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RATINGS: 492   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.86/5   EST. CALORIES: 294   ABV: 9.8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Palme (4484) - Bergen, NORWAY - JUL 6, 2016
0.355l bottle. Yeah, its undoubtedly a dark black oily one this. On top theres a super creamy but fading beige head. On the nose it has lots of marshmallows, roasted goodness and its quite on the sweeter path. Some woody tones, chocolate for sure and a little sweet licorice thing. Smells nice. It doesnt taste bad eiter this. In the mouth its nice and oily and its soft on the carbonation. Much more licorice in the taste. The salty good kind, next along with espresso coffee, bitter cocoa beans and vanilla hints. Its a really flavorful one, dark and perfect for sipping. Nice. 18.12.2015

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
markoijelena (3073) - Belgrade / Amsterdam, SERBIA - JUN 29, 2016
Bottle 0.33l at my place Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Bottle from Sterk Share with Zlotta. 31.05.2016. Pour it dark color with small black color . Aroma chocolate, strange funky plum. Taste really creamy smooth, pleasent coffee, bitterish, chocolate, peppery chilli, nice balanced,all packed. Good

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
tomekk1978 (1394) - Zbki, POLAND - JUN 20, 2016
Aromat: palony, czekolady, melano, lukrecji i sporo estrw (śliwki, banany). Może nie przytłaczają, ale są wyraźne. Alkohol także obecny, jednak nie przeszkadza.

Wygląd: barwa czarna, nieprzejrzysta. Piana beżowa, drobno pęcherzykowa, umiarkowanej wielkości i szybko opadająca. To najsłabszy punkt tego piwa. Nieco oleista konsystencja.

Smak: umiarkowana słodycz, złamana kwaskowością, melano, kakao, czekolada, paloność, ale subtelna, bardziej nuty opiekane, no mocno spieczone. Trochę owocw czy alkoholu, ale są one przyjemnym dopełnieniem, bowiem całość jest dość ułożona. Goryczka stonowana, zaskakująco niska, jak na IS. Prawie krągła pełnia, umiarkowane do niskiego wysycenie i ciemno słodowy finisz nutą kwaskową oraz alkoholem rozgrzewającym przełyk. Nieco zbyt estrowy - jak dla mnie - imperial, jednak poza tym całkiem ułożony. Wypiłem z przyjemnością.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mabel (8735) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 18, 2016
[8179-20160503] 12floz bottle. Burnt soy sauce and roasted grains aroma. Black cola body with a quick foamy off-white head. Roasted sweet soy sauce flavour. Medium-full body. Good. (7/3/8/4/15) 3.7
(@ Drink LA, LAX Tom Bradley International Terminal, Los Angeles, CA)

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jercraigs (10258) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 8, 2016
2016-05-03. Black body, small tan head fades. 3++ Aroma is moderately alcoholic, dark malt. Flavour is pleasant, sweet dark malt core but lots of bitter cocoa roast. Finishes on the dry side, lingering cocoa roast in the finish. 7++ Average plus to medium bodied palate, good carbonation. 3+ 7/3/8/3-4/15-16 Bottle at Drink LA, LAX.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Plovmand (8127) - Helsinge, DENMARK - JUN 7, 2016
Bottle. It pours black with a small beige head. The aroma is bit sugary with ripe fruity notes. Some roasted notes. Boozy and roasted flavor. Light ash and licorice. Bitter roasted finish.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
karpik (1034) - Sosnowiec, POLAND - JUN 4, 2016
Coffee, chocolate, vanilla and roasty aroma. Pours black with tan head. Taste is medium sweet with coffee, vanilla shake and some booze. Finish is moderate bitter. Overall good stuff.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tightslice (1182) - Redwood City, California, USA - JUN 3, 2016
Bottle from BevMo! Aroma is licorice, sweet dark things. Taste is licorice, some liqueur. Loads of licorice and dark malt candies, molasses. Very rich.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Zlotta (2878) - Hagen / Bonn, GERMANY - MAY 31, 2016
0.355 l bottle shared by markoijelena, thanks! Pitch black with a thin, light brown layer. Sweetish-malty, slightly roasty aroma dark chocolate, some coffee, molasses, toasted nuts and some caramel. Sweetish-malty, slightly roasty taste of dark chocolate, some coffee, nougat, toasted nuts and some vanilla, followed by a medium long, slightly roasty-bitter finish. Medium to full body, creamy mouthfeel, soft carbonation. Moreish, tasty and superbly balanced, maybe a bit sweet. Somehow reminds me of Jopens Houten Haarlemmer.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MelvinKalksma (1414) - NETHERLANDS - MAY 28, 2016

Aroma:
Medium/heavy aroma of malts, caramel, liquorice, chocolate, roasted malts and coffee.

Appearance:
Opaque black beer with a slight/medium dark brown head.

Taste/Palate:
Starts medium sweet with malts, caramel, liquorice and chocolate; ends slightly bitter with roasted malts and coffee.

Overall:
This beer is rather intense, complex and balanced. Could have been better and misses umph factor.


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