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


on tap


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RATINGS: 139   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.69/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
solidfunk (7714) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
robinvboyer (4185) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
DerWeg (1595) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
chris__hartley (416) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Metalchopz (3095) - 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).

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
kevinsenn (2021) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ontbeertaster (2362) - 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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
matt7215 (2278) - 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.

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