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RATINGS: 1031   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 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Jsawyer (297) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 12, 2009
Poured opaque viscous black with a fair sized chocolate colored head. Aroma has an initial hint of citrus, then moves into the predictable nougat, chocolate, licorice, slightly herbal, a little roast barley and coffee, chocolate comes through eventually, with some spicy almost minty hops. Flavor was sweetly malty, a little chocolate, caramel, coffee, mostly roast barley, slightly herbal with some licorice, strong amount of alcohol, and subtle citric oak and vanilla in the finish. Palate was good. This reminded me of a less balanced Dominion oak barrel stout. Iím glad I didnít buy a whole case.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
RichJ7 (1175) - Cullman, Alabama, USA - MAY 29, 2009
Pitch black pour with a thin off-white head. Aroma of roasted malt, sugary chocolate and a hint of smoke. Very malty and strong with a dash of smokiness. Good, but not as good as I had hoped.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
FirmButtstone (48) - Cedar Rapids, Iowa, USA - JUN 10, 2009
very dark with a bit of coffee / dark roast in the nose. Nice rich flavor dominated my black barley it seems to me. pretty well balanced but still a bit thin for an imperial stout. Overall decent attempt and worth checking out.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 23, 2009
decaturstevoís Febmergency Tasting. Sample from a bottle thanks to Butters. Thin black with a ring of off white head. Soy sauce, roasted malt and chocolate aroma. Taste is big roast, lots of soy sauce and some chocolate sweetness.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Petrucci914 (910) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 8, 2009
Thanks for sharing, bro! Pours a black color with a medium tannish head. Aroma is almost like Guiness....somewhat lactic or sour. Taste was much like a Guiness, and was missing all characteristics of a traditional impy.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
War4soccer (115) - , Nevada, USA - MAR 8, 2009
bottle..black color..medium tan head.. aroma is pretty plain.. really a plain imperial..small hints of coffee.. just weak

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Moggman (235) - Columbus, USA - MAR 8, 2009
Bottle. Pours black with brown head. Aroma is sweet malts and coffee and a hint of alcohol. Aroma is coffee, dark roasted malts, and a pronounced alcohol hit in the back of the palette.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Rastacouere (6174) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 11, 2009
Initially beautiful black pour covered by a large, frothy dark brown head. Straightforward anisey nose where you encounter little of the usual chocolate/coffee richness. Heavy sweetness intrudes on the palate, leaving little room for the otherwise considerable roastiness. Sweet bready and fruit concentrate flavours reminds of plums, blue grapes. Little bitterness to compensate the anise/sugar onslaught. Moderate carbonation leaves a slick oily feel. Alcohol is relatively subdued at 9.2%, but the maltís complexity is not so impressive while the balance leans heavily towards sweetness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - MAR 21, 2009
What the hell, I was feeling adventurous. Maybe Sam Adams can turn out something thatís worth getting again. Rough pour gave it a pretty good sized mocha head. The aroma is a roasted chocolate scent, but it is a little off if you ask me. I get the black licorice scent here, but it doesnít work for me. It takes the roasted and chocolaty flavors back a little bit, and makes it end rather sour and less-than-tasty. Not horrible, but doesnít stand up to a repeat buy. Please, not more anise beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
fidelis83 (2270) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - MAR 29, 2009
Pours black with thin dark brown highlights and a 4 finger creamy mocha head that is slow to fade to 1/4 inch or so and stays leaving some specks of lacing and liquid clinging to the glass. Aroma starts out with some roast, chocolate and caramel, then some graininess, planty hops, hints of caramel and toffee as it warms. Flavor is roast, cocoa, planty hops, a bit of anise, stale espresso, musty grain sack, dirt road dust, anise, some mutes date notes and a little cinamon toast. Finish is sweet and slightly hoppy with relatively low bitterness and a roasty stale bread aftertaste. Palate is thick and slippery with a slightly overdone carbonation moderately wet finish and a dusty feel. This stuff is not undrinkable but it is far too thick for itís flavor profile which seems a little stale and dusty while still being overly sweet.

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