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RATINGS: 375   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.09   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 324   ABV: 10.79%
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The granddaddy of stouts. Intended for export to the Imperial Court of Russia’s Catherine the Great. Jet black. Full-bodied. Very strong.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
colinize (317) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 15, 2012
Poured at denver rare beer tasting 2012. Pours very dark black, coffee tan bubbly head. Smokey roasted malts on the nose. Warming. Bitter but smooth. Nicely hoped.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Steve_0 (2231) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 14, 2012
Pour at the Denver Rare Beer Tasting IV. Appearance is almost pitch black with a dark brown head and great lacing. Wood, cocoa, dark fruits, sour raspberries, anise, and tannin in the aroma. Taste is much roastier than the aroma; espresso, sour fruits, dark chocolate, and oak with a somewhat tangy/tart finish. Creamy body with soft carbonation. Very belgian-esque stout and a real treat to try.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Meilby (6415) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - SEP 28, 2012
Bottle 650ml vintage 2010 @ ClubGonzo
Pours pitch black with a tan head. Aroma has notes of roasted malt, licorice, coffee, caramel, salt, soya and grass. Taste is medium sweet and light bitter with a long salty, fruity, licorice, coffee and slightly dry finish. Body is full, texture is thin to oily, carbonation is soft.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hallinghansen (1737) - Odense S, DENMARK - SEP 19, 2012
Bottle @ Odense Tasting 2010 edition. Dark brown body with a small beige head. Aroma is chocolate, roasted malt, coffee, alcohol. Flavor is licorice, chocolate, roasted malt, charcoal. I did expect a bit more from this lady.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dedollewaitor (13390) - Odense, DENMARK - SEP 12, 2012
Bottle @ Odense September Tasting, 2012. 2010 Edition. Thanks to Pundarquartis for sharing. Pours black with a small beige head. Nose is roast, liquorice and chocolate. Charcoal notes. Almost a bit of soy. Smooth, dry and delicious.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jcartamdg (1663) - Spring Hill, Florida, USA - AUG 29, 2012
750ml bottle pours jet black with a thick brown head. Aroma of dark fruits, tobacco and coffee. Taste follows brining the port barrels forward. chewy yet smooth. great beer

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
fletchfighters (1010) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 29, 2012
2011 Bomber into a tulip Black with touches of ruby and a light brown head. Thin head though. Nose is of Oak, port, salted licorice, dark bitter chocolate and red wine. Nose got very big, bold, and sweet once it opened up. Lots of sweet and bitter chocolate in the taste. Kept coming in waves. Salted licorice, port, red wine, candied soy sauce, prunes, oak and more chocolate. Slick and sweet feel. Got very vinous and more and more oppressive sweet as drank on. Heavy and sweet with low carbonation. Can see how this is such a polarizing beer. Have had better off the shelf RIS than this but still a very good beer. Hard to finish at the end due to overbearing sweet and soy sauce character.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
McGrupp612 (139) - Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 20, 2012
2012 bottle into sniffer. Black with a thin brown head. Aroma of dark roasted/burnt malt, prunes, smoked meat. Flavor is burnt malt, bitterness for Hops and dark malt, bakers chocolate, prunes and smoked salty meat. Medium body with medium carbonation. Overall I was very dissapointed. I dont know if I had a bad bottle, but I thought many local off the shelf imperial stouts were far better.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
alobar (2618) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 14, 2012
Pours black with a tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, smoke, and some vinous notes. Roasted malt flavor with smoke, vinous notes, and hint of cocoa. Just ridiculously good!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ClubGonzo (3509) - Bergen, NORWAY - AUG 10, 2012
Bottle, shared with Bergen Beer Geek Tasting Crew. Another American whale on the table! Exciting indeed. :-) Kate comes ’a runnin’ out of her bottle in the shape of a jet black beer with a smooth, medium-sized off-white head. Her scent is that of grainy sweet dark malts, nuts, hints of leather and salty licorice. She tastes very much like the classic Norwegian sweet-salty licorice "IFA", with some sour-ish corn-like bitter dark chocolate tones. Very pleasant. Medium carbonation, smooth and slightly oily body. A fine stout for sure, this woman, but am I buying the hype? Not quite, but don’t get me wrong: this is still a damn fine woman. Or beer. Whatever.

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