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RATINGS: 970   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53   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 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - FEB 23, 2005
This imp. stout isnít quite black, more like a dark cherry red when the light hits it balancing a tall light tan head above that leaves nice lacing on the glass. Aroma strikes quickly with milk chocolate and roasted coffee, light hints of fruit alongside. A bit thinner of a mouthfeel, lighter weight for an imperial stout, kind of a cocoa taste at the front of the palate with an almost chocolate covered fruit taste in the middle. Not as roasty as I was expecting, more of a liqour taste mixed in. Finishes fairly dry with a smoothed out bitterness to balance it out. Very smooth and creamy, but a bit thin.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TipsyMcStager (1139) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 21, 2005
Enjoyable as a stout, but not on par with some of the higher end efforts. When I hear imperial, I expect to be hit with the kitchen sink. This seems like a incomplete attempt. Aroma is of coffee, nutiness, slightly vinous. Flavour is a malty, creamy chocolate with a decided lack of hoppiness in the finish. Mouthfeel is creamy but it seemed a bit thin. I still liked it though and would have no problem knocking a few back.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
ericnixon (741) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 21, 2005
Wonderful aroma thatís sorta choco but also has a slight note of alcohol. Nice smooth mellow flavor thatís not overbearing like some other imperial stouts. Itís a little on the watery side, but very good nonetheless.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
icarus (57) - The Colony, Texas, USA - FEB 17, 2005
coco goodness mixed with a deep bitersweetness not what you expect from an impy stout, but a good drinker none the less.

   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 (2848) - 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 (4789) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 7, 2005
Sheís 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 (3446) - 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.

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