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RATINGS: 978   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54   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
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Maria (10187) - Thisted, DENMARK - JUN 15, 2007
Itís brown/black and transparent with a huge, golden and creamy head. The aroma is light with notes of roasted malt and a bit of licorice. The flavour is surprisingly light with light notes of roasted malt, alcohol, light sweetness, a bit of fruit and a light bitterness. Thank you Tom/After4ever, I agree, this is not what I expected - Iíll listen the next time, bit itís nice to have tried itÖ 2329

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Indra (2694) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - JUN 13, 2007
22oz. bottle. Aroma features some dark, roasty malts along with a faint hop presence, coffee, mild cocoa, red grape and a burnt brown sugary sweetness in the background. Deep, dark brown in color with a slight, fading head. Flavor is largely dominated by the toasted, roasty malt character as well. lightly smoky and bready with some licorice overtones, raisin and faint chocolate, finishing moderately bitter, dry, peppery and gently warming. Palate sees a touch of astringency joined with low effervescence. Body is medium-full. Interesting but lighter-bodied and less complex interpretation of the style.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
ChainGangGuy (4490) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JUN 10, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 24, 2009 Appearance: Clear, dark mahogany body with a thin, frothed milk-colored head. Smell: A hopeful scent of roasted malts, chocolate-covered coffee beans, almonds, glazed prunes and a tiny smidgen of spicy hops and alcohol. Taste: This is a circus of chocolate flavors! Armed with plenty of lactic smoothness to round out the roasted flavors. Hints of vanilla beans and nuttiness. Finish is a blend of semi-sweet chocolate and herbaceous hops. Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a milky texture and low carbonation. Drinkability: This is my take: Certainly drinkable and fairly tasty, but this isnít really what Iíd consider an "Imperial" Stout. One thing did jump out at me right from the get-go - the well-hidden 8.2%.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sregnar35 (1020) - Rotterdam, New York, USA - MAY 6, 2007
Average stuff. Poured nice and black with little to no head. Aroma is sweet and roasty. Flavor is weak, nothing great but no off flavors is a positive.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
WeeHeavySD (3361) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 20, 2007
bomber purchased at a bodega in SF. Pours plack with a big light brown head. The aroma is smokey and malty and tempting. the taste does not follow through, quite light. This is way thinner than I expected from Lagunitas, dissapointed.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
NachlamSie (2918) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 8, 2007
Bottle split with Tronraner. Pours a very dark ruby, kind of black, with a nice tan head. Lacing is fairly dense and clingy on the snifter. The nose is rich of molasses and loads of soy sauce. A bit of Latin Am erican coffee scents come out with wooden hops as well. The body so-so for the style, barley viscous. The flavor is heavy of molasses, toffee, coffee, and some earth. The finish is a bit papery with hints of prune, and drying nutty flavors. It comes across almost like an American take on a Baltic porter. Itís okay, not really outstanding for the style.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - APR 8, 2007
Bomber split with NachlamSie. Pours dark ruby with smallish beige head. The aroma is molasses, faint tones of wood and alcohol. The flavor is also much like molasses. Some cocoa and toast hints float around in there, too. A sort of lemony hop bitterness comes out in the finish. Decent, but doesnít really have the depth I like in a good impy.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - MAR 24, 2007
Bottle: Deep brown, medium sized frothy beige head, falls somewhat quickly, lacing is minor.   Roasted malts on the nose, a slight soy and steak sauce tinge. † Bitter-sweet roasted malt flavor. † Not very heavy, body and mouthfeel are moderate. † Off flavors on the finish. † Hard to pin-point, but its exactly like a cross between a stout, mixed with a dash of soy and steak sauce. † Lingering burnt malt finish, very minor lactose like sweetness sticks to the tongue. † Not bad, but unfortunately a few weird flavors. † Not really enjoying this one.


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.


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