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RATINGS: 473   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Godofthecellar (650) - 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 (5192) - 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 (2305) - 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 (3555) - 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 (3322) - 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 (4379) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Scopey (6295) - 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 (10524) - 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 (1482) - 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 (3592) - 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.

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