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RATINGS: 1034   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.55/5   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.


3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
xmarcnolanx (929) - Kirkwood, Missouri, USA - DEC 4, 2006
Shit, I just rated this and the freaking page did not load correctly. Anyway, tastes of a moderate oak/smoke, coffee, and hops. Has a decent bitterness to the brew, but the beer itself is nothing overwhelming. Seems more like a regular stout considering how thin the malt profile is compared to a lot of Impy Stouts. Not a bad beer, but not a truly great one either.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - NOV 28, 2006
Poured a clear and very dark brown with a small light tan head. The aroma is not complex. Roasty with some sweetness. The flavor was sweet with a lightly roasted malt. Mild bitterness on the finish. Light to medium body.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hayduke (4629) - Eureka, California, USA - NOV 27, 2006
Bomber. Nearly black (garnet on the edges) with a nice tan head. Strong nose of chocolate and coffee. Mouthfeel moderate for a stout. Flavor has a little sweetness, with more hops showing through than you see with many stouts. A little light for an Imperial Stout, but overall a quite decent offering by Lagunitas.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bitbucket (2165) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - NOV 24, 2006
Bomber. Pours a blackish brown with garnet highlights and a fading tan head. The aroma has the requisite coffee and chocolate, but doesnít give the big impression of an imperial. The body is a bit light for an impy as well. If you donít like the almost syrupy qualities of some imperial stouts this could be a plus. The taste has some sweetness, but is not particularly complex; with coffee chocolate, smoke and a bit of hoppy bitterness on the exit. This is a very nice beer, and the price was right but itís just barely sneaking into imperial territory. I like the label which identifies it as a special "UNLIMITED RELEASE" :)

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hophead75 (2012) - Largo, Florida, USA - NOV 23, 2006
bomber. Black with a light brown head. and medium carbonation. Aroma is coffee, chocolate, some alcohol. Taste is coffee, chocolate, bitter and hoppy with some roast. Not too complex and body is a tad thin on this.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Shag (2805) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - NOV 18, 2006
A black appearance with a tan head. This one was quite one dimensional for an imperial stout. A lot of coffee and chocolate flavor. Some licorice is also present. It wasnt bad but doesnít hold a candle to many of the style.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
scoobyluv (511) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - NOV 15, 2006
dark color. tan head. smells slightly hoppy and chocolate-ty. the flavor was a watery version of the two

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
thegreenrooster (3925) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 14, 2006
Pour is a thick looking cola brown with almost no head. Aroma is decent with some roasted malts and a whiff of hops. Flavor is a bit weaker than the flavor. Some weak chocolate and malts but the hops are what stands out. Finish is a bit weak with a touch of alcohol on the palate. Average for a Impy.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jhumphries69 (1034) - Tyrone, Georgia, USA - NOV 12, 2006
Pours dark brown (not quite opaque) with a tan head. The aroma has some coffee, toasted malts, and some hops - as well as some alcohol. The flavor starts with tingles on the tip of the tongue from the carbonation and a good bit of bitter cocoa. The taste is very bitter with some hops, some burnt flavors, and a little coffee. Some sweetness shows up in the middle of the beer. The finish is dry with a long bitter after-taste. It tastes like a very good normal-gravity stout but with more alcohol than usual. It isnít as good, however, next to other imperial stouts.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Hangover (1110) - 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.


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