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RATINGS: 69   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
To appeal to the hard drinking populace of Czarist Russia, English brewers developed this very strong (9% abv) and rich style of beer. Black and viscous, and heavily hopped, it became a favorite of the Imperial court, from which it takes its name.
2011 vintage - 9.0% abv

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3.4
hbmason (1086) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - JAN 22, 2011
on tap at philly location brewery. pitch black with a nice head. a little low in alcohol for an imperial, very drinkable though

3.6
boto (2261) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - JAN 8, 2011
Draught in Philly location: This was served in a snifter. It poured an inky, opaque brown color. There was a fairly substantial creamy tan head on it. It has a nice nose. Some chocolate, roastiness and citrus hops. The taste is good, but perhaps a little light for a RIS. Chocolate notes, some roastiness. The taste is just a touch bitter in the finish. Nice.

3.8
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - DEC 11, 2009
Draft. Pours a black body with a tan head. Malty chocolate notes, molasses, sweet with some light lactose notes. Some light wood and smoky tones. Vinous with some dark esters and a slick warming finish. Good beer.

4.2
dnstone (3485) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - DEC 8, 2009
Chocolately nose. Deep black with tan head. Chewy chocolatey taste with strong roasty chocolate notes.

3.4
nickd717 (4822) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 13, 2009
On tap at GABF 2009. This was decent but not one of the better RISes I had there. Nice appearance, jet black with a large tan head. Aroma is pretty good, with roast, coffee, chocolate, and dark fruits. Flavor falls a bit short. Sweet malt, roast, coffee, chocolate, red berries, alcohol, and...well...water. Nice flavor but it’s just not all there like I expect for a RIS. Palate is somewhat weak and watery for the style, and a bit boozy.

3.6
DJMonarch (9179) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - JUL 5, 2009
From the Jug at the GABF, Colorado Convention Center 11/10/2007 Fruit and coffee aromas. Small beige head. Black rich on the palate and strong in alcohol with a bitter lasting full coffee roast finish.

2.9
fredandboboflo (1570) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 15, 2009
Nitro at Philly location. Aroma of chocolate, cream, nuts (almonds?), sweet roasted malt. Flavor suddenly has tons of incredibly sweet, dark fruits and an equally intense, sweet, alcohol character. There is also a chocolate creaminess and nice dark grains, but there is way too much sweetness and alcohol getting through here. The palate becomes quite cloying and alcoholic very fast. I have to think this would be better taken off nitro, but either way, sadly this beer with some really nice aromas and flavors turned into a sweet, alcoholic mess.

3.3
LilBeerDoctor (4134) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 10, 2009
On tap at the brewpub in Philadelphia. Pours black with a thick nitro head. Aroma of chocolate, and chalky roasted malt. Flavor of sweet rich malt, chocolate, alcohol. A bit heavy on the mouthfeel. The aroma is better than the flavor. Hard to drink. 7/4/6/3/13 (3.3/5)

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arjoseph (642) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 3, 2009
GABF 2007. Nice sweetness at first. The initial flavor is of chocolate hop oil. After that it opens into a fuller hop-forward taste as the malts fade. Finish is dry and dusty, earthy, and it goes on forever. One of the hoppier stouts I’ve had in a while. Smells of toffee, caramel, and roasted malts, but none of the coffee or chocolate that I’ve come to expect from this style (a nice change of pace).

4
santos999 (318) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 30, 2008
On tap in Philly. Very dark black with a nice rich chocolate head. The aroma is potent and full of chocolate, coffee, and alcohol. The taste is smooth, creamy, and delicious. Lots of espresso, cocoa, spice, heat, oak and roasty notes. Delicious.


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