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RATINGS: 860   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.51   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.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Brad (364) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - MAY 27, 2005
Bottle: Dark reddish/brown and a smallish tan head. Aromas were typical of an imperial, only a little lighter than your heavier ones. Chocolate and coffee seem to be the theme of the aroma. Flavor was slighly sweeter than the more roastier aroms, with toffee, caramel and chocolate, the roast and coffee are still there though. Decent, but its hard to follow Speedway.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - MAY 27, 2005
Bottle from eyedrinkale. Served with belgian chocolate. Pours dark with a nice texture and brown head. Mainly chocolate nose with some coffee hints. Taste is chocolate malts with some coffee and some roastyness

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GonZoBeeR (2820) - Ste-Eulalie, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 22, 2005
Aroma:chocolat,torefaction and coffee... Appearance:dark,small brown head... Flavor:Chocolat,cofee,vanilla and rosted malt...

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DarkElf (3025) - La Jolla, California, USA - MAY 18, 2005
(22 oz bottle: $2.80 at Safeway in Petaluma, CA) A mildly disappointing Imperial Stout that is milder in flavor and lighter in body than other Imperial Stouts, so Iíd consider it a decent entry level Imperial Stout. The mildly sweet flavor is joined by light roast, moderate chocolate, and moderate bitterness, with a mild sourness that gains prominence toward the finish. The body is still "medium plus", but certainly lighter than just about every other Imperial Stout Iíve tried. Chocolate has itís greatest contribution in the nose, along with a mild roastiness and some gentle sweetness. Dark brown and opaque except at the edges. Small, tan head is quite bubbly and dies down rapidly, leaving only a thin layer that resembles "bubble wrap". Sporadic lacing is minimal enough to not really even deserve a mention, but I try to be thorough. After contemplating and analyzing this beer some, I might even suggest that they just stop the charade and drop the word "Imperial" from the name. Still a decent beer, enjoyable and flavorful, but really just a stout, or a robust porter.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 17, 2005
Fast-fading light tan head and a translucent ruby body. Dark chocolate aroma and flavor with not much depth. Moderate sweetness. This beer pales post-Dark Lord. Another starkly average Lagunitas beer.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Terminus (3146) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - MAY 16, 2005
bottle-pours a deep brown hue with a small off-white head. This looks very similar to the full sail from a few hours ago. chocolate, some roast, vegtal notes in the aroma and flavors. the vegtal notes come more present in the flavors making this beer very unpleasant. not enough body and too off flavors for this style. i pass.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Gachupines (798) - USA - MAY 15, 2005
Not a bad drink in general, but not one of the better imperial stouts Iíve had. Mouthfeel is a little thin, slight taste of roasted coffee but nothing particularly strong. Decent but nothing exceptional.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
VAYankee (327) - Virginia, USA - MAY 14, 2005
Dark brown body with an average beige head. Rich chocolate malt, lightly roast aroma. Somewhat disappointing flavor that includes light roast, chocolate, mild sourness and yet slightly sugary followed by a quality roasted malt aftertaste. In general a pretty thin brew to be called an imerial stout.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
mephisto (1265) - TAIWAN - MAY 1, 2005
a nice plain stout. small brown head and has aroma of coffee and caramel. full bodied, flavor of mixed chocolate and malt.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ABUSEDGOAT (2277) - California, USA - APR 16, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 28, 2006 Call this a stout and Iíll be happy. Itís not imperial.


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