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RATINGS: 860   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.51   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BeerKurve (430) - - FEB 26, 2014
Pitch Black with a thin khaki colored head with a crimson tinge at the bottom. Aroma of chocolate malts, cherries, dark fruit notes, caramel and a hint of mocha. Flavor of chocolate, mocha, coffee, roasted malts and caramel. Very roasty aftertaste. Heavy body and and high carbonation. A bit roasty but decent.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
LeT248 (6) - - FEB 23, 2014 does not count
Good tasty stout. Chocolate is subtle but present in taste and aroma. Beautiful head that lingers nicely. Very nice body and mouthfeel, thick, Almost creamy. Nice and heavy feeling. - LeT

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fcjack1 (105) - Washington, USA - FEB 21, 2014
Bottle from world beers. Pours very dark grown. Tan head. Scent ours chocolate and not much else. Taste is dark chocolate and hops. Hop flavor lingers. Good stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
AWISLguy (1048) - Wisconsin, USA - FEB 16, 2014
Bomber from BrookFalls Discount. Pours a very dark brown with a tan head. Almost no lacing and a very lowly carbonated beverage. Aroma has sweet molasses and caramel, with some dark fruit. Taste is of heavy sweet caramel, molasses, and some fruits, with hints of chocolate and coffee. Medium bodied and a bit sticky. Finishes heavily to the sweet side of bittersweet. Had years ago, and thought it was a fair stout or a fair porter. It has not changed, and is still somewhere in that style range; likely too caramelly to be a porter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jamesthebrit (194) - Greenville, South Carolina, USA - FEB 16, 2014
Paired with banana pancakes.... Uhhhh not the best choice probably. Aroma is lighter with some coffee and vanilla notes. A little volatile acidity or something. Appearance is ok. Looks a little thin for an imperial stout. Pours looking almost like a porter. Exactly like the smell on the taste. Hints of coffee and vanilla with an acidic after bite. Not as acidic as others,. Palate is ok. Heavy body but pretty aggressive. This adds another to the list of stouts from California that are not so great. This is an ok beer but that acidity just isn’t to be found in other dark beers. I hear it has to do with the water. Basic water counters the acidity of the roasted malts. Idk

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
BEERSOLDIER (42) - Illinois, USA - FEB 13, 2014
Very dark brown near black. Thick, frothy brown/tan head that holds nicely and leaves a decent lace behind. The aroma is cereal, oats, semi-sweet chocolate, and oatmeal. The smell is very appealing. first sip, right away you get that semi-sweet chocolate and cereal. Followed by a roasty, nutty flavor and a slight bitterness. Finishes very smooth with a bitter-sweet flavor. Alcohol very well hidden by this beers complexity. An awesome beer that I would recommend to any beer drinker and a must have for fans of imperial stouts.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Dave_F (5) - - FEB 11, 2014 does not count
Light tan head. Strong coffee aroma. Assertive coffee flavor with a rich earthy backbone. Finishes dry with lingering smokey and coffee aftertaste. Medium body.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
partywithanM (98) - Kansas City, Kansas, USA - FEB 7, 2014
22oz bomber. I like this a lot. Had this at the end of a long, terrible day and it was exactly what I needed. Great flavor with notes of chocolate and burnt caramel. Pleasantly smooth.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Awktoberfest (258) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - FEB 2, 2014
Cherry... Roastie...very bitter on the end. Good slickness on the mouth. The initial hit I get and the first half is good but then the bitterness that hits kind of brings down the finale of this beer... Decent...alright ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tightslice (140) - Redwood City, California, USA - FEB 1, 2014
Format: Bottle from Safeway - Redwood City, CA
Appearance: Thick black / brown ink
Aroma: Roasted malts, alcohol, wood / sap
Taste: Rich malts, chocolate, sweet liquor
Texture: Thick, creamy, resiny
Overall: A bourbon shot dropped in a dark chocolate malt milkshake

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