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RATINGS: 881   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.51   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
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Kevin (2066) - New Mexico, USA - AUG 26, 2004
pours black with a tan head. sweet roasty nose. flavor fulfils the roast promise from the aroma. touch of chocolate in the finish. this is a bit one sided and leaves a watery mouthfeel. not a bad imp, but not something to write home about.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
grat (433) - ST. Louis, Missouri, USA - AUG 12, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 22, 2005 Y’all are retarded. This is the best imperial stout I’ve ever had. I can only say that though because A I haven’t had too many Impy Stouts and B I don’t like stoutsusually. This one is fine though. Pours a dark garnet hue. Giant Head that lingers on and on. Nose is excellently roasty. So milky as well. Sweet on the tongue. Notes of currants, rum, brown sugar and blackened beef. Sweet and milky with a fair amount of alcohol. Dude it rocks! G-rat

1.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - JUL 29, 2004
Pours a ruby, NOT BLACK, with a lite beige head. Aromas of burnt grains and a little breadiness. Some hops come through but not much. Watery and bland. The only thing that makes this an Imperial is it’s alcohol. Hold it up to the light and you can see right through it,... even in a 30 oz. goblet. Probably the worst Imperial Stout I have ever had. WEAK!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUN 26, 2004
Nearly black with a small tan head. Roasty vinous aroma with hints of chocolate. Roasted barley flavor with some chocolate notes and a smooth body. Finish is fairly hoppy. Not bad

2.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
ClarkVV (3892) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 2, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 1, 2007 03-04 bottle (not sure). Good deep mahogany brown color, very dark, which shows ruby/garnet when held to the light. Big foamy light mocha colored head. Unfortunately it’s quite filtered, lightly transluscent, bordering on transparent. Aroma has lots of chocolate, some light alcohol, a bit of dry nuttiness, dry roast coffee and some mustiness. Flavor is smooth and chocolatey, with only moderate amounts of coffee, and a dry roast that is not heavily bitter. No oiliness, mostly creamy and soft, though not rich. Finish has some dry nuttiness on it, along with a nice lightly spicy hops flavor, that is quite apparent. Pretty good flavors overall, but as it warms, it gets quite thin (and it only starts off with a medium body). Wateriness and thinning flavor are its biggest problems, to be expected from the heavy filtration. Still, a good enough flavor, just on the lighter side. Reminds me of Bert Grants Imp. Stout.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 30, 2004
Bottle. Just too sweet and milky, all the action was happening at the front of the palate, a bit metallic like some of their other beers. Too sweet.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
TakushBrewer (19) - Corvallis, Oregon, USA - APR 28, 2004
A simple imperial stout that is wonderful in its simplicity. It really does mask the alcohol well. Scrumptious.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
AlabastorJones (800) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 23, 2004
Sweet aroma without much complexity, nice white head over the dark, mirky body, flavor is full of dark chocolate, malts, toffee and sweet fruit, alcohol is well masked, nice body and an over all dank brew but not the stickiest of icky.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - APR 6, 2004
22 oz bottle: Dark ruby brown with a large rocky, white head. Coffee bean and dark dry chocolate aroma. Slight tingle of carbonation on the tongue, but I would have liked a bit more. Rainsiny flavours with molasses and honey. Dark malts seem to mask a bitter hoppiness, but the blended malt and chocolate works alright. This one left me wishing for more: more vinous fruits and more full bitterness, but in the end, just more beer, not bad.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
frankR (145) - Davis, California, USA - MAR 26, 2004
Pours with a small completely diminishing head. Liquid is dark red with low carbonation. Nose is malty chocolate. Initial flavor is very sweet, rather watery texture. Body is malty, lots of chocolate and carmel. Finish is bitter, not much hops present. The palate is too watery for an “Imperial Stout”. Overall, not bad, drinkable but nothing really worth remembering.


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