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RATINGS: 897   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52   EST. CALORIES: 297   ABV: 9.9%
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Having downed his forth Imperial Stout of the day, the wild eyed charlatan from Voldvostogniaky belched and hollered for the Czarina to enter his chamber and bend herself to his will. The economy was a wreck and revolt was just around the corner. Nicky the Czar dude was off playing soldier like any pale nobleman with a hemorrhagic skin condition would. Such were the final days of the old empire. Reactionary, decadent, sputnik, stroganoff, weird, and drunk. But even as the proletariat countryside labored under inhuman conditions and a threat of being sent to a futile war in the east, they wisely took the time to slam back an Imperial Stout or two. After all, life can be a real "suka", as they say in the old country. Big, black, bourgeois, bolshoy, belligerent, buxom, and scary - this is our version of the chaotic end of an era in a bottle.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
19Ei8hty (1171) - Washington, USA - AUG 12, 2014
As of late I can not find the time to take tasting notes of each beer I sample. I would like to track and record my thoughts of each so I will just use the simple scoring rubric until more time is available.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tide (1773) - Espoo, FINLAND - AUG 9, 2014
Draught at Lagunitas Taproom. Black color, beige head. Bitter taste with coffee, hops, chocolate, raisins, nuts and roasted malts. Bitter finish with nuts, roasted malts, coffee and raisins. Excellent imperial stout.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
bubblehouse (363) - louisville, Kentucky, USA - AUG 7, 2014
Not the best stout but still pretty solid. Good flavor and easy drinking for an imperial. Would drink again.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mark_Eck (655) - - AUG 7, 2014
Pours black. Aroma and taste are roasted malts, chocolate, and has some sweetness to it.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
itsamber (11) - - AUG 6, 2014
Cheap at Costco!... About $3. Smells sweet, hints of wet soil, very earthy, slightly candylike too. Tastes like vanilla shake, prune, woodsy, nutty. Good balance between dry and sweet finish. Silty aftertaste.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
nramsburg (259) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 3, 2014
The alcohol comes through pretty heavily and isn't balanced by much of a body. Some dark fruits -- figs, leather and a little anise. This isn't the finest offering from Lagunitas. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dpatchen (13) - - JUL 18, 2014
Let the others talk about the lacing and aroma of toasted tahitian vanilla--I think this is a really solid IS. It’s bold with coffee and malt with a slightly viscousness that enhances the boldness. I find it a touch sweet, but that’s my only criticism.

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
e303 (71) - - JUL 10, 2014
Bomber to stout glass. Pours black as fuck with a beige head. Lacing left but not much on my glass. Aroma is bitter coffee and roasty malt. Taste is much the same but with more chocolate notes cropping up. Finish is oily and decently thick with a hop bitter balancing. Good shit though. Cheap and worth it. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hockeybeerguy (2004) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - JUL 8, 2014
Reviewed from notes. Just when I thought I got all of Lagunitas, I find this one. Here’s the rest. This was a 22 oz. bottle. About half of this was poured into a pint glass and the other half was poured into a snifter. The appearance was a nice pure dark brown close to black color with a softly dissipating one finger white to off white foamy head. There’s a nice gently sliding lacing. The smell has a nice luscious enticing chocolate to coffee to light black licorice The taste had a fairly decent enriching bitter coffee balancing with the chocolate that has both dark and milk elements to it. The licorice does come back and lets a nice decent earthy dark fruits to come in just a tad. On the palate, this one sat about a medium on the body trying to show a slight heavier feel but really leaning to the medium side. The carbonation seemed right on par for the style and for me as it was mainly nice and smooth and coated my tongue nicely. Overall, this was a really nice RIS well worthy of having again.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tmoreau (2386) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - JUL 5, 2014
Bomber with some age on it, brought out of the cellar to share with fellow geeks. Poured to snifters showing a black/brown hue, with a decent, brownish tan head that reduced to a bubbly layer, and left a light film along with spots of lacing. The nose was quite roasted, with notes of molasses, wood, light smoke, and caramel sweetness. Medium to full bodied, with soft carbonation, the taste was similar notes as the aroma, moderate hop bitterness, and alcohol that had mellowed some, but was well integrated into the flavor. Tastefully aged.


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