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Brewed by Propeller Brewery
Style: Imperial Stout
Halifax, Canada
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RATINGS: 129   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!


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beernbourbon (1284) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - JUN 21, 2009
Bottle thanks to OKbeer. Pour is black with meium brown head. Only slivers of brown visible at perimeter. Aroma is roasted malt, brown sugar, milk chocolate, hints of coffee, distant hops, and tobacco. Aroma is very creamy and mellow. Flavor is roasted malt up front with notes of coffee, chocolate, and brown sugar. Not as sweet and rich as I was anticipating. Light smokiness and tobacco also detectable. Finish is long and bitter with a distant hop flavor and some coffee-like aftertastes. Probably not the best beer to drink on a day when the heat index was 103, but itís light enough and the alcohol is hidden enough that it was still enjoyable.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
after4ever (6062) - Brier, Washington, USA - APR 5, 2009
Liquid Sunshine V. 12-oz., capped and foiled. Thanks so much, Explosivebeer--what an awesome surprise! Pours jet black. Very faint rubied highlights. Headless and laceless. Big chocolate and roast on the nose. Creamy medium body. Chocolate, roast, dark fruits, and a bit of black bread on the mid-palate. Mild chocolatey finish.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Enniskillen (2029) - Salinas, California, USA - APR 5, 2009
Black with no head. Aroma is caramel, chocolate, yeast, cream. Taste is chocolate, dried fruit, caramel, light smoke, lacto.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Oakes (12167) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 27, 2009
Almost black. No real head. This beer has a meaty, cheesy richness like the counter at Oyama Sausage in the Granville Island market. I probably should have used a Halifax reference, I know. Thereís a gorgeous dark fruit note with a nice nutty malt accent. Itís a shade thinner than Iíd like in the body but the dark fruits and sweet malts are very nice. Itís got a nice, fairly bright character, but the aroma promised more richness and in that respect I felt a little let down.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beershine (5201) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - FEB 23, 2009
Another gift from Daknole!!!! Nice beer, pours dark brown with scant but lasting brown head. Thin and light-looking. Some fruitiness like blackberry in the flavors. Dessert-like, rich creamy and sexy.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
daknole (8863) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - FEB 3, 2009
Bottle from jerc. Thanks! Black pour, smallish light brown head. Aroma has lots of toasted malt, some coffee, prunes and molasses. Flavor has some nice chocolate and molasses notes. Full and creamy mouthfeel add to the beer. This is an enjoyable beer.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mullet2007 (209) - St. Johns, Newfoundland, CANADA - JAN 4, 2009
Pours a completely black colour, no highlights under bright light. Head is just a skiff of deep brown. Nose is plenty of dark roasty malts, chocolate, coffee, and a detectable amount of hops as well. Flavour is initally exceptionally bitter, both from hops and from bitter chalky dark malts. Finish is very ashy and charcoalish. The middle is lots of sweet roasted malts. The bitterness lasts long into the finish. Carbonation is low but nice, and it is quite chewy, and reasonably smooth. Nice beer, but a bit heavy perhaps on the ash notes.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lubiere (9752) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 1, 2008
A deep dark stout with a super thick dark moka head, resilient. Aroma of chocolate, plums, light vinous notes, with ashen quality. In mouth, a rich black coffee and bitter chocolate, with notes of licorice and soy. Rich and warming, with good alcohol burned. A very nice offering. Bottle from Probstk, more than one year old.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DuffMan (6462) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 24, 2008
Deep, near-black brown, modest brown head. Very roasty burnt malt aroma, with coffee and ash standing out, and some pruney elements coming forward as it warms. Palate is very roasty, with coffee and burnt malt dominating, and an underlying fruit-acid sweetness adding a touch of character. Finish is moderately bitter, considering a beer of this size. Not terribly complex, but delicious regardless.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - JUL 18, 2008
Courtesy of Quake1028. The aroma holds acetone, dark fruit, alcohol fumes, dark chocolate and chocolate liqueur. The body is full black with a diminishing mocha head. Big roasted malt, chocolate in the fore. A little stale in the middle. Mild oxidization. Hint of soy. Mostly just chocolatey and smooth though with burnt malt accents.


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