RATINGS: 10   MEAN: 3.64/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.45/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 65   EST. CALORIES: 273   ABV: 9.1%
With a full body and robust flavor, it’s no wonder why Catherine the Great requested this high octane style of stout for her Imperial court. Despite the name, Russian Imperial Stout was originally an English style, brewed with a high alcohol content and an increased amount of hops to preserve the beer on it’s long voyage to Russia. Although ours won’t make the same journey, we followed the same philosophy. At nearly double digit alcohol and plenty of hops for an assertive bitterness, the real focus is the roasted malts providing the rich flavors of coffee and chocolate. Pairs well with hearty dishes like the braised short ribs, but we prefer drinking one alongside a rich chocolate dessert such as the chocolate combustion cake. 9.1% ABV, 65 IBUs

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keanex (1799) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - MAR 4, 2016
Appearance: Lighter shade of black, deep chestnut.
Aroma: Bourbon is noted with some cinnamon, a bit weak on the aroma.
Taste: A bit thin, bourbon is noted. Mellow flavor, some chocolate, no roast noted.
Palate: A bit thin leaning, mild carbonation.
Overall: Lacks body, lacks aroma, lacks taste. Just overall lacking, tastes like a thin stout aged in bourbon barrels.

hopdog (12833) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 2, 2015
22oz bottle. Poured a dark brown color with a tan head. Earthy, wood, vanilla, chocolate, lighter bourbon, and some roastiness.

DocLock (10836) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 14, 2015
Bomber of this from Wegman’s Collegeville. Pours hazy dark brownish with ruby highlights and tan head. Nose is dark malt, cacao, vinous fruity mild hops. Tastes malty, somewhat charred, with cacao, hops, and a very tannic and bitter finish. OK, not great.

MadIndian (2743) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 28, 2015
Drank with Mather and Jon Thomas Rementer. Notes of Earth, vanilla, dark chocolate, roasted malts and hop. Blend was decent, body was full. Well done.

callmemickey (4549) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 3, 2014
Dark brown-black body, thin light tan head, sparse lacing. Roasted malts, chocolate, toast, caramel, espresso, and a touch of char. Medium bodied with mellow carbonation, semi-sweet, lingering finish.

boxofrane (2553) - Spring City, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 19, 2013
Draft at railroad. Pours pitch black with a small brown head that quickly dissipates to a bubbly film. The aroma has big milk chocolate, light dark chocolate, some coffee, some light roast. The taste has a nice vanilla, chocolate tobacco, coffee, and a bitter finish.

reggiedunlop (3725) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 4, 2013
Pours black with ruby hues and a thin tan head. Aroma has notes of smoke, big roastiness, and bitter espresso. Flavor has molasses, burnt notes, bitter coffee, and smoky tobacco notes. Mouthfeel is medium and the finish warms with molasses and burnt/nutty notes.

NikkTwist (3287) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 28, 2013
Draft at Khyber Pass. Inky black pour. Became a dark clear brown by the bottom. Bitter red fruits. Burnt coffee grounds. Cigarettes. Nice.

Capa (3338) - Kitsap, Washington, USA - DEC 6, 2012
Dark with a creamy head. Aroma is chocolate, roasted malts, dark fruits, and molasses. Ful bodied. Chocolate, roasted malts, dark fruits, and vanilla in the flavor. This one really comes together nicely and makes for a great winter sipper.

TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - JAN 3, 2011
Tap at TJs. Pours a deep black with a medium creamy tan head that left a ton of lacing. Aroma of rich chocolate notes, cherries, vanilla, dark fruits, caramel and roasted malt. Flavor of roasted malt, cherries, caramel, vanilla and chocolate. Well done RIS. One of the best manayunk beers I have had.

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