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RATINGS: 44   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71/5   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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3.2
Homer321 (5008) - Melboring, Florida, USA - MAY 11, 2017
Draft at source. Strong fruity aroma and flavor. I didn’t realize this was a fruited stout. Ok. Restart. Decent but still weird.

3.8
Dogbrick (12912) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 1, 2017
UPDATED: JAN 2, 2017 Sample at the taproom. Black pour with a medium foamy tan head that diminishes gradually to a film. Partial rings of lacing. Roast malt, dark chocolate and fruit in the nose. Medium to full body with flavors of roasted malt, bittersweet chocolate and raspberry. The finish is malty up front with a lingering berry aftertaste. Pretty good overall.

3.9
Leighton (21083) - 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
magsinva (1241) - Virginia, USA - DEC 20, 2015
Tap @ Wedge - pours pitch with a tan head. Big dark raspberries bordering on artificial for some reason. It’s all dark chocolate & raspberries with this one.

3.9
woodychevy (874) - - DEC 10, 2015
On tap at source. It’s 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
bubbleflubber (2210) - Swannanoa, 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
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
MartinT (9795) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 10, 2014
My Bottom Line:
Raspberry syrup swims within this Imperial Stout’s 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
Lubiere (13780) - 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
Travlr (24292) - 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.


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