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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!


3.3
   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 (2118) - 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 (975) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ontbeertaster (2269) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 27, 2012
Bottle, pours light black, a bit hoppy aroma, a grassy flavour, not a lot of roastiness, a good flavour and a nice offering, overall pretty yummy

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
matt7215 (2109) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 23, 2012
500ml bottle from the LCBO. dark brown with a tan head. nose of ginger molasses and tar. light in the mouth, quite spicey, certainly not a big full bodied brew. not a bad beer but not even close to what ive come to expect from an imperial stout. rating #1800.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
cyrenaica (965) - Milton, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 22, 2012
500ml bottle
8.0% ABV
Milton LCBO Outlet #1 (Milton, Ontario, Canada)
December 22, 2012
The beer pours a very dark brown with black edges and a thin brown head. Aroma is roasted malt, cocoa, coffee, and spices (ginger-ish). Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with medium carbonation. Flavour is cocoa, molasses, some more gingery spice, and roast. Not a world beater, but pretty good.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
mojorisn (26) - - DEC 21, 2012
Amazing brew. Excellent lacing with tiny cascading bubbles; a true beaute to watch. And the mouthfeel is nice and thick in the bitter finish especially, like a wine loaded with tannins. But it all starts with the aroma with this one. One of the best i smelled in a while. Maple first with cocoa second and buttered rum close behind. Nice and roasty as well. Especially in the taste; roasty with bitter astringency, yet mellowed by a classic, natural old school sweetness. Think molasses, butterscotch; not the shite kind, but the old fashioned homemade pure stuff. PS: I noticed the fall season in Ontario developed a unified surge of pumpkin beer all the way. Now in the winter, itís imperial stouts. And itís much better! And so far this my fave.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hungarian_G (87) - - DEC 21, 2012
Pours a deep walnut brown with a medium caramel coloured head and minimal lacing. Aroma of dark roast coffee, dark cocao, anise and roasted malts. Taste of coffee, dark chocolate, roasted malts, burnt sugar and hops. Medium carbonation with full body and smooth creamy mouthfeel. Finish is of roasted malts, some bitter herbal and floral hops and mild alcohol. Nice brew.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Spab (2124) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 20, 2012
500 ml bottle from LCBO. Pours a near black dark brown with light brown head that leaves a little lacing. Aroma is quite licorice-y with dark roasty coffee and dark chocolate. Flavour is somewhat sweet licorice, roasty coffee, fruit and cocoa. A little thinner than I would have expected (though certainly not thin in absolute terms). Pleasant.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hangunder (192) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 18, 2012
Interesting aroma, sweet malt coming through, alcoholy/solvent, dried fruit. Beautiful appearance, dark black/brown with a thick dark head. Coffee is the first taste that comes through, a metallic hint and then a not overpowering sweetness and a mild hop bitterness at the end. Medium-heavy body. An interesting brew, one of the better Canadian RIS.


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