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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: 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!


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
lukin (466) - Ontario, CANADA - FEB 8, 2013
bottle. Pours dark black, decent tan head. Aroma of roast, chocolate, vanilla, maybe a little whiskey? Taste is full, sweet roast, alcohol finish. Pretty good on a winter day.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
OntBeerDrinker (443) - Ontario, CANADA - JAN 26, 2013
2 finger head bubble brown,black beer can see a small amount of carbination if I look up close. Smell is chocolate,booze?,coffee?,hops? Taste is mainly chocolate but some sips have a rostedness and a bitter hop bit a little that can be sourish at times. Canít taste the % but can terll itís a stronger beer. heavy bodied. I like stouts and this is good but not the best one I had. Cheerís!!!

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
neongolden (463) - LinkŲping, Sweden/Toronto, 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 (1481) - 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 (4168) - 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 doesnít 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 (3128) - 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. Itís not bad, itís just strange, thereís certainly room for improvement.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
DerWeg (1502) - 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 donít know quite what to make of it but itís 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 (276) - 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.


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