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RATINGS: 906   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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
islay (1135) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUN 28, 2014
The majority of a 22 oz. bottle, consumed on 6-27-14. Scents of raisin, chocolate, plum, lemon tartness, char, clay, plastic, and caramel. Aroma definitely could be better. Pours dark brown with a large amount of thick, taupe/tan head. Produces good lacing. Simple, dry taste features flavors of caramel, roasted red pepper, and milk chocolate. Medium to full body. Lively in the palate. Overall, simple and subpar for the style. Disappointing, but, given how strong the imperial stout category is, Lagunitas’ entry is a pretty good craft beer overall.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jjgmd (1447) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - JUN 23, 2014
Pours a dark black color with a small java head. Nose is sweet malt with some chocolate, Taste is thick malt, sweet licorice and subtle chocolate, alcohol well buried. Finish is sweet and ends on the same tasting notes, a bit lacking in flavor. quaff score 7 /10

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
zgaier (1400) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - JUN 23, 2014
Bomber. Pours black with a brown head and aroma of chocolate and roasted malt. Taste is of chocolate, roasted malt, liquorice, dark fruits, and alcohol with a warming, sweet chocolate burnt finish.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
hopwine (338) - Bend, Oregon, USA - JUN 20, 2014
Black with tan head. Nose is bittersweet chocolate, earthy roast, faint spicy noble hops. Flavor is the same plus some pleasant ashy smoke and the herbaceous/spicy hops more prominent than aroma. Pretty dry and has a silty texture. No hint of booze really. Not only is this solid, the value is insane and pretty much unmatched by any brewer I’m aware of.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
monk191 (936) - California, USA - JUN 20, 2014
A very nice imperial stout. Pours a deep inky black with a tan head. Smells of a bit of vanilla. Taste starts smooth and sweet, with some vanilla. Campfire and some booziness in the finish. Had on tap at the brewery.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SlovakSniper (3203) - Out Of This World, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 17, 2014
Belle robe noire et jolie coiffe brune solidement plantée. Longue dentelle tissée sur mon verre. Un nez de café avec du chocolat. De la vanille et une petite pointe d’alcool. Un soupir de réglisse et des houblons en herbes. Une bouche chocolatée et huilée par la torréfaction. Un équilibre entre l’alcool et les houblons. Au palais, un corps noir qui montre ses forces brutes et polies. En arrière-goût, les saveurs impériales apportent une amertume chocolatée et une intéressante petite chaleur. Gros stout bien exécuté qui se positionne, dans mon palmarès, en milieu de peloton.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lothore (551) - California, USA - MAY 26, 2014
A- Pours a deep, black hue letting almost no light pas through. Crowned with a light brown head that leaves lots of lacing. S- Toasty, fig, coffee, burnt toast, fairly faint. T- Roasty up front, coffee, burnt toast flows into dark fruit - plum, fig and finishes with some residual sweetness. M- Thick with low carbonation. D- Decently drinkable. Not as complex or dark as I would have liked but it is a solid Imperial stout.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RobertDale (3477) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - MAY 19, 2014
Sample at Hopfest 2014. Comes almost black with a nice brown head. Aroma of malt, chocolate, and coffee. Taste is roasted malt, dark chocolate, coffee, and some dark fruit. Well made.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
AgentAle (696) - Alberta, CANADA - MAY 12, 2014
Aroma is a fresh floral hoppiness shared with some malt roastiness but that is about it. Taste is more complex than the aroma. A fresh roastiness right away that has some chocolate and mocha hints. The bitterness is well balanced and finishes very smoothly without much bitter tang.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
bigbish (534) - California, USA - MAY 10, 2014
This is a really fine stout. Burnt notes, a slight Bourbon vanilla flavor flavor to it. A sharpness on the finish which I like. Nice lingering flavor.


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