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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.


3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
oh6gdx (24920) - Vasa, FINLAND - AUG 23, 2013
Bottled@PBF VIII. Deep ambery brown to black colour, small brown head. Toasted and some ashes with sweet alcohol. Flavour is quite much the same into a nice roasted and and liquorice bomb. A bit one dimensional

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
olio (9003) - Tampere, FINLAND - AUG 23, 2013
65 cl bottle @ PBF 2013.
Pours dark red color with a small off-white head. Aroma of caramel malts, faint honey, pale malts and toffee. Flavor of caramel malts, rye, toffee,licorice and some cocoa. Dry palate.
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3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
lusikka (7680) - Tampere, FINLAND - AUG 23, 2013
650 ml bottle @ PBF 2013.
Pours a pitch black colour with a beige head. Aroma of roasted malts, cream, salty licorice and biscuit. Flavour of roasted malts, biscuit, floral hops, cream, some mild vanilla notes, strong milk chocolate and straw. Full bodied, oily mouthfeel and really smooth and soft finish with roasted notes. Alcohol warms nicely. A bit thin, but really enjoyable.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tiong (6266) - Espoo, FINLAND - AUG 23, 2013
650ml bottle @ PBF 2013

Pours pitch black with a foamy white head. Aroma of roasted malts, sweet syrup, chocolate, coffee and grainy notes. Taste is roasty, chocolatey, sweetish, syrupy and grainy with notes of coffee and wood. Finish is malty, chocolatey and syrupy with notes of grainy malts and roastiness. Quite good imperial stout.

2.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
omhper (22999) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - AUG 23, 2013
Bottled at PBF. near black, minimal head. Citric licorice aroma. Sweetish with full body and clean, rounded mouthfeel. Some grapefruit and tobacco, but most flavours seem contained behind plastic. Big and bold. Dull.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
laiti (7981) - Helsinki, FINLAND - AUG 23, 2013
65 cl bottle @ PBF VIII
Aroma is somewhat sweet with hay, cocoa, some soy sauce and licorice. Flavour has soy sauce, salty licorice and hints of coffee. Also some hay. Odd, but there’s a certain English feeling here.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DCLawyer (2443) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - AUG 18, 2013
Bottle->snifter. Black with small brown head. A: coffee, chocolate, roasted malt. T: dark chocolate, roasted malt, ash. Bitter. Good, not great.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
reberiii (498) - Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 8, 2013
Boozy nose, bready background. Poured from 12oz bottle opaque black with slight caramel foam. Small in amount of head, but solid retention. Not super strong on the mouth, bitter hop middle and finish. Booze bite.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ernesto987 (5429) - Arizona, USA - JUL 6, 2013
Bottle, great rich deep flavors, awesome thickness, another Vermont gem. Roasty with a bitter finish

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BillWyce (964) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 29, 2013
From notes: Poured opaque black with a small, thin dark tan head. Roasty malt aroma with a note of coffee. Full body, moderate thickness. Chocolatey flavor up front, giving way to dark roasty malt and a burnt note that lingers in the finish. Some booziness as well, that might become more restrained with age.


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