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RATINGS: 1045   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.


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - JAN 17, 2008
Pours dark brown/black with a smallish light brown head. The smell was not very heavy on roast or chocolate, but more of dark fruits and sweet molasses, with just flutters of roasty malts in there. The taste had more of those characters than the smell as it was decently roasty on he palate. You still definitely get some dark fruits in there mixed in. Medium bodied for an impy, and not overly flavorful. Just mediocre at its finest.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
nolankowal (938) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 11, 2008
Bottle. Black pour with a tan head. Aroma of light roast, chocolate, caramel malt. Flavors of milk chocolate, light caramel malt...perhaps a bit of malted milk balls. Medium body, bittersweet with a bitter sweet/roast finish. Not bad, but not all that terrific.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
a10555 (125) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - JAN 11, 2008
Very nice and very drinkable for an Imperial stout. Lacks a bit of that Imperialness that some have but itís still very nice and very warming especially since itís cold outside.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
estoppel (1028) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JAN 10, 2008
Bottle. Very dark brown body, small tan head, sweet mocha nose with fruity estery notes. Fairly light body for the style with sweet roasty notes and fruit.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
timfoolery (1126) - California, USA - JAN 4, 2008
UPDATED: AUG 20, 2008 Since my first rating was lame, I figured the best thing to do was to axe it. This brew is better than one might expect, given itís style percentage. Itís readily available, and it has a deep malty taste. Flavors of chocolate, caramel, and coffee.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
performula (148) - Heart of the Rockies, Colorado, USA - JAN 3, 2008
Tastes more like a special edition from a macro than a specialty macro. This beer reminded of Guinness however more expensive. Large head and good color thatís what stood out most.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tomthompson89 (1977) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 28, 2007
nice milky dark brown, decent off white head, nose is chocolate, and some coffee but very smooth, smooth mouth feel, very choc malt flavor, some bitterness. not quite what i expected for an imperial but nice none the less. Had at volo

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
DrHomolka (761) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 28, 2007
Bomber. Pours very light (for an Imperial). A brown cola color with a light tan head. Aroma is mild chocolate, slight roast, chalkiness. Smells like a porter. This would be a good smell if it were a porter but for an Imperial Stout it is very, very weak. As it gets warmer a little bit more intense milk chocolate aroma comes out but itís still not that good. Taste is watery, slight chocolate, and thatís it. Very disappointing. Certainly the one of the worst examples Iíve had in the style.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerking99 (199) - Virginia, USA - DEC 27, 2007
Pours a very dark brown with red highlights, but not the black one expects from a stout, especially an imperial stout. Small tan head leaves minimal lacing. Aroma is black malt and green apples (acetylaldehyde). Flavor is sweet dark malt, without the warmth one would expect from a beer of 8%. Body is medium but the beer goes down very smooth and creamy. Tail is all black malt and chocolate.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
desurfer (1286) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - DEC 26, 2007
Pours a deep garnet with a small mocha-colored head. Aroma of roasted grains, chocolate, and alcohol. Flavor is bold, with bitter coffee, more chocolate, roasted malts and little hoppiness. Alcohol is not all that noticeable. Finishes bittersweet and dry. Tasty stuff.


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