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RATINGS: 922   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 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GG (2323) - NorCal, California, USA - JAN 30, 2006
Not an entirely bad stout that went down nicely, it really wasnít a strong stout by any means. Thatís not to say it wasnít bad, because it wasnít. Nice tan head, aroma of roasted malts, some vanilla and chocolate. Rather thin in the mouth with a wine note while finishing. There are better stouts, so Iíd rate this one as possibly a craft for beginners. Nothing too overpowering, just right to begin the evening."

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
GreenDragon (219) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 18, 2006
Pours with a frothy dark brown head on a dark brown, almost black body. Sweet chocolaty aroma with some roasted malts. Sweet chocolaty body with some toffee and molasses. Relatively thin body.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 18, 2006
Dark mohogany color with a frothy light brown head. Aroma of roasted malt and chocolate. Sweet chocolate taste with hints of coffee.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Papsoe (25083) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JAN 17, 2006
(Bottle 65 cl) Very dark brown - close to black - with a reddish hue and a rather crude, off-white head. Sweetish, roasted malt aroma. Medium body with hard roasted malt that doesnít leave the usual bitterness. On the contrary this is quite sweet. Nothing wrong with this beer, but itís just not very complex. 160106

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
AndrewM (126) - Waco (Buckle of the Bible Belt), Texas, USA - JAN 15, 2006
Bottle, dark cola brown with a tan head. Aroma is pretty laid back with hints at coffee, chocolate, and hops. Flavorís not terribly strong, but itís got a chocolate bitter taste to it. Would be decent for a "regular" stout, but IMO fails a bit at "Imperial" status.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - JAN 9, 2006
Aroma is dark chocolate, espresso alcohol and burnt malts. Black with an underwhelming thin mocha head. Bitter fore with some burnt chocolate malt and mild coffee notes and slight stewed raisin notes. On the thin side of even many stouts much less an Imperial. Flavor is decent enough, but it feels off in the palate.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jrob21 (2629) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 28, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 8, 2007 Bottle at momís on Christmas. Slightly thin black color. Complex and full of roasted barley. Chocolate flavors abound.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ChazyRPh (583) - Chazy, New York, USA - DEC 26, 2005
Clear mahogany color with a large beige head. Mild hop aroma. Malty on the palate, mild roastiness to start. Thin mouthfeel - mild roasted malt to finish. Thin milky texture. Bland for an Imperial Stout...no alcohol evident. Disappointing.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Rastacouere (6135) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 26, 2005
22oz: Dark brown pour topped by a light brown head that mostly sticks around. A smooth, surprisingly not very hoppy sweet stout that offers typical chocolate and coffee flavors accompanied by juicy grapes, figs and leafy backings. Sweet in mouth, it has a lactic character that tames the roastiness a bit and dull out the deployment. Light-medium body, fair carbonation. I guess my colleagues have made the case clear, itís a mellow example that more or less serves as a bridge between the macho types and regular stouts. Friendly, but no goosebumps.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
kujo9 (1093) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - DEC 20, 2005
22 oz bomber: Dark brown w/ a lasting beige creamy head. Chocolatey and roasted coffee, caramel, and a bit of raisiny dark fruit aromas. Some toasty malt, but very light, and also some light wood aromas after it warms. Well balanced overall. Chocolate and light roast flavor w/ a hint of burnt espresso. Caramel as well, but missing the dark fruit flavor it had in the aroma. It thins out a bit @ the end. Finish is semi sweet & chocolatey, but the aftertaste is a bit of herbal hop. Low medium carb., a bit thin in body for in imperial (IMHO), alcohol is well hidden. A bit thin in the finish, but overall enjoyable.

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