Brewed by Parallel 49 Brewing Company
Style: Imperial Stout
Vancouver, Canada
Serve in Snifter


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RATINGS: 57   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 46   EST. CALORIES: 327   ABV: 10.9%
In the 18th century, this bold, strong stout was brewed in London for the long and treacherous trip to the Imperial courts of Russia. In keeping with this stoic tradition, this whiskey-barrel aged imperial stout is warm, full bodied and fit for a Czar. Ingredients: Roasted Barley, Pale, Chocolate, Munich & Crystal Malts, Magnum & Fuggles Hops, Yeast.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CapFlu (5103) - Victoria, British Columbia, - JAN 25, 2013
(650ml bottle) Purchased at Liquor Plus Douglas. Pours a medium, rich brown head atop a black head. Toasted notes, cocoa bits and black licorice. The flavour is smooth - some soy and deep roasted and toffee malts and waffer bars. Bang on in presentation and execution. Very nice. --- reviewed on RateBeer.com

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pushkinwow (2716) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 18, 2016
Bottle. Black with a creamy light mocha head. Chocolate, vanilla, light booze, drip coffee, coconut husk, moderate carbonation and although full body seems thin on the palate, or at least not very viscous, sweet on finish with some rye, whiskey, chocolate and vanilla.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
andrewje41 (3290) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - FEB 21, 2016
650 ml bottle poured. Waxed. Pour a dark reddish black with a small bubble head. Rough aroma of overly sweet malt. Flavor is much smoother with chocolate, dark fruit. And a big sweet finish. Interesting beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Bov (12277) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - JUN 15, 2015
courtesy of fiulijn - black beer with no head retention; aroma of dark chocolate, whisky, vanilla and tobacco; light notes of burnt ribbon; full-bodied, sweet, quite thick, some fair bitterness; aftertaste of figs, black chocolate and vanilla, corn and burnt ribbon again, light reminiscence of whisky wood - good but not my favorite IRS profile

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
luttonm (5273) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 26, 2016
Bottle via the Vancouver crew. Clear-edged brown. Brown head. Molasses sweet, vanilla-tweaked. Could use age, mild chocolate and mocha. Better body than I first thought. Touch of soy. Alright.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
daniele (8478) - ITALY - NOV 6, 2015
thanks alex Bottle scura non molta schiuma fine media persistenza vaniglia filo legno abbastanza morbida melassa

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
beerplace (1160) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 5, 2016
UPDATED: DEC 17, 2016 05-Mar-2016. On tap at Alibi Room. Aroma is dark fruits, alcohol, some notes of coffee and chocolate. Taste is sweet, dark fruits, alcohol, some chocolate. Roasted malt aftertaste. Just not bad as for RIS. 6-4-6-4-12=32

17-Dec-2016. On tap at St. Augustines with CPA mates. Pours a dark brown with a dark beige head. Aroma is very weak, some roasted malt. Taste is roasted malt, dark fruits, roasted seeds. Quite good. 5-4-8-4-15=36

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DeanF (2404) - Alberta, CANADA - AUG 14, 2015
2015 edition bottle, 11.9% alcohol listed. Black body with a hint of transparency and a very modest beige head. Heavy aroma of fusels and cherries, some notes of barley but the chemicals are coming off way too strong on the nose. Flavour is thick and chewy molasses and licorice, strong with a bite, and a dry finish. This hits on a few levels but it lacks the finesse that a brute of a brew like this style should have - its overbearing at this point.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Kobold (38) - British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 30, 2016
A Russian imperial stout demon converted to angelicness. The Paradisio to the usual Inferno of the genre...... Where there had been burn there is salve; where there had been ash there is smiling vanilla; where there had been unforgiving leather lashings there are calming strokes of summer cherry. Milkiness without conditions. Sweet tarred raisins. And yet a burning gnaws underneath, a restricted destruction corralled by the consequences of changing allegiances back to the infernal. Emptied, the glass smells of soy sauce..... All things good of infancy and childhood: your first suckling; your first piece of birthday cake; your first Halloween treat; your first awareness of being loved. The barrels alcohol is the constant sequencing these primary memories of oily, toasty, sugary goodness...... And still, the barrel juices make me melancholic while my mouth burns succulent....

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
yourilevesque (1610) - Montral, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 14, 2015
Thanks to Matt for this brew! La bire est noire et une belle mousse claire couronne ce liquide aux allures visqueuses. Armes typiques de RIS o lon retrouve une quantit importante de malts ici brls librant non seulement des parfums des fume mais aussi de caf et de vanille. Un alcool chaud se manifeste galement et est accompagn de fruits confits et dautres schs. En bouche le liquide est bien dense et assez effervescent. De la rglisse noire en quantit importante et une torrfaction laissant la bouche pteuse.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Boutip (6097) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 1, 2015
Bottle: Poured a dark black color stout with a nice dark brown foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of roasted malt with some black chocolates notes with some dry woody notes. Taste is also dominated by dry woody notes with light vanilla undertones and some dry and bitter black chocolate notes. Body is about average but thinner then I was anticipating with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. A bit too dry for my taste buds and lacking body with some lack of integration between al the flavors.

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