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RATINGS: 978   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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
IlanMan (1015) - Appleton, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 12, 2009
Bottle. Dark pour with a medium tan head. Aroma of sweet malt and roasted characters. Body was a bit thin and could have used a bit more of a malt background. Really not bad for a commercial Imperial stout but not great.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
nqualls (1452) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 12, 2009
12 oz bottle purchased from Frugal MacDoogal’s in Nashville. Poured a dark brown color with a one finger brown head. The aroma was caramel malt. The flavor was caramel and roasted malt with a bit of a coffee finish. The palate was silky smooth. I’m not sure if this stacks up from a flavor standpoint to a lot of the impys out there, but it was still very drinkable and enjoyable.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rocbyter (1921) - Waterbury, Connecticut, USA - MAR 11, 2009
Strong barley aroma similar to bourbon with lots of robust malts. Black color with a medium light brown head. Sweet and silky beginning quickly forming a burning bitter taste that last into the finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
nefarious (220) - Waterford, Michigan, USA - MAR 11, 2009
Big black pour with a almost non-exsistant tan head. The aroma is huge caramel and malt.....almost like a barley wine. The flavor is very sweet....caramel, roasted malts.....dark fruits and a coffe finish. The mouthfeel is outtta this world.....it so velvety smooth and coats the tounge. sold pour.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
aplusbreaks (330) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 11, 2009
12oz bottle, sample out of a plastic cup. Pours dark brown/black with a decent mocha colored head. Aromas of coffee, chocolate, roasted malts and a hint of licorice. Flavors of sweet smokey roasted malts up front, with a nice bitter finish. Palate is smooth. A little to sweet, but a great effort.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
thegreenrooster (3399) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 11, 2009
Pour is a black with a thin tan head. Aroma is some roasted malts, dark chocolate and alcohol. Flavor is a very big roasted malt with a bitter coffee aftertaste. The alcohol is not as strong as in the aroma. A well crafted beer and better than the impy wit imo.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Rastacouere (6148) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 11, 2009
Initially beautiful black pour covered by a large, frothy dark brown head. Straightforward anisey nose where you encounter little of the usual chocolate/coffee richness. Heavy sweetness intrudes on the palate, leaving little room for the otherwise considerable roastiness. Sweet bready and fruit concentrate flavours reminds of plums, blue grapes. Little bitterness to compensate the anise/sugar onslaught. Moderate carbonation leaves a slick oily feel. Alcohol is relatively subdued at 9.2%, but the malt’s complexity is not so impressive while the balance leans heavily towards sweetness.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
crondonik (32) - California, USA - MAR 11, 2009
12 oz bottle. esspresso colored with a dark tan head that stays but is small. smells of coffee, burnt chocolate, vanilla, a little lactic thing, and molasses. Tastes of very dark coffee with a surprising sweet almost oatmeal stout type of thing with chocolate and a lttle bit of banana bread maybe. better than i thought it would be and an easy drinking stout.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cavie (3898) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - MAR 10, 2009
Very dark pour. Very dark. Tall brown head, like a dark bread. Light burnt aroma, lots of alcohol on the nose. Oily and thick over the palate. Roasted flavor, not much more as far as coffee or chocolate. Some sweet flavors are detectable. Soft finish, no linger of flavor. A noble attempt at a difficult style to mass produce.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
thenick (766) - North Bellmore, New York, USA - MAR 10, 2009
Sample @ EBF ’09. Pours a deep brown to almost black with a tan head and considerable lacing. Aroma is roasted barley and caramel, with detectable chocolate and cream as well. Taste is roughly the same, with the palate being a tad too watery for my taste. Finish is smooth. They gave it their all here, but it doesn’t quite measure up to some of the best. I like the other 2 in the Imperial Series much better.


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