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RATINGS: 494   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.12   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 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
thewolf (11349) - 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 (1103) - 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 (410) - 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 (5039) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theydon_Bois (11531) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - FEB 14, 2014
Bottle shared at Ma Che, big thanks to Max Daddy - He’s the Daddy for the IP trade! 2012 vintage #29/650. Pitch black with a dirty tan head that thins to a swirl and edgework. Nose is big roast, liqourice, dark chocolate, dark fruits, booze fumes but not over bearing, dark toffee fudge, dark malt. Taste comprises a big roast bite, dark chocolate, liqourice stick, burnt toffee, bitter dark chocolate, pinch of spice, boozey lick, ash. Full bodied, fine carbonation, light booze in a semi cloying closure. Decent impy, the 10.% is well integrated, just falls a little short of a great for me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrewFace (939) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - FEB 1, 2014
Bottle share thanks to beechner224. Pours a deep dark thick blackish color. Roasty, smooth, sweet, chocolate aroma. Big roasty, chocolate, boozy, grainy flavor. Very tasty .

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Homer321 (2498) - Rock Ridge, Florida, USA - FEB 1, 2014
Bottle share thanks to beeeeeeeeeeeeeeechner224. A nose full of tobacco and molasses. Very vinous. Lots of smokey tobacco in the flavor. A but of smoke. Kinda tastes like cigarettes. Interesting. 2011 bottle.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beechner224 (823) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - FEB 1, 2014
2011 bottle. Pours black like oil. Aroma is tobacco, chocolate, coffee. Taste is thick, oily, chocolate. Very nice and mouth coating.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jbeatty (1146) - New York, USA - DEC 1, 2013
Bottle, 2013 vintage, thanks to Ryan, 12/01/2013. Pours black, dense frothy tan head with great retention, sticky lacing left behind. Aroma is earthy chocolate, condensed milk, coffee beans, dark fruity finish. Taste is dark chocolate with sweeter fruity overtones, cherry licorice and hoppy, bitter roast, bit of char with hint of smoke, caramel/fruit notes lingering in the finish. Thick body, rich and chewy. Complex, tasty brew- great RIS.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
dctriman (59) - USA - OCT 20, 2013
Very good. Slightly overrated IMO. Probably could have used some age. 2013 vintage.

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