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RATINGS: 973   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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
NachlamSie (2908) - 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.

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 itís 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 (3923) - 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 (3390) - 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


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