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RATINGS: 1045   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 276   ABV: 9.2%
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Our take on the stout brewed by 18th century English brewers for the Russian Imperial Court of Catherine II. The special malted barley in this intense and massive brew delivers rich flavors like dark chocolate, coffee and anise.

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3.5
NickVega (154) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - APR 14, 2010
Tingle of alcohol right at the end, really nice roasted chocolate malt flavor, a bit thin for an Imperial Stout these days--kind of a throwback Imperial. Some bitterness, mouthfeel is just a bit thin, aroma is nice--of raisins, dates, malt.

3.6
phiconners (151) - Massachusetts, USA - MAR 14, 2009
Pours a dark black. Malt comes through, smooth mouthfeel. Overall it was good, but maybe not as complex as some other top stouts. Maybe storing it for a while will bring out more complexity.

4.2
Hoppsan (151) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - OCT 4, 2013
33cl bottle. Pours pitch black with a nice thick creamy head. Aroma and taste is full of vanilla, coffee, chocolate, roasted malts, lactose and hops. Mouth feel is thinner than most RISs, increasing drinkability. Lovely, well-balanced brew! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.5
sandberglar (148) - Scottsdale, USA - JUN 17, 2010
Black with a brown head, aromas of chocolate and faint roasted malt. Carbonation is good, as well as the thick mouth full. Dark chocolate, roasted malts, and maybe a hint of dark fruits? Not too shabby for a Sam Adams.

3.5
DiabolikDUB (147) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 1, 2009
The beer pours jet black into the glass with a nice one inch mocha colored head. Much darker than I was expecting this to turn out. The smell is a bit faint with a little bit of roastiness. This taste is surprisingly nice, roasted malts and caramel with a touch of coffee. The beer is a little watery upfront but comes through in the end with a nice bitter finish Im very happy I got to try this beer. For the money its a pretty good deal. I didnt expect too much going into the tasting and left extremely satisfied.

3.4
Botnik (142) - Fall River, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 17, 2009
Pours Black with a thin brown head. Roasted Malt background. A bit tangy and dry for my taste. Alcohol is sufficiently masked.

3.2
harbuck76 (134) - El Cajon, California, USA - APR 22, 2009
12 oz bottle Pours dark brown almost black with medium brown creamy head. aroma is chocolate roasted malt , coffee. taste is espresso some chocolate . finishes smooth with slight hop bitterness. decent .lacks a little in the flavor department..

3.9
ajwilliams (132) - , Indiana, USA - AUG 9, 2009
Pours a deep black with a thick dark brown head that settles quickly. Aroma of dark sweet chocolate, dark fruit, coffee, and roasted malt. Flavor starts with bitter black coffee, followed by chocolaty smoothness, and finishes dry. Smooth, almost chalky feel. Pretty good, and nice to sip.

3.1
drewaha (129) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 22, 2012
Pours a dark, dark brown with a half-inch head into a snifter. Typical chocolate and roasted coffee notes. Taste is more bitter than sweet. I prefer my IS more balanced than this. So so beer

3.9
RedCloud (129) - Rhode Island, USA - APR 6, 2013
Pours a very dark oil black that thins out to a very dark brown color. Dark-tan head is fairly minimal, but with some sticky lacing. Smell is of milk chocolate, light caramel, and very light pipe tobacco. Taste starts with lightly bittersweet chocolate, and only a slight hint of anise, before opening up into dark roast coffee, bitter toffee, and mild cigar tobacco. Finish has a lingering roastiness and bitterness. More hearty than robust. Mouthfeel is full and fairly chewy.


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