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Brewed by Propeller Brewery
Style: Imperial Stout
Halifax, Canada
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RATINGS: 124   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65   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!


3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
piscator34 (1888) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - APR 28, 2007
Bottled sample shared with oakbluff. Jet black in colour with moderate carbonation. Aromas of stewed fruit, some caramel malt, licorice, and a bit of milk chocolate. Flavors of plum, raisin, more stewed fruit, and a bit of roasted malt. Medium bodied with a bit of a short finish. Some similarities between this and Samuel Smithís Impy. Too many fruity esters for me, and not really enough hops or roasted malt. Still, itís a not a bad attempt at the style, and itís nice to see a Canadian brewery give it a go.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gorbalev (2893) - Ontario, CANADA - APR 7, 2007
Bottle shared with Hogtown Harry, Blankboy, Jerc, and GregClow, courtesy of Jerc. Black, nice chocolaty brown head. Interesting aroma - oily, coffee, sweet - too bad it is mild. Really really good taste - roast, bitter, oily. Lovely roast linger. Huge flavour. Good stuff, certainly one of the best Canadian Impyís that I have had.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
blankboy (5798) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 2, 2007
2 bottles shared with HogTownHarry, GregClow, tupalev & jerc -- courtesy of jerc. Pours a very dark brown with an average size diminishing creamy light-brown head. Very nice aroma of roasted caramel malt, coffee and chocolate. Flavour of roasted malt, a bit of chocolate, coffee and some alcohol. Medium bodied. This is really good!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Brewnoser (28) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - APR 1, 2007
Black core, coffee head. Molasses, caramel, roast barley aroma. Alcohol, sweet coffee/chocolate malt. Chewey. Very true to style, and not for the faint of heart. Bieropholie/MacAuslan blend? Or did OKBeer already say that? Needs a new label.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
brufrog (15) - New Brunswick, CANADA - MAR 30, 2007
Very Good example of the style Chocolate, fruit in nose, bitter chocolate on The palate, with a touch of coffee Very Dry, full body that holds alcohol well Well balanced. Good stuff!

3.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
oakbluff (409) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - MAR 24, 2007
Bottle courtesy of Okbeer straight from Halifax. The pours out an excellent color and head for the style. Exceptional looking impy stout. Aroma is mostly muted coffee. Didnít get much else, other than a fruity like smell?? Has a nice solid mouthfeel- lively roasted malts with some other sweet tastes- amost like smores -chocolate and marshmellows. Hops are there but in a supporting role. The roast in the malts shows up more on the finish. Thereís still some sort of fruity flavour Iím picking up that I canít place. Its great to see a Canadian brewery taking a stab at this style of beer- so big kudos to this east coast brewery. A very enjoyable impy stout and it would be nice to see more canadian takes on this great style of beer.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
mabel (5371) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 18, 2007
[216-20060302] 341mL. Dark chocolate aroma with a light tangy figgy fruit background and a bit of roasted malt. Black body that pours a big brown bubbly head. Flavour melds a coffee roast with medium chocolatey hints and some rich brazil nuttiness. Full body is nicely rolled out with mostly invisible alcohol. Overall, wonderfully blended!

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jercraigs (7337) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 17, 2007
Black body with a good sized creamy brown head. Mildly roasty, chocolate mocha in the aroma is rich but simple. (8+) Dark malty flavour with understated dark fruit, moderate mocha and light notes of chocolate. Medium palate. (3+) could be more full for my liking but is lovely nonetheless. Very n ice! Many many thanks to OKBeer for sending this out this way. 8+/5/8/3+/17

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
pootzboy (1572) - Hawgville, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 15, 2007
Bottle ( Thanks MM) The Pour: Black as a taxmanís heart with a lovely fine pored chocolate cap that looks like an Areo bar...moderate retention though... and strangely, not great lacing. Monor points. Demure, delicate nose...the smells you expect in a RIS are there but they donít jump out at you..cocoa, chared husk, molasses, tobbaco..all there but very delicately presented. Upfront a great big chaw of patent malt is instantly balanced with juicy hops....mid palate the flavors develop; sweet cocoa, toast, figs, nuts, ...going into the long finish we get some drying and a wonderful sweetish- licorice decernment...light astringent "char" in the after taste. This beer absolutely hides its 8% alcohol till the finish where the malts and hops blend with it to give a very excellent licorice taste.. This isnít the most potent or pronounced Russki Imperial Iíve tasted, but it is one of the most drinkable and certainly tastes good fresh....no cellaring to mellow raw hop edges off this RIS. itís ready now and really tasty....itís dangerous how fast a few of these will fly down the hatch.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
LadyCooper (100) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - MAR 13, 2007
Pours black, blacker than even Guinness, canít see even a hint of light through it. Thin brown head and aroma of dark roasted, nearly sweet malt. Dark roast and coffee malts, solidly bitter finish, a little light in the mouthfeel, but canít even taste the high alcohol.


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