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RATINGS: 997   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 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
phukktifano (159) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - APR 2, 2009
Black with a good foamy tan head. Aroma was smoke,grass and chocolate. Flavor was dark chocolate and roasted malt.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
tony_gorilla (159) - Drammen, NORWAY - DEC 16, 2013
Not much smell. And not much taste. It looka good tho. Thick and pitch black. Diasapointing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
NickVega (154) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - APR 14, 2010
Tingle of alcohol right at the end, really nice roasted chocolate malt flavor, a bit thin for an Imperial Stout these days--kind of a throwback Imperial. Some bitterness, mouthfeel is just a bit thin, aroma is nice--of raisins, dates, malt.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Hoppsan (151) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - OCT 4, 2013
33cl bottle. Pours pitch black with a nice thick creamy head. Aroma and taste is full of vanilla, coffee, chocolate, roasted malts, lactose and hops. Mouth feel is thinner than most RISs, increasing drinkability. Lovely, well-balanced brew! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
phiconners (149) - Massachusetts, USA - MAR 14, 2009
Pours a dark black. Malt comes through, smooth mouthfeel. Overall it was good, but maybe not as complex as some other top stouts. Maybe storing it for a while will bring out more complexity.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sandberglar (148) - Scottsdale, USA - JUN 17, 2010
Black with a brown head, aromas of chocolate and faint roasted malt. Carbonation is good, as well as the thick mouth full. Dark chocolate, roasted malts, and maybe a hint of dark fruits? Not too shabby for a Sam Adams.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DiabolikDUB (147) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 1, 2009
The beer pours jet black into the glass with a nice one inch mocha colored head. Much darker than I was expecting this to turn out. The smell is a bit faint with a little bit of roastiness. This taste is surprisingly nice, roasted malts and caramel with a touch of coffee. The beer is a little watery upfront but comes through in the end with a nice bitter finish Iím very happy I got to try this beer. For the money its a pretty good deal. I didnít expect too much going into the tasting and left extremely satisfied.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Holtguy (144) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - APR 22, 2009
This is an Imperial Stout, but it lacks that potency or toughness thatís usually associated with Impyís. Thatís not a bad thing, IMO, since Impy Stouts sometimes are too much of a bother especially on nights when itís not 10 below 0. This is a beer that has all the characteristics of an Imperial Stout but itís a tad mellower, and I have to admit I like that.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Botnik (142) - Fall River, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 17, 2009
Pours Black with a thin brown head. Roasted Malt background. A bit tangy and dry for my taste. Alcohol is sufficiently masked.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
harbuck76 (134) - El Cajon, California, USA - APR 22, 2009
12 oz bottle Pours dark brown almost black with medium brown creamy head. aroma is chocolate roasted malt , coffee. taste is espresso some chocolate . finishes smooth with slight hop bitterness. decent .lacks a little in the flavor department..

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