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RATINGS: 386   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
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - APR 19, 2009
Solid black color, not much color. Thanks to gurde for the sample. Solid chocolate butterscotch (not diactlyle). Delicous toffe chocolate malt flavor.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jujubeast6000 (854) - Houston, Texas, USA - APR 18, 2009
Reviewed 4/16/2009 (Bottle): Pours a pitch black color body, big foamy tan brown colored head lasting. Good lacing. Strong coffee chocolate aroma. Some alcohol. Some sweet chocolate too. Something else like ash. Watery palate, smokey and slightly ashy taste. Sweet chocolate and some dark chocolate in the taste too. Something is off.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bu11zeye (12594) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - APR 18, 2009
(22oz. bottle) Pours a black body with a small tan head. Aroma of chocolate, roasted malt, toasted grain, and caramel. Flavor of roasted malt, chocolate, and coffee with a dry, somewhat bitter finish.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ansermadide (1526) - Kyle, Texas, USA - APR 13, 2009
Bomber at home (my personal birthday treat) on April 13, 2009. Wow... this head is amazing. An almost purplish tint, medium/dark brown, thick, dense, like a blueberry pancake. Very smooth, black body. Aroma a roasted chocolate and... something reminds me of wood. Extremely smooth in the mouth, almost creamy. Sweet, woody, and almost metallically bitter. Is that a word? All I keep thinking about is how smooth this beer is. Thick, but not so much so that it’s hard to stomach. Alcohol is noticeable, but not overwhelming. Just enough to make it fun.

1.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
fidel (1302) - Livermore, California, USA - APR 9, 2009
UPDATED: MAY 14, 2009 Poured black, ash, butter, little chocolate, little coffee, ash finish that holds on for a very long time.

2.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
AgentSteve (1647) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - APR 9, 2009
This is a bad, bad beer. Looking at other ratings, maybe a bad bottle, but the influences weren’t infected influences, just harsh ash and burnt butter. A bit thin for an Impy as well.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nuplastikk (5677) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - APR 8, 2009
22oz bottle. Pours a thick oily black with a foamy brown-tan head. The aroma is pleasantly chocolate, not showing much sings of the alcohol. The mouthfeel is thick and full of rich chocolate roastiness. Really quite a nice Imperial Stout, really showcases the rich full chocolate flavors while limiting, perhaps all out eliminating, any alcohol burn. I don’t get much hop character out of it, maybe something in the chalky chocolate aftertaste.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
travita (4783) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 8, 2009
Bottle thanks to bu11zeye. The smell is roasty, some soy sauce, a little vinegar, malts, and chocolate. The look is brown to black in color and has a decent tan colored head. The taste is roasty, slightly off for style, chocolate, and alcohol. Thinner body.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - APR 7, 2009
Pleasant chocolate and cola aroma. The flavor is not bad, cocoa powder, mostly. Palate is a wee bit thin for an impy. 10.6% ABV is totally undetectable. Decent and drinkable but I will not be buying another anytime soon.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rosebud butternuts (2396) - Denton, Texas, USA - APR 7, 2009
Bottle thanks to bu11zeye. poured black with a tan head that left some lacing behind. aroma was impressive with toffee, caramel, coffee, and dark roast. flavor was toffee, dark roast, and some alcohol. slick body with low carbonation. pretty good stuff IMO.


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