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RATINGS: 479   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%).



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4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
WisconsinBeer (705) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - DEC 5, 2012
2010 bottle. Very dark oily brownish black color. Fairly decent head upon pouring, diminishes rather quickly. What I’m enjoying about this one is that it’s subtle in the right places and bold in others. Roasted notes are prominent, full bodied coffee and hazelnut. Hops are gone, but this has been in the cellar for 3 years now. Alcohol burn on the throat at the back end. This is a smooth drinking Imperial.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mabel (5762) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 14, 2014
[5639-20130816] Bottle. Roasted candy cane barrel aroma. Black brown body with a quick foamy tan head and thick legs remaining. Roasted candied mint and barrel wood flavour. Full body. Lovely. (8/4-/9/4/16) 4.1
(Vintage 2012 @ Campground Brewdown 2013, Millmont, PA)

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
italianjohn (2337) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 7, 2014
Hand pump black pour with a thick dark tan head. Gorgeous brew .... aroma of dark chocolate, deep roasted malts, some semi sweet chocolate and coffee ... Taste of dark cocoa, roasted malts, coffee also has a sweet semi sweet chocolate to it slight sugar and earthy .. Creamy with a soft bitterness has an oily slickness and a nice full body .... Finish is clean with a nice balance of all the flavors and a light lingering bitter bite ... A very complete imperial stout. No trace of abv for such a big beer the real deal

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bytemesis (3151) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - SEP 6, 2014
2012 vintage bottle thanks to Mikem409! Pours opaque inky black, medium dark brown head, creamy and long lasting with nice lacing. Aroma is very roasty, ashes, cocoa, a bit of licorice. Flavor is light plus sweet, medium bitter, quite roasty, just a faint hint of anise and light burned notes. Rich. Full body. Nice beer.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
barn0216 (403) - California, USA - SEP 3, 2014
Bottle with bytemesis. Very dark, deep brown head. Milk chocolate, light dry fruit, cherry. Lots of chocolate at first, then very roasty, bitter, tobacco, bit of cherry, alcohol but restrained. Very nice drink, aroma is a little underwhelming but flavor is spot on.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Chalsk (1065) - North Caldwell, New Jersey, USA - AUG 23, 2014
By hand pump at Theresa’s Next Door with Damico. Pours a dark brown color with rich chocolate colored thick foam head. You just know you are about to drink something special with the pour. Aroma of chocolate, caramel, and slight roast. Simple but rich. Makes you want to dive in. The hand pump may cream it up some - super creamy roasty chocolate taste with the perfect bitter layer for balance. The richness of the chocolate and roast linger to enhance this special beer. Wow.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
rxeight (1310) - Illinois, USA - AUG 9, 2014
750, from homer. Roasty euro malts. Bitter chocolate, no sweetness. Nice thick oily body. It’s a decent imperial stout, more of traditional European ris.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
vyvvy (3978) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - JUL 1, 2014
Sampled at the RBSG14 Grand Tasting - 2009 version - Pours dark brown with a burnt orange head. The aroma has soy sauce, roastiness, chocolate and hint of wood. It has a medium / full body with soft carbonation. The flavor starts with chocolate, toffee, oxidation and roast. The finish is very rounded and bitter. Very nice, especially for being five years old now.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RobertDale (3450) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - JUN 23, 2014
Sample from bottle at SRBG 2014. Thanks! Pours a thick black with a nice brown head. Aroma of malt, chocolate, and coffee. Taste is roasted malt, rich chocolate, coffee, vanilla, and licorice. Excellent!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
fletchfighters (1077) - AUSTRALIA - JUN 9, 2014
2013 #431 Motor oil pour. Dark chocolate head. Nose is tobacco, earth, dark chocolate, baking chocolate, roast and slight amount of wood. Yum nose. Thick, rich, chewy beer. Lots of roast, chocolate, wooded earth, and tobacco. Very dry and filling. Subtle alcohol notes. Good stuff

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
devman171 (965) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - JUN 8, 2014
Bottle pours black with dark tan head. Aroma is big roast and chocolate. Taste is full bodied chewy roast. Dark bitter and light alcohol finish


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