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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 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
drjay44 (3587) - Salida, Colorado, USA - SEP 2, 2013
651 ml. bottle. Pours a thick, well retained, brown head, with slight lacing, over a clear brown black (SRM 35) body......nose is heavy roasted malts, with chocolate dominating coffee, light dried fruits, including plum, raisin, hints of toffee/caramel, light hop spice....taste is heavy chocolate, lighter coffee from the roasted malts, light plum, raisin, berries, brown sugar sweetness, leading to a moderate, earthy, spicy hop lingering, bitter, finish....mouth feel thick, creamy, quite sticky, minimal astringency, alcohol warmth present, carbonation adds to creamy sensations. This is a huge, rich, nicely balanced example of this heavy style. It is a bit on the sweet end of the spectrum, which could be balanced by a bit of umami. BJCP 9/3/16/5/8

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rrauth (1196) - North Carolina, USA - AUG 28, 2013
Black with rich thick brown head. Creamy robust roasted malts barely any coffee an excellent non barrel aged ris. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
slimspady (219) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 24, 2013
Pitch black pour. Very thin tan head. Big and complex. Lots of flavor. Oily mouthfeel. Smooth though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ReverendMoon (155) - Illinois, USA - AUG 23, 2013
Bomber, near room temp (chilled for just a couple hours). The first actual thing that happened when I poured this beer and saw its color and head was me unconsciously saying "wow, oh my god." It is that rich and impressive. Tastes and smells of coffee and chocolate, immensely satisfying. Really glad I decided to pick this up. Great SoCal beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
tgncc (3123) - Bellmore, New York, USA - AUG 23, 2013
The aroma is coffee, chocolate. The appearance is dark black, tan head. The flavor is chocolate, licorice, coffee, cream, roast, very nice. The finish is sweet, then roasty, and pine. Medium/thick to thick in body. Very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AirForceHops (6849) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 18, 2013
12 oz. bottle purchased at Olivers Beverage Center, Albany, NY. No bottle date anywhere to be found. Sure it sat for a while since I bought it in July. Anyhow, thick opaque black with huge beige head slowly fading to a thin ring. Aroma is light roast, licorice and dark fruits. Flavor is an extension of the aroma with a strong boozy finish. The alcohol burn after the sip is pretty strong leaving huge warming sensation after the sip. After looking at all the parts of this brew, I still enjoyed it rather much.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
TourDeBeer (123) - your mummas pants, AUSTRALIA - AUG 13, 2013
Room temp, 20degrees, Caramel , alcohol, dark choc and coffee aromas, rich black in glass with a brown minimal head. Bitter on tongue first, smooth taste, minimal carbonation, lovely dry after taste leaving my mouth watering. I've brought four of these they are such a long drink, do not drink at fridge cold. -- rated via 'Find A Beer' for Blackberry 10

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
skmikeg (1826) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 10, 2013
Pours a pitch black with a one finger khaki head with decent lacing. Aroma is of roasted malts, bakers coco, coffee, licorice, and some burnt wood notes. Taste is roasted malts, bakers coco, coffee, molasses, burnt caramel, dark fruits, some smokey woods notes, and a little tobacco. Has a medium-full body with a creamy, oily mouthfeel, and a slightly dry, semi bitter, medium-long finish. Overall, a pretty nice imp. stout that is surprisingly smooth and non-boozy for 9,8% abv.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
ivyman123 (18) - Indiana, USA - AUG 8, 2013
Thick beige head. Strong, thick, chocolate/coffee smoky malts and boozy finish. Just about perfect.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
patricks110 (2468) - Alberta, CANADA - AUG 7, 2013
Great Imperial Stout. Pure black body with a thin tan head and frothy lacing rings. Nose is nicely roasted with syrupy espresso and dark chocolate. tons of sweet roasty goodness with a hint of bourbon barrel and licorice. Dark and deeply complex with big roasted malts and a bit of sweet dessertlike finush and warmth.

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