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RATINGS: 490   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ThisWangsChung (836) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - MAR 2, 2014
12 oz bottle into a pint glass. A: Pours a pitch black color. The head is a one finger tan shade - retention isnt the best, but the soft and creamy texture it has make me forgive that. Not much lacing is left behind. S: Quite chocolaty in general. There are slight hints of coffee, as well, but this is mostly chocolate, roast, and brown sugar. And thats not a bad thing at all. Maybe it doesnt have the depth of other imperial stouts, but whats here works quite well. T: There are some slight chocolaty hints, not only to start, but on the finish as well. In general, though, this one is roasty. Not oppressively so - it does end in a slightly sweet fashion - but it does enough to cleanse the palate of excess sweetness. There are also some coffee-ish hints, along with a bit of alcohol and licorice (usually the bane of imperial stouts for me.) Just like with the nose, it isnt the most complex imperial stout on the market. However, its still quite enjoyable that does a good job of bringing the traits I like within the style. M: Its not the driest imperial stout, nor is it the sweetest. Rather, it strikes a neutral balance between the two. Make no mistake, in spite of its full body, its quite drinkable for a 10% RIS, and despite the alcohol flavor, there isnt much booze to be felt on the palate. O: Not a top-tier RIS, but certainly a very good one. It has to compete with the likes of Old Rasputin, though, and that makes this one a hard sell for yours truly. Still, Id have no trouble drinking this one again.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
scoobysnak (333) - Appleton, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 27, 2014
Caramel and roasted malt. It also has some pretty good alcohol notes and a little coffee.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Crompt (122) - York, South Carolina, USA - FEB 22, 2014
Pours very dark with a tiny mocha head which is very appealing. Dark chocolate with a little roast and slightly bitter sweet finish which I like. Dont know the price because it was a shipment from a beer club but Id happily pay $9 for it if you see it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
grimreaperguru (263) - santee, California, USA - FEB 14, 2014
Pours a jet black color with a short lived dark brown head. The aroma is of dark chocolate, and roasted coffee. The flavor is of dark chocolate and coffee. The body was full with a sweet and bitter aftertaste. Overall a great beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Beachmaster (490) - Oklahoma, USA - FEB 7, 2014
12 oz bottle. Pours deep black, with a long-lasting tan head that leaves good lacing. Nose is dark roast malt and chocolate. Taste is dark roast malt and dark fruit, with a long finish and slightly oily mouthfeel. Hides the alcohol well. A very good Imperial Stout.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Nate (4279) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 1, 2014
On tap at Twisted Jimmys. Chocolate, coffee, light smoke; oaky with vanilla. Peated barley and alcohol vapor. Rich Tootsie Roll, beany soy tang. Dark black opaque with cocoa-tan thin creamy lacing head. Medium-heavy chewy body with medium carbonation. Starts pretty sweet with chocolate, coffee, and light peat, soy. Mild carbonic acidity, alcohol warming with medium bitter nutty finish. Sweet after but short of cloying. Warming finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
ImperialSuttle (18) - - JAN 29, 2014
Aromas of olives and tires with a a hint of cherry and chocolates - a bit on the acidic side. Heavily oaky and earthy flavor, and incredibly thick. Lingers on the palate for days. Meant to be drank by Russian Tzars and swashbuckling pirates ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jehoesefat (365) - Poway, California, USA - JAN 28, 2014
Rich roasted chocolate aroma. Pours thick and dark with a tan head. Good balanced flavors, sweet finish and the alcohol content is masked well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dfonorow (2212) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 25, 2014
Pour is black with a small tan lacing. Aroma is of dark fruits, red wine, coffee, earth, and roast. Flavor is similar but with more coffee and cocoa added in. Slight booze on the end.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hopped_Silly (418) - California, USA - JAN 22, 2014
12oz bottle. No date. Opaque, black, viscous pour, with thin mocha head. Dessert like aromas of milk chocolate, vanilla cream, roasted marshmallows and coffee. Yum! Mouthfeel is a touch more carbonated then expected at first, though not terrible.. I personally think this would be even better with lower carbonation. Body is medium-plus to full-bodied, with a long finish. Flavors of roasted grain, dark chocolate, cocoa powder, bitter bakers chocolate, dark fruit, raisin, and vanilla linger on the palate. Pretty delicious stuff. Recommendable. --- tasted while on a long journey to understand the world around me...

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