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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%).



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4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
stegosaurus (1882) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 24, 2008
On draft @ Capones with Mad_indian. Pours deepbrown, almost black with a thin tan head. Aroma of chocolate malts, roast, coffee, and alcohol. The flavor is smooth, sweet chocolate, roast, coffee, and and good alcohol presence (but well masked). Excellent body and mouthfeel. Great brew.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
kraddel (4185) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - FEB 22, 2015
2014 edition , 427 / 550 , thnx to Matt ! Pours black , no head at all . Scent is pure dark, burnt malts , bit coffee . Some bitter / sweet twist . Taste is full , roasty , coffee aspects as well of oats . Sweet , black malty finish . Rich in taste . Good, yet perhaps on a bit low side, of the mouthfeel . Carbonation is perfect . Finishes in sweet roasted malts , with a very mild burned undertone . Rather easy drinkable - given the style and matching ABV . Nice

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
biggsbowler (421) - Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA - FEB 21, 2015
Bottle '12 - pours dark black with tan head. Nice dark chocolate nose. Rich dark chocolate taste, maybe some dark fruits and some bitter hops. It's very rich and flavor. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Clownoisseur (325) - Buchanan, Michigan, USA - FEB 13, 2015
2012 vintage bottle. Pours a jet black, lively mocha brown head that fizzles out quickly. Leaves little lacing....has short legs. Aromas of dark roasted malt, char, sherry, plum and chocolates. Taste follows the nose with robust char/roasted malt dryness....some slight oxidation lends to the dark fruit flavors across the middle of the palate. Finishes with some nice bitter chocolate notes, slight char, slight alcohol warmth. Nicely balanced! Good stuff!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jcartamdg (2270) - Spring Hill, Florida, USA - FEB 12, 2015
Pours a muddy dark black with a thin mocha head. Aroma big on malt, roast And dark chocolate. Taste follows with slight oxidation. Nice viscosity.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dedollewaitor (14209) - Odense, DENMARK - JAN 23, 2015
Bottle. Trade with Thirstybird. Cheers. 2010 Vintage. Pours black with a small handsome mocha brown head. Nose is fruity and vinous. Roasted and dry. Soft and vinous. Charcoal, coffee and hazels. So smoooth. Superb!

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SudsMcDuff (6345) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - JAN 9, 2015
bottle from 2012 .. pours a dark charcoal .. mild foam .. . very ink forward, some chewy tar and burnt fruit .. . mouth is medium and has a fairly long linger .. . a nice stout but not super interesting .. . . during the middle ages, probably one of the biggest mistakes was not putting on your armor because you were “just going down to the corner.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
artmcd8 (1927) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 29, 2014
On tap at Capone’s. Not sure of the year. Pours a deep dark black with a slight brown head. Aromas of roasted malts, burnt toast, coffee grounds, bitter bakers chocolate, light alcohol. Taste is sweet with a slightly bitter acrid ashy taste to it. Pretty well balanced RIS. Thick and full bodied. Medium to low carbonation.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beerdedone (2794) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 29, 2014
Draft Pours motor oil black with a tight tan head that left sticky lacing. Aroma of chocolate, coffee, dark fruit, molasses and vanilla. Flavor was complex and lightly sweet with bitter dark chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, molasses, vanilla and licorice. Oily texture, full body, soft carbonation.

1.7
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 5/20
tectactoe (2737) - Michigan, USA - NOV 6, 2014
Bottle: Forgot to write the bottle number because I was kind of drunk. Deep brown body, not quite black except for maybe the very core. Small tan ring, no head; oily top. Aroma of overly boozy chocolate with a strong pungency... Kind of stings the nostrils. Mild roast, molasses, some char. Flavor is very hot & alcohol forward, too. Fusel, borderline rubbing alcohol notes. Come chocolate malt, burnt molasses, slight papery oxidation. Medium bodied. This thing is a mess. Bad bottle? Who knows. Expected much better from the ratings. WOMP WOMP.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
berntholer (1163) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - NOV 1, 2014
dense beige head leaves structured lacing. coffee coloured. aroma is boozy, chocolate, bit of sherry notes from oxidation. taste like aroma, salty, liquorice, roasted malts, bitter chocolate aftertaste is more bitter chocolate. dense mouthfeel, quite carbonated. bottle 75 cl / 2012 / #308/650


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