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RATINGS: 1041   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.


3.6
   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 (1976) - 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 (1279) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sammy (11069) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 24, 2007
UPDATED: JUN 14, 2008 Aged a bit, at Volo. Black with a moderate head and significant lacing. Malty medium roasty,a bit of burnt sugar, nutty. Coffee aftertaste. On the sweeter side. Good drinking, have had it again a couple of times.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerdedone (3215) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 22, 2007
Bottle sampled. Pours black with a nice tan head . Aroma of roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, and some mild hops. Flavor is coffee, caramel, roasty malts, and a hint of smoke with a dry roasted finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MrBunn (2727) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 21, 2007
Bottle. Dark brown body with a thick, foamy head. Aromas are roasty and smokey with a touch of hops poking through. Hops come through more than normal in the flavor... which starts out with a bunch of roasted malt and smokey peat and then heads into a little bit of a piney hops funk at the end. Fairly weak for an impy stout.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
swoopjones (7021) - Buffalo, New York, USA - DEC 12, 2007
Mr Goodbar Good Beer Club. Opaque black lots of roastiness, some smoke. Minimal hop s here. Some chocolate, cocoa roastiness. Pretty tasty but body is lacking a little


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