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RATINGS: 973   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54   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.


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3.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MadDogMD (213) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - AUG 25, 2012
Bomber to tulip glass. Very off-putting nose of sour milk & soy sauce. Some chocolate & roast in the background. Same flavors initially, as well. But as it warmed, got more of the typical RIS flavors- sweet chocolate, mocha coffee, roasted malts. A little too sweet for me. Plus w/ the initial sour nose, I was not impressed. Expected more from this brewery.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
dnstone (2345) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - APR 8, 2015
Black in color with a nice sudsy tan-colored head. Roasty, chocoaltey aroma. Light bodied, but full of flavor; roast-dominant flavor with a complementing chocolate character.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
alkolord (186) - - APR 25, 2015
Dunkelbraun, schokobrauner Schaum, leichter Rauch und röst Aromen in der Nase, cremig im Mund, schokoladig, leicht Kaffee, sehr lecker

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
punkska101 (1133) - Chambly, Quebec, CANADA - APR 3, 2015
22 onz bottle shared with Seb and Alex A: molasses, raisins, light roastiness, red fruits. App: pitch black small beige head. T/p: full body with sweet but short finish. Soft carbonation. Some warmness from the alcohol. O: OK. I prefer my imperial Stout with good level of chocolate/roastiness. Smells like when you enter a brewpub and they are mashing.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JanosX (28) - - APR 4, 2015
Dark... Like, black. With a creamy tan head. Surprisingly lively and fresh aroma. The flavour continues the surprises. Despite the dark stout beer the flavours are light and refreshing. Hints of licorice and citrus.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
G_Ram9 (18) - - APR 27, 2015
This one is big, bold, and aromatic with a very licorice-like quality on the nose and tongue. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bigericsports (21) - Berkeley, California, USA - MAR 21, 2015
Pour out of 22 oz bottle, dark brownish black pour with mocha head, aroma brought notes of dark cocoa, roast, coffee, slight spice. Taste is a mix of dark chocolate, roast, coffee, slight caramel, finishing sweet, slightly roasted. Reasonably priced for an Impy!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DSG (7623) - Tel Aviv, - MAR 15, 2015
[2/14/15] Draught at Lagunitas in Petaluma. Black with a tan head. Roasty and coffee-ish aroma. Bittersweet flavor with roast, coffee and some dark chocolate. Full-bodied, creamy mouthfeel. Good stuff.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Shanebrews (215) - Texas, USA - MAY 3, 2015
This beer presented a heavy aroma of roasted malt. The appearance was dark but creamy. The taste was all sweetness at the first, quite molasses like, with a burst of roasted malt on the finish, like espresso. The finish was long and mildly bitter. This is a good beer.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DocLock (8341) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 28, 2015
Shared bomber. Dark black pour with tan head. Nose is roasty dark malt cacao, molasses, nuts. More dark malt in the flavor, dense palate with well hidden alcohol, smooth finish.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Stoned99 (362) - Quebec, CANADA - APR 3, 2015
660 ml bottle from Winooski Beverage Warehouse. Aroma: roasted malt, licorice, molasses, coffee, smell that reminds us that when you enter a brewery. App: pitch dark with small brown head. Taste and palate: full body, creamy, smooth, light bitter finish. Overall: disappointed by this beer. The aroma really disappointed me. On the other hand the 75 IBU are well hidden.


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