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RATINGS: 1039   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6/5   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.


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
troopie (2295) - Munchen an der Willamette, Oregon, USA - MAY 2, 2009
Bottle. Poured black with thick brown head, little lacing. Fowerful aroma of cocoa and alcohol. Flavour is bittersweet chocolate, malt, unsweetened coffee and alcohol. Middle of the tongue finish, hop, cocoa, alcohol. Tastes strong and is.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Gregis (1281) - Stilwell, Kansas, USA - MAY 6, 2009
Pours black with a mocha head and wispy lace. The nose is of dark roasted malt with a strange fruit note (almost like pear or mango) and the faintest supporting notes of coffee and chocolate. Medium-bodied with little carbonation and a roasty and astringent finish. Dry, roasty and fruity with an astringent, bitter-roasted finish. Ití s not a bad beer. Itís arguably better than SAs Imperial White, but itís definitely not a noteworthy example of the style.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Block (2207) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - MAY 8, 2009
Black pour with a tan head. Chocolate, caramel and slight roast aroma. Flavor seems to be mostly chocolate with some roasted malts and coffee at the finish. Over all pretty good but I didnít find it over the top.

3.2
   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.

3.2
   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.

3.2
   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.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
aracauna (3501) - Georgia, USA - JUN 27, 2009
This one started out nice. A little on the thin side for the style perhaps, but good roasty aromas, and even a significant bit of anise. The problem is that as it warms it picks up an unpleasant phenolic quality thatís a little off-putting.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
gkost (1709) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUL 3, 2009
UPDATED: JUL 19, 2009 rerate: Poured black. Yay, itís a liquid, not a solid this time around. Mild roast, booze, sugar sweet nose. Taste is clean, roasty, some coffee and chocolate. Overall way too conservative an attempt. With that said, $10 for a 4 pack of %9 beer, Iíll take it. original rating: Bottle. Poured a thick mess of god knows what down the side of my glass that looked like trub from brewing. Iíll have to rerate this one because there is no way that was going near my mouth. Smelled sweet and malty and yeasty. Disappointing to say the least.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hombrepalo (1971) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 7, 2009
12 oz. bottle, I let this sit about 4 months in my cellar. Rough pour gave it a pretty good sized mocha head. The aroma is a roasted malts, coffee with some licorice. Taste is bitter, spices , licorice, malty, soy sauce, roasty. Finish is dry and still a bit hot. Drinkable but not rebuyable for me.

3.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
sdriessen (320) - Dunedin, NEW ZEALAND - JAN 14, 2010
Aromas are bready with alcohol, roasted malts, dusty/musty flavours and a bit funky. Flavours: Acidic bitterness, prunes, salty sweetness. Roastyness is nice. Lots of alcohol. Mellows out over time. Alcohol disappears which is nice. Finish is awesome.


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