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RATINGS: 460   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.87/5   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.


shaunfield's rating

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


3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
tomekk1978 (1278) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mabel (8384) - 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)

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jercraigs (9528) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Plovmand (7716) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
karpik (521) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tightslice (832) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Zlotta (1583) - Amstelveen, NETHERLANDS - MAY 31, 2016
0.355 l bottle shared by markoijelena, thanks! Pitch black with a thin, light brown layer. Sweetish-malty, slightly roasty aroma dark chocolate, some coffee, molasses, toasted nuts and some caramel. Sweetish-malty, slightly roasty taste of dark chocolate, some coffee, nougat, toasted nuts and some vanilla, followed by a medium long, slightly roasty-bitter finish. Medium to full body, creamy mouthfeel, soft carbonation. Moreish, tasty and superbly balanced, maybe a bit sweet. Somehow reminds me of Jopen’s Houten Haarlemmer.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MelvinKalksma (742) - UTRECHT, NETHERLANDS - MAY 28, 2016

Aroma:
Medium/heavy aroma of malts, caramel, liquorice, chocolate, roasted malts and coffee.

Appearance:
Opaque black beer with a slight/medium dark brown head.

Taste/Palate:
Starts medium sweet with malts, caramel, liquorice and chocolate; ends slightly bitter with roasted malts and coffee.

Overall:
This beer is rather intense, complex and balanced. Could have been better and misses umph factor.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
klm1 (811) - - MAY 24, 2016
Pours black color, slightly clear, with foamy brown finger head. Aroma: intense dark roasted malt aroma, which takes on roasted, dark, bittersweet chocolate, cocoa powder...dark fruits like prunes, plums. Flavor: intense dark, roasted malt flavor, with notes of espresso coffee, cocoa powder, bittersweet chocolate, roasted, hint of licorice when it get warmer, port wine, supported with fruity esters of hops, which takes on dark fruits. Finish is roasted, slightly bitter dry. Body is moderate full, texture is silky smooth, carbonation is low.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MonsterMagnet (1048) - NETHERLANDS - MAY 23, 2016
Bottle, pours black with a tan head. Lots of liquorice and molasses, you can even smell the stickiness... Light nutty notes, sugar, bay leaf. Sweet and sticky, full body, boozy finish with, again, sticky sweet liquorice. Very nice, but a bit sweet and boozy and one dimensional.


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