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Brewed by Propeller Brewery
Style: Imperial Stout
Halifax, Canada
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RATINGS: 133   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!


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ChainGangGuy (4391) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - AUG 24, 2007
Appearance: Pours a black body with a respectably-sized, khaki-colored head. Smell: Lovely aroma of roasted barley, chocolate, dark caramel, with mild notes of licorice. Taste: Roasted malts with chocolate and dark caramel sweetness. Faint earth bitterness. Slight sourness on the finish. Scarcely any hop flavor to speak of. Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Drinkability: An ample RIS, but could stand to have more potent, more aggressive flavor profile.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CaptainCougar (7132) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - AUG 19, 2007
Bottle thanks to porterhouse: Pours an opaque dark oily black with a wispy-lacing frothy brown head. Aroma of sweet, rich dark chocolate and caramel with some fig complexity. Starts fairly full and earthy chocolatey sweet turning more dry, and woody toward the sticky roasty finish. Has some lingering dark chocolate notes. A nice, well-balanced and pretty drinkable imperial stout.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
radiomgb (2263) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 1, 2007
Deep black in colour, thin tan coloured head, no lacing. The aroma is quite sweet, lots of sugar, a bit lactic, lots of dark chocolate, some liquorice, some coffee and roast. The flavour is very rich and creamy, milk chocolate, very sweet, again quite lactic, molasses and earthy. Very lightly bitter mouthfeel, medium body, medium carbonation. Finishes creamy, not very long. This is a little on the thin side but this packs a whole lot of flavour. It gets better and better as this warms.

341ml bottle obtained in a trade with <a href=http://www.ratebeer.com/ViewUser.asp?U target=blank>OKBeer, thanks Bobby.
Opened on February 28, 2007.
Production date is the 1st week of January 2007.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JoeMcPhee (8510) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 24, 2007
Thanks to OKBeer for sending me a few bottles of this (with a last minute address change request). Deep black beer with a creamy and frothy dark brown head. Aroma is quite earthy and salty with heavy roasted malts and a bit of dark molasses. Fairly rich maltiness with an earthiness as well. Soft dark chocolate. A light chewy texture with a lovely chocolatey sweetness. Earthy bitterness and a soft roastiness. Very drinkable.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
OhioDad (2493) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - JUN 19, 2007
12oz bottle via trade with porterhouse! - thanks Kevin! - Pours black with a short tan head that fades back to a ring but leaves some scant lace from there. Aromas of mostly roast, a bit of coffee, and just a hint of coffee. Flavor is quite roasty as well but some good dark chocolate there too as well as a lot of expresso notes. Honestly seems aweful dry for an impy stout and a little lacking in flavor. Fizzy carbonation takes away some from this one as well I think. Decent but for the stye I expect more flavor.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JUN 6, 2007
341 ml bottle from Premier Wine and Spirits in Halifax, NS (May 2007) drunk around cellar temperature from a Maudite glass. Bottled 3rd week of April, I assume 2007. Inky and completely opaque, with a bit under a centimeter of dark tan head that settles quickly into a lasting dollop of cream, leaving sheets of lacing as the liquid drops....fairly mild aroma, itís got the goods (coffee, chocolate, perhaps some grape and a hint of rosemary) but isnít expressive enough until it warms signifantly....very smooth, middle-of-the-road character on the tongue, enough bitter/burnt character at the finish and enough richness in the espresso-chocolate flavors to let you know what youíre drinking, but just not enough potency in any direction for greatness; not really bitter, not really sweet, not really sweet, not really grapy, not really alcoholic, not really exciting....somewhat strong carbonation and a fairly dull, rather cardboardy finish; like all of Propellerís beers, reasonably well made and like most, just nothing to write home about or worry that you canít get outside of Halifax.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Boutip (4775) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 5, 2007
Bottle courtesy of Okbeer: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a nice big foamy head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of bitter chocolate and subtle coffee is interesting but a tad weak. Taste of light bitter chocolate and coffee is more subtle then expected with some medium roasted malt. Body is oily and even a bit watery; I was expecting a fuller body as well as more of a creamy texture. Overall, while this is an interesting IS I thought it lack some complexity and the body was a bit too watery. I wonder if a got a bad bottle considering the high rating that this beer received or maybe I donít appreciate the style as much as others.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jason (1681) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 31, 2007
Bottle. Thanks to OKBeer for sending me this one. Pours a lighter black body with thin head, nice look. Aroma is of weak chocolate, roasted malt, slightly sour. Flavor is a sugary bitter blend of milk chocolate and malt, light hops. Light mouthfeel.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mds (2221) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 26, 2007
Bottle. Pours a pitch black body with a medium-sized frothy mocha head receding to a lasting ring. Very pleasant aroma consisting of dark fruits - raisin, grapes, cheesy yeast, molasses, and caramel. Very rich chocolately flavour. Medium to full body. Some toffee wafer flavours in the middle and roast malt bitterness. Finishes oily and bitter. An excellent Imperial Stout.
Thanks jerc/OKBeer.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
piscator34 (1974) - 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.


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