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RATINGS: 387   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.79/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 65   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
NikkTwist (2715) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 25, 2014
Draft at Khyber Pass. Tulip glass. Thick black pour with a small tihht beige head. Tons of great dark roasted malt flavors. Chocolate nibs. Charcoal grill. Burnt caramels. Hints of coffee and dark fruit, but the emphasis is on chocolate and ash. High ABV is well hidden. Smooth finish. Tastes notably less sweet than most Imperial Stouts - and that?s fine by me. Body is creamy enough to fit as a proper Russian Imperial for me - and I?m a stickler to that requirement. Missing some of the more complex flavors that a great Imperial should have, but the notes presented are right on the money. Was not expecting something so good out of this. Pleasantly surprised.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
Gooball201 (39) - Parsippany, New Jersey, USA - FEB 17, 2014
Tasty and very roasty. Good brew as most otter creek is good stuff. Almost stovepipe but apparently higher abv.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
bytemesis (6730) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - FEB 13, 2014
Bottle. Pours opaque black with a medium dark brown head that dissipates fairly quickly leaving good lacing. Aroma is chocolate, roasted malts, a bit of cardboard, anise. Flavor is an improvement, light sweet, medium bitter, roasty, chocolate and rich on the tongue. Lingering bitterness on the finish. Fairly full bodied and creamy. Quite nice in the end.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dougefreezy (45) - Bradenton, Florida, USA - FEB 13, 2014
Pours dark brown, no head. Aroma of chocolate, plum, toffee. Malty, chocolate taste. Overall very nice.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TBone (16159) - Pori, FINLAND - NOV 28, 2013
Bottled 650ml PBFVIII
Deep opaque black, small brown head. Toasted, chocolate aroma. Medium-bodied. Toasted, some chocolate. A bit lame finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Chuckaduck (674) - Highland Heights, Kentucky, USA - NOV 15, 2013
Bottle. Poured 11/16/13. Oily; Deep brown black with a thin but resilient chocolate head. Aroma is lots of roast malt, chocolate, creamy, hints of dark berries, vanilla, sweet, savory. Taste is creamy, little chalky, nutty, roast malts, chocolate, some dark fruits, very mild bitterness at first; finish is bitter chocolate and some earthiness. Exquisite lacing, full. Carbonation is low. Mouth feel is full, oily, rich; but not syrupy or coating. Really a fine RIS. Well crafted.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MacBoost (1744) - Penfield, New York, USA - NOV 15, 2013
Pours. Thick black with a nice dark brown head. Aromas of holy shit roast, a whiff of alcohol. Taste is inky black madness, roasted cock, some balls but a touch too sweet for real enjoyment. Finishes semi-sweet with just a touch of prison sex. No anal rape offered. I feel defiled.

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
bbbeer (729) - Massachusetts, USA - NOV 2, 2013
Very dark brown, very small brown head. Aroma coffee, chocolate, roasted malts. Medium full body, harsh alcohol, syrupy mouthfeel. Flavor is roasted malts and mocha but overly sweet and hidden by alcohol with an unpleasant tangy finish. Seems like most people liked this one but didn’t work well for me.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
nealblind (1679) - Seattle, Alabama, USA - OCT 18, 2013
Dark pour tan head. Aroma of soy sauce, honey, grains. palate slight creaminess. Flavor of char and coffee.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DiarmaidBHK (4189) - Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 2, 2013
Bottle from Total Wine Sterling. Pours black with a thin khaki head. Has a bit of lacing in the glass. Big roasted malt notes on the nose with a hint of licorice. lots of roasted chocolate and licorice on the tongue. finish lingers a bit. Hides its alcohol well. This is a hell of a lot better than I thought it would be.


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