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RATINGS: 993   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
QuezXLV (413) - Virginia, USA - MAY 1, 2010
I had really liked this beer, and still do, but after becoming a ratebeerian, my thoughts changed a little. Small, dark tan frothy head, grainy particulates, poors like used motor oil, fair lacing. Iím a big fan of a very dark beer, but the head was not very impressive (should be thicker for a stout IMO). Chocolate with soy aroma. Creamy, slight alcoholic, average carbonation that fills your mouth before swallowing, slightly alcoholic taste. Roasted flavor aftertaste, and although good, nothing in the flavor that jumped out at me.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
quiznoaz (309) - Arizona, USA - OCT 6, 2010
Black pour, good head that lingers a bit but fades. Light aroma, but a strong, almost singular dark chocolate flavor. Flavor lingers a bit. Enjoyable, but there is a bit of harshness to the chocolate; its not as smooth as some that Iíve had.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Chalsk (1097) - North Caldwell, New Jersey, USA - JUL 8, 2011
Very malt forward. Pours a dark black color with chocolate colored head. Aroma of dark fruitvand licorice with hints of caramel. Sweet dry malty taste. Too dry on the back end from the malts and too much dark fruit for me. Not complex and not well balanced. Disappointed.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
drewaha (129) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 22, 2012
Pours a dark, dark brown with a half-inch head into a snifter. Typical chocolate and roasted coffee notes. Taste is more bitter than sweet. I prefer my IS more balanced than this. So so beer

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
tnkw01 (1532) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JUN 29, 2013
Bottle. Dark brown color. Coffee and chocolate but over powering alcohol. Aroma is coffee.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Hopmaestro (846) - ÷rebro, SWEDEN - NOV 6, 2014
Aroma is roasted malts, coffee and chocolate. The taste mirror the aroma and also adds some faint liquorice and lead you to a semi-dry and bitter finish. Thereís nothing wrong with this one, even if itís not really "up there". A decent Imperial Stout.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
heemer77 (5208) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - MAR 4, 2009
Perfectly black body with a light orangeish brown head. Massive cola is up front with a little bit of milk chocolate. Itís like a chocolate ice cream float with cola. There is also some anise and alcohol to complement the sweetness. The taste was rich with cola and anise. The nice creamy mouthfeel lets some carbonation shine through the body. Any roast notes are a shadow in the background with some woodiness drying it out. There is an ashy finish. As I drank more, I got some salty notes. Overall, this is ok and an interesting shot.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Juelze (1141) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 7, 2009
i did not care for this one. Pours a black color with thick and frothy light brown head. Aroma is not what I expected. It seems that it lacks the punch that I expect with any impy stout. The malt, chocolate or dark fruit aspects were not there. Instead it had this dusty grain and cocoa feel with a bit of a chalking taste. Nothing wooed me with this one.

   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Ratman197 (11748) - 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.

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