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RATINGS: 1006   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 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bhensonb (13228) - Woodland, California, USA - SEP 5, 2006
Grassy chocolate aroma. Really deep reddish brown color with a finely bubbled tan head. Starts with chocolate, moving through some sweetness to tar. Ok, smoky toasted malt. Something of sweet creosote. I’ve never tasted creosote, but I’ve worked with it. The mouthfeel is thinnish. The expected dark fruit is hard to find. Very drinkable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rajendra82 (1011) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - AUG 27, 2006
This “Unlimited Release” of Lagunitas Imperial Stout came home in a 22 oz. bomber. As I was pouring it in an oversized wine glass, I immediately noticed how clear and light the body was. When held up to the light, this was a far cry from the opaque and forbidding body that many other beers from this style exhibit. Instead, this was translucent reddish brown. The head was a little too small as well. While not an unattractive pour, I had to take a full point off the appearance score for being so light.

The smell of the beer was light as well, with grassy and spicy hops, and sweet toffee. Not much roasted coffee or chocolate on the nose. The taste was clean, sweet, and lightly roasty, with tinge of acidity. In other words, it was near dead on for a Baltic Porter, and way too light to be a Stout. Thin and sticky mouthfeel was Porter-ish too, and the slight but noticeable hop bitterness wiped the palette clean after each sip. This was a remarkably easy to drink beer, considering the 8.2% ABV. Not the Imperial Stout to go for, when you are in the mood for a heavy nightcap.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kenb (1102) - Oregon, USA - AUG 21, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 22, 2006 22 oz bottle. Average head that leaves quickly. Almost black in color. Aroma of sweet cream plums, toffee, chocolate. Flavors of roasted malts, caramel, toffee. Semi-dry fizzy finish. Bitter cocoa, prunes, and some hops in the aftertaste. Body is a bit light. More like an overhopped porter than an Imperial Stout? Lots of carbonation. Not great, but an ok Imperial Stout. Nowhere near Samual Smith’s league, but a nice try.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
aracauna (3356) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
skoisirius (1886) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
nimbleprop (6659) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DrnkMcDermott (2961) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - JUL 13, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 8, 2015 Bomber bottle. 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.

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