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RATINGS: 1006   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerbill (3598) - Laurel, New York, USA - FEB 11, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 5, 2007 22 oz. bottle. Pours a very deep brown, nearly black, with a moderate light tan head. Pleasant aroma of roasted malt and a touch of coffee. The flavor was again roasted malt with some chocolate and coffee detected as well. The alcohol was very well hidden. A tad thin and pretty mild for an imperial stout, but if I forget about the style and ask myself did I enjoy the beer, the answer is yes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Doctormirk (100) - USA - FEB 3, 2007
Bottled from our friends at the Chico Natural Foods Store. Nice dark brown tint, slight ray of light passes through the glass. Off white head. Smells of roasty malt, and a bit spicy, high anticipation.. Tastes a bit sweeter than I was anticipating, somewhat like toffee or over caramelized caramel. Bit of alcohol detected. Solid as a beer, ok for an imperial stout.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
robinvboyer (3764) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 26, 2007
UPDATED: JUL 11, 2007 this is pretty average. nothing great here, think of your basical average imperial stout, and thats what you get. meh

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ungstrup (32202) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beer5000 (5470) - 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Oakes (14101) - 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.

   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.

   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.

   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.

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