RATINGS: 72   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.55/5   EST. CALORIES: 354   ABV: 11.8%
The English brewed this style of stout for the Russian Czars. One thing was certain. This beer wasn’t going to freeze at twelve percent alcohol during the cold Russian winters. This stout is brewed with twice the amount of malt & hops of most beers. The flavor is very roasted, coffee, sweet and a hint of coconut. It goes down warn due to the higher alcohol volume. We serve our Russian Stout in a brandy snifter to let it slowly warm up to release it’s entire flavor. A great beer with cigars.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dmschefke (583) - Macomb, Michigan, USA - MAY 28, 2009
Pours a nice thick black with thin tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, slight vanilla, dark dried fruit, and a bit of bourbon? Flavor matches well, very easy to drink with alcohol well hidden. I could swear this is barrel aged though.

Beerandsex (12) - Ohio, USA - JAN 11, 2015
Opaque like my tights with a small but lasting tight tan head (again like me) and very good lace. The aroma has notes of black cherry, espresso, black and caramel malt, grassy and herbal hops, and even a little peaty. The taste is quite complex, bitter and biting at one moment then sweet and fruity the next. I too get a note of bourbon and oak as well on the finish. Mocha, vanilla, apple, and coffee flavors add to the overall enjoyment of this tasty Impy. The feel is oily and lush, heavy but not so much it interfered with me drinking the first sample way too quick! I love it and want more even if it still has an edge about it.

mikem409 (2032) - bloomfield, Michigan, USA - JUL 14, 2013
Tap. Pours black thin bubbly tan head. Cigar smoke aroma. Taste is very toasty ash and lots of bitter chocolate

Ober (2811) - Bommelerwaard, NETHERLANDS - OCT 16, 2012
A pitch black colored beer, with a big, thick foamy dark beige head. The aroma of coffee, dark fruits, dark malt and hints of spices. The taste of sweet dark fruits, a little sour, coffee, dark malts and bitter notes. The aftertaste is sweet a little sour with bitter.

queenholly (3623) - South Whitley, Indiana, USA - SEP 18, 2012
’07 bottle courtesy Flanders Ned. Molasses, bourbon, oak, vanilla, chocolate malt aroma. Viscous black pour with a thin creamy brown head. Coffee, sweet chocolate, prune, oaky bourbon, cherry vanilla flavor with a spicy hops finish. Full smooth body, alcohol warmth.

Sammy (12995) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 27, 2012
More than 2 years old and packs a wallop. Black with fading beige head. Bourbon and Big alcohol, Average mouthfeel,bourbon coconut,cocoa, chocolate malt, coffee all in that order.Good drinkability FlandersNed.

madmitch76 (26413) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUN 4, 2012
16th December 2009
Opaque black beer. Frothy short lived chocolate coloured head. Subtle chocolate malt nose. Airy and semi soft palate, semi dry. Licorice dark malt with a blackcurrant undertone. Bitter dark chocolate. Some spice towards the dry finish, a trace of coffee and a little hop. Decent without ever reaching that sumptuous feel of the best RIS.

drfabulous (8813) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - DEC 17, 2011
12 ounce. Big black beer with very thin head. Little carbonation. Flavor is bourbon, coconut. Tasty, but body slightly thin. Lacks fullness of a big imperial stout. Bourbon drives most of the flavor.

reggiedunlop (3726) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 11, 2011
Pours dark brown/black with a thin tan head...lively with decent lacing. Aroma is very roasty...somewhat burnt..with a hint of sweet coffee and a mild note of dark fruit. Flavor has coffee, caramel, a bit of chocolate...very roasty...burnt toffee or molasses. Mouthfeel is thick and sticky and the finish is warming and lingers with a roasty sweetness.

auerbrau (3206) - Ithaca, New York, USA - OCT 27, 2011
12oz Bottle. Thanks Sean! First snow here in Rhode Island, so I’m ready for something thick, oily and viscous. I didn’t know what to expect, even though I’ve had the super-oaky barrel-aged versions. This was intensely delicious! A balanced, rich array of complex toasty, roasted, charred, and brown flavors. Lots of near-vinous fruit-like characters combined with a fantastic, silk and velvet tongue. Extremely sippable. A great, balanced and intensely flavorful stout!

cbfobes (2888) - Quad Cities, Illinois, USA - AUG 18, 2011
12oz bottle thanks to northernbrews, pours black with a huge tan head that lingered forever, nice lacing, aroma is of molasses, caramel, chocolate and booze, the flavor is WAY too sweet for me, huge sweetness on the front end with molasses with a finish of booze, kind of reminded me of drinking port, which I enjoy just not in beer. Not my cup of tea here.

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