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RATINGS: 392   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.87   EST. CALORIES: 294   ABV: 9.8%
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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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ComradeK (1071) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
voyageurmike (162) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 6, 2015
Opaque black with dark tan head, brandy aroma. Coffee, anise, roasted malts. Alcohol malty lingering finish. Not refined perhaps, but lots to like in this RIS.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JefVerstraete (2229) - Ghent, BELGIUM - OCT 4, 2015
Bottle from Dranken Geers. Dark brown, brown foam. Medium carbonation. Sweet with nose of caramel, roasted malts and coffee. Also some chocolate. Little bit weak but good!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
IslandHaole (1137) - Mililani, Hawaii, USA - SEP 26, 2015
Just what you would expect for a top notch RIS, heaps of coffee and chocolate with the roasted malts, also has hints of Brandy. Very dark, opaque, quickly fading light brown head. Rich roasted malts, chocolate covered cherry, Espresso, warming alcohol. Smooth texture, rich and chewy, really good, should we call this a dessert beer?

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
antonstoop (254) - - SEP 21, 2015
Bottle 355ml. Black appearance with a dark brown head. Nose is dark chocolate, coffee, prunes, and blackberries in the nose. Medium full body with an average carbonation. Pretty well balanced- moderate high sweetness and bitterness. Lots of chocolate, dark fruit, roasted malts and some light vegetables. The booze isn’t too much. Pretty decent stout! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bierkoning (11418) - La Tropica, NETHERLANDS - SEP 21, 2015
Bottle. Almost black, opague. Roast, licorice and coffee in the aroma. Full bodied. Malty sweet alcoholic roasty flavor with ash, licorice and coffee. Rich in flavor and aroma. Lacks some complexity however.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Yorker (1767) - Herning, DENMARK - SEP 10, 2015
33 cl bottle @ home. Pours black with a tan head that leaves a little lacing. Aroma and flavour are roasted malt, cocoa, ash, chocolate, and coffee - with a roasted finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
josanguapo (406) - SPAIN - SEP 10, 2015
In Bar Viriato. At lunch, with Pedro, Miguel, and David. With Papas Bravas. Soft taste and easy to drink, which makes it very dangerous because of its high ABV. However, Id prefer a bit more body

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Zakoon (325) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 9, 2015
355ml bottle enjoyed @ home. Pours black with a small beige head. Aroma is roasted malt, coffee, dark dried fruit, molasses and dark chocolate. Flavour is medium sweet and light bitter. Full bodied, oily texture, soft carbonation. Finish is long, roasted and slightly bitter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
The_Osprey (3875) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 31, 2015
355ml bottle, consumed in a gypsy wagon, 9.8%. ’Maximum durability’ is Feb 2015. So I guess this has exceeded its maximum durability…Black, small brown head. Aroma is molasses, ash, touch of yeast. Body is medium, soft carbonation, slighlty foamy. Taste is ash, espresso, treacle. Finishes with some salty liquorice and ash. It’s a big one. Very decent.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Calisky (1867) - ALSACE, FRANCE - AUG 27, 2015
kindly shared by Jaghana. Couleur noire, aucune mousse. Nez chocolat noir, cremeux,note caramel et noisettes-fruits secs. Gout malt grillé, chocolat noir, café, réglisse, prune, assez cremeux, légères notes vanille. Fin longue amère, grillée et cremeuse. Un top!

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