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RATINGS: 1041   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.55/5   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 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
DuffMan (9472) - 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 (9722) - 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 (1799) - 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 (150) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
peter (445) - Normal, Illinois, USA - FEB 10, 2006
UPDATED: MAY 15, 2010 Very black opaque pour. small tan head that dissapates quickly, but laces down the glass. Aroma is full of dark chocolate and expresso. Enough sweetness in the mouth to balance the roast. This beer presents a full mouth feel and and strong tannic finish. A very enjoyable beer. 2006 rating: 6-4-6-4-10

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Storm (2684) - Amager, DENMARK - FEB 1, 2006
UPDATED: MAR 29, 2007 65 cl bottle. Very dark brown colour allmost black. Little roasted aroma with hints of coffee and chocolate. Light flavour of roasted malt. Ends up light and easy to drink for an imp. stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - JAN 30, 2006
Not an entirely bad stout that went down nicely, it really wasnít a strong stout by any means. Thatís not to say it wasnít bad, because it wasnít. Nice tan head, aroma of roasted malts, some vanilla and chocolate. Rather thin in the mouth with a wine note while finishing. There are better stouts, so Iíd rate this one as possibly a craft for beginners. Nothing too overpowering, just right to begin the evening."

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