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RATINGS: 962   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.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
KimJohansen (10349) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - AUG 28, 2009
Black with a medium deep beige head. Sweet aroma with bruned malt, dark bitter chocolate and mollasses. Sweet flavour with burned malt, dark bitter chocolate and espresso and liquerice. Finished sweet and full bodied.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rlgk (10112) - Göteborg/Jönköping, 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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Koelschtrinker (9998) - 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

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lubiere (9788) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 14, 2012
A deep dark stout with a thick dark brown head, lacing and onctuous. In aroma, a sweet musty chocolate malt with light vinous notes, alcohol. In mouth, a nice roasted malt with chocolate powder, vinous qualities, alcohol warmth, a bit aged, but solid.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Ratman197 (9536) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - APR 8, 2009
Bottle poured a clear dark brown nearly black with a lingering ring of brown foam. Aromas of alcohol, pepper, dark chocolate, roasted malt, fruittiness and licorice. Palate was medium bodied and smooth with a warming finish. Flavors of pepper, bitter chocolate, roasted malt, licorice and dark fruit with a smooth warming lingering licorice finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerandBlues2 (9454) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - JUL 13, 2009
Bottle. Pours opaque with an average, fizzy, dark brown head, lasting with fair lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (chocolate, molasses, nutty), light hop (perfume), average yeast (leather) with notes of prune, smoke, and wood. Full bodied, creamy texture, average carbonation, and a chalky finish. Average duration, moderate sweetness, light acidity and bitterness.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bov (9325) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - OCT 26, 2010
@Mondial de la Bière 2010, Strasbourg - pitch black coloured and with a moderate beige foam left; robust aroma of licorice and cold coffee; full-bodied and with some sweetness below, a solid bitterness and a long chocolatey finish; pretty dry with lingering notes of licorice

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
DJMonarch (9159) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - NOV 23, 2009
UPDATED: AUG 22, 2010 1. From the Bottle at the GABF, Colorado Convention Center 26/09/2009 Big hop aroma. Small beige head. Black smooth on the palate and strong in alcohol with a little dryness in a crisp and bitter chocolate roast finish. 2. From the Bottle at Chris O’s pre GBBF tasting, Kensal Rise 31/07/2010 Roast and hop aromas. Black strong in alcohol and a little rich on the palate with a hint of bitterness in a coffee roast finish.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
SirADNielsen (8949) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 1, 2011
Bottle @ home. Deep brown appearance with a fairly small tan head. Very sweet chocolate malty nose with a hint of anise. Incredibly sweet dark malty flavor with just a touch of bitterness on the finish. Too sweet in my opinion.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
daknole (8941) - 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.


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