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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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DarkElf (3037) - La Jolla, California, USA - MAY 18, 2005
(22 oz bottle: $2.80 at Safeway in Petaluma, CA) A mildly disappointing Imperial Stout that is milder in flavor and lighter in body than other Imperial Stouts, so Iíd consider it a decent entry level Imperial Stout. The mildly sweet flavor is joined by light roast, moderate chocolate, and moderate bitterness, with a mild sourness that gains prominence toward the finish. The body is still "medium plus", but certainly lighter than just about every other Imperial Stout Iíve tried. Chocolate has itís greatest contribution in the nose, along with a mild roastiness and some gentle sweetness. Dark brown and opaque except at the edges. Small, tan head is quite bubbly and dies down rapidly, leaving only a thin layer that resembles "bubble wrap". Sporadic lacing is minimal enough to not really even deserve a mention, but I try to be thorough. After contemplating and analyzing this beer some, I might even suggest that they just stop the charade and drop the word "Imperial" from the name. Still a decent beer, enjoyable and flavorful, but really just a stout, or a robust porter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 17, 2005
Fast-fading light tan head and a translucent ruby body. Dark chocolate aroma and flavor with not much depth. Moderate sweetness. This beer pales post-Dark Lord. Another starkly average Lagunitas beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Terminus (3297) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - MAY 16, 2005
bottle-pours a deep brown hue with a small off-white head. This looks very similar to the full sail from a few hours ago. chocolate, some roast, vegtal notes in the aroma and flavors. the vegtal notes come more present in the flavors making this beer very unpleasant. not enough body and too off flavors for this style. i pass.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Gachupines (959) - USA - MAY 15, 2005
Not a bad drink in general, but not one of the better imperial stouts Iíve had. Mouthfeel is a little thin, slight taste of roasted coffee but nothing particularly strong. Decent but nothing exceptional.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
VAYankee (334) - Virginia, USA - MAY 14, 2005
Dark brown body with an average beige head. Rich chocolate malt, lightly roast aroma. Somewhat disappointing flavor that includes light roast, chocolate, mild sourness and yet slightly sugary followed by a quality roasted malt aftertaste. In general a pretty thin brew to be called an imerial stout.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
mephisto (1272) - TAIWAN - MAY 1, 2005
a nice plain stout. small brown head and has aroma of coffee and caramel. full bodied, flavor of mixed chocolate and malt.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ABUSEDGOAT (2416) - California, USA - APR 16, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 28, 2006 Call this a stout and Iíll be happy. Itís not imperial.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jtw (1122) - farmington, Michigan, USA - APR 13, 2005
thinnish-looking brown liquid out of a 22 oz bottle. took way too much effort to get a thin beige head on top, but even as i poured i got a good whiff of chocolate. smelling from the glass (closer to my nose anyway) thereís plenty of roast, and some non-chocolate sweetness as well (oatmeal or lactose sugar?) unfortunately, it is very thin, particularly for an imperial stout. but aside from that, the flavor is extremely enjoyable, with lots of roasty smoothness that lubricates the throat as you swallow, leaving a feeling a little bit like a chewed-up coffee bean in your mouth. not bad, but this beer needs to hit the gym and work out some more. i donít care how; maybe get on some steroids, but it needs more muscle.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jackamackson (127) - USA - APR 8, 2005
pours a dark dark red. not completely opaque. smal tan head. roasty aroma, but not totally pleasant. flavor is chocolate, sweet malts, roasty, somewhat bitter. very thin mouthfeel for an imperial. probably the worst imperial iíve had so far, but not a terrible beer overall.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
JonR888710 (999) - Cochabamba, BOLIVIA - MAR 31, 2005
Smell is sweet, rich chocolate malts, brown sugar, copper pennies and fresh hops with a slight apricot aroma. Body is a very clear, reddish-brown color. Disappointingly thin for an IS. Head is large, building furiously into a standing 1 inch thick froth of light brown bubbles. Medium bodied (extremely thin for an IS) and feels slimy (saliva-like) in the mouth. Taste is first and foremost hoppy (bitter, metallic), along with the said sweet chocolate, figs and an interesting sourness and roasted hickory that finish off the palate. Alcohol amount is polite and unobtrusive. This is one of the least impressive ISís Iíve ever had. A few months ago I had an entire keg of Dominion Winter Imperial Stout, which I frequented nightly, and that beer runs circles around this example from Lagunitas. They need to stick with the IPAís.

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