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RATINGS: 387   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.79/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 65   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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Every so often we brew this tasty treat that clocks in at 10% ABV. A silky smooth, motor-oil black pour reveals rich, roasty notes of caramel, chocolate and coffee.

Like the first stouts brewed for Russian Czars, this offering is big, bold and built to last. Grab a few for the cellar, a couple for your comrades and enjoy because— like those Czars of yesteryear— this beer may be gone soon.


4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bulk_Carrier (3722) - Lake Champlain, Vermont, USA - DEC 24, 2015
This was poured into a snifter. The appearance was a dark brown close to black color with a thin wisp of tan foamy head. Gentle thin lacing slides into the beer. The smell had a nice sweet to roasty blend of coffee, cocoa and a light amount of vanilla. Light bitter coffee grounds slide in underneath. The taste was mainly sweet with a nice roasty to sweet blend of the coffee to cocoa once again. A light dry sweet to roasty coffee aftertaste leads into the finish. On the palate, this one sat about a medium on the body with a fairly decent sipping quality about it. Carbonation seemed good as an RIS, as there’s enough dry and bitter roastiness on my tongue. Overall, I say this was a pretty good RIS that I would have again.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
estover (81) - Valencia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 18, 2015
Big and bready, full of dark roasted malt, cocoa, creamy coffee. Earthy finish. Nice lacing.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SlovakSniper (5084) - Candiac, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 11, 2015
Bouteille de 12 onces. Très beau stout avec sa tête mousseuse brune montée pour les grandes occasions. Le nez simple de café, de chocolat et de caramel est capable de ravir les narines les plus difficiles. Au goût, les notes riches de torréfaction et de chocolat plaisent rapidement à mes papilles. En bouche, voilà un corps faiblement remué par les bulles avec une texture légèrement huileuse. En finale, la robustesse du grain malté s’accompagne d’une très bonne tirade des houblons à l’américaine.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
malrubius (2585) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - DEC 7, 2015
Bottle from Brewfest. Black with tan ring and lace. Bottle was filled within millimeters of the top--probably good for aging. Chcocolate coffee boozy woody hop aroma. Roasted coffee dark chocolate sweetness with nicely subdued fruit and roasted woody bitterness that cuts the sweetness beautifully. Full body and low carb with just enough to bite. I’ve been a little burnt on impies (and sours) but this is really great. The sweetness is kept in check perfectly for my tastebuds, and the bitterness and complexity are very enticing. Excellent.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DavoleBomb (1867) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 18, 2015
Poured into a snifter. 3.0 A: Black color. One finger of frothy medium brown head. Retention is below average and not really any lacing is left. 4.0 S: Bright, potent aroma on this. Tons of molasses and layers of caramel. Chocolate, moderate roastiness, and black cherry fruits. Almost like a gingerbread like doughy/biscuitiness. Very nice. 4.0 T: About the same as the nose. Molasses, caramel, moderate roast, biscuit, chocolate, moderate, yet supple, roastiness. 3.75 M: Heavier medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Pleasantly creamy and smooth. 4.0 D: Well rounded, very tasty brew. Can’t complain. ★ 610 characters DavoleBomb, Sep 01, 2013

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheHopster (1044) - Netcong, New Jersey, USA - DEC 28, 2014
(Bottle). Well described commercially by the brewer. Deeply roasted flavor with well hidden ABV. This beer would help any soul through the long Russian winter. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
devman171 (1221) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - JUL 28, 2014
Bottle pours black with almost no head. Aroma is rich roast and coffee, taste is similar with a slick slight sweet and alcohol finish

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jgb9348 (5679) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - MAY 1, 2014
Super rich dark brown body with an oily black glow and a nice one centimetre tall deep dark brown head. Aroma of ridiculously strong oatmeal, nuts, earth and coffee with a less assertive prune, milk, chocolate and raisin sweetness throughout. Full-bodied; Rich chocolate and roasted malt notes at first with a surprising amount of carbonation, all with a deep pit fruit sweetness and some pungent anise and licorice notes to finish it off. Aftertaste shows quite the complexity with ranges from burnt to pit fruit sweetness and back to anise and permanent marker all finishing with a vanilla, oak, spice and especially alcohol burning finale. Overall, a nice imperial stout with tons of character and complexity but perhaps still a bit too dark and pungent throughout for me. I had aged my bottle for over 10 months and it still wasn’t long enough. I sampled this twelve ounce bottle purchased from New Beer Distributors on 13-July-2013 for US$3.25 sampled at home in Washington on 01-May-2014 as beer #4501 as my 3rd rating out of 3 to celebrate the milestone. Non-Vintage on Bottle // Bought in July 2013 // Sampled in May 2014

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
gnoff (9569) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - APR 17, 2014
Bottle at CBC Denver, April 10 2014.
Black color, brown head. Sweet, malty, roasted scent. Roasted, sweet, grainy taste. Roasted aftertaste. Medium mouthfeel, medium bitterness.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
tcane7 (1670) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 27, 2014
Draft at Khyber. Pours black with tan head and nice lace. Nose of roasted malt, coffee, chocolate. Medium to full body. Big roasty taste, hints of smoke, espresso, some chocolate. Fairly strong hop bitterness


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