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RATINGS: 989   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 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
schmidtguy (37) - Englevale, North Dakota, USA - JAN 6, 2013
Pours a dark dark brown almost black with a thin cream head....Smells of dark and milk chocolate, small smells of roasted malts and coffee, hint of a fruit also.....Taste is chocolate and hint of malts, sometimes you get a taste of the booze but not all the time....I enjoy this beer but there is better out there

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jgauquie (33) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - AUG 26, 2013
Not bad. Dark color low carbonation. Cocoa aroma with slight ground coffee notes. Tastes of chocolate and French roast coffee. Not too much heat, but it’s there. For the price not too bad but not up there with old raspy.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fitch256 (32) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 6, 2009
On Tap at the Boston Brewery in the spring of 2008. Pours very dark and very thick, nearly pitch black with a slight coffee aroma. First taste impressions were coffee and chocolate with a hint of vanilla at the end. This was a fantastic beer that they told us would not be available commercially but was rather something they brewed more or less for the hell of it. I see that it’s become slightly more available, and I hope to find this elsewhere.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
crondonik (32) - California, USA - MAR 11, 2009
12 oz bottle. esspresso colored with a dark tan head that stays but is small. smells of coffee, burnt chocolate, vanilla, a little lactic thing, and molasses. Tastes of very dark coffee with a surprising sweet almost oatmeal stout type of thing with chocolate and a lttle bit of banana bread maybe. better than i thought it would be and an easy drinking stout.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Luckyhank (32) - California, USA - OCT 21, 2010
The chocolate is a little overpowering. It’s not unpleasant, but it does overwhelm other flavors and reduces some complexity. The body is also a little light. A good beer, but for an Imperial Stout a little wanting.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
AndyAvalanche (32) - Massachusetts, USA - MAR 3, 2011
Debated on what to pour this one into, ended up pouring it into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass. Poured a black in the center, but on the edges you can see it’s brown. Had a chocolate milk colored head with multiple sized bubbles that goes away about 1/2 way through the drink, slight lacing on the glass. Smells good, you can smell hints of chocolate and some roasted/burned malts. Tastes good, you can taste a bitter type chocolate taste with some burned malts tasted as well. Mouthfeel is good, pretty smooth, and no carbonation bite at all. Surprisingly drinkable for an Imperial Stout. Also I really like how this is in a 12oz bottle. Every once in awhile Im in the mood for a Russian Imperial Stout but don’t really have the time in my schedule to sit and enjoy a 22oz bottle.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
heyprobrewing (31) - Arizona, USA - NOV 27, 2011
12 oz bottle aged a year. Good looking typical RIS pour with good sized dark tan head. Aroma is very fruity and black licorice and prunes. Full bodied on the palate but it’s missing a good balanced hop finish. Very sweet on palate and lacking a dry finish in my opinion. Lots of dark chocolate on the finish though. Pretty good for the price and is almost there with some of the better impy stouts just a bit shy.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Isor (31) - - OCT 28, 2012
Wasn’t the best imperial stout I’ve had but good none the less. I’d try something else for the price

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hcgiii (30) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 25, 2012
Strong taste at start that stays full throughout. Coffee taste comes on toward finish. Strong, but good. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Lawsonciv (29) - Norman, Oklahoma, USA - OCT 11, 2009
Pours dark black with a tan head. Aroma of chocolate and a light alcohol smell. Not a good flavor in my opinion. Too thick.


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