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RATINGS: 42   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 279   ABV: 9.3%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Originally created for the Russian royal family by English Brewers. With the untraditional addition of 168 lbs. of raspberries, this brew is Intensely Decadent.

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3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Leighton (19176) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 30, 2016
Draft at the brewery tap during RBWG 2014 - Asheville. Pours clear brown with a creamy, tan head. Rich dark chocolate is obvious, and it is cut nicely with juicy raspberry tang. Great nuance and integration. Full bodied with fine carbonation. Just a little warmth in the finish, some present sweetness, and lots more blended cocoa and fleshy raspberry. Lovely gear.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
magsinva (1117) - Virginia, USA - DEC 20, 2015
Tap @ Wedge - pours pitch with a tan head. Big dark raspberries bordering on artificial for some reason. Its all dark chocolate & raspberries with this one.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
woodychevy (850) - - DEC 10, 2015
On tap at source. Its unapologetically big, dark and bold. Fairly smooth with a full, satisfying mouthfeel. Raspberries come into play nicely at the end- not overpowering but certainly apparent. Nice tart addition. Still a fairly sweet overall impression but well done. Would drink this all winter.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bubbleflubber (2176) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - FEB 8, 2015
On tap at the brewery, this pours pitch black with a huge frothy choco-tan head that leaves thick ring lacing. The nose is of fresh raspberries. Dark chocolate malts, light roasts, dark raspberry esters in the mouth finish with a creamy bitter chocolate. Poured on nitro, The body is silky smooth with a creamy mouthfeel. Soft carbonation with complexity for days. Absolutely great! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DedicatedToFun (4000) - Santa Monica, California, USA - DEC 31, 2014
Tap, black pour, off white head, nose is chocolate, taste is chocolate, boozy, strong

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartinT (9499) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 10, 2014
My Bottom Line:
Raspberry syrup swims within this Imperial Stouts roasted malts, leading towards a bitter and sweet dessert.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam covers the blackness.
-This is too carbonated for this type of flavor profile, in my tastes.
-This tastes like a typical overly sugary American truffle.
-The mouthfeel is rich but not heavy.

On tap at the brewery taproom.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Lubiere (13060) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 6, 2014
A deep dark stout with a thin brown head. In aroma, sweet fruity chocolate malt with marshmallow, vanilla, alcohol warmth, very sweet. In mouth, a nice sweet fruity caramel malt with light grassy hops, alcohol warmth, chocolate malt, pleasant. On tap at brewery.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Travlr (21993) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - AUG 30, 2014
Draft at the source during RBWG. Very dark brown color, brown head. Aroma of rich chocolate covered raspberry truffles. Taste is similar. Delicious.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jackl (7093) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUN 26, 2014
Keg @ Wedge during RBWG, Asheville. Deep brown pour with a tight tan head. Wonderfully rich chocolate truffle cake drenched in raspberry coulis. Decadent flavor. Dessert in a glass. Chocolate malts, rich roast. Slightly tart dark fruits and wood. Smooth coffee creamer. Full body, rich. Overall, Foret Noire was very similar to this. Chocolate and tart dark fruits arent a novel matching of flavors, but damn it works.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
alexsdad06 (9437) - Ohio, USA - MAY 26, 2014
Draft at Wedge during RBWG. Pours dark brown to black in color with a smallbeige head. The aroma and flavor have roasted malt, dark chocolate, big raspberry, some earthy bitterness to the finish. Pretty solid, maybe not as full bodied as I would like, but good flavor.


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