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RATINGS: 1039   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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3.3
17thfloor (2444) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 20, 2009
Okay three strikes and you’re out so lets see what happens here... Fantastic pour, obsidian like, large thick frothy cascading tan head. Corse roasted, slightly burnt, malt aroma with noticeable alcohol, notes of varnish, touch of raisins and a bit grassy, maybe some soy. Well, I suppose this is the least evil of the three releases, but still non entirely inoffensive. Floral and fruity first taste over creamy dark chocolate, sour bread, caramel, light anise/herbs, and just a touch of the alcohol is defused. As with the other two brews the finish is really the weak point where the beer starts to fall apart. Odd grainy anise/licorice aftertaste. Body is medium-full, oily and dull, can feel the alcohol on the tongue and the back of the mouth, the carbonation is quite nice, fine and sparkly but disappears way too fast. Leaves a viscous syrupy feeling in the mouth.

3.3
jrob21 (3801) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 27, 2010
Nothing incredibly unique here but an easily approachable imperial stout. It does have a bit more of a molasses and soy sauce sort of flavor to it. Still pretty sweet and pretty full of roasted malt and bittersweet coffee in the flavor. A touch of bitterness on the finish. Aroma is soy sauce and a little bit of roasted coffee.

3.3
AR (1002) - Georgia, USA - OCT 7, 2010
Dark black with a small brown head. The aroma is somewhat subdued for an imperial stout, but has a definite chocolate/coffee smell. The same is true of the flavor, chocolate and coffee. There is also a bit of metalic flavor and a lack of a smooth blending.

3.3
arminjewell (9720) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - OCT 13, 2010
Deep brown/black pour with off white head, aroma is some chocolate, coffee, booze, touch of anise. Taste is pretty messy with parts of chocolate, coffee, anise, and booze. Okay attempt, but thin, and messy.

3.3
imaragingbull (579) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - OCT 16, 2010
330ml bottle. Pours opaque black with light tan head. A bit of sweet caramel, toffee and dark malt sweetness with a touch of cherry on the nose. Medium body, flavours of sweet dark burnt toffee, anise, chocolate with a touch of roast. Finish has a touch of complexity, but very smooth and easy going for a RIS.

3.3
wnoble (1251) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - NOV 5, 2010
Good hop. malt, and fruit nose. Good. taste of imp stout. Not as viscous as I like but still good

3.3
bth122 (1639) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 14, 2010
Poured a thick, dark, color with medium full brown head. Aroma of cocoa, alcohol, roasty. Taste is light sweet, and lite bitter, slight sourness. Full bodied. Thick texture. Soft carbonation. Little metallic tasting. Alchohol is there. Not bad.

3.3
flemdawg (565) - Rowlett, Texas, USA - OCT 21, 2011
Black body with a nice looking tan head with looking sheeting down the glass. Caramel, malted milk balls, chocolate, and a slight whiff of alochol. A bit of alcohol heat in the front, followed by some chocolate, a hint of plum. A lingering bitterness at the finish. Pretty average mouthfeel. Not a bad offering from SA.

3.3
keanex (1799) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - FEB 27, 2012
Poured into a snifter from an older Imperial Series bottle, it has a purple label.

A: Pitch black body with a thin tan head that doesn’t stay around long.

S: Lots of fig coming through with some roasted malts, very fig forward and unbalanced, only the slightest chocolate coming through.

T: Lots of raisin and fig here with only a tad of roasted malts and chocolate, not a fan.

M: Medium to full bodied with light carbonation.

O: Not enjoying this very much, avoid for better stuff.

3.3
ADfan (877) - Orange County, California, USA - MAY 17, 2012
Very dark brown color in the glass with a medium head. The aroma is strong with alcohol, currants. Taste has cough drops and more alcohol. Strong coffee also lingers in the finish.


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