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Brewed by 4 Pines Brewing Company
Style: Imperial Stout
Sydney, Australia
Serve in Snifter

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RATINGS: 13   MEAN: 3.35/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.25/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
In 18th Century London few suspected that strong porter would be the toast of Russian Royalty. Perhaps it was due to the greater amount of alcohol used to fortify the brew for its journey north. Though once the Empress of all Russia tasted this Alcoholic Alchemy, no longer called a porter due to its stronger, more ‘stout’ nature, She championed the black libation and the rest is a rather blurred history.
TASTING NOTES
This big, intensely-flavoured dark ale has roast malt characteristics with deep, dark dried fruit flavours, and a warming, bittersweet finish. Like Russia, it can’t be conquered – only enjoyed briefly before beating a retreat.

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3.5
ALLOVATE (3015) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - MAR 10, 2017
Third from the ’The Black Box of Dark Ales Series’.
Into a chalice at cellar temperature. Black as midnight with a little ruby showing in the very shallows. Steadfast, tannish pad atop yields to the legs of the beer. Strong notes of dark leather, char-grilled beef and molasses on the nose with just a touch of muscatels, raisins and mesquite smoke. Quite mellow and mulled on the palate. Alcohol kicks like a mule on first sip. Long ashen, pasty and smooth swallow. Mouthfeel is similar - very smooth and silken. Heavy roast, almond meal, charred red meat and a sticky, burnt sugar treacle front surmise it. Ashen and smoky, slightly astringent swallow. It does hit home but just doesn’t lift the extraordinary I was hoping for. Uncomplicated but lengthy stout. Not bad, just not great! (50cL, BB 19/04/17, The Liquor Shed, Jandakot)

3.3
varanid99 (1212) - AUSTRALIA - FEB 10, 2017
Black pour with a thin, patchy tan head. Roasty, coffee, a little fruit on the nose. Taste is coffee, roasted malts, dried fruit, a little dark chocolate. Seemed a bit thin for a RIS

3.5
M_Sack (719) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - AUG 29, 2016
Bottle. Deep black, cocoa head. Aromas of dark chocolate, booze, roasted malts, coffee, savoury/meaty elements. Big, rich, alcoholic mouth feel full of smoky roast malt, bacon with a dry, hoppy bitter/sweet finish. Some good elements but I think they could be integrated a little better.

3.2
ANZUShophunter (446) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - AUG 26, 2016
From bottle in porter glass. Pours dark, near black with thin tan head and aroma of roasted malt plus a hint of prunes. The malt provides a bit of smokiness to the finish.

4.1
StevieT (2013) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 7, 2016
From a bottle. This is a great beer, rich roasted coffee and dark chocolate flavours, smooth and very drinkable.

3.6
Countbeer (6592) - Best of E-Town mit 2 Brauhausen, NETHERLANDS - JUL 29, 2016
Bottle: Thanks Owen: Served in a Chouffe glass: Beautiful label! Deep dark blackish brown body with a lively rough and airy beige light brown head. Nose is a mix of some roast, coffee, bay leaf, liquorice with light hints of brown sugars, salt, raisin, smoke, caramel and a soy sprinkle. Flavours of roast, bitters, herbal roast, light dry, some bay leaf, coal, liquorice, wood roast and a hint of raisin. Aftertaste is bitter, roast, coal, liquorice and dry... Low carbo, creamy mouthfeel, more than medium bodied. Mwah, it’s ok, but nothing crazy!

3.1
KeefOz (1838) - Tarragindi, AUSTRALIA - JUL 22, 2016
Poured an opaque black with a very slight mahogany edge tint at the base. Frothy one- to two-finger tan frothy head that diminished slowly to a collar that laced OK. Carbonation low. Aroma of nice soft moderately strong roasted malt and a hint of dark chocolate; alcohol well hidden. Taste initially strongly roasted malt with some burnt tones but then becomes sweet with a slight earthiness and a slight bitterness: alcohol well hidden. Medium body. Smooth and slightly sweet with a slight coffee bitterness on the finish. Really nice packaging and well marketed but the bottle content is disappointing. From their Black Box of Dark Ales release.

3.3
hawthorne00 (3945) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - JUL 3, 2016
Almost black with a tan head that fades quickly to a good coat. Aroma of roasted malt, blackberries, some molasses, weeds. Smells like it’s going to be a bit on the thin side. But it’s only a little so and very smooth with lowish carbonation. Heavy roast, some burnt and rubbery notes. Light berries, some coffee, grass /weeds. Dries out with decent bitterness at the end. Underwhelming.

3
bmeup (679) - Ormeau, AUSTRALIA - JUN 16, 2016
Part of Black Box of Dark Ales. Very dark, but not black, slight tinge of red on the edges. Roasted malt, some wood fired smoke, hint of fruitiness in the hops. Sweetness is minimal though quite smooth and chocolate like, no coffee which is really good, dislike coffee and coffee infused beers.

3.2
mcberko (17823) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 8, 2016
On tap at 4 Pines, pours black with a deep reddish hue and a small tan head. Aroma brings out a pretty light note of dark fruits, not much else. Flavour brings out lots of weird dark fruitiness, some roast, and a spicy toasted malt finish. Haphazardly thrown together, needs some work.


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