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RATINGS: 488   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%).



3.8
   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!)

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
hopdog (9270) - 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.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
CaptainCougar (7132) - 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!

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
flemdawg (534) - 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.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
walleye (1066) - 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.

4.8
   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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - FEB 20, 2005
From a growler about a week old and opened twice. Deep black hole black! Very small brown head, little carbonation. Huge rich malt aroma. Coffee and chocolate all over this one. Full bodied, smooth as satin. Alcohol and light smoke blend nicely. Fantastic even after a long arduous journey to Michigan. Huge thanks to Eyedrinkale!!!!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - FEB 19, 2005
Big thanks to Eyedrinkale (and once again Captaincougar). Poured black and oily. Aroma was very roasty with plenty of coffee and chocolate. Chocolate flavor that faded out cleanly leaving a long roasted lightly bitter finish. Creamy full body and some warming in the throat.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
5000 (6299) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - FEB 18, 2005
Bottle #900 (hand bottled by egajdzis) pours black as night, viscous, with a large dark brown foamy head.   Looks the biz.   Big cocoa nose, with soft roasted malts, graham cracker, and apple peel.   Very soft alcohol notes as well.   Flavor is hugely cocoa, quite sweet, yet with a fruity sourness.   Big body, with a fairly thick mouthfeel.   The 9.5% ABV is not noticable.   Quite smooth.   Finishes with a large chocolate/cocoa flavor, roasted malts, and a slight apple/pear skin flavor.   Very good stuff!   Thanks goes out to egajdzis for hand bottling this stuff!


4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
egajdzis (5436) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 7, 2005
UPDATED: APR 29, 2005 Poured opaque black as night with a small, tan head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of port, cherries, raspberries, smoke, chocolate, and roasted malt. Taste of chocolate and roast, more vinous qualities, certainly a little bit of tar, with a superb mouthfeel. Finishes with light, dry, alcohol.


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