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Brewed by Propeller Brewery
Style: Imperial Stout
Halifax, Canada
Serve in Snifter

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on tap
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RATINGS: 131   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66   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!


3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
neongolden (413) - Ontario, CANADA - JAN 25, 2013
(500mL bottle from the LC) Pours black with a tiny tan head, little lace. Nose has molasses, roast coffee, dark chocolate, fig, bit of anise lingering behind. Flavour sweet up front, chocolate malts with moderate toast, coffee with sugar, fades into black licorice, bit of wood and then dry green, almost menthol hops with roast at the finish, a little "fresh" at the end. Palate is thinner for the style, with carb that is soft but prickly, and the alcohol is buried. Not a bad RIS, but not quite there.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 10/20
Beerenberger (1447) - Fischer, Texas, USA - JAN 22, 2013
Aroma of dark fruit and chocolate. Pours a deep blackish brown with no head. The taste is much like the nose - dark roasted malts, dark fruit and a hint of chocolate. There is slight bitterness in the finish and aftertaste. Medium body with moderate carbonation - creamy texture. Overall, a very tasty and enjoyable imperial stout.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
solidfunk (4012) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - JAN 21, 2013
Pretty good - a well-balanced imperial that exceeded expectations. Aromas of cocoa, vanilla bean, coffee and nut. Nice roast malt as well. Booze well hidden. Good palate, consistency good balance, not too syrupy. Pours black with very foamy head that doesn’t die and pours volatile. Some lacing. Taste is medium bitter with a small note of sourness. Bottle.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
yrstruly (333) - Guelph, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 20, 2013
Pours black with a pillowy butterscotch head. Aroma is of toasted malt, licorice, vanilla and booze. Taste is sweet, with a lot of chocolate malt. Medium-heavy body, and a nice minty-bitter hop finish (Northern Brewer?). Solid imperial stout.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
robinvboyer (3112) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 20, 2013
chocolate, coffee, roasty, sweet malts, touches of soy. Good bitterness, awesome dark roasted finish, with some gret espresso, and slightly sweet soy notes.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
wilderthanyou (758) - Guelph, CANADA - JAN 17, 2013
Pours your typical motor oil black with a short lived beige head. The aroma is oddly spicey, cinnamon?, odd hop notes, then your standard black licorice, roastiness, coffee. The flavour shows the same odd spicey notes, cinnamon, licorice, finishes on a long dry coffee note. It’s not bad, it’s just strange, there’s certainly room for improvement.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
DerWeg (1494) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 16, 2013
Pours really dark with tan head, smells like molasses rooty spice and tar, tastes unbelievably sweet and fruity for RIS with a deep spiciness and rich malts that show very little roast or chocolate. I don’t know quite what to make of it but it’s a good rich full-tasting old ale of some kind.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
chris__hartley (274) - Ontario, CANADA - JAN 7, 2013
It pours dark brown with mahogany highlights; the head is light brown and bubbly. The aroma has notes of: chocolate, figs, alcohol, and a slight cracker. The taste is medium sweet that finishes medium bitter; there are notes of: chocolate, coffee, prunes, and alcohol. The palate is medium-heavy bodied, slick, with medium carbonation, and a long finish. Overall, definitely a good beer by comparison from the other Propeller products, but as far as a Russian Impy goes - just sort of boring.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Metalchopz (2286) - Cantley, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 30, 2012
Aromas are quite different from most Imperial Stouts I have had. Loads of dark fruits with some spicy hops (or just plain spices ??). The roasted malts are well-hidden in the background. Dark brown colour with red highlights, light-brown head, average retention and some decent rich lacing. Eventually, chocolate, caramel and anise make it out to the nose with hints of nuts. Not sure about the taste as well. Seems like the hop chosen does blend well with the rest. The roasted malt in the finish is nice, but the flavours are all over the place. Seems more like an Imperial Porter to me, but you get use to it in the long-run. Quite a different brew, for this style (kind of revolutionary).

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
kevinsenn (1079) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 29, 2012
Bottle from LCBO. Pours opaque black with a beige head. Aroma of mostly molasses. Weird spicy flavour, maybe with a little bourbon and soy sauce. In the background are the usual stout flavours. Drinkable, but I was hoping for better.


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