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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 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jbruner (5026) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAY 3, 2013
Bottle thanks to my brother for my birthday! Pours an opaque black with thin ring of tan lace that doesn’t really stick. Aroma was grant on the booze or of the gate, but as it warmed chocolate and roasted malt came out nicely. Taste was chocolate with no real hint of the booze, coffee as it warmed up. Nice, nothing crazy but definitely solid.

Aragh (280) - POLAND - SEP 20, 2017
Kolor hebanu z minimalnym rubinowym prześwitem, obwódka piany. Zapach mocno czekoladowy z nutami miętowej świeżości, piwnicy i kawy. W smaku umiarkowanie słodkie, gorzka czekolada, świeża kawa, śmietanka, wanilia, niewielka cierpkość, alkohol dobrze ukryty, nieznaczne ciepło w przełyku. Bardzo gładkie i pijalne, dobre zbalansowane, mogłoby być jeszcze nieco intensywniejsze i gęstsze.

Geokkjer (7642) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - SEP 1, 2017
UPDATED: SEP 1, 2017 Bottle. Pours dark brown with an off-white head. Aroma of roasted malt, licorice, coffee and malt. Flavor is sweet and malty with some warming alcohol , roasted malt and coffee. Medium body, average carbonation.

Iznogud (4030) - CROATIA - AUG 25, 2017
Bottle, 355 at Carnitas North Park, San Diego. Pours dark brown, medium beige head. Roasted malts, dark chocolate, caramel, some dark fruit, alcohol, sweet with rough boozy and bitter finish. Quite unpleasant. Medium bodied. Something went wrong here, wonder if it’s the bottle.

vincentvega72 (807) - Terneuzen, NETHERLANDS - JUN 21, 2017
Puur zwart bier, olie-achtige textuur. Dikke mokkakleurige schuimkraag die langzaam inzakt tot fijn laagje. Roast, pure chocolade, espresso, leer, tabak. Lange bittere afdronk. Enige minpuntje : had tikkeltje dikker/romiger mogen zijn. Bier is niet dun, daar niet van, maar de smaak eist een dikker mondgevoel. Voor de rest prima stout.

Kiezmar (765) - Kraków, POLAND - JUN 18, 2017
Bottle. Caramel, bread, grain coffee. Medium mody, a little bit alcoholic but smooth.

katrinaez (2147) - norristown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 10, 2017
Pours dark black, boozy aroma of smoke and malts, much smoother taste, some bitter malts, enjoyable. Charred mossy taste. tap at brewery.

DwarfeD (3540) - Amersfoort, NETHERLANDS - MAY 27, 2017
Bottle at home. Hazy dark brown with a medium beige head. Medium to full body with low to moderate carbonation. Well balanced bitter and subtle sweet tones. Caramel, nuts, roasted malts, vanilla, oak and spices. Very good.

bytemesis (8823) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - MAY 21, 2017
Bottle. Pours clear reddish black, medium creamy tan head, dissipates fairly slowly, nice lacing. Aroma is roast, molasses, cocoa, tobacco. Medium sweet, medium bitter. Medium plus body, classic straightforward chewy and adjunct free. Well crafted.

Pubrat (3) - Virginia, USA - MAY 21, 2017 does not count
Bottle. Dark and strong. Can see why they say port, but I’m getting pumpernickel too. A little sticky, a little sweet, but mostly a good robust stout.

fugitive (2027) - Athens, GREECE - MAY 14, 2017
Bottle. Color black with medium brown head. Aroma malt, chocolate, roasted. Taste sweet, dark chocolate, roasted, some bitterness.

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