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RATINGS: 467   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.13   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
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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%).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tom10101 (2249) - Quebec, CANADA - AUG 13, 2013
Bottle (750 ml). 2010 vintage. From Pier-Luc, thanks! Black with a small to medium beige head and good lacing. Aroma of roasted malt, caramel, cherries, molasses and vanilla. Taste is slightly to moderately sweet (really not that much for an RIS) with fruity notes, roasted malt, molasses, caramel, vanilla and light woodiness. Light bitterness. Alcohol is well hidden. Medium body. Good carbonation. Slightly dry mouthfeel. Interesting Imperial Stout that is complex, but also not too heavy and quite drinkable for the style. Nice fruity profile.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
VT (1298) - Quebec City, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 12, 2013
750 ml bottle shared with Tom and chums around bonfire. Pours black with a beige head. Some tartness in the aroma. Not so much else. Flavor is dark cherry, coffee, strong toffee, some saltiness. But just may be a bit too sweet. Hoppy finish, actually, very hoppy. Lots of coffee. Lots of grass. Good balance! Medium to strong body, sticky, heavy mouthfeel, average carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
knickskicks (638) - - AUG 6, 2013
Black pour, creamy dark brown head with some red and purple hues. Nose is roasted malts, brown sugar, raisins, some veggies. Taste is burnt sugar, molasses, espresso, raisins. Thick creamy mouthfeel.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
DrSilverworm (5051) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 16, 2013
750ml bottle shared by brew3crew, 2011 vintage, bottle 382 / 650. Black color. Nice darker brown colored head. Dark fruit, molasses in the flavor. Some raisin. Not a great flavor for an imperial stout. Some cardboard. Moderate bitter, moderate sweet taste, some alcohol sweetness. Big body, lightly sticky. Light carbonation. Big sweet, light burnt sugar aroma. Not my favorite RIS.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Godofthecellar (597) - NYC, New York, USA - JUN 14, 2013
Jet black pour from bottle , no head, flavor of roasted malt, barley and oat. Deep richness, very well balanced and delicious

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
b3shine (4460) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 11, 2013
750 ml bottle to snifter (2011 vintage, 382/650; thanks brew3crew). Looks good; a dull black with ample mocha head. Smells solid; dark malt, roast, and chocolate. Tastes like it smells, only more chocolatey, and with a touch of plum tartness that’s unique but good on the palate. Good stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Aniela (2302) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUN 9, 2013
Bottle. Black beer with a brown head. Tar, a bit smokey, hoppy and licorice aroma. Bitter coffee, ashes and hoppy flavour.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
SHIG (3454) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - MAY 5, 2013
’10 bottle 284 of 500 thanks to ygtbsm94: Poured a deep thick sludge black brown with a brown head. Aroma is thick coffee and molasses, light roasted. Taste is thick roasted malt, hints of smoke, dark chocolate, and mellow coffee bean.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hayduke (3164) - Eureka, California, USA - APR 28, 2013
This was a shared bottle tasting at the Hampton Inn on the evening before Dark Lord Day. It pour’s rich black with a tight tan head. The nose is roasted malts with chocolate. Bold body. Creamy mouth feel. Flavor is rich chocolate with ripe fruit. Bitter chocolate finish. Really good stuff. .

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jackl (3867) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - APR 23, 2013
2012. #64/650. Bottle @ Stouts Tasting Pt III: Brokeback Edition. Cheers to Leighton for bringing this along. The pour’s deep brown with a tight tan head. Pretty gorgeous looking in the glass. The nose is earthy spice. Plenty of cinnamon, cocoa, pecan pie. Rich chocolate icing. Hints of tangy chocolate-dipped red berries. The taste is pretty luscious. Nice earthy charred malts. Bitter cocoa. Toasted shredded coconut. Accents of caramel and rasberry in the finish. Nice bitterness. Smooth, full flavors. Overall, great.

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