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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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3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
radio_nowhere (744) - Maryland, USA - MAR 3, 2013
This one has been in the cellar for awhile. I remember it came in a SA variety pack 1-2 years ago. Can’t find a definitive date on the bottle. Poured into over-sized snifter glass, dark black with dark tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, heavy chocolate, light coffee, caramel, licorice, soy sauce, dark fruit and vanilla. Taste starts with light coffee, then some interesting spice notes but mainly this RIS is surprisingly sweet with chocolate dominating. Heavy body, creamy, thick with lingering roasty finish. The aging must have taken any alcohol notes away, crazy drinkable. I enjoyed.


2.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
zoucrew102 (459) - - JUL 6, 2014
Bottle, thanks Sevenhokie! Subtle coffee aroma followed by a hint of dark chocolate. Pours black with a thin light brown head and decent lacing. Thick, oily mouthfeel with dark chocolate to start. Roasty coffee flavor dominates the finish with that same coffee flavor lingering on the palate. Not a favorite.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lawger (81) - SWEDEN - JUN 11, 2014
Rather muted in the beginning, then a reasonably dense aroma of coffee, japanese soy sauce, dark bread and dark chocolate. The palate is medium bodied, semi-sweet with a light bitterness. Slightly tame and lacking the kick of the best Imps.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BeerSkull (1195) - SWEDEN - JUN 5, 2014
(Bottle). The scent is big, sweet and slightly sticky with hints of roasted malt, chocolate, vanilla and barrel. The taste is variable, at first very roasted malt and chocolate, then sweet milk chocolate and then sweet malt and figs.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SlovakSniper (3013) - Candiac/Frelighsburg, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 3, 2014
Une petite bouteille trouvée près de mon camp forestier, c’est-à-dire au Vermont, dans un garage Shell qui a des allures de magasin général. Un impérial qui a de la gueule avec sa chevelure brune indestructible. Un stout russe qui dégage des parfums de réglisse, de caramel brûlé et de fruits enrobés de chocolat. Une bière presque noire qui goûte le gâteau au chocolat, la vanille, la réglisse en bonbons et les petites baies en confiture. Un liquide qui a du corps avec son pétillement qui manifeste une certaine paresse et sa texture presque sirupeuse. Une concoction qui se termine sur des notes douces et amères d’un porto qu’on a oublié, depuis toujours, dans le fond d’une armoire de la maison d’été. Une affaire amusante à boire comme le spectacle des chauves-souris qui se déroule actuellement sous mes yeux.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JimmyBoy74 (152) - Örebro, SWEDEN - APR 12, 2014
33 cl systembolaget. Mörk svart färg. Doftar kaffe och rostade toner. Smakar, karamell, bröd, rostat, kaffe, choklad.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Vignale (1975) - Malmö, SWEDEN - APR 8, 2014
Flaska från SB. Stiltypisk Imperial Stout. Riktigt mörkt brun, högt ljusbeige skum. Fin ganska söt doft med lite alkoholvärmechokladkola, kaffe, mörk torkad frukt. Smaken är lite vass och munkänslan likaså. Saknar fyllighet och krämighet, smaken lätt bränd och besk och inte lika stor som doften. Helt okej, men når inte ända fram.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tore_pettersen (195) - - APR 5, 2014
Nesten svart med brunt skum. Lukter kaffe og mørk sjokolade. Lite kullsyre, fyldig munnfølelse. Smaken skuffer i forhold til aromaen. God ettersmak.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
arsol (482) - NORWAY - APR 5, 2014
Svart farge med beige skum. Lukter sødme, kaffe og sjokolade. Fyldig og kaffe også i smaken.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hockeybeerguy (1461) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - MAR 24, 2014
Reviewed from notes. The appearance has a black colored body yields a nice two finger tan head that slowly concaved into the body leaving beautiful spotty spider web lacing. The body was too dark for any carbonation to be seen rising. The smell was coffee, chocolate and plums up front and were all powerfully strong. The taste was dry in the coffee and chocolate flavorings and added a semi-sweetness that helped to round it out. The palate was heavy on the body, this was exceptionally smooth on my tongue, but not watery. I would say this was fairly drinkable. Overall, this was good for me and good for its style. I would come back to this again.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Shot (103) - Westerville, USA - FEB 28, 2014
From a bottle. Pours thick and black, like used motor oil. Thick dark beige head. Aromas of chocolate, vanilla, coffee and gypsum. Flavors of dark chocolate, coffee, raisin, biscuit and vanilla. Finishes with vanilla and a sturdy hop bite. Surprisingly good for a Sam Adams offering.


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