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RATINGS: 1028   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.55/5   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.


2.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
dlovell2 (1620) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAR 5, 2008
Black with tan foamy head. Roasted malt and hops aroma. Chocolaty malt taste with hops finish. I was really looking for that big flavor you usually get in a Imperial Stout but it was nowhere to be found.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
wickedpete (634) - Lexington Park, Maryland, USA - FEB 29, 2008
Thanks to Jason for this one. Dark brown color with visible bubbles rising, and a ring of tan bubbles at the edges. Aromas of licorice, brown sugar and toffee. Flavors of maple, brown sugar, and cola with little to no roastiness. Somewhat thin body.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Speedle (266) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - FEB 27, 2008
dark but not solid .... thin tan head ...light aroma of sweet malts and coffee ...easy drinking ... clean sweet taste with some coffee grounds in the finish ... ok but a little light tasting for an imp stout ... this is still one of my favorite brewers

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Oscbert (1227) - Sacramento, California, USA - FEB 25, 2008
~Pours black with reddish tint. Thick creamy head. Yeast sediment at bottom of glass. ~ Has a biscuity scent with hints of coffee, choclate, and nuts. Smells good. ~Woodsy flavor, a bit yeasty. Notes of coffee and choclate. ~Palate is a bit sticky ~Overall decent. I expect more from Imperial stout.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RichJ7 (1175) - Cullman, Alabama, USA - FEB 25, 2008
Black pour, opaque, with a thick, foamy tan head. Nice roasted malt aroma. The flavor is rich roasted malt with a chocolatey sweetness and a bit of nutty bitterness. Gains quite a bit of character as it warms. Full mouthfeel despite a meduim body/thickness. Very smooth, robust, and flavorful.

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - FEB 24, 2008
Blind Imperial Stout Tasting. Brown with no head. The nose is light chocolate, light brown sugar and maple syrup. THe flavor is lightly sweet with grapes, brown sugar and cola. Medium body is thin and watery with light carbonation.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
doubleo (1432) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 23, 2008
22oz bomber. If you were disappointed with Lagunitas Cappucino Stout then try this beer. Pours dark chocolate brown, fizzy light brown head that fades quick to nothing. Smells of roasty and toasty malts and coffee. Tastes roasty malty and pretty chocolatey. Medium bodym very crisp carbonation. Much better and just as coffee-ee as the Cappucino Stout but not as thin.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 20, 2008
Aroma of cocoa, roast coffee and fine malt, deep brown, red at the edges, small tan head. Sour/sweet taste, with coffee and milk chocolate and toast. Very well balanced, medium bodied, sour/bitter, drying. Terrific! Thank You Dave Steen.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - FEB 18, 2008
Bomber. Black pour with a thin, sparse tan head. Real mild aroma - light cocoa and roast, a bit of alcohol. Nice smooth taste, cocoa and chocolate with a touch of hops. As it warms, an odd almost fuselly finish starts to become apparent. Not bad, but it has a few odd points.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Braudog (6219) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - FEB 18, 2008
UPDATED: JUL 25, 2015 This pours with a surprisingly reddish tinge, the head substantial, but fizzy and fleeting. The aroma is sweet with a definite hint at the some meaty alcohol. Despite the obvious availability of alcoholic mass in this one, this drinks with an exceptionally smooth balance. Moderately rich with roasty malts, with a mellow bitterin aspect. This is serving as a fine nightcap for me, thank you very much. (#3329, 2/18/2008)


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