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RATINGS: 1043   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.


3.1
   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.

3.1
   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.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
EithCubes (5616) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
igneous1 (1532) - 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.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
JoeMcPhee (9267) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 21, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 21, 2007 22 oz bottle. Very dark brown beer with light brown head. Aroma is quite sweet and chocolatey, caramel, a bit of roast, but not as much as I would have expected. Lightly earthy with a strong peppery aroma behind it all. Flavour is sweet with chicory/coffee character as well as sweet milk chocolate. Moderate bitterness on the back. Light leather comes out as it warms. Not really an imperial stout, more of an alcoholic porter. Comes across a bit schitzophrenic.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
nhorween (645) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 17, 2006
Bottle. Coffee colored, not totally black, with a beige colored head. Nose of roasty malts, almond, banana, anise. Flavor is pretty one dimensional, nutty, dry, some burnt maltiness. Very little coffee and chocolate. I would never call this an imperial stout, just a stout. Alcohol is apparent. I feel let down.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
crizay (1050) - Brook Park, Ohio, USA - DEC 13, 2006
Pitch black average sized almond head. Yu can smell the alcohol and hops in the aroma bigtime even at only 8.2%. The flavor is much of the same too much bitterness in this and not enough flavor. Very bittersweet chocolate taste with the hops just controlling the beer the whole time. Thin mouthfeel and not much going on here, wasn’t impressed. Just because it’s an imperial stout doesn’t mean it should be rated higher.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
adrian910ss (2565) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 9, 2006
22 oz bomber. Pours a black cola color with a thick beige head. Aroma is of light roasted malt and oats. Taste is malty rich with chocolate overtones and hints of oats. Wouldnt really call this one an imperial stout. Weak flavor overall for an imperial stout.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
glkaiser (1214) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 5, 2006
Blind Tasting. Dark brown/black with small creamy head. Really light toasted malt aroma. Very smooth stout, good sweetness with some chocolate taste. Not overwhelming, just solid.

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.


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