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RATINGS: 906   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - FEB 1, 2005
Bottle, one of my many trades, I think from Wolhfs, thanx bro! Poured black with brown highlights. Fizzy head, which dissipates kind of quick. This leads me to think it may have a bit too much carbonation. The aroma: The typical coffee and chocolate roasted malts. Nothing out of the ordinary. The taste: Good, but a bit thin on the mouth feel for an Impy. stout. Kind of watered down a little also. Smooth and enjoyable. Not a strong Impy, but enjoyable in its own.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
OldGrowth (2673) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - JAN 24, 2005
Bottle, from Bauer wine and spirits. Good nose, medium coffee, cocoa,carmel. Clean reddish brown color. Good head that faded, medium beige color. Sweet bitter flavors, same as aroma, little vinous too. Medium body, creamy smooth mouthfeel, sweet dry finish. Nice brew, easy drinking. Seems a tad thin for an Impy. Kinda made me think of a coffee porter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JAN 17, 2005
Not quite opaque dark black with deep ruby edges. The tan head, even after a vigorous pour, is only a half finger high and dissipates quite quickly. The creamy edges do however leave behind nice glass lace. The aroma is fairly sweet with coffee, nutty roasted malts, and light biter chocolate playing prominent roles. Raisins and other dark fruit can be teased out as it warms, but the primary olfactory components are coffee and nuts. The flavor is chock full of roasted malt nuttiness and coffee, though not Chock-ful-o-nuts. Medium sweet throughout with a lingering almost cloying sweetness long after the swallow. The body is medium with an attenuated finish even though sweetness seems to linger. Sharp and lively mouthfeel. It feels more carbonated than it looks. Overall a middling Imperial Stout. I would think that this brewer could do better.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ukoolaid (576) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 16, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 25, 2005 Bottle. Deep dark brown with hint of amber. Big lacy head. Aroma of chocolate malt. Taste is smooth and milky with little alcohol and chocolate. Very drinkable but not amazing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
presario (4640) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 7, 2005
She’s a black one! With a thin head. Rich malt and spice aroma with a trace of alcohol. Scents of molases and gingerbread. Flavour is a little more mild than expected. Nice and thick but a little tame. Not sure it merits the Imperial in the name. Body is thick enough.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DYCSoccer17 (3321) - Woodland, California, USA - JAN 5, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 24, 2005 22 oz bottle. Kind of a funky musty aroma with some hops detected. Also a fair amount of chocolate malts and ethanol that burns the nostrils. Non-opaque and rather transparent porter-like appearance with a quickly dissipating small light tan head. Start is sweet and chocolatey turning slightly dry and then finishing out with roasted coffee flavors. Pretty thin for an imperial stout and rather bland.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Darkover (1517) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 23, 2004
Dark brown with a big tan head. Milk chocolate aroma and flavor. Thin bodied. Pretty good, but pretty mild for a IS.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
CamdenD (1094) - Madrid, SPAIN - DEC 22, 2004
I don’t agree that "imperial" means knock you dead powerful and the subtlety of a 2 by 4. This stout is imperially complex and effective. Wonderfui toffee aroma with hints of chocolate and heavy cream. Nice dark, but not opaque, appearance, and beautiful soft velvety taste. This beer doesn’t have a whole lot of gravity on the palate, but hey, talk about a drinkable imperial stout! Stone might do well to look at this beer -- not that it would change anything there. Well done stout; I’d drink more if they weren’t $6 a 22 oz/

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
shadey (1903) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 13, 2004
Black with the smallest hint of red. Small quickly dissipating head. Light watery mouthfeel with a mild roast flavor. Light and easy drinking, but not what I would call an IMPREIAL stout. A little too weak and mild.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - DEC 3, 2004
Kind of an odd Imperial stout. Light white head sits atop a porter looking ale. A little alcohol on top of nestle quik aroma. Fairly rich in body. Very syrupy flavor, oily with a faint hint of alcohol. Some chocolate, some hops, signature lagunitas qualities. Drinkable and decent, but odd for an IS.

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