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RATINGS: 984   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
lamas (1443) - Washington DC, USA - APR 14, 2006
22 oz. bottle. Pours a very deep mahogany with a smallish mocha head that dissipates quickly. Aroma of roasty malts, vanilla beans and extract, coffee, some chocolate and dark grapes. This is just way too thin for an imperial stout. Pretty high level of carbonation too. The taste is full of toasty malts, dark chocolate and vanilla. Finishes only somewhat bitter with hints of black coffee and a little sourness.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
stoutchap (421) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 21, 2006
Very disappointing Imperial. Poured ok dark brown, but little aroma, and very watery. Some chocolate, and roasted notes, but ultimately lacked the oomph of an Imperial. Gave it a few extra points for the awesome story on the label.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
GregClow (2976) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 18, 2006
Bottle shared with tupalev, jerc, blankboy & HogTownHarry - courtesy of tupalev. Dark brown with a tiny tan head. Aroma of roasty malt, a bit earthy, with some odd notes that I can only describe as "chemically". Body is thin for the style. Flavour has some smoke and chocolate, and more of the odd notes I sensed in the aroma. Pretty disappointing, especially considering the quality of the other Lagunitas beers Iíve tried.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
DuffMan (7999) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 16, 2006
Dark walnut brown, large tan head. Earthy clay aroma and faint chocolate. Sweet palate, earthy, some chocoalte and caramel malt. Dominant ethyl alcohol note in the finish. Thin bodied for the style. Poorly integrated. A bit of a disappointment for me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - MAR 1, 2006
Bottle, shared with Jerc, GregClow, Hogtown Harry, and Blankboy. Obtained in a trade with Presario (thanks!). Black, small brown head, looks good. Strong chocolate malt, sweet, bakerís chocolate aroma - nice. Decent chocolate malt taste, full mouthfeel. Very dry. Unfortunately a little watery, and even gives off some weird dark fruit notes as well. Not sure where they pack the alcohol in either. A good stout that I was expecting a little more from, but still enjoyed.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
jercraigs (8485) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 24, 2006
Bottle. Black body, small khaki head. Muted washed out roast malt. Dry chalky roast, muted chocolate notes. Sweet overall character. Thinnish palate. Grows on me a bit but the lasting impression is that this is a bit thin and watery. 8% abv ??? Where?

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Odeed (1798) - Bakersfield, California, USA - FEB 19, 2006
dark brown body with lots of red peeking through.nice dark brown head that did leave lacing..black liquorice,brownies,and roasted malts make up the aroma.much the same in the flavor with some coffee thrown in.mouthfeel was on the medium side.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
phiconners (149) - Massachusetts, USA - FEB 18, 2006
Appearance is very thin for an Imperial. Flavor is decent, some smokiness to it. Itís a good beer in itís own right, but canít hang with a lot of other Imperials out there. They should market it as something else.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - FEB 12, 2006
22oz bottle via trade with Degarth - Thanks Joe! - Pours dark brown with a creamy offwhite head that stayed pretty well and laced the sides of the snifter. Aromas of light milk chocolate, coffee and some light hops. Flavor is about the same. Quite simple really and one dimensional. Palate is medium bodied.. Nothing imperial about this stout though.. Seemed to lack in malt, and flavor

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
ontario102 (794) - Boise, Idaho, USA - FEB 10, 2006
Nice milky truffle aroma; mild flavor with sweet chocolate and grapes over a thin espresso base. There isnít a whole lot of hoppiness or boldness here, the palate is rather thin. Itís pretty sweet and cloying as it warms. The flavor hues hold alot of promise, but it needs more of everything. Dissipointing offering from such a quality brewer.

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