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RATINGS: 29   MEAN: 3.62/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 50   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
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The biggest of stouts, Russian Imperials were born out of the cold north and the Russian court’s desire for rich, dark brews. Ours is a deep, multilayered one. Aged in brandy barrels for six months on cherries, vanilla and cacao nibs, a smooth body carries immense flavors of coffee, chocolate, cherries and barrel-aged complexity.
OG: 29 SRM: 77 Malts: 2 Row, Raw Barley, Black Malt, Chocolate, Crystal, Vienna, Molasses, Oats, Roasted Barley, Rye, Wheat Hop varieties: Magnum, Nugget


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4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
keithsheath (2) - Washington, USA - FEB 20, 2013
Pours an oily black with a finger of caramel colored head. Aroma is rich with dark fruit amidst chocolate and a subtle twist of brandy oak to round it out. Taste is more of the same, with a strong presence at the beginning from the cherries, which mellows out into chocolate, vanilla, oak, and brandy. Palate is surprising light for such a monster of a beer, but I enjoyed the smoothness to balance such an intense beer. Overall this beer was incredibly unique and enjoyable and I look forward to enjoying another bottle a year from now.


2.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
WABeerFiend (305) - - MAY 14, 2015
2014 edition. Poured from a bomber into a chalice on 05.05.15. A: Vanilla, brandy, and burnt sugar. A: 1 finger tan head that recedes to a milky layer of foam. Midnight black body with no red in the glass. T: Subtle brandy with a tart edge dominates. Very slight vanilla, cocoa woodiness on the back end, and nuttiness are even more subtle. P: Watery for 12% ABV. It’s smooth, though. O: The flavors were too muted for this to be enjoyable.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopscotch (10003) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 7, 2015
Bottle... Pours dark brown (nearly black) with a small, creamy, beige head. The flavor is quite bold and rich, boosting fudge, brownie brittle and black chocolate. Full-bodied and silky with tingly carbonation. The flavor is well-balanced and roasty with a nuance of toasted nuts. Very smooth. No rough edges. Finishes seared, but mellow. Bottle courtesy of biggsbowler!

2.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
BuckeyeBoy (3258) - Boise, Idaho, USA - APR 11, 2015
22oz bottle pours out a dark brown topped with a small tan head. Nose is roast some odd smell. Taste is dark roast and a odd wine barrel sickness almost on the end. Pass.

2.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
deyholla (7714) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 1, 2015
UPDATED: APR 3, 2015 Bottle thanks to Lizzie! Pours black with a creamy tan head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma is full of brandy and vanilla with a bit of cherry, dark grains and some toffee. Flavor has tons of brandy and butterscotch with some cherry and a bit of biscuit as well as bitter chocolate. A bit off.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beastiefan2k (2771) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - FEB 7, 2015
Schooner at brewery. Brown head sticks around. Aroma has a cocoa aspect and fortunately not sweet or boozy. There is an herbal licorice aspect and an light astringent roasted character. Mouthfeel starts off thick and ends lighter with some sparkling carbonation. In the flavor, I am again happy with low sweet and alcohol. A good cocoa fumy flavor. Again an astringent roasted malt attenuating my enjoyment.

1.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
MrChopin (3575) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - NOV 26, 2014
[ Bottle ][ 1oz ][ Tasting ][ ][ Snifter ][ 11.09.14 ]
Jet black, thin creamy white head. Sugary diacetyl nose, stinging and sweet. Flavor is heavy marshmallow, stinging across mid, thin chocolate aging with heat through the sweet, gritty end.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Iphonephan (4047) - McLean, Virginia, USA - NOV 11, 2014
From a 75 cl bottle at the DC Pre-Turkey Day tasting on Nov 9, 2014. Pours black with a tan head. Flavors of licorice, dark cherries and chololate. Nice.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
solidfunk (4980) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - NOV 10, 2014
Roast caramel and some dark chocolate. Black pour with ok head and lacing. Light bitter finish. Thick pour. Bottle.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GenDV138 (2883) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - NOV 10, 2014
Bottle at the RateBeer DC Tasting. Black with tan head. Aromas of caramel, toffee, chocolate, vanilla, dark fruit. Tastes of caramel, chocolate, dark fruit. Medium-light body with a dry finish.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerandBlues2 (10608) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 9, 2014
Bottle. Pours opaque black with a medium, frothy tan head, medium retention with good lacing. Aroma is roast and chocolate malt, dates, prunes and figs with earthy hops and vanilla. Flavor is dark malt dominant, light vanilla notes, light hops and bitterness, vanilla, oak, dark fruits and a sweet finish. Full body and medium carbonation.


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