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RATINGS: 960   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53   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.


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - MAR 21, 2007
22 oz bottle. Poured a deep dark brown-reddish color. Head was bubbly and light tan with good retention and lacing. Aroma was of light malty chocolate and a hint of molasses. Flavor was similar, but also included some grassy hops. The alcohol was well hidden. Good, not great.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
cyanescens (159) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 20, 2007
I liked this beer. Drank two of them. Smooth, and rich. Thick body, ingredients present. Typical coffee, chocolate, goodness, sweet. Id buy it again mayhaps.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
LilKem (1213) - Marietta, Ohio, USA - MAR 20, 2007
ha i was kind of surprised by the ratings of this, as it’s become one of my favorites of late. appearance is black with medium tan creamy head, with some chocolate, nuts, roasted malt, marshmellow, and lots of hops. flavor is surprisingly mellow with coffee, milk chocolate, carmel, nuts, roasted malts, and a touch of hops.

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
IrishBoy (3905) - Bakersfield, California, USA - FEB 16, 2007
Bottle from Bottle Barn; Nose has a faint bit of skuniness mixed with a little coffee; Opaque brown with a tiny tan head; flavor of roastiness, coffee, chocolate, caramel, and even some faint hop notes in a light-medium body; tastes better than it smells!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerbill (3564) - Laurel, New York, USA - FEB 11, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 5, 2007 22 oz. bottle. Pours a very deep brown, nearly black, with a moderate light tan head. Pleasant aroma of roasted malt and a touch of coffee. The flavor was again roasted malt with some chocolate and coffee detected as well. The alcohol was very well hidden. A tad thin and pretty mild for an imperial stout, but if I forget about the style and ask myself did I enjoy the beer, the answer is yes.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Doctormirk (100) - USA - FEB 3, 2007
Bottled from our friends at the Chico Natural Foods Store. Nice dark brown tint, slight ray of light passes through the glass. Off white head. Smells of roasty malt, and a bit spicy, high anticipation.. Tastes a bit sweeter than I was anticipating, somewhat like toffee or over caramelized caramel. Bit of alcohol detected. Solid as a beer, ok for an imperial stout.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
robinvboyer (3332) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 26, 2007
UPDATED: JUL 11, 2007 this is pretty average. nothing great here, think of your basical average imperial stout, and thats what you get. meh

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ungstrup (29988) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JAN 20, 2007
Bottled. A deep red beer with a thin brown head. The aroma is sweet with strong notes of caramel and alcohol. The flavor is sweet with notes of over ripe fruits, alcohol, and caramel, leading to a dry bitter end. Not an Imperial Stout, but still an OK beer.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ThomasE (5174) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JAN 15, 2007
Deep reddish colour with a small tan head. Malty, light roasted aroma with notes of coffee and overripe fruit. Malty, prune sweet flavor with a light roasted coffee bitter finish.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beer4000 (4768) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JAN 14, 2007
22 oz bottle. Dark brown body with a decent beige/off-white head. Aroma is roasted, hoppy and fruity. Flavor is quite powerful at the first sip, chocolate, malt, hop, dry fruit. Somehow there is a certain delicate discreet shy sense of something more here. Difficult to describe, but there is something hidden behind the flavors. A more well balanced beer could make this much more complex.


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