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RATINGS: 296   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.84   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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4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AWISLguy (1193) - Wisconsin, USA - NOV 11, 2012
Bomber from Discount. Pours an opaque black with a chocolate milk head. Nice sticky lacing. Aroma has baker’s chocolate, licorice and chocolate liqueur. Taste is of sweet brown sugar, expresso, bittersweet chocolate and lactose. Slightly rough and hints of alcohol. Nice combination of bitter and sweet after beginning more like a sweet stout. Solid base. Finishes with some length, and very bittersweet. A very, very nice roasty chocolatey stout with a lot of strength.


4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Defreni (2580) - Husum, DENMARK - JUL 29, 2014
Flaske: Kulsort øl, klar og ikke olieret. Duften er chokolade og så lidt mere chokolade.Smagen er dog behagelig frisk og bliver ikke for sød eller chokoladet. Superbalanceret og meget lækker.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DuffMan (6552) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 16, 2014
Bottle, shared with Robbie & Parksy post-RBAG 2014. Hearty near-black with red-brown highlights. Highly roasty, a bit of soy sauce, bitter chocolate, low residual sugars. Quite nice.

2.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
shanoknowsfood (43) - Hawaii, USA - JUL 16, 2014
Only the 4th Imperial Stout I’ve ever tasted but, sorry to say, it’s the worst of my list. Had a lasting bitter coffee taste that just wouldn’t go away. Not my cup of tea.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Glouglouburp (5956) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 15, 2014
In short: A highly roasted easy to drink stout like many others. Ok.
How: Bottle 12oz, consumed with a few months on it.
The look: Black body topped by a medium tan head with medium retention.
In long: Nose is scorched cereals, burnt coniferous trees, light coffee notes. That’s a lot of roast in the aroma. The well carbonated body has a grainy texture and is not as rich and corpulent as I like a near 10% beer to be, but that’s often the case with such highly roasted beers. Taste is also dominated by roast, so roasted that it falls into vegetables territory. All that roast is backed by black liquorice, some molasses and dark fruits concentrate. All that roast is pretty good at hiding the sweetness. And with the low sweetness sensation, the medium body and no alcohol presence this beer feels like a 6% stout. All in all a decent stout, just a little too much on the vegetable side of things for me to give it a better than ‘ok’ rating. Another beer, I drink too much, the only way I’ll ever be considered a role model is if there is I am asked to wear rolls and parade in front of people.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RobertDale (3345) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - JUL 14, 2014
22 ounce bottle. Pours black with a small reddish brown head. Aroma of malt, chocolate, coffee, and fruit. Taste is roasted malt, dark chocolate, coffee, and dark fruit. Very tasty and very well made.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
scotchzombie (318) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JUL 13, 2014
Pours boot black and viscous with a finely bubbled mocha head that fades quickly to a rim. A bit of lacing. Aroma is is burnt brown sugar with a faint hint of booze. Taste is burnt toffee, caramel and chocolate with a booze and bitter coffee finish. Less chocolate/more roasty; chocolate and alcohol flavors rise with warming. Thinner and shorter of flavor than I expected. Good, but not great.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
HonusWagner (1331) - Florida, USA - JUL 13, 2014
Very interesting, heavy port dark fruit flavors, kinda reminds me of what Dark Lord used to be before the ABV hike, very impressive.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Westmeister (1699) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUN 28, 2014
Haven’t had an impy stout in a while. Pours thick black with thinner brown head. Smell is dark chocolate, sweet toffee, some booze, slight licorice. Taste is medium sweet, some booze as it warms, swirling dark and semi sweet chocolate, minor anise and dark fruits. Nice velvet palate . Nice surprise here.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
lightbias (64) - USA - JUN 27, 2014
The aroma is chocolate, coffee and heady tobacco. I feel like smoking a cigar right now to accent my experience. The pour is black with a russet head that decided not to stick around too long. A very thick, oily body with a nice average carbonation. Not too boozy, just right with the afterward fading to a light reminder of the brew. If I had access to this Russian Imperial Stout again, I would find it again and make it mine.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Concealer (740) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 24, 2014
Tap at hops and pie. Clear dark reddish brown with a chocolate brown head. Aromas of roasted malt, dark chocolate, coffee, and some dark fruit notes. Flavor is roasted malts, coffee, pine, and chocolate. Medium bodied, smooth with a bitter end.


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