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RATINGS: 492   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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
YogiBeera (2516) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 7, 2005
Cask: Nice licorice, rasted and woody malt nose. Nice dark brown color. Nice silky texture. Goes down smooth. Light sweetness accomplished by some hoppiness and a light alcohol taste - roasted nuts taste, coffee beans. Long lasting aftertaste. Nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
MullMan (1099) - New York, USA - MAR 1, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 20, 2005 RE-RATE, 3/18/05 On tap at the Barcade, Brooklyn. Go there and try this now if you’re in Brooklyn! poured way too cold, they don’t know what they’re doing to this top beer. black body, dark tan thin creamy head that disappeared before I could tip the bartender. at first was too cold for aroma, so I played a game of "Tempest" and "Beserk". nose is roasted malt, cocoa, smoke. high carbonation. flavor is salty, licorice, and roasted malt. ORIGINAL RATING, 3/1/05: from a hand capped bottle via eyedrinkale to egajdzis. dark brown to black color, dark tan foamy/creamy head. smokey dark roasted malt nose. chocolate malt aroma too. flavor is a little smokey, dry porter-like. lively carbonation, flavor is chocolate malt, faint hops. alcohol heat in the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
BuckNaked (1230) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - MAR 1, 2005
Bottle thanks to egajdzis: Dark brown, near black with a dark brown head. Probably the darkest head I had seen to date. Aroma is smokey licorice, grapes, spice, roasted malt. Taste is carrot, licorice, grape, grapefruit, chocolate, mocha, coffee, roasted malt. Finishes hoppy, dry, and with bitter chocolate. Silky-smooth, velvet-like palate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
jeffin7 (613) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - MAR 1, 2005
Pours black with a dark head. Aroma is of grape skins, alcohol, and a mild smoke. Flavor is grape, roast malt, alcohol, smoke, and chocolate. The flavor rolls in and out of each of the flavors for a long time. Very smooth. Interesting and different. Hand bottled thanks to Eric (egajdzis).

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Probiere (992) - Iowa, USA - FEB 28, 2005
Aroma-some alcohol, vanilla, oatmeal, chocolate, roast, ho hum another large stout in my glass. Smooth mouthfeel, heavy with an alcohol kick, vanilla touch, astringent finish, reminds me of Heresy but not so decadent or creamy. Hint of smooth....apple?...in the finish. Many, many thanks to Eric (the man with all the rare beers as usual!)

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
hopdog (9365) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 28, 2005
Tasted from a hand bottled sample from egajdzis. Poured a dark black color with an averaged sized brown head. Aromas and tastes of roasted malts, dark fruits, chocolate, licorice and grapes. Light alcohol in the end. Very easy to drink for such a big beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - FEB 25, 2005
Growler courtesy of EyeDrinkAle: Pours a very viscous oily black with a thin tan head that coats the sides of the glass. Rich roasty malt and freshly baked chocolate chip cookie aroma with some subtle dark fruitiness. Starts robust and caramely malty sweet with a touch of bittering hops and a lasting dry roasty finish while hiding the alcohol very well in a sea of lingering dark and milk chocolate. Nicely balanced and enjoyable, thanks Mike!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
flemdawg (537) - Rowlett, Texas, USA - FEB 25, 2005
From the eyedrinkale growler he shared at Kuhnhenn. Black body with just about no head, probably cause it lost most of its carbonation. Lots of coffee, along with chocolate and malts and molasses, with a hint of alcohol in the aroma. The taste was carmel, molasses, roasted cofee, almost vinious, with some wood and smoke and a hint of malts. A thick syrupy clingy feel. A very tasty treat.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
walleye (1072) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - FEB 20, 2005
was at my favorite brewery(Kuhnhenn) with wohlfs. flemdawg, hoppybunny and eyedrinkale. thanks go to eyedrinkale for bring this wonderful beer in a growler to the brewery. poured black with no head lost most of the carbonation but that did not affect the aroma or taste of this beer. aromadark mollasses, dark chocolate, roasted malts, coffee, hints of alcohol. favor bitter sweet chocolate, vanilla, coffee, hints of smoke, ana a nice touch of alcohol.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Dickinsonbeer (5076) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - FEB 20, 2005
On tap at the Publick House: This one is extremely black and very thick. Lots of chocolate malt but the big dominant ingredient is Roasted barley. THis one has so much roasted and coffee like flavors. It was exceptionally smooth as well, with jsut enough bittering hops to balance the rediculous amounts of malt but not so much as to make it harsh, or too bitter. This one is a beast. Sooo much better than Storm King. I’d even go as far as saying this is quite a bit better than Stone IRS.

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