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RATINGS: 1023   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.55/5   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.


Concealer's rating

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Concealer (1100) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 9, 2013
Bomber. Near black pour with a brown head. Aromas of toasted malt, caramel, chocolate, some dark fruits and light coffee notes. Flavor is roasted malt, caramel, light chocolate, light fruit and subtle coffee in the end. Medium bodied both sweet and bitter at times.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
The_Osprey (5459) - Richmond, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 22, 2016
Bottle share at CBC Islington as íLagunitas Imperial Stoutí. Many thanks to Fergus for this one. Black with a big foamy dense brown head, dotted lacing. Aroma is hoisin sauce, Chinese food, chocolatey, slightly sour. Body is smooth with soft carbonation. Taste is ash, booze, dark chocolate, finishes salty and dry with booze. Solid example of style but doesnít stand out from the crowd.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
polo_marco (218) - milton, Vermont, USA - MAY 10, 2016
Smells of roasted malts coco nibs or dark chocolate and deep dark roasted coffee. Nice deep dark hold black color. Taste is awesome starts off with a big heaping of roasted malts followed by a rich deep dark chocolate flavor then finishing off dry with strong dark roasted coffee almost esspresso like. Super smooth cream like finish that you donít get from a lot of imperial stouts with abv This high except a select few which I like to call the elite stouts. This has a full smooth body with light carbonation that goes flat but not till the very end. Love the flavor complexity of this stout one of my favorite goto I stout. Love all your brews donít ever stop your alchemy of what your doing. Beautiful brew.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bendrixian (1452) - Canadiana, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 9, 2016
Pitch black pour with minimal head. Far lily muted aroma but plenty of resinous hops with some prune and chocolate. Medium bodied, compared to the founders imperial stout, amd slightly boozy but floral amd a bit resinous at the same time. Not bad but not the most remarkable beer Iíve had fro. This brewery.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ippopotamo36 (1484) - Rome, ITALY - MAY 4, 2016
On tap at Lagunitas tap room, Pataluma (CA, USA). Pours black, brownish foamy head. Nose: coffee, some licorice, grass far away. Mouth: dark chocolate, coffee, bitter mild end. Dry, complex too. Wow ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mR_fr0g (8026) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - MAY 2, 2016
Bottle shared at the big Dave tasting at craft beer Co Islington. Dark mahogany brown coloured pour with a loose dark tan head. Aroma is vanilla, caramel, little salty oxo, tangy caramel. Flavour is composed of sweet, dark brown sugar, little jammy, cocoa, vanilla. Palate is medium full, sweet, vanilla, moderate carbonation. Decent. Little mint.

2.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
Popoff91 (57) - Oregon, USA - APR 28, 2016
22-ounce bottle. Thick and a little more bitter, with more of an alcohol taste than some other stouts. Not my favorite.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DWestrick (607) - Ft Wayne, Indiana, USA - APR 27, 2016
bottle. big bodied, impressive imperial stout. not overly unique for the style, but still very good

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scopey (11516) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 26, 2016
Bottle at Craft Islington, thanks to Fergus. It pours black with a small tan head. The aroma is soft, sweet, chocolate, candy, fruit cake, treacle and Dandelion & Burdock. The taste is bitter, earthy roast, chewy malts, spice, alcohol warmth, charred wood and caramel with a boozy finish. Medium - full body and moderate carbonation. A bit chewy perhaps, but a decent enough imperial stout.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
oldrtybastrd (4886) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - APR 26, 2016
Nice black body. Aromas of roasted malts/coffee/tobacco. Full flavor malts/coffee and a little chocolate.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
tsd08460 (651) - Marshall, Virginia, USA - APR 25, 2016
Aroma: chocolate, alcohol, roasty, coffee Appearance: black with a brown head Taste: medium sweetness, medium bitterness, Palate: light-medium body, creamy, soft carbonation, long finish, Tasty


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