottle 0.33l at my place Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Bottle from Sterk Share with Zlotta. 31.05.2016. Pour it dark color with small black color . Aroma chocolate, strange funky plum. Taste really creamy smooth, pleasent coffee, bitterish, chocolate, peppery chilli, nice balanced,all packed. Good

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
tomekk1978 (1284) - Z±bki, POLAND - JUN 20, 2016
Aromat: palony, czekolady, melano, lukrecji i sporo estrów (śliwki, banany). Może nie przytłaczają, ale są wyraźne. Alkohol także obecny, jednak nie przeszkadza.

Wygląd: barwa czarna, nieprzejrzysta. Piana beżowa, drobno pęcherzykowa, umiarkowanej wielkości i szybko opadająca. To najsłabszy punkt tego piwa. Nieco oleista konsystencja.

Smak: umiarkowana słodycz, złamana kwaskowością, melano, kakao, czekolada, paloność, ale subtelna, bardziej nuty opiekane, no mocno spieczone. Trochę owoców czy alkoholu, ale są one przyjemnym dopełnieniem, bowiem całość jest dość ułożona. Goryczka stonowana, zaskakująco niska, jak na IS. Prawie krągła pełnia, umiarkowane do niskiego wysycenie i ciemno słodowy finisz nutą kwaskową oraz alkoholem rozgrzewającym przełyk. Nieco zbyt estrowy - jak dla mnie - imperial, jednak poza tym całkiem ułożony. Wypiłem z przyjemnością.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mabel (8537) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 18, 2016
[8179-20160503] 12floz bottle. Burnt soy sauce and roasted grains aroma. Black cola body with a quick foamy off-white head. Roasted sweet soy sauce flavour. Medium-full body. Good. (7/3/8/4/15) 3.7
(@ Drink LA, LAX Tom Bradley International Terminal, Los Angeles, CA)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jercraigs (9681) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 8, 2016
2016-05-03. Black body, small tan head fades. 3++ Aroma is moderately alcoholic, dark malt. Flavour is pleasant, sweet dark malt core but lots of bitter cocoa roast. Finishes on the dry side, lingering cocoa roast in the finish. 7++ Average plus to medium bodied palate, good carbonation. 3+ 7/3/8/3-4/15-16 Bottle at Drink LA, LAX.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Plovmand (7752) - Helsinge, DENMARK - JUN 7, 2016
Bottle. It pours black with a small beige head. The aroma is bit sugary with ripe fruity notes. Some roasted notes. Boozy and roasted flavor. Light ash and licorice. Bitter roasted finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
karpik (556) - Sosnowiec, POLAND - JUN 4, 2016
Coffee, chocolate, vanilla and roasty aroma. Pours black with tan head. Taste is medium sweet with coffee, vanilla shake and some booze. Finish is moderate bitter. Overall good stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tightslice (848) - Redwood City, California, USA - JUN 3, 2016
Bottle from BevMo! Aroma is licorice, sweet dark things. Taste is licorice, some liqueur. Loads of licorice and dark malt candies, molasses. Very rich.

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