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RATINGS: 1005   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.55/5   EST. CALORIES: 297   ABV: 9.9%
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
Date: 06/05/2002
Mode: Bottle
Source: Belmont Station, Portland

Dark ruby, explosive foaming tan head, roasted malt aroma, light roasted malt flavor, velvet smooth body, deceptive as an imperial stout, subtle from beginning to end
-------- /> Date: 03/02/2006

no gushing, thin fine brown head, rich malt flavor, touch of fruity character, light roasted, peak of flavor now,

Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 8/10; Overall: 15/20
Rating: 3.6/5.0
Drinkability: 8/10
Score: **4

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
muenster (345) - Sevierville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 2, 2007
Bottle. Pours ruby brown with a tall creamy tan head. Very light for the style. Aroma is mild, some chocolate, and flat malts. So far Iím wondering how this is an imperial stout. Then I taste it...Iím now thoroughly confused. There is an abundance of hops, over a medium malty background, and the mouthfeel is only medium/full. In a blind tasting there is no way that I would recognize this as an Imperial Stout. But, wow, I really dig the flavor profile of this beer. The citrus hops somehow fit in very well with the chocolate malts. Kudos to Lagunitas for not being afraid to break style. The only other Imperial Stout Iíve ever had that is so noticeably hoppy is Sweetwaterís Happy Ending.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
badlizard (5534) - Berkeley, California, USA - AUG 1, 2007
Sampled at Lagunitas. Dark brown semi-clear with a slightly fizzy head. Malty some what roasty aroma. Watery palate. Good chocolate taste with hints of coffee and caramel in the finish with an alcoholic warmth.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
greenhorn1 (850) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - JUL 28, 2007
22 oz bottle. Pours pitch black with a brown head that dissipates quickly. Aroma and flavor of roasted malt, bold coffee notes, and chocolate in the background. Medium mouthfeel with alcohol that is barely noticeable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dchmela (2924) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUL 24, 2007
Pours big and black like oil, with decennt little head that dissipates quickly. Aroma has lots of hops and chocolate malt. Spicy, chocolate malt, hoppy taste. Got a little thicker as it warms, but not as oily as I thought it might be. The deScription of the beer is a hoot. Not the greattest Imperial Stout, but a pretty good offering.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
fozapd (33) - Burlington, New Jersey, USA - JUL 18, 2007
Not a bad offering from Lagunitas. It had a nice strong hint of coffee in both aroma and taste. It was a dark black brew with a very thin tan head. While this stout is not exceptional, it is very well brewed and throughly enjoyable for a stout lover. At the price I found it I would consider buying it again. Brown Sugga....your next :-)"

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
csbosox (1229) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - JUL 8, 2007
Old rating: Nearly black with red highlights. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, some hoppy brightness. Flavor is dark malt, milk chocolate, and citrusy hops with milk chocolate and a moderate bitterness on the finish. Moderate to full body. Good stuff.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Maria (10190) - Thisted, DENMARK - JUN 15, 2007
Itís brown/black and transparent with a huge, golden and creamy head. The aroma is light with notes of roasted malt and a bit of licorice. The flavour is surprisingly light with light notes of roasted malt, alcohol, light sweetness, a bit of fruit and a light bitterness. Thank you Tom/After4ever, I agree, this is not what I expected - Iíll listen the next time, bit itís nice to have tried itÖ 2329

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Indra (2711) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - JUN 13, 2007
22oz. bottle. Aroma features some dark, roasty malts along with a faint hop presence, coffee, mild cocoa, red grape and a burnt brown sugary sweetness in the background. Deep, dark brown in color with a slight, fading head. Flavor is largely dominated by the toasted, roasty malt character as well. lightly smoky and bready with some licorice overtones, raisin and faint chocolate, finishing moderately bitter, dry, peppery and gently warming. Palate sees a touch of astringency joined with low effervescence. Body is medium-full. Interesting but lighter-bodied and less complex interpretation of the style.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
ChainGangGuy (4653) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JUN 10, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 24, 2009 Appearance: Clear, dark mahogany body with a thin, frothed milk-colored head. Smell: A hopeful scent of roasted malts, chocolate-covered coffee beans, almonds, glazed prunes and a tiny smidgen of spicy hops and alcohol. Taste: This is a circus of chocolate flavors! Armed with plenty of lactic smoothness to round out the roasted flavors. Hints of vanilla beans and nuttiness. Finish is a blend of semi-sweet chocolate and herbaceous hops. Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a milky texture and low carbonation. Drinkability: This is my take: Certainly drinkable and fairly tasty, but this isnít really what Iíd consider an "Imperial" Stout. One thing did jump out at me right from the get-go - the well-hidden 8.2%.

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