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RATINGS: 499   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.13   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Our rich, roasted black ale inspired by the strong stouts exported by Great Britain in the 1800's to the Russian Czar's court.

Editor's Note: ABV changed to 10.5% in 2008 (was previously 9.5%).



4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
umich03jm (2764) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - JUL 9, 2015
2012 bottle. 522 of 650. Thanks Couch! Aromas are black licorice, dark fruit, light chocolate, and light alcohol. Tastes fairy boozy but really good. Figs, espresso, chocolate, and light caramel. Very light papery oxidation. Thin to medium body. Great beer.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
markextrae (2133) - NETHERLANDS - JUN 26, 2015
Shared 75cl bottle with a friend. 2012 version bottle 518 / 650. Poured a pitch black colour with a thick mocha coloured head. Strong hit of darkest roasted malts, strong bakers chocolate, caramel, dark fruits, small espresso notes, raisins, full chocolate malts taste, small port vineous notice. Never had a beer that is so loaded with malts, it’s just incredible. This doesn’t needs a barrel! Incredible

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
JaBier (5485) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - JUN 19, 2015
2010 bottle shared by a friend. Black pour with a medium tan head. Aroma of fig, molasses, raisin and some chocolate. Malty flavor with chocolate covered raisins before a roasty finish.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Couch0508 (111) - Flat rock, Michigan, USA - JUN 14, 2015
UPDATED: JUN 20, 2015 This stuff is amazing. I had this at a tasting with a bunch of other Russian imperial stouts and this one stood out for sure.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
VictorStr (1740) - Helsingborg, SWEDEN - JUN 7, 2015
[Ölprovning hos Fredrik i Ängelholm 7 Maj 2015] Bottle 459, fantastikst kraftig, mycket choklad och kaffe. Ofantlig fyllighet

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
deanso (6604) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - MAR 14, 2015
75cl bottle courtesy of and shared with Kermis big thanks. Thin tan head. Clear black pour. Very smooth

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kermis (6989) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - MAR 14, 2015
Bottle #255 of 550 (2014) shared with Deanso and others as rating 6000. Pours near black with a small bubbly beige head. Aroma is very malty upfront, cake, toffee, some biscuit and light chocolate. Flavour is over moderate sweet and moderate bitter with a massively malty palate. One of the most malty RISs I’ve tried. Light full bodied with soft carbonation.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
kraddel (4563) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - FEB 22, 2015
2014 edition , 427 / 550 , thnx to Matt ! Pours black , no head at all . Scent is pure dark, burnt malts , bit coffee . Some bitter / sweet twist . Taste is full , roasty , coffee aspects as well of oats . Sweet , black malty finish . Rich in taste . Good, yet perhaps on a bit low side, of the mouthfeel . Carbonation is perfect . Finishes in sweet roasted malts , with a very mild burned undertone . Rather easy drinkable - given the style and matching ABV . Nice

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
biggsbowler (539) - Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA - FEB 21, 2015
Bottle '12 - pours dark black with tan head. Nice dark chocolate nose. Rich dark chocolate taste, maybe some dark fruits and some bitter hops. It's very rich and flavor. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Clownoisseur (362) - Buchanan, Michigan, USA - FEB 13, 2015
2012 vintage bottle. Pours a jet black, lively mocha brown head that fizzles out quickly. Leaves little lacing....has short legs. Aromas of dark roasted malt, char, sherry, plum and chocolates. Taste follows the nose with robust char/roasted malt dryness....some slight oxidation lends to the dark fruit flavors across the middle of the palate. Finishes with some nice bitter chocolate notes, slight char, slight alcohol warmth. Nicely balanced! Good stuff!


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