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RATINGS: 448   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.


Bricks' rating

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Bricks (905) - Delaware, USA - FEB 6, 2013
Jet black, dark tan fizzy small head. Abrasive, roasted malt aroma with maybe a hint of vanilla. Stout is very smooth, with some excusable alcohol burn on the finish. Taste is a little brash, simplistic, with some molasses, more alcohol, and some roasted malt... it almost seems a bit salty. It’s a very good, but not great stout.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
markextrae (3152) - Maastricht, NETHERLANDS - APR 28, 2016
sample from bottle, available in dutch beer shops, poured a deep dark black colour with a beige head. nose of deep roasted malts, light earthy fruits. cloves, charred smoke, roasted bitter chocolate, toffee and slight molasses. taste even opens with a little salty licorice, mouthfeel is sticky, quite nice and roasted.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MrHangover (3720) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - APR 21, 2016
Bottle. Pours a jet black beer with a small amount of light brownish head on top. Aroma has loads of molasses and licorice with laurel. Very strong and boozy aroma and flavor. Very sticky and sweet moutfeel, very cloying with loads and loads of molasses and sugar in there. Full bodied, long sweet sticky finish. A bit unbalanced, too sticky but still quite nice.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
larsga (7077) - Oslo, NORWAY - APR 19, 2016
Small beige head. Opaque black body. Earthy chocolatey toffee aroma, very smooth, with syrupy nougat notes. Sweetish mealy chocolatey toffee taste with roasted oily notes. Mid-bodied. Mild, mealy mouthfeel. Sweetish earthy cold coffee and toast aftertaste with oily burnt mineraly notes. Lovely! Very smooth and harmonic. (0.355l bottle, I forget where from.)

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rikstar (1929) - NETHERLANDS - APR 14, 2016
0,33l fles zwart met een bescheiden bruine kraag. Geur is donkere chocolade en ook caramel en hopjes. Smaak Haagse hopjes iets scherp met alcohol en een droppige afdronk. Body iets meer dan medium.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ippopotamo36 (1306) - Rome, ITALY - APR 1, 2016
Bottle in Rome-Italy, courtesy of Mortlach. Grazie Morty. :-) Pours black, incredible brownish cap. Nose: chocolate, dust, some leather. Mouth: clean, watery, fresh roast maltiness with a decent grassy bitterness. Just tasty!

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Achel (327) - Ioannina, GREECE - MAR 25, 2016
Nice head with good duration. Color is black. Aroma and taste are rich roast malt, vanilla, chocolate, notes of fruit and hops

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sigmund (6236) - Tau, NORWAY - MAR 20, 2016
355 ml bottle, batch #472, from Vinmonopolet Verksgata, Stavanger. ABV is 9.8%. Black colour, moderate tan head. Roasty aroma, roast malts, coffee, hints of liquorice and dark bitter chocolate. Warming mouthfeel. Roasty flavour, with the same elements as in the aroma. A slight sweetness, fairly bitter finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
arsol (830) - NORWAY - MAR 12, 2016
Svart i fargen med brunt tykt skum. Lukter mørk sjokolade mørke frukter og noe salt.Fyldig med saltsmak. fin bitter avslutning

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BuckeyeBoy (4998) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAR 6, 2016
22oz bottle side by side with the bourbon barrel aged version. Pours out black topped with a small tan head. nose is big chocolate notes roast malts plenty of coffee and did I mention chocolate. Taste is more of the heavy chocolate sweetness with a nice acid coffee and a ashy roast to help cut the sweetness.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Braudog (6181) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - FEB 29, 2016
Bottle. Stormy, turbulent and indeed dark. Huge light brown head. Fragrant with coffee and dark chocolate notes. This drinks with a bit of an ashy aspect, a boozy dark fruit twirl riding on top. (#6148, 2/29/2016)


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