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RATINGS: 891   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.51   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.


3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
grant (842) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - JUL 19, 2005
What? I know iíve rated this....I was just checking to see what I wrote about it. Oh well. Deep brown with foamy, transient head. Aroma has slight cherry and BIG malted milk flavor garnished with milk chocolate--good thing I love Whoppers. Sweetish, charred body with some port-like aspects. Finishes moderately sweet with surprisingly little bitterness. As, i remembered, this is less an Imperial Stout than a big sweet stout. Itís a good drinker, but not the snifter and cigar affair that many other impys are. I would take their Cappucino Stout in a heartbeat over this.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pootzboy (1586) - Hawgville, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 11, 2005
Light defying black in the glass, nice mocha cap, modest carbonation. Nice looking Impie so far. Nose is subdued, not as face smashing as most imps but the standard aromas are there figs, coffee, sweet treacle. Nice mix of malts you get lots of burnt toffee, molassass, cocoa, dried fruits and charred toast here...hops are trimmed back but thatís OK...long malty finish of sweet date cake and metal tinniness...very nice...this is a drinkable imperial...very drinkable...in fact dangerously drinkable!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jimhilt (2397) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 8, 2005
Pours with a two-finger light brown head that fades slowly but doesnít leave much lace. Deep mahogeny color. Light-medium carbonation and heavy bodied. Nose is chocolate but not strong. Starts sweet, malts are up front, finish is a roasted coffee. $5.45 for a 22 oz bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
pineypower (2504) - Pine Barrens, New Jersey, USA - JUL 7, 2005
Poured out a nice deep black with a small slowly forming whispy head. The aroma is mainly of roasted malts and some chocolate. The taste is not overlly complex for an imperial stout, had notes of chocolate, cherries and roasted malts, but lacked a true character, not a terrible beer, but I wouldnít chase out of my way to drink it again

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
DrunkenWeasel (224) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 30, 2005
Pours black with a thin white head. Smells of cherries alcohol and chocolate. Strong chocolate taste but nothing much else there. Incredibly short lived and bland aftertaste. OK beer though.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
heemer77 (5099) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JUN 22, 2005
Very dark black body with a little amber showing through. The aroma had maple, caramel and mushrooms. The taste was chocolate with some mushrooms. Thick body.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BlueDevil0206 (122) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUN 9, 2005
UPDATED: JUN 25, 2005 Bomber. The pour revealed a fairly thin and light colored imperial stout. It was almost the color of a porter. Aroma was slightly estery which is usually not found in a IS due to the alcohol and roasted malt dominating. There was also discernable roasted malt in the nose and no alcohol or hops. Flavor was...clean. That sounds cliche but itís true. There was some caramel and toffee and chocolate, minimal coffee and a bit of the aformentioned esters. No alcohol present in the flavor. It was just very easy drinking and no apparent flaws though itís complexity overall was not great, I canít say anything negative about this brew. Mouthfeel was thin for an IS but not horrible. All in all this beer exhibits IS characteristics but just above the border of a standard stout.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jonathan3584 (323) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUN 9, 2005
22 oz. I think this beer has such a low rating because of how it looks. Itís not nearly opaque, and pours out of the bottle a dark brown, rather than the motor oil black weíve come to expect from American Imperial Stouts. The aroma and flavor are great, though. Very English, with a strong roasted malt to it. The English yeast leaves a very clean, rather than lingering aftertaste. Itís not the hop monster most American ISs are, but itís still very good, and has all of the characteristics in terms of flavor -- it just looks and feels a bit thin.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
haddon90 (1449) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 3, 2005
Bought this 22oz bottle at Normís in Vienna, VA. Pours a solid black color with a thin tan head. Very sweet, subtle aroma. Chocolate and roasted malt and coffee dominate the aroma. Very smooth and sweet taste. Kind of refreshing actually Maybe a little light for an Imperial Stout. Sweet chocolate, and a hint of coffee. Decent. Not Lagunitas best though.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
cigarsnbeer (146) - Valley City, North Dakota, USA - JUN 1, 2005
A very good IRS, but not my fav. The color was there. but the flavor wasnít quite what I expected. It was a little lite in that dept. But youcould do a lot worse in an IRS


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