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RATINGS: 973   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.


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
ScoWRee (392) - Perkiomen, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 22, 2009
Pours a deep dark browm almost black with no head. Aroma of roasted malt. Taste is bitter, roasted malt. coffee. Almost seems to have a little carbonation. I donít know if itís the anise but, there is something off the mark here.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
zach8270 (3585) - Henrietta, New York, USA - FEB 22, 2009
(bottle - 12 oz) Dark black pour with a creamy tan head. Aroma is rich and roasty with lots of roasted malts, chocolate, and coffee. Flavor is very sweet and malty at the start with a strong roasted backbone. Sweetness and chocolate blends well and slides down the throat leaving a mildly dry and bitter roasted finish. Some dark fruits emerge near the end. Really nice and chewy.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
wickster (85) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - FEB 21, 2009
Nice and black, the way it should be. This one has a great smell to it, roasty chocolate goodness wafting from the glass. The choco-coffee ness of it almost stings the back of my tounge...in a good way. Picked this up for $11/4pack...and I would have to say I would gladly get it again

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CelticBrew (869) - The Crystal Coast, North Carolina, USA - FEB 21, 2009
Poured extremely black from 12 oz bottle, forming nice size medium dark foamy head, aroma immediate of milk chocolates, coffee, hops, malted grains and dark vanillas. Flavour was much of the same, rather smooth, chocolates and coffee dominate, peacefully. Wow, tremendous beer from now commercial brewery.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
daknole (9486) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - FEB 21, 2009
Poured at the Gulfstream beer fest in Miami. Dark, dark brown pour with a small brown head. Aroma is very chocolatey and roasted malt. I smell some coffee as well. Flavor is ok, but there is something weird in it...reminds me of imitation vanilla extract or something. Chocolate flavor would be nice and the roasted malts are integrated well, but the odd vanilla flavor messes this up a bit.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bu11zeye (11971) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - FEB 21, 2009
(12oz. bottle, courtesy of Swalden28) Pours an opaque dark brown (near black) body with a small beige head. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, anise, and light smoke. Flavor of roasted malt, black licorice, chocolate, and toasted grain.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jason (1682) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 21, 2009
Bottle. Poured a nice black body with a great look in the snifter. Aroma is light cocoa and sweet malt. Flavor is chocolate, sweet malt and at times an odd vanilla taste. Pretty rich and this got better as it warmed. Will be interesting to see how it ages.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dpmeersman (13) - Rochdale, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 21, 2009
Pours very dark and forms a decent frothy head. Pleasing aroma presents itself upon pouring making itís presence knwn long before it reaches your mouth. Malty and bitter-sweet going down. Overall a very enjoyable drink.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ilovedarkbeer (2340) - Dallas, Texas, USA - FEB 21, 2009
Bottle thanks to Swalden28. Pours a reddish black brown color with a creamy light brown fairly large head and moderate lacing. Nose is dark chocolate cherries. Taste is bitter coffee. Medium oily mouthfeel and medium long finish. Not bad.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jkwalking05 (3939) - Arlington, Texas, USA - FEB 21, 2009
Bottle thanks to Swalden28. Black in color with a decent sized tan head. Aroma is of raisin, chocolate, and coffee. Taste is heavy in bitter chocolate with some roasted malt and coffee.


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