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RATINGS: 507   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.13/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Our rich, roasted black ale inspired by the strong stouts exported by Great Britain in the 1800's to the Russian Czar's court.

Editor's Note: ABV changed to 10.5% in 2008 (was previously 9.5%).


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4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - APR 18, 2005
Sampled at Brewtopia (ugh). Chocolate, molasses, vanilla, sweet cream, pine, orange, alcohol...this one has it all. Wonderfully black beer with a dense, brown, creamy head. Heavily sweet, moderately acidic, moderately bitter flavor becomes a moderately sweet, moderately acidic, heavily bitter finish. Nice combination of roasty and hoppy bitterness. Full body, creamy texture, lively carbonation and some (appropriate) alcohol. The bottom line is: every bit as good as advertised...And I poured my own sample, so, yippee! I should have consumed much, much more of this!

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hopscotch (11024) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - APR 18, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 21, 2006 Draft... Spring Brewtopia 2005... This beer rocks!... Pitch black ale with a small, milky, well-tanned head. The nose is all chocolate, vanilla, espresso and black cherries. The flavor is big time malty and sweet up front with chocolate, espresso and excruciatingly bitter, burnt notes on the backside. Full-bodied with a mouthfeel of resin and sawdust. Lively carbonation. Lengthy, chocolatey, bitter-sweet finish. Way more bitter than sweet. Wonderful creation!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
jimmack (1223) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - APR 17, 2005
On tap at Brewtopia 05. First beer I tried on the night, and also my last. Probably the best beer sampled at the event. Rich black color with a small dark tan head. Nice dark roasted malt aroma with plenty of chocolate and a whiff of smoke. Somewhat sweet flavor of roasted malts, dark chocolate and a hint of coffee. Nice, thick chewy mouthfeel. Excellent!

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - APR 17, 2005
04.16.05 Brewtopia 05, Draught. Now this stuff was great! Maple-black pour; dark brown head. Choco-roaty with much pitch, caramelized fig. Unctuous as a beer can be. Really sweet on first sip, settles in to chocolate and roast - sharp hop bite to finish. Excellent balance, . Really thick. Very tasty.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Shadrach (176) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - APR 17, 2005
Brewtopia 05. Poured dark black, brown with stong mocha coffee aroma. Taste was equally strong with a mix of mocha, espresso, chocolate malt and cream near the end. Very rich stout.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerslayer (753) - New Jersey, USA - APR 17, 2005
Had this at Brewtopia I guess yesterday. Good Imperial Stout. Coffee, some chocolate and malt flavors. Finishes clean, and smooth. A good brew.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
IMtheOptimator (1167) - Brookfield, Connecticut, USA - APR 16, 2005
Sampled at Brewtopia 2005. What a find! Unfortunately served at refrigerator temperature, so I tried to account for that. Poured thick black with a creamy dark brown head. Strong aroma of roasted coffee, like it was being brewed next to me. Taste is heavy, heavy roasted coffee with a bitingly bitter finish. Alcohol is very well hidden. Nicely made strong coffee stout. Didnt taste a lot of sweetness in this one, which may have been due to the temperature.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
muzzlehatch (4942) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - APR 14, 2005
22 oz bottle consumed all by my lonesome. Inky motor-oil pour with a cloud of whipped mocha mousse topping it, could not be more beautiful....thick leathery bitter chocolate-espresso burns and invigorates the nose...rich mocha-espresso-drenched caky body, mixed bitter-sweetness beautifully balanced, touches of vanilla and raisins as it warms....beautifully silky-smooth body competes with roasty harshness. An IS that balances the bitter extremes (McNeills) and the sweet (Dark Lord) extravagantly well...above average even for this great brewery.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
tiggmtl (4545) - East York, Ontario, CANADA - APR 12, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 25, 2006 Chocolate-cocoa and a fairly strong roastiness in the massive and appealing aroma. Opaque black body is topped with a generous dark brown head that recedes to thick and lasting cover while coating the glass. Strong chocolate flavour has moderate roastiness and some dark fruits. Overall sensation is a pleasant transition from sweet through to bitter, almost burnt flavours. Medium-full body is very dry and well-attenuated with moderate carbonation. Extrememly well-made and enjoyable to savour with friends. Just when I though I was getting fed-up with imperial stouts, this one proves me wrong. Stem glass, allowed to warm from fridge temp. Bottle (Half Time, Mar. 2005) enjoyed with MRomero548, Olivier, Rastacouere and Taktik_MTL. After many resamplings, I can only add that this could be the cream of the crop... (Bumped up overall score by two points).

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
TaktikMTL (7710) - Montral, Quebec, CANADA - APR 11, 2005
Bouteille de 22 oz dguste chez Tiggmtl en compagnie de Rastacouere et MrRomero548. Arme: Odeur de caf, de cacao et danis. Apparence: Couleur noire opaque. Col moyen de couleur chocolat au lait. Fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Got de caf torrfi. Dure de larrire got moyen. Palette: Corps plein. Carbonisation moyenne. Arrire got de caf. (Rating #124)


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