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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 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Scopey (5506) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 18, 2013
Bottle at Stout 3 & Freestyle Tasting, thanks to Leighton. It pours black with a medium dark tan head. The nose is dark fruit, jammy, berry, roasted malt, chocolate, earth and a touch of liquorice. The taste is roasted malt, coffee, earth, rich chocolate gateaux, scorched earth, toast, charcoal, burnt caramel, liquorice and warming alcohol with a dry, roasty finish. Full body, moderate carbonation and oily mouth-feel. Good depth of flavour, well balanced and thankfully not too sweet,

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Leighton (9830) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 16, 2013
Bottle shared at the Stouts Pt. III & Others Tasting - London. Thanks to Jay for the trade. Bottle 64 of 650. Pours oily black with a big, deep brown head. Aroma holds lots of dry baking cocoa, some roast, dark fruits, burnt marshmallows. Medium to big sweet flavor but not at all cloying, lots of bitter baking cocoa and charred earth, burnt toast, strong roasted malt character, some burnt brown sugar. Full bodied with average, creamy carbonation. Warming finish, more bitter earth and baking cocoa, light peat, charred wood. Great stuff, loads of depth, good balance.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ThirstyBird (1169) - Düsseldorf, GERMANY - APR 14, 2013
Bottle 353/500 2010 Vintage. Pours opaque black with a full, rich brown head. The smell is big and roast, brown sugar, molasses and licorice. The taste is deep rich malt, licorice, chocolate with a dry and roasty finish - this beer has help up very well! The body is full and creamy smooth, nicely carbonated.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
77ships (3307) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - APR 6, 2013
THX! to Thirstybird / Rian for this one. Who apparently obtained this one in brutal conditions. Waiting in line for hours at minus 20. Now that the previous brewer is gone apparently this will never exists in the same way again.75 cl. bottle tried. 2010 Vintage. 353/500 (hand numbered – yay, my first hand numbered beer). Pours black, not too much mocha head which quickly goes to the sides and remains there in a circle. Nose is big on liquorice but in an enjoyable fashion, light roasted malts, very slick chocolate, thick malts, lightly warming,… Liquorice is taken a step back in the taste, sweet, very velvety, more towards the bitter and roasted side but in moderation with some liquorice sweetness, chocolate, roasted malts, light herbs,… Very silky, very, very smooth, almost inkling oak. Very different that is for sure, more EU in style than USA almost – thx & cheers.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
RichTheVillan (2121) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - MAR 30, 2013
Bottle from international trade; dark brown pour almost black, beige head, coffee aroma, roast malt taste vanilla liquorice dried fruits, quality impy.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
crossovert (6341) - Illinois, USA - MAR 24, 2013
Bottle was not infected, slightly oxidized. Some cardboard, mintiness, this just isn’t my thing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MIBRomeo (2492) - Wisconsin, USA - MAR 9, 2013
2011 bottle thanks Jason Big black pour thick oatmeal looking brown head. Hoppy stout aroma a bit acidic hot alcohols smells like it could use some age some light bitter coffee and cocoa. Full well coated palate lightly creamy. Lactose lots of bitter cocoa powder a full hopping some light sweet ffinishing notes. A bit of hot alcohols in the finish. I’d like to try this again in a couple years.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
rbfishstick (141) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 9, 2013
Enjoyed bottle 629 of 650. Pours a dark brown with a medium mocha head. Aroma of grapefruit. Taste is coffee and bitter hops with a creamy mouthfeel. Aftertaste is bitter with a chocolate taste. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Reynolds314 (2077) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 9, 2013
Great beer with tons of characteristics of a Danish stout. Reminds me a bit of De Molen Heaven and Hell. Really rich toasty nutty malts with aromatic hops and nice balanced finish. One hell of an IRS.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ernesto987 (3358) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 8, 2013
Huge thanks to mike m, rich an thick and rich. Sweet finish, liking this awesome stuff

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