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RATINGS: 960   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 276   ABV: 9.2%
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Our take on the stout brewed by 18th century English brewers for the Russian Imperial Court of Catherine II. The special malted barley in this intense and massive brew delivers rich flavors like dark chocolate, coffee and anise.


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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
gregwilsonstl (1023) - Missouri, USA - JUN 25, 2013
2011 vintage. Hello motor oil. Khaki head. Certainly smells like alcohol. Kinda hot. Surprisingly light body. Roasted almost burnt coffee. Thanks Seymour.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
1guywith_aboat (212) - phenix city, Alabama, USA - JUN 20, 2013
Pours rich black with deep dense khaki head. The whole glass is lacy. Aroma is generously roasted with chocolate and almond coffee. Taste is bitter chocolate and black coffee with a malty sweetness to balance. Alcohol is good at hide and seek. Thick, creamy and smooth in the mouth. Very rich beer. Nicely done.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beertholomeus (667) - California, USA - JUN 20, 2013
Pours black with creamy tan head. Roasted malt, chocolate and alcohol aromas. Roasted malt, chocolate, coffee and alcohol flavors. Full body and roasted chocolate finish.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DrnkMcDermott (2776) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - JUN 18, 2013
2009 bottle. Big nose of raisins, sherry and a bit of mocha right under the cap. Solid black body with a slightly lacy brown head. Sherry in the taste, too. Here’s a bit of roast coffee I couldn’t find in the nose. A bit cheesy, like a Belgian with stale hops. Could there be a Belgian yeast to make this beast? Yeah, some licorice, and a sip of vanilla. Taste stays strong. Alcohol makes itself felt pretty early on, not in the taste but in me. A big beer that ages very well.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hfmejias (650) - Dover, Delaware, USA - JUN 7, 2013
12 Fl. Oz. Bottle. Poured black with with a nice brown head, leaves nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of brown sugar, roasted malts and some booze too. Taste was sweet, earthy, some roasted malts, slightly bitter end and surprisingly smoother than I expected, balanced and complex. Very good Beer.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Miksu (4938) - Jyväskylä, FINLAND - MAY 25, 2013
0.355 l bottle at Hilpeä hauki, Helsinki. Black color, tan head. Aromas of charred bread and burnt black currant. Sweet and roasty flavor with charred bread, black currant, dark fruits, some toffee and some caramel. Full soft body. Classic IS, somewhat similar to Samuel Smith’s IS. I would like to have this a bit more roastier and/or more bitter.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
kevinator (842) - The Colony, Texas, USA - MAY 21, 2013
Nice job. Smell sweet, roasted malts followed by alcohol. Really nice dark color will very small dark ring. Good lacing. Palate was smooth and oily and coated your mouth. Not too heavy. Carmelized malts but not necessarily roasted. Dark fruits and alcohol. A solid effort for the style.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
magsinva (860) - Virginia, USA - MAY 19, 2013
Bottle aging for at least 2 years. Pours cola with a dark chocolate head. Aroma is molasses, dark chocolate and booze. Taste is on the bittery burnt side, but in a good way. Finish is dry. Solid.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
AWISLguy (1160) - Wisconsin, USA - MAY 17, 2013
Bottle from ck1, thanks bro! Cellar aged a year - at cellar temperature. Pours a very dark brown with a tan head leaving some spotty lacing. Aroma has dark chocolate and cocoa, expresso and roast. Taste is of semi-sweet chocolate, roasted malts and anise. Light to medium bodied; thin for a stout. Some alcohol presence. Finishes sweetly bitter with a bit of length due mostly to the alcohol. Love the smell - so bittersweet chocolatey with body - but it did not carry into the beer.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ajnepple (1995) - Clear Creek, Colorado, USA - MAY 15, 2013
12 oz bottle from Wilbur’s. Black with a brown head and patchy lacing. The aroma is roasted malts, licorice, dark fruits and dark chocolate. Similar flavor, fairly sweet with a light body for the style. Kind of messy, I guess. Oily, slick and soft mouth feel with a lingering anise finish. The alcohol is mostly hidden. I love impy stouts, but this one can GTFO!


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