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RATINGS: 982   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54   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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Darwenus (634) - Virginia, USA - MAR 6, 2015
Itís all about big, bitter chocolate. This beer pours dark brown, the light-tan head fades to nothing quickly and leaves no lace on the glass. This stout smells like bitter chocolate and tastes like bitter chocolate and coffee. A little hop tingle on the back of the tongue.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RexTalionis (2985) - FINLAND - FEB 28, 2015
Bottle. Near pitch black in color with a steady tan head. Fresh espresso, some fluffy chocolate mousse and bit of slightly spiced coffee liqour in aroma. velvety smooth. Nice. Somewhat bitter chocolatey flavored coffee in taste. Bit of burnt malts in the end.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beastiefan2k (2804) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - FEB 26, 2015
Beer #11 of 13 in blind tasting.
A lighter imperial stout but definitely an impy. A little alcohol and slightly ashy. Low hop and low acidity.
For the aggregate, 3rd best but in the same category as the top 3.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jsnicholas (362) - Woodinville, Washington, USA - FEB 23, 2015
Bottle (22oz $4) Black with one finger tan head that disappears pretty quickly. Aroma roasted malts and some coffee. Pretty bitter finish without the nice chocholate flavors I was hoping for. OK but will seek other imperial stouts.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Prufrockstar (1442) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 23, 2015
Imperial stout blind tasting, sample #11 of 13. Great pour. Roasty, ashy, dense creamy khaki head. Roasty like a hot dog -- yeah, Iím of classy descriptions dudes. Sweet, creamy. Metallic. On the sweet side, but still nice balance. Good roast, but a little too sweet for my taste [still in the top half of beers on the night].

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Frothmeister (628) - Ontario, CANADA - FEB 22, 2015
1pint 6 fluid ounce bottle. Pours a thick pitch black with a one finger tan head. Aromas of molasses, black coffee, dark rum, light ash, brown sugar, and a light fruity note. Not as full bodied as I would expect an imperial stout, but still on the sweeter side with molasses, raisin, dark rum, a light brandy note, and mineral hopping that leads into light earthy notes, molasses, mineral notes, and dark coffee and a much drier finish than one would expect. Iím kind of surprised by the low ratings. I agree, it doesnít really fit the definition of an "imperial stout". It comes across as more of an "imperial porter", and an excellent one at that. The alcohol is hidden well, and there is a lot going on with the flavours with no one taste really dominating. At $4.49 a bottle, this guy is a bargain and a half!

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
AnokaBrewer (81) - Anoka, Minnesota, USA - FEB 22, 2015
Notes of coffee in the aroma. Black in appearance. Sweet initial taste, mild bitter finish that comes on late.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
HoppyBudgie (833) - SOLA, NORWAY - FEB 21, 2015
Dark walnut brown, large tan head. Earthy clay aroma and faint chocolate. Sweet palate, earthy, some chocoalte and caramel malt. Dominant ethyl alcohol note in the finish. Thin bodied for the style. Poorly integrated. Not what i expected, not that good

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
tectactoe (3099) - Michigan, USA - FEB 18, 2015
Bottle: Slick, dark brown pour, not quite dark enough to truly be called "black". Not much of a head. Meager trace of khaki foam that doesnít last very long. Aroma of dry cacao dust, anise, molasses, raisins, mild espresso, burnt caramel, & some faint notes of cardboard. Heavier dark fruit in the flavor; lots of raisin, prune, & dates. A bit of anise, molasses, & sweeter dark malts showing up, too. Light ashy notes with some very faint burnt coffee in the finish. Alcohol asserts itself in the aftertaste; warming, slightly pungent. Mouth feel could be a bit thicker, itís fairly thin for a 10% ABV imperial stout. I have found that Lagunitas needs to stick to hoppy beers.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
VinegarStroke (338) - Napa, California, USA - FEB 16, 2015
Bottle: dark with a thick head and great lace. The head is very pale. Medium lift. Malty. Burnt. Very roasted. Simple. Sweet, not sour but very bitter. Only medium weight. Not balanced. Very creamy chocolate.


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