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RATINGS: 500   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.13/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
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 17/20
devman171 (1222) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - JUN 8, 2014
Bottle pours black with dark tan head. Aroma is big roast and chocolate. Taste is full bodied chewy roast. Dark bitter and light alcohol finish

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jdb288 (584) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - MAY 27, 2014
Draft at Steam. Pours jet black, big frothy head. Aroma is dark roast coffee, hickory, molasses, raisin. Taste is chewy, thick, and viscous...chocolate notes coming through strong along with the coffee; the latter of which dissapates as it warms. Some dark fruit here but more savory than sweet. Bitter hops..suprised by that. Not bad.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Hoprider (236) - DENMARK - MAY 18, 2014
Black pour with a lasting brown foam build up. Looks and acts a lot like Surly Darkness. The nose has deep chocolaty notes, roasted malt galore, lightly roasted whole bean - very nice nose. The mouthfeel is pretty carbonated but settles to a creamier state after a while. Lots of sweetness at first but with substantial roast to be complex and ballanced. Fairly high drinkability for such a beast which some of the mega-stouts sometimes lack if ya aks me. Candied aftertaste. Surprisingly good!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JBPortland (1294) - Portland, Maine, USA - APR 6, 2014
750ml bottle shared thanks to Lukaduke! Pours dark brown-black with a finger of head. Nose is sharp earthy roast malt, coffee, and hershey chocolate. Palate is somewhat thinner than expected. Taste is lots of dusty coffee bean and old chocolate, bit of a boozy bite. Finish is smooth, dusty roasty hershey chocolate and cocoa, some booze.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Lukaduke (2769) - Gray, Maine, USA - APR 6, 2014
Bottle thanks to Evan ! Pours a silky black color with a finger or two of dark khaki foam. Notes of bakers chocolate, licorice, burnt brownie, ash walnut and some earthy shoe polish as well.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Madsnp (933) - DENMARK - APR 5, 2014
Bottle from 2010. Pours pitch black with a nice cappuccino colored head. Aromas of roasted malt, vanilla, malty, awesomeness and licorice. Flavor is balanced, sweet, hoppy, roasted and flawless.. Wow! This is just great!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
thewolf (11644) - Kolding, DENMARK - APR 5, 2014
Bottle. 2010. #314 of 500. Pours deep black with a small, creamy, brown head. Aroma is sweet, chocolate, vanilla, coffee, liquorice, softly vinious. Medium to low carbonation, fat and creamy mouthfeel. Flavour has lots of fat chocolate, vanilla, liquorice, pear, softly vinious. Light oak. Lovely malty balance.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Mortlach (1463) - Rome, ITALY - MAR 15, 2014
08/02/2014 750ml bottle shared by Theydon_Bois @ Ma che siete venuti a fà (thanks Colin!). Nera, densa, impenetrabile, schiuma leggera beige-marroncina. Al naso sentori caffettosi, di cioccolata fondente e liquirizia, molto intensa. In bocca ha un attacco aggressivo, caffettoso con note di liquirizia, leggera acidità sul finale e alcol ben presente. Corpo pieno, carbonazione soft. Ottima imperial stout, andrebbe solo un po’ raffinata.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ataraxia (424) - Massachusetts, USA - MAR 2, 2014
Opaque black pour, mocha lacing. Boozy aroma of baker’s chocolate, black coffee, brown sugar, leather, anise, and some smoke. Somewhat syrupy sweetness is quickly replaced with a dry, tannic bitterness. Smooth, a bit oily, and a little thinner in body than expected. Long bitter finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
djd07 (6616) - Houston, Texas, USA - FEB 27, 2014
Bottle as shown. Pours a motor oil with large tan head that lasts leaving sticky lacing. The aroma is roast, dark fruits, vanilla, and oak. Medium mouthfeel with strong vanilla, oak, roast, chocolate, and dry finish. Good.

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