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RATINGS: 494   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%).

whaleman's rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 4, 2006
Huge thanks to Dickinsonbeer for sharing this looooonngg sought after beer! Deep, dark bloody black body and a sudsy muddy-brown head with a fast oily fade. Head refused to stand again with repeated agitation. Sharp alcohol leads in the aroma and overpowers. Nice elements of espresso beans, strong red wine, and dark rum gradually emerge. Flavor is of espresso beans, toasted raisins, dark chocolate, and well-roasted grains. Nice full body and pleasing texture. An enjoyable and distinct Imperial Stout. Thanks again Paul!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
deanso (6317) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - MAR 14, 2015
75cl bottle courtesy of and shared with Kermis big thanks. Thin tan head. Clear black pour. Very smooth

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kermis (6550) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - MAR 14, 2015
Bottle #255 of 550 (2014) shared with Deanso and others as rating 6000. Pours near black with a small bubbly beige head. Aroma is very malty upfront, cake, toffee, some biscuit and light chocolate. Flavour is over moderate sweet and moderate bitter with a massively malty palate. One of the most malty RISs I’ve tried. Light full bodied with soft carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
kraddel (4490) - 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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
biggsbowler (482) - 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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Clownoisseur (353) - 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!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jcartamdg (2352) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Dedollewaitor (14482) - 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!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SudsMcDuff (6634) - .....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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Art (2121) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beerdedone (2901) - 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.

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