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RATINGS: 983   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.


3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ungstrup (30255) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JAN 20, 2007
Bottled. A deep red beer with a thin brown head. The aroma is sweet with strong notes of caramel and alcohol. The flavor is sweet with notes of over ripe fruits, alcohol, and caramel, leading to a dry bitter end. Not an Imperial Stout, but still an OK beer.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ThomasE (5174) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JAN 15, 2007
Deep reddish colour with a small tan head. Malty, light roasted aroma with notes of coffee and overripe fruit. Malty, prune sweet flavor with a light roasted coffee bitter finish.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beer4000 (5044) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JAN 14, 2007
22 oz bottle. Dark brown body with a decent beige/off-white head. Aroma is roasted, hoppy and fruity. Flavor is quite powerful at the first sip, chocolate, malt, hop, dry fruit. Somehow there is a certain delicate discreet shy sense of something more here. Difficult to describe, but there is something hidden behind the flavors. A more well balanced beer could make this much more complex.

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Oakes (13426) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 14, 2007
Fairly dark brown. No head. Pretty lifeless in the glass. The aroma is nutty (almond, peanut), slighty hoppy, slightly roasty. Flavour is light roast, nuts and chocolate. Almost watery in the finish, and certainly is so on a "to style" basis. Really standard, like what you’d expect from a chain brewpub in a second-tier strip mall in a third-tier suburb. Surely Lagunitas can do better than this.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DrBayern (1139) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - JAN 13, 2007
750 ml. bottle releases a large frothy tan head on top of a deep ruby-black pour. Held up to the light, you can actually see through this. Burtn caramel, licorice, some dark chocolate, and a hint of spiciness in the aroma. Feels a little thin for the style, but no stickiness or oiliness. Carbonation is medium. Malt dominates with a roasted/burnt sweetness and just enough bitterness to take the edge off. Very little hop presence. This seems to be a classic English style, traditional Imperial Stout, as opposed to the more highly hopped and big malt bill version that’s popular with American brewers. Very easy to drink, but not remarkable.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
porterhouse (1580) - Boothbay, Maine, USA - JAN 13, 2007
(22 oz. bottle from <A HREF=http://www.ratebeer.com/Place/massachusetts/w target=blank>Julio’s Liquors) This is OK but not a good example of an imp stout...Pours dark cola brown with about 1/2" of light tan head that recedes to a thin layer that stays pretty well. Aroma is just run of the mill chocolate and coffee, plus something else I couldn’t figure out - sort of like alcohol, sort of like wood, but is this barrel-aged? Whatever the last thing is it wasn’t that appealing. Mouthfeel is smooth but thin for the style I think. Nice fine lacing. Flavor is a bit of roasted slightly burnt coffee and a bit of dark chocolate, plus that third thing that pops up more as it warms. Medium bitter. Just not much going on here.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MullMan (1099) - New York, USA - JAN 13, 2007
thick foamy/creamy medium tan head, blackish brown body and garnet ruby at the edges. aroma is roasted chocolate malt, prune, figs, and a bit of coffee. flavor is roasted chocolate malt, a little hop bitterness, and a bit of coffee in the finish. under-rated, this is a nice session stout. not too complex but enjoyable. nice work for 8.2 abv.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
faroeviking (10284) - FAROE ISLANDS - JAN 11, 2007
Bottle. Clear black colour, short light brown head. Aroma of chocolate, good hops, roasted malts and dark fruits. Flavour has bitter-sweet chocolate, raisins and proons, roasted malts, touch of spices, hops, dry finish. the alcohol is not that noticeable.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
unclemattie (4356) - Georgia, USA - JAN 10, 2007
22oz bottle. Very dark black color. no head. aroma of dark roasted malt. Slight flavor of medium coffee. nothing overwhelming. but the palate just seemed too light for my tastes of other Imperial Stouts I have tasted. Just expected a thicker pour. The alcohol was there, just not the syrup I expected.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
madsberg (10684) - Søborg, DENMARK - JAN 9, 2007
Bottled. Reddist brown coloured. Uncleaer. Light brown head. Chocolate, light roast, light alcohol and light herbs in the nose. Quite smooth. Flavour is a bit dusty. Sweets and chocolate. Light roast and coffee. Some light fruits. Is medium bodied. Quite dry. Light roasty bitter end with some sweet notes. Is quite balanced, but lacks a bit power to ring the bells for me. Very drinkable though. Thanks to Degarth for this.


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