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RATINGS: 906   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
BŁckDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - NOV 21, 2005
When I think of how an imperial stout should look, I envision high viscosity, jet-black sludge that roars when you pour it into the bottle. This seems more shy, even showing a red blush color with exposed to a little back light. The head doesnít really stand prowd, just quickly balds and tries to combover with whatís left around the edges. Oh well, it still looks extremely potable. The nose contains red grapes, soy sauce, pomegranite and salty smelling nutmeg. The flavor is a bit better than I was expecting. Mellow but distinct sweetness balances with, full yet dry roasted character and a mild hop bitterness. A bit of solid maltiness and other chocolate/coffee notes. Finishes dry, makes me thirsty. Overall a good tasting imperial stout but needs more improvement in the other areas.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MartinT (7859) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 14, 2005
The Lure:
Lots of foam to cover a fat, shapeless sweetness. Fruitiness is perceived, but again is non-distinct. Rather boring approach for something "imperial".

The Festivities:
Roasted malt somewhat clashes with brown sugar and fierce carbonation (stout soda?). Some caramel exists within the fruitiness, but there are much better examples of the style in the 7-8% category.

The trees are nearly leafless now.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pailhead (4842) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - NOV 7, 2005
Bottle: Courtesy of Styles. Great chocolate and roasted coffee aroma. Pours a dark brown with hints of red along the outer edges of the glass when held to the light. Small off-white head. Chocolate and fruit up front with a moderate roasted coffee finish. A tad thin, and not the most complex Imperial, but still tastey. Chocolate presence increases as it warms.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dough77 (821) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - NOV 1, 2005
Dark dark brown pour, borderline black but not quite. Nose of chocolate, malt, coffee, with hints of smoke and vanilla. Flavor is not quite as robust as I shoot for in my imperial stouts, but is steady enough for tonite.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Frank (2887) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 13, 2005
Much more brown than black, not even a nice garnet either. Almost no head. Just not what I like to see in a stout. Very malty w/ a touch of some floral hops. Chocalate, hay and dried cherry. More a big porter than a stout, really. I like it but I find myself craving more.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cornfield (5482) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - SEP 25, 2005
Dark, dark mahogany with ruby highlights, this is temporarily capped with a yellowish brown head. The aroma is dark caramel malt, roasted barley, coffee, and a touch of chocolate. All carry forward into the taste with the additions of licorice and a light earthy hop bitterness. The finish is bitter and oddly sour. Not bad, but nothing special.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - SEP 18, 2005
Black with ruby hues. Bubbly, light tan head. Roasted malt, chocoffee, subtle hops, a bit of licorice, and something familiar yet unnameable-aroma. Same flavor with the same mysterious ingredient racking my brain. Full bodied yet easy drinking. Very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - SEP 18, 2005
Dark, shiny black with a short cocoa powder colored head, good lacing. Aroma was chocolate, dark fruits and malts. It had to warm up a bit before we got a good thick palate - started off kind of vinous. Taste was chocolate, hops, raisins, coffee; finish was dry and roasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - SEP 17, 2005
Bottle. Pours a superb onyx, with a subtle head of tan. Aroma is a mix of raisin and chocolate. Flavor follows along these same lines, with a finish of caramel, vanilla, plumb, and a touch of cedar. Mouthfeel is full and pleasant. This is one terrific brew. Another winner from a brewery that is getting more and more of my attention.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
IndianaRed (2490) - Boise, Idaho, USA - SEP 4, 2005
Bottle pours a clear very dark but not quite opaques black. Very rich creamy tan head and very thick lacing. Aromas are dark roasted malts and a sweet carmel or coffee hint. Flavor is quite light on the roastedness and rather pale in general. Vanilla and toffee. joh\sh is right on. Slightly smokey and Iíd say more like a soft porter than a stout. Especially an Imperial. Very easy on the bittering hops and no real bite in the aftertaste. Nice smooth feel but pretty light on the pallette Easy to put down and at 8.2 % Im gona be in trouble in about a half hour.

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