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RATINGS: 1045   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.


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
crazyvin (2026) - New York, USA - APR 20, 2008
A bit of a disappointment as far as imperial stouts go. Poured a thin brown color with a thin tan head which was moderately carbonated. A sweet aroma with hints of coffee. Flavor had a stronger roasted coffee note but was till overall mild. Thin body and mouth feel throughout.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jb (2936) - Rochester, New York, USA - APR 19, 2008
Dark colored, but not black, with reddish highlights and a quickly diminishing head with little lacing. Flavor is intense coffee, toasted grain, and not much else. Palate is nice, but not as intense as some IS’s, but still very good. Sweet, sticky, boozy, some watery notes, carbonated, nutty, hoppy with coffee beans. Not bad.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
raiderfost (170) - virginia beach, Virginia, USA - APR 17, 2008
22 oz bottle from J&M. A little thin for a imperial stout but very drinkable. Not the best ive had but not bad.

4.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BeerFanDan17 (1082) - Brunswick, Maine, USA - APR 13, 2008
Shared a 22oz bottle. At first look this imperial stout was more opaque that most in the genre. However, it still poured with a nice creamy head. The flavors were an excellent smooth and drinkable blend of chocolate, roasted coffee beans, and caramel.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - APR 9, 2008
Aroma is exactly like a milky way bar,chocolate and caramel,that disapates to mild hopping and alcohol,first sip indicates a very light body, a little and old bitter coffee,almost like there is sour milk in there,roastiness and hops dry the initial sweetness out,aroma much more pleasant then taste

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
carl4beer (522) - Fairfax Station, Virginia, USA - APR 4, 2008
22 oz. pours a dark brown with small tan head. not the typical IS pitch black. aroma has roasted malt ant some tanginess. mouthful is thin and light for the style. quite a let down from lag.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nuplastikk (5785) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - APR 2, 2008
22oz bomber. Deep black-brown color, not as thick and viscous as other beers of the same style tend to be. Lots of chocolate and brown/caramel malt flavor notes. Sweet and entirely drinkable, not confined to being a sipper in a snifter at least. The alcohol is nicely covered. The most minimal of hops help keep it balanced as well. Great beer, but not really a contender as far as Imperial Stouts go.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hoppopotamus (260) - Santa Cruz, California, USA - APR 1, 2008
UPDATED: APR 6, 2008 a black (not as dark as most IS) beer with a small off-white head. Aroma is generic roast malt with some bready grain smell to it. Flavor is same with a hint of dark fruit (cherry) and perhaps chocolate. Not a very exceptional imperial stout.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
pintbypint (3327) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - APR 1, 2008
650ml brown bottle. Deep brown with dark red highlighting. Head is tan and short lasting. Aroma is chocolatey with a trace of booziness behind it. Flavour is primiarily of dark chocolate. Moderately sweet but with some slight roasty notes. Finishes slightly hoppy (leafy) with light bitterness. Roasted malts show up a bit more as does alcohol. Medium body. Restrained, though drinkable Impy.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Strykzone (6722) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - MAR 27, 2008
Black body with more red highlights than expected. Head is a unique gold / copper color but it has little retention. Subdued aroma of roasted nut. Feel is medium and just a bit chalky and a nice zing occurs on the front of the tongue. Flavor is weak coffee, milk chocolate with a small amount of hop. Would be a nice porter but is a disappointing impy stout.


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