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RATINGS: 488   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 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TAR (2708) - Marshall (Asheville area), North Carolina, USA - JUL 30, 2013
UPDATED: AUG 1, 2013 Jet-black. Voluminous fine-bubbled cinnamon head coats the glass with ornate lacework. Dizzyingly complex malt aromatics of road tar, chocolate-covered espresso beans, salmiakki, earthy carob, vanilla bean, toasted graham cracker and burnt toffee excite the olfactory. Distant smoke, charcoal and peachy hops. Seductively soft and velvety mouthfeel. Tacky residuals immediately drip from the multilayered malt and ooze forth with a refined viscosity reminiscent of liquefied fudge laced with an ink-soaked blueberry vibrancy. Sharper seared-malt acids are enveloped by a fluffy smoke-and-nougat combo along with a profoundly dextrin-rich toastiness which further aids the velvety carbonation. Twist of citrusy hops provides some balance while fittingly echoing the array of fruity esters and profuse vinous qualities. Malt intricacy continues as a deeply browned bread (Crystal?) bitterness is supplied to the boundless, multilayered richness. Dab of caramelized brown sugar in there as well. Nary a hint of alcohol exudes amid the massive weight of the body. Utterly satiating in its malty fullness and untamed viscosity, though the sweetness is kept at bay by an intricately-woven blend of snug char, bittersweet chocolate, and burnt cocoa dryness. Brisk char and smoky espresso linger for an eternity in the complex, well-balanced finish. Wow, talk about a merciless assault of malt, malt, and more malt. Staggering depth, luxurious mouthfeel, intimidating blacker-than-black appearance, you name it. The vast majority of beers of this ilk would be kitchen-sink sugar-and-alcohol bombs, and the fact that this remains drinkable, nonetheless enjoyable despite the bodys girth, is a feat unto itself. And its bottle-conditioned, to boot. Hats off!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 9/20
metallife (2) - California, USA - JUL 29, 2013 does not count
Chocolate, coffee, roasty, nuts, smooth, not too bitter, pleasant aftertaste, well balanced earthy flavor

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
mrmartin (780) - New York, New York, USA - JUL 29, 2013
Black pour with thin line of tan head. Nose is Dark and roasted malts with a light fruity sweetness. Coffee, Roasted malts, hint of dark fruit and bittersweet chocolate. Light body, clean bitter finish. Quite drinkable but ultimately forgettable RIS

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fonefan (46664) - VestJylland, DENMARK - JUL 27, 2013

Bottle 22fl.oz. @ [ (Easter "Flags of many nations" Tasting) by Chriso - London ].

Clear dark black brown colour with a average, frothy, fair lacing, mostly diminishing, light brown head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, roasted, chocolate, coffee, tart notes, light alcohol. Flavour is moderate to heavy sweet and moderate bitter with a long duration. Body is medium full, texture is oily, carbonation is soft to flat. [20130331]

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheEpeeist (3709) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 21, 2013
12 oz bottle. Inky brown with dark tan frosting. Nose is cocoa, smoky prune and salty licorice. Creamy medium body with a sharp alcohol bite. Taste is woody blackberry, dark roast and bittersweet chocolate with a lingering, slightly sour, red wine note that adds a nice layer of complexity.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Shooter42 (132) - California, USA - JUL 19, 2013
UPDATED: JUL 28, 2013 Very tasty dark and complex russian stout. I really enjoyed the smooth and rich mouthfeel and found it very easy to drink. Nice flavors of coffee and dark chocolate mixed with ripe fruit. The alcohol is so well hidden that you would never know this was a 9.8% ABV beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jado (796) - Camp Hill, AUSTRALIA - JUL 9, 2013
From 355 ml bottle. One of the darkest beers Ive ever seen. Solid black, no light coming through at all with a dark brown head. Aromas of aniseed, prunes, dates, figs and chocolate. The taste starts out with smooth milk chocolate and dark fruit before a robust espresso/dark chocolate bitterness comes through. Lingering, rich chocolatey finish. Thick but velvety smooth body. Awesome.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
reebtogi (6022) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 5, 2013
650ml bottle pours black in color with a finger of brown head that leaves some spotted lacing behind. Aroma is dark fruits (wine grapes and/or prunes) with roasted grains and chocolate. Taste is a roasted grain bitterness with a chocolate malty sweetness and a red wine grape dry finish. Also, has a hint of brandy. Medium to heavy bodied with some decent carbonation. A rich and complex Imperial stout that begs to be sampled. Well done.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 4/20
wzd (4) - Colorado, USA - JUN 29, 2013 does not count
A nice body, nice head, starts out like a very nice rich stout, but the "roasty" malt is just a little too toasty, with hints of burnt, which kills it for me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
jivy26 (32) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - JUN 24, 2013
Tastes of chocolate and roasts with a dark color and slight head at pour. Very solid imperial stout.

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