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RATINGS: 983   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54   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.


3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
aracauna (3252) - Georgia, USA - AUG 7, 2006
Really pale for an imperial stout, this one has a bit of chocalate, but comes across really thin. Not the best I’ve had, which is sad, because I’ve liked the other Lagunitas offerings.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
acertain (249) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 6, 2006
Pours a dark red/brown with a thin head. Looks a little thin going into the glass; definitely not as opaque as I was expecting. Rich aroma of dried cherries, vanilla, a touch of hops and others. Unfortunately, the flavor doesn’t live up to the richness of the aroma. All the components are there, but the taste is weak and watery. Finish is slightly bitter. Overall, a decent beer to drink, but not up to the best.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
skoisirius (1844) - Earth, Washington, USA - AUG 1, 2006
22 oz bottle into a 2 oz Snifter glass. Pours a thick black color with a slightly frothy and foamy tannish head. The aroma is very malty sweet with chocolate and coffee hints intertwined with roastedness. The onset of the flavor is very much in the roasted barley, and coffee department, which slowly glides into a sweeter chocolately malt department. A tiny alcoholic note comes through in the finish, but is also hidden very well at 8.2% ABV. Not the best of the best Imp. Stouts, but another seriously great brew from Lagunitas.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
blackmurder (236) - Whitaker, Oregon, USA - JUL 20, 2006
Great flvor in this one. Not too bitter, not too watery. Just right. Pours jet black with a thin head mocha colored head. Mmmm, aroma of sweet chocolates, caramels, and roasted barley. I just love this beer, my favorite from Lagunitas and very under-rated here. The taste is what really hooked me here. It is so crisp, refreshing, yet bold, smokey, rich, and dark at the same time. A great summertime stout.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
nimbleprop (5886) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUL 15, 2006
Very dark pour from the bomber, with brown hues around the edges. Thick, light brown, creamy head. Sweet smell with coffee and brown sugar notes. Watery texture with very soft carbonation. Moderate alcoholic finish. Not the best Imperial Stout as the flavors are not as distinct as other breweries. Softer finish than you might expect.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - JUL 14, 2006
Bottle. Weak, very weak. I really do not like this beer. Pours and tastes like a weak porter.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DrnkMcDermott (2902) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - JUL 13, 2006
<!-- i -->Bomber bottle.<!-- /i --> We’re moving, so my proper glassware is packed away. Kicks up a big head in the inappropriate tall lager glass. Black body just barelt shows brown highlights.after brownish head dwindles to a ring. Gotta say I kind of expected more of a stout smell, or some heady alcohol smell. A bit of the old alky does come up after all. Stout character is pretty light, though. Pleasant enough, malts tend toward dark toffee, like a barley wine. Can’t catch any hops beyond a general bitter buzz. Finishes as a nice strong beer. without excess.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
JohnnyJ (4910) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 2, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 25, 2008 Bleh, this is a bad stout. The appearance is clear dark reddish brown. Weak and thin, it’s a very bad example of the style. Cold coffee, roasted malt, soy sauce, and hints of chocolate.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
FoolishMortal (990) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 21, 2006
22oz. bottle. Deep ruby color with a thin film of light tan head. Dark chocolate, mild sour alefruit, and hints of citric herbal hop tones in the aroma. Toasty, husky malt flavors up front, giving way to a deeper roastiness and some cocoa. Dark alefruit manifests itself in the finish with a mild herbal hop component and a pantina of residual nuttiness and mild sourness. Mouthfeel is betwixt medium and heavy, somewhat light for the style, also slightly dry.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
eaglefan538 (2939) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 11, 2006
Ah, this wasn’t incredibly memorable or distinguishable from the other bazillion impys out there, but it was good. The color was dark brown to black with brown edges and a tan head. The lacing was low and appearance was the overall weak point of this one. The aroma was of coffee most strongly, perhaps some chocolate underneath. The flavor wasn’t rich or complex, but predominantly coffee with some chocolate following, and maybe a dark fruit underneath (plums?). The mouthfeel was moderate to thin for the style, unfortunately somewhat astringent and acidic as it warmed. Competent, but not great.


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