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RATINGS: 997   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54/5   EST. CALORIES: 297   ABV: 9.9%
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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
yobdoog (1888) - Kingston, New York, USA - NOV 28, 2007
Sampled during Manhattan Blind IS Tasting: Had some very nice coffee and dark chocolate shining thorugh. More than others. Not much roasted flavors just sweet and bitter coffee.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
portermax55 (118) - Canterbury, Connecticut, USA - NOV 16, 2007
22oz. bomber. Pours a dark brown color with a light tan head that dissipates rather quickly. Aroma is of roasted malts, butter and chocolate with hints of toffee. Flavor is of caramel, malts, coffee beans and sweet toffee. Was not impressed with this one...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
afterglow (1047) - Florida, USA - NOV 13, 2007
Bottle. Pours a clear dark brown with ruby highlights and a small but lasting tan head that leaves some lacing. Aroma of licorice and roasted malt. Taste is coffee, licorice, and roasted malt. Medium mouthfeel with a moderate amount of bitterness. A little thin for an Imperial Stout but still very good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Palidor19 (3096) - Brandon, Florida, USA - NOV 13, 2007
very good, but for a high quality stout, it does feel a little thin. their a great aroma of dark malts, dark fruits and mild hops. look and taste lac, the quality that you make this a super high quality stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
nick76 (4322) - Tampa, Florida, USA - NOV 13, 2007
The aroma is chocolaty, coffee like, with malt toasted darkly. The appearance is dark brown with a tan head. The flavor is like the aroma. The palate is smooth. I really like this.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
golubj (1377) - San Mateo, California, USA - NOV 10, 2007
Bottle. Aroma of some fruit and a little bit of smoked malt. The mouthfeel is a little more carbonated than it should be with a cola like aspect to it. The roasted malt lingers a bit in this one. Below average for the style.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
malrubius (2239) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - NOV 7, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 1, 2009 22 ounce bottle in pint glass. Deep dark brown but not quite black with lasting tan ring and some lace. Mild aroma with some hop, some chocolate, and very slight alcohol. Burnt coffee and ripe plum flavor with mild hop finish. Medium body and carbonation. Not very impressive. lacks fullness and richness of the best imperial stouts.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
redlight (2318) - Orlando, Florida, USA - NOV 4, 2007
UPDATED: SEP 23, 2008 Some chocolate and coffee in the aroma. Pours brown, not at all that dark for an imperial stout. It was roasty and chocolatey, very light and dangerously easy to drink for an imperial stout. not bad, but if i want an imperial stout, i’ll go for old rasputin or yeti!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
PhillyBeer2112 (2678) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - NOV 2, 2007
Not opaque, shows a garnet in the light. Smallish head, leaving no lacing at all, the glass looks virtually clean as I work my way through it. Aroma is primarily chocolatey, with a mild roast note. There is perhaps a vague fruitiness in the background. Flavor similar, only slightly sweet, slightly chewy with a long dry roasted finish. Mild astringency. Pepperiness in the throat reveals some of the alcohol in this but otherwise it tastes like an oatmeal stout to me.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Boliv (1150) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 1, 2007
Bomber. Poured deep reddish/brown with little head, much lighter than expected for an impy. Sweet malty aroma with chocolate and coffee. Flavor is an initial malty rush followed by creamy chocolate, and finishing with a slight espresso kick and a tingling sour tang on the palate. Very smooth. A good beer, just a little weaker than what I expect from an imperial stout.

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