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RATINGS: 1029   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 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
faroeviking (10284) - FAROE ISLANDS - JAN 11, 2007
Bottle. Clear black colour, short light brown head. Aroma of chocolate, good hops, roasted malts and dark fruits. Flavour has bitter-sweet chocolate, raisins and proons, roasted malts, touch of spices, hops, dry finish. the alcohol is not that noticeable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
unclemattie (4358) - Georgia, USA - JAN 10, 2007
22oz bottle. Very dark black color. no head. aroma of dark roasted malt. Slight flavor of medium coffee. nothing overwhelming. but the palate just seemed too light for my tastes of other Imperial Stouts I have tasted. Just expected a thicker pour. The alcohol was there, just not the syrup I expected.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
madsberg (11283) - Søborg, DENMARK - JAN 9, 2007
Bottled. Reddist brown coloured. Uncleaer. Light brown head. Chocolate, light roast, light alcohol and light herbs in the nose. Quite smooth. Flavour is a bit dusty. Sweets and chocolate. Light roast and coffee. Some light fruits. Is medium bodied. Quite dry. Light roasty bitter end with some sweet notes. Is quite balanced, but lacks a bit power to ring the bells for me. Very drinkable though. Thanks to Degarth for this.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
f351c4v (411) - Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 7, 2007
Pours a very dark brown color with a lasting off-white head. Not a big aroma, lightly roasted and mixed with a freshly opened Hershey bar. Beer is a little thin for an Imperial style, but it adds to its drinkability. Alcohol is also well hidden. A hint of smoke and bittersweet chocolate dominate this beer, but it offers no real complexity. A nice beer, but definitely weak for an Imperial Stout.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
kimcgolf (872) - Dacula, Georgia, USA - JAN 2, 2007
Not much to this one, especially for an Impy Stout. Poured to a dark brown with ruby tint, medium light-tan head that dissipated quickly and okaty lacing. Aroma showed hints of chocolatey caramel, but even as it warmed, the aroma was not real evident. Likewise, the flavor tried to taste like an Impy, but never quite made it. Mouthfell was very thin bodied, and the 8.2% alcohol never was noticewable, in either the taste or aroma. Aftertaste was mostly watery. All and all, a disappointing Impy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
EithCubes (5459) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 31, 2006
Bottle. Malt and sweet milky chocolate nose. Mild fruitiness of the kind found filling chocolate – somewhere between raspberry and cherry. Black pour with lots of ruby seeping through, large and fizzily tan head. Thin mouthfeel with a creamy smooth taste to match the scent, a little chocolate/mocha powder to match an uneven but active bite. Much more of a milk stout than an imperial. A great example of a beer with 70+ IBUs and no bitterness. Solid, if a little rough around the edges, but nothing more.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
igneous1 (1530) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - DEC 23, 2006
opaque black, beige head. woody and earthy aroma with plenty of roastiness. flavor is mostly a carbon copy of the aroma, quite hoppy with some chocolate.

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