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RATINGS: 964   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.


DrnkMcDermott's rating

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DrnkMcDermott (2793) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - JUN 18, 2013
2009 bottle. Big nose of raisins, sherry and a bit of mocha right under the cap. Solid black body with a slightly lacy brown head. Sherry in the taste, too. Here’s a bit of roast coffee I couldn’t find in the nose. A bit cheesy, like a Belgian with stale hops. Could there be a Belgian yeast to make this beast? Yeah, some licorice, and a sip of vanilla. Taste stays strong. Alcohol makes itself felt pretty early on, not in the taste but in me. A big beer that ages very well.


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
VastActiv (2793) - Oulu, FINLAND - AUG 13, 2014
Bottle at Janoinen Lohi, Helsinki. Originally rated 26052012. Colour is black with small head. Aromas and flavours: Chocolate, coffee and roasted malts.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
rollsrace (43) - - AUG 9, 2014
Strong alcohol start, bitter aftertaste like dark chocolate. It’s not creamy. Seems rather expensive for what it is

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BillHick420 (424) - North Dakota, NORWAY - JUL 21, 2014
Pours pitch black with a tight brown dark head with some lacing. Heavy chocolate and coffee on the nose. Sweet coffee, caramel, chocolate, Bailey’s, some alcohol. A bit too sweet for my liking, to little coffee aroma. Let’s see how this pairs with Rocky Patel 1990 Maduro...

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
bjakk (334) - Skagafjordur, ICELAND - JUL 13, 2014
Black with dark brown foam. Sour, caramel coffee in the aroma. Malt, caramel chockokalate with clear alcohol sweetness in the burned corn aftertaste.

2.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
zoucrew102 (512) - - JUL 6, 2014
Bottle, thanks Sevenhokie! Subtle coffee aroma followed by a hint of dark chocolate. Pours black with a thin light brown head and decent lacing. Thick, oily mouthfeel with dark chocolate to start. Roasty coffee flavor dominates the finish with that same coffee flavor lingering on the palate. Not a favorite.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lawger (103) - SWEDEN - JUN 11, 2014
Rather muted in the beginning, then a reasonably dense aroma of coffee, japanese soy sauce, dark bread and dark chocolate. The palate is medium bodied, semi-sweet with a light bitterness. Slightly tame and lacking the kick of the best Imps.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BeerSkull (1289) - SWEDEN - JUN 5, 2014
(Bottle). The scent is big, sweet and slightly sticky with hints of roasted malt, chocolate, vanilla and barrel. The taste is variable, at first very roasted malt and chocolate, then sweet milk chocolate and then sweet malt and figs.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SlovakSniper (3118) - Candiac/Frelighsburg, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 3, 2014
Une petite bouteille trouvée près de mon camp forestier, c’est-à-dire au Vermont, dans un garage Shell qui a des allures de magasin général. Un impérial qui a de la gueule avec sa chevelure brune indestructible. Un stout russe qui dégage des parfums de réglisse, de caramel brûlé et de fruits enrobés de chocolat. Une bière presque noire qui goûte le gâteau au chocolat, la vanille, la réglisse en bonbons et les petites baies en confiture. Un liquide qui a du corps avec son pétillement qui manifeste une certaine paresse et sa texture presque sirupeuse. Une concoction qui se termine sur des notes douces et amères d’un porto qu’on a oublié, depuis toujours, dans le fond d’une armoire de la maison d’été. Une affaire amusante à boire comme le spectacle des chauves-souris qui se déroule actuellement sous mes yeux.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JimmyBoy74 (173) - Örebro, SWEDEN - APR 12, 2014
33 cl systembolaget. Mörk svart färg. Doftar kaffe och rostade toner. Smakar, karamell, bröd, rostat, kaffe, choklad.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Vignale (2035) - Malmö, SWEDEN - APR 8, 2014
Flaska från SB. Stiltypisk Imperial Stout. Riktigt mörkt brun, högt ljusbeige skum. Fin ganska söt doft med lite alkoholvärmechokladkola, kaffe, mörk torkad frukt. Smaken är lite vass och munkänslan likaså. Saknar fyllighet och krämighet, smaken lätt bränd och besk och inte lika stor som doften. Helt okej, men når inte ända fram.


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