RATINGS: 69   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 330   ABV: 11%
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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Ungstrup (38941) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - MAY 22, 2005
[At GABF, 2004] A pitch black beer with a small disappearing brown head. The aroma is sweet roasty with slight coffee notes. The flavor is sweet and roasted with weak notes of chocolate and coffee as well as hints of alcohol, but the alcohol burns slightly in the finish. Too sweet and too simple for me.

Ferris (17098) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 11, 2015
Draft - Roast malts and some fruity notes. Deep jet black with a rich brown head. Light sweet roast malts, dark fruit and some sweetness. Pretty mellow and boring for the style.

hopdog (13239) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 24, 2004
On tap at Triumph in New Hope. Poured a dark black with an averaged sized tan head. Chocolate with light coffee aromas and tastes. Creamy body. Alcohol makes itself known in the taste. Light bitter finish.

jcwattsrugger (12559) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JAN 12, 2006
on tap-pours a rich, lasting light brown head that laces. Black in color. Aroma is malt, chocolate, alcohol, licorice. Taste is malt, coffee, licorice. Full bodied. Nice, not my taste.

DocLock (11189) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 28, 2004
Had this on draft at the Manayunk event. In my opinion, this was by far the beer of the show, and one of the best beers I have ever had. I was fortunate enough to have this as my first beer of the day at Manayunk, and it blew me away. I said to one of the ladies working the Triumph booth, "This event just started and I may have already tasted the beer of the show!" I was right. Pours dark black, with a huge, gorgeous tan head and continued lacing. Aroma of roasty malt, creaminess, nuts, coffee, molasses, and chocolate. Tastes very creamy, malty, with hints of coffee, chocolate, nuts, cream, roastiness, and hop presence at the finish. Very well hidden alcohol. One of the best beers I have ever had.

Fin (11059) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 10, 2008
On tap at the Brew Pub, Philadelphia 18-11-08. Pours black with a creamy very Guinness like head on top apart from the head is tan in colour. The taste is exceptionally smooth and creamy with some nice soft and roasty flavours a bit like Irish coffee at times in both appearance and smoothness but with less of a coffee edge. The alcohol whilst ever present never intrudes and is a warming presence. A good beer that I was hoping would have been even better, but it lacked overall complexity to move it onto the next notch. A6 A5 F6 P4 OV14 3.5

kp (10880) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - OCT 21, 2007
Date: 10/11/2007
Mode: Draft
Source: Brewfest, GABF
Words: New Hope PA

black, fine tan head, lightly sweet dark chocolate and roasted aroma, rich dry dark chocolate flavor, bitterness from the dark chocolate, light roast for balancing bitterness,

Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 13/20
Rating: 3.3/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: **+/4

MartinT (10155) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 12, 2005
On tap at the New Hope location:

The Lure:
Soy sweetness and roasted malt shyness slowly rise from the bed of dates and raisins they were bathing in. Black beans are evoked strangely, and overall this isn’t appealing enough for the style.

The Festivities:
Coffee beans and dark chocolate evolve into a strong back bitterness which diversifies the forceful sweetness. Flavors appear muddled for now, maybe this is a little too young for my tastes in the style. Not a top notch example imho, but a big and fun hunk of malt sweetness for those who like that.

I never could eat all my candy at Halloween.

3fourths (9367) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 4, 2004
UPDATED: OCT 10, 2013 GABF 2004. Black body with a small tan and brown head, with heavy, oily lacing. Big nose of molasses, chocolate and coffee, burnt malts, sweet plum with some harsh hops and some wine aromas... wood and grapes! Flavor has some cherry, wood, port-like notes... smoky... oily and semi-think texture, but not very deep, still, quite good. Medium-to-heavy alcohol present, a little burning with a bitter and harsh finish.

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.

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