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RATINGS: 314   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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4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ComradeK (1041) - The Vale of Dundas, - APR 29, 2013
355ml bottle. Pours an opaque black, with a small and rapidly diminishing dark tan head. Earthy, savoury malt mixes with plum, liquorice and faint alcohol in the aroma. Mild herbal hops up front are soon overcome by smooth plum, which leads into a rich blend of port, faint liquorice and bittersweet dark chocolate. A mild Scotch whisky flavour comes in at the finish, which leaves a warming aftertaste. This is very fine imperial stout, with the rich, full body and subtle complexity that the style demands. Very good.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
olsvammel (3278) - Örebro, SWEDEN - OCT 15, 2014
On tap at The Flying Dog in Stockholm. Smell of chocolate, coffee and dark malts. Similar taste, roasted with toasted sugar. Allot flavour. Well balanced with a nice sweet taste.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
r464 (1938) - Earth, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 6, 2014
Deep, dark, strong. Full with roasty malt, cocoa, and toast. A bit of sweetness, a long and smooth finish. Very nice.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tectactoe (2020) - Michigan, USA - OCT 4, 2014
Bottle: Super dark, inky black & oily pour. Gluggs out slowly, velvety mocha foam on top that skims quickly to a bubbly collar. Aroma of dense fudge brownies, chocolate syrup, figs, a hint of roast, & a little undercurrent of residual sweetness, bordering on cream. More dark chocolate in the aroma, very bittersweet with a balance of roasted malts & some unattenuated sugars. Hint of oxidation, dark fruit, fudge, & a bit of heavily roasted coffee beans that linger on the palate in the aftertaste. Creamy, big-ass mouth feel. Wasn’t expecting much from this, but it’s pretty damn tasty.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
slowrunner77 (5804) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 25, 2014
"Not HUGE for an RIS, but pretty agressive flavor and aroma. The body is medium for the style, especially. Malted chocolate, dark fruit and a decent amount of bitterness."

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MikeJslc (755) - USA - SEP 18, 2014
Black, lacy tan head. Bittersweet chocolate, raisins, dark bread crusts, cocoa, resiny bitterness, easy drinking for an imperial stout.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Danyel (850) - Colorado, USA - SEP 17, 2014
Bottle. Pours black with rich tan head. Aroma is very chocolate, smokey, rich. Taste is thick, heavy, very roasty, dry. Great beer.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pyrmir (3417) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - SEP 12, 2014
On tap at GH. Black with mocca head. Aroma with lots if chocolate, ed malt and mild alcohol. Taste has chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, alcohol with a warming boozy chocolate finish. Nice

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
swesson (238) - Highlands Ranch, Colorado, USA - SEP 3, 2014
On tap at Parry's. Pours an inky midnight black and makes a thin brown head. Syrupy consistency. Smells of coffee, cocoa. tastes of cocoa, alcohol and smoky malt. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerFunGuy (677) - California, USA - SEP 2, 2014
This deep black beer has a tiny milk chocolate colored head. Fruity almost brandy like notes come through and it has the flavor of chocolate covered cherries. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerbaaron (1278) - Arizona, USA - AUG 21, 2014
Draft. Black with creamy light brown head. Dark Roasty. Lots of coffee. Dark bitter chocolate. Moderate burnt roasty bitterness. Pretty burnt. Ashtray. Good, but missing some balance for my liking.


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