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RATINGS: 352   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85   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 (1566) - 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.


3.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jonas (5983) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - MAR 26, 2015
Tap at Irreale. Black, dark golden lace. Roast, coffee, honey, sponge cake , syrup, liquorice, espresso/coffeeground aftertaste. the flavor is great, a hint more aromatics and this is world class.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jookos (3078) - FINLAND - MAR 23, 2015
Bottle@tkcbb. Black, small tan head. Coffee beany, cocoa soft roasty malty nose. Some vanilla/milky dark fruits. Full bodied, sweets, but nicely balanced, clean finish. Intensive flavour, roasty, soft malty, abv nice hidden. Like it. Roasty malty, soft though. Isnt super salty ris extremely roasty, but quite drinkable, just with a lot of flavour, mellow.

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4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
olio (6897) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAR 22, 2015
355 ml bottle. BBE 12.02.2015.
Pours pitch black color with a small beige head, quite thick oily texture. Lots of roast notes on the aroma, dark chocolate, cocoa, some wood notes also. Roasted malts and cocoa powder on the flavor, dark chocolate, some sugary notes and faint coffee. Alcohol doesn’t come through that much. Being slightly out-dated doesn’t show here either. Bitter dry, yet creamy full palate, rich. Nice slow sipper.
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4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lambister (266) - FINLAND - MAR 21, 2015
Bottle @ Tommy Knocker, Helsinki. Pitch black color with small brown head. Roasty aromas with coffee and chocolate. Full roasty body, suryp, chocolate, coffee. Well made stout.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
k0mpsa (1490) - Järvenpää, FINLAND - MAR 20, 2015
Bottle at tommyknocker, helsinki. Black color, small brown head. Nice roasty aroma, coffee, chocolate. Full roasty body, suryp, chocolate, coffee. Good stout.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Patrickctenchi (4449) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - MAR 10, 2015
Bottle: Oily black with a dark tan ring. Prune, plum, cola aroma. Taste is roasty, dark chocolate malt... Mild ashy bitter alongside vanilla/chocolate sweetness. Nice warming alcohol. Smooth and rich.... Outstanding.....a great sipper.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hackobock (1952) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAR 8, 2015
March 8, 2015. Bottle at home.
Black with a small creamy brown head. Aroma is coffee, dark chocolate, earthy, licorice, vanilla and dark fruits. Taste is medium sweet, bitter roasted chocolatey, some dark fruits and vanilla as well. Finish is roasted bitterness vanilla, milk chocolate and slight alcohol warmth. Creamy texture, medium to full bodied with a soft carbonation.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Bootlegger007 (92) - AUSTRALIA - FEB 28, 2015
Outstanding. Aromas of roasted malts, chocolate and coffee with hints of dark fruits, pours thick black with an espresso style lasting head, flavours of roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, vanilla, cask wood, port with a great bitter aftertaste, warming full bodied thick stout.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Idiosynkrasie (4457) - Bielefeld, GERMANY - FEB 27, 2015
355ml bottle. Jet black colour with late awakening, small, creamy, half-way lasting, moderately lacing, brown head. Roasty, dark malty aroma, notes of liquorice, hints of soy sauce, dark chocolate, burnt coffee, a metallic touch. Taste is dry, roasty dark malty, bitter hoppy, slightly burning alcoholic, some dark chocolate, some coffee; slightly metallic finish, maybe oxidation had a finger in the pie. Looks like having an oily texture, but leaves behind a light and thin impression on the palate.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Benzai (9431) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - FEB 17, 2015
Bottle @ home. Opaque pitch black color, medium sized dark brown head that lasts for a decent while and leaves fair to good lacing. Aroma is malts, dark roasted malts, coffee, coffee roast, slightly earthy. Taste malts, roasted malts, lightly coffee, a touch of espresso, medium to heavy bitter. Moderately thick, moderately oily texture, roasty bitter finish, medium body and suitable carbonation. If you like roasty imperial stouts like I do, this is one you’ll enjoy. Can anyone please get me the bourbon barrel aged version? That’s gotta be even more awesome!


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