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Brewed by BrewDog
Style: Imperial Stout
Ellon, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Serve in Snifter

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RATINGS: 895   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.93/5   IBU: 85   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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A 10% decadent and indulgent Imperial Russian Stout. Brewed with a copious amount of dark malts, infused with coffee beans during the boil and after fermentation and aged on cacao nibs, vanilla pods and toasted oak chips. This opulent whirl of chocolate, coffee, dark malts and hops even rivals the most colourful of imperial Faberge eggs. Originally created to celebrate the Russian Royal Family, this is a fitting tribute with which to toast your own empire.

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3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ianwelby (1304) - - DEC 21, 2013
A very strong malt and chocolate aroma but it smells like a strong beer. Taste is an initial chocolate and malt


4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lambister (520) - FINLAND - APR 29, 2017
33cl bottle from Alko, Arkadia. This skilfully made brew reminds me of saying: The few who do are the envy of the many who watch. - Jim Rohn. Excellent stout with lots of strenght and rye notes.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
19Michi38 (123) - Cracow, POLAND - APR 11, 2017
Czarne, nieprzejrzyste. Piana brązowa, drobna, obfita, szybko opada, lacingu brak. Aromat mocno kakaowy, czekoladowy, lekkie alko wyczuwalne, ale w likierowym kierunku. W smaku z początku czekolada i kakao, po chwili kawa i paloność z ponownie lekkim alko. Goryczka średnia, nasycenie wysokie jak na risa, posmak palony i trochę kawowy.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dermi (1178) - Helsinki, FINLAND - APR 10, 2017
33 cl, bottled. Pours black with a brown head. Aroma: Chocolate, coffee, vanilla. Hints of oak. Some alcohol. Taste: Medium+ sweet, bitter. Coffee, alcohol. Chocolate. Palate: Medium body, average carbonation. Roasted, slightly burnt aftertaste with some ethanol notes.

3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hikeg (287) - - APR 9, 2017
Pours black with creamy brown head. Aroma is chocolate, roasted, spruce, cinnamon, lemon, vanilla, liquorice, coffee, ashtray. Medium sweet, strong bitter, rather harsh finish. Only medium body, oily texture, average carbonation, bit astringent, ash in finish.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rostetti (347) - Oulu, FINLAND - APR 9, 2017
Bottle. Pours black with small brown head. Aroma and taste have much of roastiness, coffee, chocolate and cocoa. This one is nicely bitter. Wow, amazing brew.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TET (2936) - Kaarina, FINLAND - APR 7, 2017
A black beer, a head is dark brown and medium sized. Aroma is balanced with chocolate, coffee, roastiness, liquirice, sweetness and vanilla. Taste is also nicely balanced, chocolate, salt liquirice, balanced sweetness, then bitterness and some wood. Medium+ bodied. Great and balanced beer with the strong elements.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
KraftowyJakup (236) - POLAND - APR 7, 2017
Czarne, nieprzejrzyste z obfitą beżową, niemal brązową pianą. W nosie kakao, paloność, trochę żelaza. W smaku paloność, kawa, czekolada, lekki kwasek, posmak likieru czekoladowego i kakao, czuć lekki alkohol.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GRM (3959) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - APR 4, 2017
Brown bottle, 330 ml, best before 31/07/23, at BrewDog Cardiff, trip to Swansea, Amsterdam and Paris with Louise, savoured on August 20 2016 ; eye: black, opaque, brown head that turns into a ring, average lacing; nose: chocolate, burnt, coffee, light vanilla, roasting; mouth: chocolate, burnt, coffee, light vanilla, roasting, bittering hops, slight molasses, finale in chocolate with good presence of coffee, acridness from roasting, full body, below-average carbonation, surprisingly bitter, slightly sweet, harsh texture but with a silky side coming from the oats; overall: fine FRANAIS Bouteille brune, 330 ml, meilleure avant 31/07/23, bue chez BrewDog Cardiff, voyage Swansea, Amsterdam et Paris avec Louise, savoure le 20 aot 2016; il : noire, opaque, mousse brune qui se transforme en un anneau, dentelle moyenne; nez : chocolat, brl, caf, lger vanille, torrfaction; bouche : chocolat, brl, caf, lger vanille, torrfaction, houblon amrisant, trs lger mlasse, finale en chocolat avec bonne prsence de caf, cret de torrfaction, corse, carbonatation sous la moyenne, curieusement amre, trs lgrement sucre, texture rpeuse mais avec une petite prsence soyeuse provenant de lavoine; en rsum : bien

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
MelvinKalksma (1418) - NETHERLANDS - MAR 30, 2017

Aroma:
Medium/heavy aroma of malts, caramel, chocolate, molasses, mocha, roasted malts and coffee.

Appearance:
Opaque black beer with a medium dark brown head.

Taste/Palate:
Starts medium/heavy sweet with malts, caramel, chocolate, molasses and mocha; ends slightly/medium bitter and dry with roasted malts and coffee.

Overall:
This beer is intense, complex and balanced. Not a lot of cacao to be honest, but it was definitely needed to match that insane roasted flavour at the end. Perfect appearance and palate as well. The aroma could have been stronger, if I have to say something negative.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GriZZZly (153) - - MAR 27, 2017
Berlin, BrewdogPub, kran. Ar: cudowna palonosc i kawa, nieslychane, jakby odrobina mlecznosci-laktozy, mocna palonosc, palony karmel, czekolada, baaaardzo dobrze, bardzo intensywnie, dominuje palony karmel i kawa, wyrazny alkohol, nawet lekko barley wineowo. Wyg: Wow. Czarne nieprzejrzyste, super ciemnobrazowa srednio pecherzykowana piana, trwala. Sm: loooo, ma jaja jak arbuzy, baaaaardzo intensywne, dzikie totalnie, przypalonosc, bardzo mocno przypalone ziarno kawy, torche karmelu i gorzkiej czekolady, nieco kakao, bardzo intensywna palona goryczka, czuc mocno alko, bardzo hardkorowy ris, ultra dziki, to esencja, wrecz koncentrat risa, bardzo nieulozony, agresywny, ostry, wszystkie smaki bardzo intensywne i ze soba walcz? i sie gryza, czysta furia, baaardzo robi wrazenie, dominuje mocny alko i baaaardzo intensywna palonosc. To koncentrat risa, jedzie mocno po bandzie. Bardzo agresywne i mega intensywne. Pos: baaardzo dlugi i zmienny, bardzo intensywna palonosc, troche karmelu, slodowosc, na koncu mocna kawa. Ov: czysta agresja i absurdalna intensywnosc, takie troche sadomaso, loi Cie niemilosiernie, ale chcesz wiecej. Najintensywniejsze piwo jakie pilem. Psycho jest w nazwie calkowicie zasadne i na miejscu, bo to intensywnosciowy psychopata.


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