Serve in Snifter


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RATINGS: 990   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 276   ABV: 9.2%
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mwelsh13 (499) - Maryland, USA - FEB 26, 2009
12 oz bottle pours an inky black with a great and creamy brown head. Nice chocolate, roasted espresso and coffee aromas. Big licorice in the body with some slight sourness but good amount of roast. Slightly thin, but for Sam Adams , not bad!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
swoopjones (7008) - Buffalo, New York, USA - FEB 26, 2009
bottle. Pours really opaque black with medium Khaki head. Very roasty aroma, dark chocolate. Taste is roasty, some booze but not too much. Dark chocolate, did get some anise like the deScription states,. Nice mouthfeel. Not overly complex like other RIS but pretty good

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GMCC2181 (1557) - Newark, Delaware, USA - FEB 25, 2009
Bottle shared by Robert at SL, and this bottle was drank at home. Poured aggressive into a snifter, not much head. Motor oil black. Aroma of some dark fruits, licorice and chocolate. Wow, texture is thick, oat like. Taste is lots of roasted malts, chocolate, some dark fruits, and a little sugar-sweetness. In the after taste there is a hop bite of bitterness. Pretty good. The texture was a little thicker then expected which wasnt bad at all. Overall this was a solid RIS.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
hopscotch (10214) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - FEB 25, 2009
Bottle… Pitch black ale with a small, creamy, light brown head. Good retention. The aroma is too throttled to address, even when warmed to room temperature – maybe a hint of licorice or anise. No real espresso or chocolate notes… maybe some soy sauce. Medium to full-bodied with lively carbonation. The flavor is pretty unpleasant – anise, acrid and salty. Finishes much the same. Just a train wreck of a beer. I’ll give this one another chance at some point in the future; but for now, I couldn’t be more disappointed. I hope I simply happened upon a bad bottle - an anomoly.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
travita (4533) - Frisco, Texas, USA - FEB 25, 2009
Bottle thanks to Swalden28. The smell is malts, coffee, roastiness, and chocolate. The look is brown to black in color not too much head. The taste is roasty, coffee, chocolate, almost bitter, and malts.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Drake (10888) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - FEB 24, 2009
12 ounce bottle courtesy of Alraomon. Thanks! Pours very dark brown with a medium head. Fair head retention and good lacing. Aroma of roasted malts, chocolate, anise, tobacco. Taste is intense roasted malts, bitter coffee, tobacco and green apple. Full bodied. Some alcohol is noticeable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JohnC (3004) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - FEB 24, 2009
On tap at Newport Beach Brewing Winterfest, this black pour has a lot of roasted nuts and coffee in the nose & flavor, a creamy palate where chocolate notes show up and a nice finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Slipstream (2253) - USA - FEB 24, 2009
Black pour, light tan head. Mild aroma of fruit and coffee. Light fizz in the mostly smooth mouthfeel. The flavor is rich and pretty sweet. There is coffee, esters, and touches of chocolate and spice. Nice aftertaste. This is actually a little better cold than at room temperature. I wonder if that was intentional. This is a potent, tasty brew that proves Jim Koch and company can microbrew with the best.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Swolf3 (262) - Elkton, Maryland, USA - FEB 23, 2009
Bottle thanks to Robert @ Stateline. Poured black with tan head. Aroma was coffee, and hops. Taste was similar with roasted malt, hops, chocolate, and a nice sweetness to it. Finished smooth and easy to drink. Hides the alcohol well nad overall a decent brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Nephilium (1556) - Ohio, USA - FEB 23, 2009
Strong roasted aroma, hints of coffee and spice. Pours an opaque black, with a thick tan head. Slightly sweet flavor, with strong roasted chocolate hints, has a touch of spiciness on the finish. Moderate finish, with a bit of coffee in it. Not a bad beer, and a decent introduction to the style.

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