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RATINGS: 486   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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3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
wnoble (1251) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - OCT 26, 2012
Bottle 225. Pours deep black. Head leaves runners of used motor oil. Nose is some hops, cherries, chocolate, coffee, raisins, nuts, floral, and smoke. Seems over carbonated and when you swirl it some it comes in the ideal carbonation level. roasty bitterness, smooth chocolate, and very fruity flavors. Rich, smooth.


4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
artmcd8 (1801) - 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 (2743) - 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 (2343) - 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 (1053) - 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

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
biggirlpanties (189) - Oceanside, California, USA - OCT 25, 2014
Thanks to my husband GT2 for sharing! 2012 Vintage, 750ml. Nose is marshmallow, graham cracker, dates, hot chocolate, melted dark chocolate, molasses, cinnamon. Taste is dark chocolate mousse, vanilla, cinnamon, chocolate milkshake, heavy whipping cream. Great balance of bitter and sweetness. Super silky mouthfeel. Just a tad boozy, but expected and pleasant for this style. Pretty boss. Like a delicious dessert that is so rich, but not cloying so you just gobble it up. First time I had this beer, I didn’t really like it that much back in 2011. Clearly, I was wrong.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MotherBrother (767) - Aalborg, DENMARK - OCT 7, 2014
Dayuum son. Pour pitch black, with a large frothy mocha-tan head. Aroma is pretty complex, with plenty of roasted malt, roasted coffee, dark bitter chocolate with some slightly earthy notes, and subtle notes of dark fruits. Taste is light sweet up front, with a nice amount of bitterness from the middle and out. Full bodied, with a surprisingly fizzy carb, that settles after a short period of time. Thanks a lot mr. Boogy!!

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
slowrunner77 (6114) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 26, 2014
"A super nice, complex imperial stout, that even bested a barreled Jackie O’s head to head. Molasses, chocolate, lots of roast, hops...all rolled in to one delicious package. I’d drink this all the time if it were available."

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mabel (6830) - 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 (2377) - 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 (3524) - 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.


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