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RATINGS: 1041   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6/5   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 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jcwattsrugger (12198) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - MAY 3, 2009
12oz bottle–pours a tight brown head and black color. Aroma is cocoa-dark malt/oat, some acidic earthy hops. Taste is sweet cocoa-dark malt/oat, some acidic earthy hops, ashy, alcohol. Thanks to Joe-jwc215 for picking this out.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerandBlues2 (12198) - Escondido, California, 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DSG (12189) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - JUN 16, 2009
UPDATED: JUN 23, 2014 Re-rate 2/12: Bottle sample at a Stouts & Porters blind tasting at Sar HaMashkaot Ramat Gan. Black with a light brown head. Aroma of coffee beans, dark chocolate, a bit of alcohol and fruitiness. Bittersweet flavor with coffee, a bit of licorice and alcohol. Medium to full-bodied. 7/4/6/4/13=3.4

Re-rate 2/2/11: Bottle. Black-colored with a big light brown head. Roasty aroma of liquor, some coffee and chocolate, licorice, fruity notes, some soy sauce and alcohol. Alcoholic roasty flavor with some dark chocolate, some fruits and a bitter finish. Full-bodied. Not as good as I remembered it, good thing I re-rated. 6/4/6/3/11=3

Bottle sample during Beerfest in Tel Aviv. Black-colored with a brown head. Lovely aroma of dark chocolate and some mocha notes.Sweet chocolaty flavor with a bit of licorice, fruits and some hoppy bitterness. Rather full-bodied, but still feels a bit too light. 8/4/7/3/15=3.7

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thewolf (12136) - Kolding, DENMARK - JUL 17, 2016
Bottle, bought@Fakta, Kolding. Pours deep opaque black with a large, staying creamy beige head. Aroma has ashy roasted malts, dark chocolate, light astringent. Low, prickly carbonation, fine dry and quite creamy mouthfeel. Flavour has sweet malts, licorice, chocolate, mild roasted malts, a touch of viniousness. Fine,mellow bitterness. Light ashy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bov (12007) - 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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Drake (11937) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopdog (11653) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 6, 2009
12oz bottle. Poured a dark black color with a large sized brown head. Nice lacing left on the glass. Aromas of chocolate, roastiness, anise, and licorice. Tastes of roast, chocolate, caramel, licorice, some dark fruitiness, and anise. Alcohol content well hidden.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dogbrick (11626) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 3, 2009
Pours an opaque black color with a medium khaki head that recedes steadily. Clingy patches of lacing on the glass. Aroma of toasted malt and coffee. Medium to full body, with flavors of dark chocolate, coffee and sweet malt. Some mildly bitter hops are present too. The finish is dry and roasty with coffee and muted chocolate left behind. A decent introductory type of Imperial Stout overall.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sammy (11247) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 19, 2011
A very good RIS because of its mouthfeel, and it stops short of being astringent in bitterness. Good drinkability and satisfying.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
daknole (10883) - 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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