Brewery Notes. You don't need to be royalty to enjoy Berkshire's dark-as-night interpretation of the traditional Russian Imperial Stout. Rich maltiness produces hints of chocolate, licorice, coffee, and ripe, dark fruit. Its velvety texture bathes your palate in luxury, begging to be paired with a dessert or to be enjoyed as a nightcap. Suitable for drinking now, this fine ale also ages beautifully in a cool dark place ... waiting patiently to transport you to the time of the Czars.