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RATINGS: 983   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 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
kujo9 (1095) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - DEC 20, 2005
22 oz bomber: Dark brown w/ a lasting beige creamy head. Chocolatey and roasted coffee, caramel, and a bit of raisiny dark fruit aromas. Some toasty malt, but very light, and also some light wood aromas after it warms. Well balanced overall. Chocolate and light roast flavor w/ a hint of burnt espresso. Caramel as well, but missing the dark fruit flavor it had in the aroma. It thins out a bit @ the end. Finish is semi sweet & chocolatey, but the aftertaste is a bit of herbal hop. Low medium carb., a bit thin in body for in imperial (IMHO), alcohol is well hidden. A bit thin in the finish, but overall enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
dirtymike (2016) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 15, 2005
Ruby brown in color with a thin light tan head. Sweet caramel malt, butterscotch aroma. Flavor is sweet with much balance from hops. One dimensional and boring. A very drinkable beer, but an extremely poor representation of a style from a well respected brewery.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 1, 2005
Medium-to-thin pour, settling in as a translucent mahogany concoction with dusty dumpings for the head. Promising aroma accentuated by hops and alcohol, some cocoa beans, roasty malts, milk chocolate, graham crackers and caramel. Flavor comes in loosely, with carbonation and bright semi-sweet chocolate butting heads. More like a robust porter. Dark chocolate cocoa powder and Hershey syrup drone on rhythmically, at times bringing the flavoring around to resemble Symphony chocolate bars with almonds. Slippery and thin body, titillating and active. Bitterness levels (72 IBUs) give it just enough to claim imperial status. Chocolate and hazelnut coffee creamer define the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
zig (2) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 29, 2005 does not count
definitely not as strong as a typical Imperial Stout but one of the finest tastes around. Smooth and easy to drink. You canít taste the strength of the alcohol so watch out. One of my favorite beers.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
blankboy (6578) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 26, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 28, 2006 Rerate: I liked the flavour more this time so I bumped it up a bit.
Original rating: 3.4
Bottle shared with HogTownHarry and Dave B. -- courtesy of Dave B. Pours dark brown with some ruby hues and a big diminishing light-brown head -- looks pretty frickiní good. Aroma of sweet and roasted malt, vanilla, cocoa and some very faint hops. The flavour follows the aroma but is dissapointing: itís more like a mild Stout, never mind an Imperial Stout. I also found the taste a little too sweet. Itís good but I expect much better from Lagunitas.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
HogTownHarry (6201) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - NOV 24, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 20, 2007 Bottle (650ml). Shared with blankboy, GregClow, jerc and tupalev - tupalevís bottle. Poured deep dark reddish-brown, good sized creamy/rocky light brown head. Aroma is dusty-dry roast coffee, cocoa, shoe polish, prunes and raisins, paper pulp. Taste is ... a little disappointing, weak, a bit sour and light - roasty, but not strong, with sour cherry (and persimmon?) and syrupy sweetness building as it warms. Canít really taste the alcohol - tastes more like a mild dry overly fruity beer, not all that stout-like. Iím pretty let down. *Original rating 8/4/6/3/13=3.5, shared with blankboy and Dave B, Daveís bottle*

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
gwfrankpsu (231) - McKinleyville, California, USA - NOV 23, 2005
Poured dark with a tan head that quickly went away. Slight roasty smokey aroma. Found the body light and thin, not what I expect from an Imperial Stout. Taste is also thin, soapy , hard to explain not much character - no roasty, coffee or chocolate flavors, found the taste bland. This is a very disappointing beer, not like anything Iíve had from this brewery.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
BŁckDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - NOV 21, 2005
When I think of how an imperial stout should look, I envision high viscosity, jet-black sludge that roars when you pour it into the bottle. This seems more shy, even showing a red blush color with exposed to a little back light. The head doesnít really stand prowd, just quickly balds and tries to combover with whatís left around the edges. Oh well, it still looks extremely potable. The nose contains red grapes, soy sauce, pomegranite and salty smelling nutmeg. The flavor is a bit better than I was expecting. Mellow but distinct sweetness balances with, full yet dry roasted character and a mild hop bitterness. A bit of solid maltiness and other chocolate/coffee notes. Finishes dry, makes me thirsty. Overall a good tasting imperial stout but needs more improvement in the other areas.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MartinT (8550) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 14, 2005
The Lure:
Lots of foam to cover a fat, shapeless sweetness. Fruitiness is perceived, but again is non-distinct. Rather boring approach for something "imperial".

The Festivities:
Roasted malt somewhat clashes with brown sugar and fierce carbonation (stout soda?). Some caramel exists within the fruitiness, but there are much better examples of the style in the 7-8% category.

The trees are nearly leafless now.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pailhead (5633) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - NOV 7, 2005
Bottle: Courtesy of Styles. Great chocolate and roasted coffee aroma. Pours a dark brown with hints of red along the outer edges of the glass when held to the light. Small off-white head. Chocolate and fruit up front with a moderate roasted coffee finish. A tad thin, and not the most complex Imperial, but still tastey. Chocolate presence increases as it warms.

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