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Brewed by Propeller Brewery
Style: Imperial Stout
Halifax, Canada
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RATINGS: 136   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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This beer was born for greatness. Sent by English brewers via the Baltic Sea to the court of the Czars, Russian Imperial Stout was brewed to very high gravities and allowed to ferment on the long voyage. The result? A dark, strong and bracing brew, imbibed by Peter, adored by Catherine and now reclaimed by you, the People. Za Vas!


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
GregClow (2914) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 24, 2007
Bottle shared with jerc & mabel - their bottle. Deep, deep brown (almost black) with a wispy tan head. Big, malty aroma with notes of molasses, dark fruit and toffee. Body is lighter than I expected, but still decent. Flavour is warm and sweet, not too big, with lots of roast and coffee, and a moderately bitter finish. Drinks more like an oatmeal stout than an impy, which is pretty impressive for an 8%er. Nice!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
CapFlu (4616) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 1, 2007
(Bottle) Pours an oily opaque body with a thin brown, foamy head. Nose is heavily malted soya sauce. Flav our is slick with oily soya, roasted malt and minor cold coffee grounds. Very well balanced and nicely brewed.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - NOV 24, 2007
12oz bottle NIG thanx to OKBEER. The pour was thick and oily, with out much head. The small brown head sat on a very deep black body. Nose was caramel and roasted malts and coffee and dark fruits, ahhh nice! There is an immense dryness to this, nice amount of carbonation to help carry the flavors around the mouth, and the mouth feel was heavy and full. I have no trace of the 8%, very nice brew, loved it.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
EithCubes (5089) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 7, 2007
Bottle from porterhouse - thanks! Malty, dark chocolaty, dry and salty aroma. Coffee, roast, and some notes of lactose and chocolate mousse. Pitch pour with a creamy dark brown head. As for taste, dark and roasty, slightly beany, with a salty, very dry finish and aftertaste. Background hint of vanilla. Touch of woody caramel. Body isnít terribly fat, and at times feels more like medium. Thankfully, not one of those impys that hits you over the head. Smooth and dangerously drinkable. Balanced and delicious!

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
fonefan (36036) - VestJylland, DENMARK - NOV 1, 2007
Bottle. [ Courtesy of OKBeer ] Clear dark black color with a small to average, frothy, good lacing, mostly lasting, light brown head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, roasted, dark chocolate, licorice, dark fruit. Flavor is moderate to heavy bitter and light sweet with a long duration. (Bitternes is chocolate / malt bitter, soft and smooth). Body is full to medium, texture is oily / creamy, carbonation is soft. ;o)) (081007)

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopdog (9189) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 27, 2007
341ml bottle acquired in trade with sammy (thanks!). Rate beer rating # 3,600! Poured a dark brown color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of chocolate, roast, coffee, with some dark fruits and caramel in the back ground. Tastes of roast, dark chocolate, coffee, vanilla, and light smoke. Creamy but somewhat thin (for an Imperial Stout) body. Alcohol hidden.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
shigadeyo (3079) - Harrison, Ohio, USA - OCT 27, 2007
10/27/2007: Propeller Revolution Russian Imperial Stout pours a deep mahogany brown with a really small brown head then makes a quick appearance and then disappears. Chocolate, sweet roasted malt, creamed coffee, and hints of meaty smoke comprise the aroma. The flavor is coffee, dark chocolate, some fruit/tobacco (in the middle palate). and smoke and char. The finish is really roasty (reminds me of espresso) with lots of char. Really it is just shy of being burnt, but isnít which makes for a really tasty beer. The flavors are deep and robust and completely hide the alcohol. This beer is very balanced and has a medium-full body. Propeller did a really good job this this beer. It is a really nice Imperial Stout.

341 ml twist-off bottle (Production date: Month: April, Week 3; 8% alc./vol.) from porterhouse. Thanks Kevin! Rating #31 for this beer...

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
boboski (1095) - Alabama, USA - OCT 12, 2007
A thin tan head is immediately and almost fully diminishing. What remains is a very dark brown body with coffee black and burgundian hints. The aroma at first reminds me of coffee ice cream with chocolate and caramel. Roast is heavy but just the right quantity. Alcohol is adequately concealed and lightly liquory. Fruity phenols surround sweet and sugary dark fruits. Light traces of opium. Balance within the typical parameters of the style is succesfully achieved. Heavier roastiness and a drying finish that leaves me just a little too parched detract from drinkability and ultimate enjoyment. Mouthfeel is smooth, pretty full bodied and likeable. Well done.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
aerosol999 (113) - Quebec, CANADA - OCT 2, 2007
Appearance: no head, opaque and black. Low head but what there is of it is tan brown. Aroma: Berry esters, licorice, and chocolate covered cherries. Flavour: Dutch cacao, alcohol, coffee less fruity than the aroma, finishes suprisingly dry and bready. Biscuity and lots of black malt character. Mouthfeel: Full thick body with light carbonation. Creamy and mouth coating. Overall: Very nice, finishes dry for an Imperial stout but I like it better this way. Not cloying with a great roasty black malt character. Alcohol gives the finish a long roasty hang and a warming sensation that rises up from the belly.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Quake1028 (633) - Tampa, Florida, USA - SEP 21, 2007
Courtesy Secret Santa Summer 07. Big thanks to whoever you are! Black pour, nice sized mocha head that sticks around for a bit. Drippy lacing. Smells of cocoa powder, dark ripe fruits, bourbon and molasses. Flavor builds on the aroma, the cocoa and molasses are very present, but I also get a nice coffee roasty note that isnít super apparent on the nose. Could be a bit thicker for the style, but that is a small complaint. Creamy full palate and a nice coating adheres to the tongue. Finish is roasty, sweet and very long. Great stuff!


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