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RATINGS: 492   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86/5   EST. CALORIES: 294   ABV: 9.8%
The ancient legends that abound the Russian Imperial Stout of yore are filled with tempestuous romance, sinful thievery, and scurvy, too. So highly regarded was this historic recipe, the Russian Kings tried to keep it all to themselves. They failed. Today we bring you our own dastardly dark version, with a rich and roasty aroma, notes of plum and port and a velvety texture so luscious it just might make a grown man weep.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
zacgillbanks (5001) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - FEB 14, 2015
Bottle from Rehills, Newcastle. This inky black beer pours with an extremely thin dark brown head. It has rich chocolate and vanilla flavours, cherry and raspberry notes with an oaky, creamy whisky-like finish. Excellent!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beerhammaren (1777) - Jyvskyl, FINLAND - FEB 11, 2015
.355l bottle @Vihre Haltiatar Pours black with low brown head. Aroma is coffee, cream, dark chocolate, cocoa, dark fruits, plums. Flavor is coffee, alcohol, roasted malts, dark bread, syrup, dark chocolate, cream notes. Ash and earthy. Alcohol is well hidden. Silky smooth palate. Thick and oily. Swell!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scopey (14007) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 8, 2015
Bottle from Ales By Mail. It pours jet black with a tiny tan head. The nose is rich earthy roast, coffee, liquorice, burnt toffee, ash and charred toast. The taste is smooth, roast malt, dark chocolate, espresso coffee, earth, charred wood, light alcohol warmth, pepper and a touch of dark fruits with a roasty finish. Medium-full body, fine carbonation and oily body. Well rounded and very drinkable for the style. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gerardgathier (512) - - FEB 6, 2015
Very Dark pour. Intens burned coffee aroma. Taste is also very very strong coffee. Very thick. I like it, but its probably not for everyone

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
lusikka (7793) - Tampere, FINLAND - FEB 6, 2015
355 ml bottle. Pours a pitch black colour with a small beige head. Aroma of rich roastiness, burnt biscuit, plum sweetness and some espresso. Flavour is very strong with dark burnt roastiness, espresso, mild wooden tartness and also some berries. Alcohol warms just a bit. Full bodied. Thick mouthfeel. Luscious.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
RichardW (1813) - Carlisle, Cumbria, ENGLAND - FEB 1, 2015
Bottle Rehills Newcastle. This pours so thick and black and the tan head disappears very quickly. Big alcoholic aroma, plummy and vineous, sour notes, combining with background roast, chocolate flavours and bitter fruit. Pretty damn big.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MrMilli (7) - ndinge, SWEDEN - JAN 30, 2015 does not count
Sprang snabbt in p Flying dog d mitt tg skulle g om en halvtimma. Blev tyvrr tvungen att slnga i mig den alldeles fr snabbt och alldeles fr kall. Han dock hinna njuta av en underbar doft och en mjuk, len, god munknsla med smaker av choklad, kaffe och lakrits.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
gopherfan99 (1654) - Minnesota, USA - JAN 28, 2015
Bottle; pours black with a minimal mocha ring of head; aroma slightly bitter with roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, and hints of dark fruits; taste is bittersweet with chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, and hints of molasses and dark fruits; bitter finish; very smooth and the alcohol is nicely hidden; very good

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
cobaink2 (609) - seattle, Washington, USA - JAN 18, 2015
Beer watching Seahawks Green Bay nfc championship game. Tastes of dark malts, large amount of espresso coffee and a aftertaste of chili flavor. Pretty great beer.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
micahmarieaz (5) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JAN 13, 2015 does not count
Although the head was somewhat lacking, the taste made up for it! There was a perfect balance of bitter, sweet, and smooth taste.

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