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RATINGS: 1005   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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Hangover (1100) - Atlanta, Alabama, USA - NOV 12, 2006
Dark pour, but very translucent with a small tan head. Aroma is chocolate and roasted malt. Mouthfeel is thin and oily. Chocolate taste with a lot of bittering hops. Coffee towards the middle but Iím getting overpowering citrus hops. This one is all over the place, unfortunately.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - NOV 12, 2006
Thanks to hopdog. Pours a dark brown with some red when held to the light. Dark tan average size head. Aroma of roasted/toasted malts, caramel, dark fruits. Flavors of the same. Kind of thin...was expecting more from a Lagunitas Imp Stout.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hopdog (10491) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 12, 2006
22oz bottle acquired in trade with beerhandy (thanks!). Poured a dark, dark brown with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of smoke, lighter dark fruits, and roasted malts. Tastes of smoke, roasted malts, light dark fruits and light chocolate. Both the aromas and tastes on the lighter side. Thinner body.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 9, 2006
Dark reddish brown-colored body, but it is too translucsent to be an imperial stout. Even the head is off-white, and much too light in body for an IS. Not much to the aroma either, unfortuneately, some light, roasted malts, maybe a hint of cocoa. The flavor is very thin as well. Watery even, definetly nothing imperial. The flavor is of roasted malts, and hazelnuts. Essence of sweet lactose - this is much more like a sweet stout than any other types of beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
notalush (5561) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 9, 2006
Imperial stout? Iíve seen brown ales that allow less light through them - lightly spicy aroma (cinnamon, nutmeg), with hints of milk chocolate, burnt coffee - thin body/mouthfeel - a light milky sweetness - some strange, bright, berry-like fruity esters - fairly high bitterness on the back end - not true to style at all, which isnít really bad, but regardless of what this beer is trying to be, it just isnít all that impressive.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kharaku (5) - USA - NOV 5, 2006 does not count
A pretty traditional Russian imperial stout. A bit low on the alcohol content, but still pretty strong and tastey. The after taste was a bit bitter but then I guess thatís how an Imperial Stout should be. Though I prefer less bitter in my Imperial Stout.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SSSteve (4006) - - NOV 5, 2006
black with orange highlights. no head. aroma is dark but not overly strong. more hoppy than anything. flavor is very hoppy. medium bodied. roasty at first turning hoppy in the finish. hints of maple syrup and chocolate. very smooth.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
wxman (1658) - OíFallon, Illinois, USA - NOV 4, 2006
Pours a clear very dark garnet, not opaque, but you have to hold it up to substantial light to see through. Has an OK pale tan head. Has a chocolate syrup aroma with some vinous qualities. Chocolate/coffee/burnt malt taste youíd expect. Some dry red wine notes evident. Reasonably well balanced. Alcohol warmth comes through after the swallow. Not a prize-winner, but a pretty decent imperial stout.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
duffman462 (175) - Gainesville, Florida, USA - NOV 2, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 16, 2007 I was a little dissappointed by this beer. I didnít find anything about it that indicated that it was "imperial." Small head, flavors of chocolate and toasty malt, and a little hop too. Body had sort of a watery feel which I didnít care for. Overall a good beer, but kinda boring.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mkgrenwel (602) - North Shore, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 23, 2006
First thing I notice is that itís a little spicy (cinnamon). Raisin, chocolate, cane sugar. Grainy and malty. A little bit of peanut butter like a porter. Not sticky-sweet, but a better than modest sweetness. Hardly any bitterness other than for balancing. Hop flavor is not there, other than a slight lingering grassiness in the finish. Actually, now that Iíve found it, itís getting stronger. Full creamy, yet grainy palate. This is pretty damn good. Reminds me a lot of Bells Expedition.

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