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RATINGS: 902   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52   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.


4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Darkmagus82 (1247) - - SEP 16, 2014
Transfer from BA review on 6-27-13- Poured from bottle into a snifter Appearance The beer pours a nearly pitch black color with a two finger tannish colored head. The head has a decent level of retention, fading over time to leave a good level of lace on the sides of the glass. Smell The aroma is big of caramel and dark chocolate mixed with a rather nice dark roasted aroma. The darker aromas are a mix of roasted malt and coffee with them all being joined by a bit of a warming boozy smell. Taste The taste begins with a sweeter flavor of caramel and chocolate with a nice hit of roasted malt flavor and a moderate presence of coffee mixed with some flavors of char. As the flavor advances it gains sweetness with some darker fruit flavors entering the taste and a light cream like flavor giving a more mocha latte like flavor when mixed with the roasted flavors. A lighter oat flavor comes to the tongue along this time enhancing the creaminess. Toward the end a lighter boozy taste can be detected on the tongue leaving a rather roasted and lightly warming and sweeter taste to linger in the mouth. Mouthfeel The body of the beer is on thicker and creamier side with a carbonation level that is rather low. The creamier body and the lower carbonation enhance and compliment well the roasted flavors of the brew rather nicely and create a nice mouth coating feel. Overall The 9.9% abv is actually hidden very well which when mixed with the roasted malt, low bitterness, and the stronger fruit/caramel presence, make for a surprisingly drinkable and enjoyable sweeter imperial overall.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
AndyW68 (1070) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - SEP 6, 2014
Dark brown to black pour with deep tan head. Aroma is sweet malt with coffee and chocolate. Taste follows nose. Good stuff.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
puboflyons (2143) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - SEP 5, 2014
From the 650 ml. bottle. It pours just about black with brown hues glistening in the glass. Big tan head that lasts. Roasted dark malts, sweetness, musk, yeast, and a mild to moderate bitter nose. Medium to a bit better body with a smooth texture. The flavor has this sort of aged malt start but then erupts into a bigger bitterness than I anticipated. Alcohol well integrated.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
liquidhedonism (65) - Beaverton, Oregon, USA - SEP 4, 2014
22 oz bottle from Whole Food Market in Hillsboro, OR. Initial nose is boozy and sweet. Mouthfeel is smooth and syrupy, and the mild carbonation paired with the bitterness from the hops adds a pleasant buzz on my tongue. Has notes of coffee and licorice. Taste is very sweet, but the heavy bitterness from the hops and roasty grains adds a great balance. Finishes slightly sour, but otherwise this is a perfect beer for my taste!

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
julesjis (55) - Oregon, USA - SEP 4, 2014
Aroma was a bit woodsy and boozey, but not overly boozey. This beer looked great with the rich, dark color. First sip was sweet and still carried that woodsy taste. As the beer warmed up and the flavors came alive...not quite a coffee or chocolate but more like a toasty caramel or butterscotch. Great beer!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
drfabulous (3991) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - SEP 1, 2014
22 ounce bottle. Nice looking pour. Creamy and with notes of chocolate and roast. Well balanced. About six bucks.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
SG111 (115) - - AUG 30, 2014
Bottled. Pours pitch black with mild tan head. Aroma is dark chocolate with tons of coffee. Flavor is similar. Big coffee and dark chocolate with a Sort of difficult to describe quality. A certain sweetness to it. Maybe its just the chocolate sweetness. Coffee bitterness aftertaste. Decent slightly syrupy mouthfeel to it.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheBear11D (239) - Michigan, USA - AUG 28, 2014
The Imperial Stout pours black with a foamy brown head that lasts a fair while. The aroma is molasses and wood. The flavor is earthy, wood and molasses. Overall this is a pretty nice beer.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
John25 (495) - Middletown, New Jersey, USA - AUG 26, 2014
Bottle. Cola. Big cocoa aroma and roasted malt. The taste adds char and coffee. Light carb, a little thin on the mouthfeel at first but, as it warmed it became richer. Bitter finish. -- 10% abv is completely hidden. I’m impressed because I usually associate lagunitas with big hoppy beers. They nailed this one. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MacBoost (1275) - Pouring Bus, New York, USA - AUG 24, 2014
Brutish, black and cocky. Coffee, chocolate milkshake with dried flowers. Semi thick. Roasty. Good. Drunk as fuck.


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