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RATINGS: 895   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.

   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.

   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.

   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.

   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GermanBrews76 (678) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAR 1, 2004
ruby hued, pretty dark chocolatey brown head. nose of mild chocolate and roasted barley. a touch of espresso and ripe berries. dry, burnt and chocolatey yeilds to a nice coffee flavor. fizzy and astringent, dry and bitter. seems like a decent stout, but needs more assertiveness to make my grade for am Imperial

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gromit (479) - Port Orchard, Washington, USA - FEB 28, 2004
Gotta love "Unlimited Releases." Pours a *really* dark brown - almost black but if I look really closely I can see some light through it around the edges. Nice tan head that lasts nicely leaving a really nice lace. Smells like nicely roasted malt with a hint of a mineral scent (odd, granted), some coffee and a hint of chocolate. Tastes very complex. Coffee and a bit of caramel play around the pallet. This is an excellent Stout but I'm not sure it's Imperial in the taste. It's lacking the hop kick I was expecting. Mouthfeel is a *little* on the watery side for a Stout but it's still very nice. There's a nice mineral feel to this and it's definately creamy. Drinkability is a definate "more, please," but at a well-hidden 8.2% ABV, watch yourself.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Reid (1881) - Salem, Oregon, USA - FEB 22, 2004
Bought in the usual 22 oz bromenbomber..same ole Lagunitas style label..though a bit perplexed at the use of "hammer and Sickle" signs on a Russian Imperial! Quite a nice looking beer when poured into the Imperial pint glass..quite black in colour with a good sized creamy head that is tan in colour. The aroma is of mostly dark roasted malts..some winey alcohol in the background. Not too bad of a taste, pretty one dimensional, the burnt malt. Its creamy on the back of the tongue..has a nice bitterness at the end. Pretty smooth on the palate..but not very "thick" for an Imperial. Quite a nice drinkable stout..though its odd with this much alcohol..there is no real Imperial taste..I liked it though and would consider buying again.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Kinz (3279) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - FEB 14, 2004
Dark brown, very, very lightly colored for the style. Aroma was piney and roasty. Thinnish palate. Light hoppy flavor, bitterness from hops and roasted malts. Decent, but not really to style. More of an American Strong Ale.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
y0cola (361) - fremont, California, USA - FEB 14, 2004
watery bitter aroma. Flavor is only slightly stouty with roasted flavors, but it's mostly watery. Surprisingly watery and flavorless from such a good brewery.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BBB63 (6019) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JAN 10, 2004
Dark brown hue with reddish highlights. A small tan head produces a good lace. Aroma hints of toasted chocolate malts, hazelnut, dark bread, molasses, cherry, and aromatic hops. Mocha taste initiallly before an interesting acidic and sour fruity note come by for a slap on the face. Bitter and very smoky upon the finish, some peat and wood also detected. How very different, but somehow I found this taste combination quite good. The mouthfeel was creamy but not sticky or heavy at all, another interesting development. All the characteristics of an Imperial but additions of something more and the reduction of others. Different and that's a good thing here. Thanks Joe for the bottle.

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