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RATINGS: 100   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.93/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 45   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
Winner of the BRONZE award in the Imperial Stout Category at the 2000 World Beer Cup International Beer Competition. Russian Imperial Stouts were originally brewed for export to the Royal Court of Russia where they were enjoyed by Catherine the Great. Ours has a rich intense maltiness with black currant, toffee and dark roasted malt flavors. The higher alcohol content is sure to warm you up from the inside out.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 3, 2008
Nice dark roasted elements but not too bitter. Surprisingly light on the palate for the ABV (and that is not a criticism.) Nice coffee and licorice flavors.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
wilkie (1208) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - DEC 28, 2007
Growler at argo0s xmas party, thanks kmweaver! Pours black with medium tan head. Very malty aroma, earthy, coffee and chocolate. Flavor is quite similar, reminds me of North Coast Rasputin, but less coffee and sweeter. Some alcohol in aftertaste. Very nice beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 22, 2007
Many thanks to Craig for the hand-bottled bomber! Poured clear, deeper brown with a short, swirly cap of tan head.. medium-viscosity with lower carbonation. The aroma picked up somewhat singed dark chocolate, darker fruits (with black currants well-represented), and molasses, giving a warm, sweet impression.. some simple sugars apparent, but I found this really enjoyable! The flavor had a well-roasted caramel, dark chocolate, and molasses core with a bit of coffee bitterness and alcohol warmth at the back-end.. some brighter piney bitterness, caramel, and black currants on the sticky and long finish. Medium-plus bodied with lighter carbonation on the palate.. sticky and warm on the back with a dry herbal twist. This was a really good beer!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
JK (6046) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - DEC 18, 2007
This didnt seem like an imperial. The beer is black and quite thick, with low carbonation. The simple aroma has coffee and some malt, it does smell good. Flavor has more intense coffee, and medium sweet roasted malt. A great, thick palate, which is probably the best quality of this beer. A well done coffee stout. Thanks to Skyview for sharing.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - DEC 17, 2007
Hand bottled from cbkshubert. BIG THANKYOU!This poured big black body, tight tan head,. lots of chocolate and coffee in the nose. Taste was full body, coffee, and loads of chocolate. Vanilla lingers after the swallow. Loved this. Can only imagine how great this is fresh. A new major fav.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale ber alles, Arizona, USA - DEC 17, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 14, 2009 on tap @ TCB. pours black with a thin tan ring of foam. aroma of malted whoppers...chocolate, richly roasted grains, root beer and some ashiness/bitterness. flavor has everything in the aroma with the addition of black cherry, earth, wood and a nice ashy dry balance. finishes with a nice bitterness and leaves behind a nice chocolate and coffee aftertaste which lingers for quite a while. alcohol creeps in as it warms. medium to full bodied with a creamy rich mouth feel. it leaves a sticky chocolate film on my lips. not overly sweet as imperial stouts tend to be.

its confirmed... this is better than dark lord AND darkness. so, neener!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jasonp (1581) - Ashburn, Virginia, USA - DEC 16, 2007
Growler courtesy of kmweaver. Dark brown, almost black with a beige head. Pleasant chocolate roastiness with a hint of cereal in the nose. Flavor is very roasty/chocolatey with caramel, cherries, plum/raisin and a level of soil/earthiness. Pretty sweet. Full, round and creamy with moderate carbonation. Good stuff overall.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sthlm (1289) - Duluth, Minnesota, USA - DEC 15, 2007
[Growler, big thanks go to Skyview for sharing] Pours dark with a nice tan head. Aroma is roasted malt, coffee, and maybe molasses? Taste is mainly roasted malt and some chocolate, but also has some unusual almost peppery notes in it too. Medium-thin mouthfeel. Good long finish of coffee and something else that I cant quite make out. An unusual imperial, pretty good beer though.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mreusch (851) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - DEC 15, 2007
Handbottled bomber, courtesy of cbkschubert, thanks Craig! Pours a dark brown/black with a creamy one finger dark tan head, slight lacing. Aroma is fresh roast coffee, milk chocolate, cocoa, and slight citrus hops. Flavor starts with a pleasant hops bitterness, followed quickly by milk chocolate and espresso. Palate is full, smooth and silky, with a slight amount of the hops lingering. A well done IS, and glad for the chance to try!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
argo0 (14012) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 14, 2007
(growler, thanks kmweaver) Brown head atop brown-black body. Aroma is medium sweet, rich, milk chocolate, roast. Taste is sweet, milk chocolate, roast, light burnt. Smooth medium-full body, light alcohol burn.

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