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RATINGS: 994   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59/5   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fiulijn (16931) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 25, 2013
Bottle from The Liquor Collection, Honolulu, HI
Black color, with small beige head. Aroma of roasted malt, with treacle, light liquorice and light oxidisation. Correct body structure, with flavor of roasted malt, some chocolate; smooth and a bit creamy, with light ending liquorice and pepper.
Not bad, quite big, but still unexciting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
harrisoni (15794) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - AUG 26, 2010
Bottle at ChrisO "I’m Trying to see the Stool" pre GBBF2010 tasting. Drinkable impy stout (which I do like, I like my impy stouts to make me want to drink it again), Good mild choc. Very drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rlgk (15335) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - SEP 22, 2009
Stockholm Beer & Whisky Festival 2009. Black color, brown head. Malty roasted aroma, cocoa, chocolate, tar, some licorice. Tar flavor, dark chocolate, burnt, some ash and cocoa. Dry roasted finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TBone (14785) - Pori, FINLAND - MAY 22, 2012
Bottled 355ml (Hilpeä Hauki)
Dark almost opaque color, small brown head. Sherryish, roasted, a bit aged feeling in the aroma, Medium to full bodied. Licorice, sherry, toasted, burnt malts. Also aged feeling in the flavor. Black coffee in the aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Koelschtrinker (14127) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - MAY 7, 2011
Vollmundiger Antrunk, in dem das Malz zwar den Mittelpunkt darstellt, andere Aromen aber in passender Weiser zulässt. Hier sind bittere Noten zu nennen, die das Bierintensiver machen und von der sowieso wenig vorhandenen Süße weglenken, außerdem fruchtige Noten. Dann wird die Malzigkeit stärker, torfig-erdige Noten kommen hervor, die hintergründige Röstigkeit kommt dagegen erst im Abgang zur Geltung. Hier ist, trotz der Intensität, eine leichte Wässrigkeit erkennbar, über die auch die süßen Kaffeenoten nicht hinwegtäuschen können. 10/11/11/13/12/12

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Oakes (13966) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 29, 2009
Inky with a thin head. Strong burnt raisin nose with a light coffee and stinging alcohol. Has a nice soft, rounded body. Nice residual sugars - not to cloying. The burnt/roast character is perhaps a bit underdeveloped but the beer is balanced. Pleasant.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bhensonb (12962) - Woodland, California, USA - MAY 21, 2009
Bottle from Monument, in Concord, CA. Opaque black with tan bubbles on top. Aromas of tar and anise. Near full body with creamy carbonation. Flavor is anise, tar, coffee and chocolate over dark burnt toast malt, smokey even. Finishes mildly sweet and quite bitter. So it’s balanced? This is a really good thing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
argo0 (12513) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 25, 2009
(12oz bottle) Small brown head atop brown-black body. Aroma is moderately sweet, coffee/roast, dark chocolate, some burnt. Taste is moderately sweet, bittersweet chocolate, roast/coffee, some alcohol, burnt. Creamy full body with light burn.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (12415) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 27, 2009
Bottle from S&V, Fort Wayne. Poured black color with a large creamy brown head that mostly lasted with excellent lacing. Moderate to heavy roasted coffee and chocolate aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Medium to heavy smooth sweet flavor with a medium to heavy sweet finish of moderate to long duration. My expectations where met with a solid drinkable beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bu11zeye (12367) - 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.

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