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RATINGS: 1043   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.


2.4
   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 (6341) - 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)

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (13466) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 17, 2008
Bottle from River’s Bend. Poured a black color with an average frothy brown head that mostly diminished and produced fair lacing. Good roasted coffee and dark chocolate aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth sticky texture. Complex bittersweet stout flavor with a medium bittersweet smooth finish of moderate duration. Well balanced stout.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - FEB 15, 2008
22oz bottle - pours a crystal clear deep red color with medium sized light tan head. Aroma is very creamy, with vanilla bean, oak, light caramel, hint of dark chocolate. Flavor is fairly malty, touch of caramel, bit of roasted malt, raisens, cream, moderate bitterness in the finish.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - FEB 12, 2008
12oz bottle, sample #4 in a blind imperial stout tasting. Pours a tea-like, reddish-brown color; light tan head with fine-bubbled lacing. Tea-like malts, dried fruits in the aroma. Medicinal, cherry and tea and dried fruits; completely odd; almost like a scottish ale or hopless barleywine. Odd. Dough and dried fruits in the finish.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
gunhaver (1030) - Tampa, Florida, USA - FEB 11, 2008
UPDATED: JUN 4, 2008 Bottle. Pours like a Coca Cola. Fizzy body, and a very carbonated fizzy tan head that slowly falls back to earth. No lacing, really. Aroma is weak and muted. Chocolate, some caramel. Flavor is warm chocolate, banana, green apples, roasted malts. Still though, very weak. Soft, a bit flat. As boring as an imperial stout can get.

3.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Guinness4Duff (515) - Tallahassee (and Poconos, PA), Florida, USA - FEB 8, 2008
Pours a dark brown with a tan head. Doesnt look as thick as an imperial stout should. Faint roasted chocolate aroma, kind of weak. The flavor is where this one shines through, roasted chocolate and coffee with a light feel. Not as heavy as other imperials, but thats not necessarily a bad thing as this beer is easy drinking.


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