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RATINGS: 1036   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.


2.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
TampaBeer (257) - Tampa, Florida, USA - OCT 25, 2007
Something is very wrong here. Pours the color and viscosity of coke - I can already tell this will not be a rich and flavorful imperial stout. The flavor is poor, with a unpleasant, sticky after taste. Is this the way this beer was intended to be made??

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
stevenjw (2) - California, USA - OCT 23, 2007 does not count
First rating! Just picked one of these babies up at the grocery store here in San Anselmo, love the Lagunitas IPA, had to try it. 1 pt 6 oz bottle. Very nice aroma, dark mahogany almost black color, taste is a bit sweet. I imagine a sweet taste is normal for the imperial stouts, and to me the 8.2 % is well hidden. I enjoyed very much, would drink again!

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ughsmash (7507) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 17, 2007
Bomber. Poured clear, medium reddish-brown (quite light for the style) with a short cap of beige head sticking around. The aroma picked up lightly-roasted sweeter chocolates, some molasses, and brown sugar.. very sweet overall and missing an enticement and intrigue factor.. quite bland. The flavor had primarily semi-sweet, lightly-roasted chocolates at the core with molassess and dried herbal sticky notes eminating outward.. sweet, lightly warm finish. Medium-bodied with decent balance and creamy carbonation.. very sweet. There really wasnít anything bad in this one, but nothing to keep my interest either.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SpudClampDawg (1029) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - OCT 13, 2007
22 oz bottle: Pours a deep brown with a black core and proper mocha head. The aroma offers soft earth, coffee and chocolate notes, as well as a touch of sweet caramel. The subtle nature continues in the body with the addition of brash coffee, cocoa and nuts. Something about reminds me of a foreign stout. Not a hefty Impy, but balanced and drinkable.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Reign (10) - Albany, New York, USA - OCT 13, 2007
A little weak/watery. Iíve come to expect a little more body from a stout. Overall not a bad beer. Promising aroma. Goes down easy.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
iam (369) - Mississauga, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 13, 2007
Pours mahogany coloured with a big frothy head. Aromas of roasted malt, chocolate and coffee. A little thin on the mouthfeel and the flavour is also a little thin but very refreshing.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Lubiere (12683) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 9, 2007
A clear dark brown stout with a light moka head. A sweet vinous chocolate aroma with light notes of licorice. In mouth, a rather light imperial stout, with powdery chocolate, plums and burned toasts, and a sustained burned bitterness. Medium bodied. Bought at Sherbrooke Liquors, Edmonton, Jan. 2007.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fro2218 (471) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - SEP 27, 2007
Dark red with little carbonation. Some grassy hops in the nose. Pretty roasted but more like a strong porter than imp. stout. Could use more body also.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
blklab2007 (2118) - Connecticut, USA - SEP 22, 2007
bomber poured a red chestnut in color with minimal carbination and little head on the beer. smell is malty, chocolate, some underlying hops, prunes, and light alcohol. the beer itself on first looks is a little thin for an imperial. taste is medium on the mouth feel, slight bitterness on the finish, and is thin for an imperial. the beer itself has this hops and malt thing going on that is interesting but the beer overall is just mediocre for me.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
NickVega (154) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - SEP 12, 2007
Kinda see through, and not in a good way.Drinks more like a Porter. Truly delicious beer - but this ainít no big burly Imperial Stout. Oi, get yer clear out of stout!


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