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RATINGS: 1041   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 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
malrubius (2551) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - NOV 7, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 1, 2009 22 ounce bottle in pint glass. Deep dark brown but not quite black with lasting tan ring and some lace. Mild aroma with some hop, some chocolate, and very slight alcohol. Burnt coffee and ripe plum flavor with mild hop finish. Medium body and carbonation. Not very impressive. lacks fullness and richness of the best imperial stouts.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
redlight (2318) - Orlando, Florida, USA - NOV 4, 2007
UPDATED: SEP 23, 2008 Some chocolate and coffee in the aroma. Pours brown, not at all that dark for an imperial stout. It was roasty and chocolatey, very light and dangerously easy to drink for an imperial stout. not bad, but if i want an imperial stout, i’ll go for old rasputin or yeti!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
PhillyBeer2112 (2751) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - NOV 2, 2007
Not opaque, shows a garnet in the light. Smallish head, leaving no lacing at all, the glass looks virtually clean as I work my way through it. Aroma is primarily chocolatey, with a mild roast note. There is perhaps a vague fruitiness in the background. Flavor similar, only slightly sweet, slightly chewy with a long dry roasted finish. Mild astringency. Pepperiness in the throat reveals some of the alcohol in this but otherwise it tastes like an oatmeal stout to me.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Boliv (1150) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 1, 2007
Bomber. Poured deep reddish/brown with little head, much lighter than expected for an impy. Sweet malty aroma with chocolate and coffee. Flavor is an initial malty rush followed by creamy chocolate, and finishing with a slight espresso kick and a tingling sour tang on the palate. Very smooth. A good beer, just a little weaker than what I expect from an imperial stout.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
humuloneranger (8) - Oregon, USA - OCT 30, 2007 does not count
Stout? Maybe more of an Imperial Red or Amber. Molasses aroma with no dominant hop nose or flavor. A heavy, viscous pour with brown sugar and ginger flavor. The maltiness dominates the 8.2% BV and the 72 IBU’s, making this a very drinkable stout.. A great beer for Autumn! 22 oz. bottle.

   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??

   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!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ughsmash (7508) - 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 wasn’t anything bad in this one, but nothing to keep my interest either.

   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.

   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. I’ve come to expect a little more body from a stout. Overall not a bad beer. Promising aroma. Goes down easy.

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