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RATINGS: 1018   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.


OnWisconsin's rating

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
OnWisconsin (132) - Wisconsin, USA - JAN 20, 2013
Poured black as night with a 1/2 finger off white head. Aroma was chocolate, molasas and some dark fruit. Taste up front is filled with sweet chocolate with dark fruits followed by some mild roastedness and a hint of vanilla. It finishes with ajust a little bit of alcohol heat and a dry finish. Mouthfeel is medium and soft carbonation with a nice silky finish.


2.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
Popoff91 (43) - 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 (596) - 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 (11356) - 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 (4337) - 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 (613) - 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

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
teorn88 (5581) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 22, 2016
66cl bottle shared at Dave’s tasting @CBC Islington, London. Big thanks to Fergus for this one. It pours a dark brown color with a small tan head. Aroma is sweet and malty with notes of caramel booze and biscuit. Taste is also big sweet boozy and caramely with note of milk chocolate and caramel. Medium bodied with OK carbonation. Overall, OK

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Leighton (17210) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 21, 2016
Bottle shared in London - big thanks to Fergus. Pours deep brown with a creamy, tan head. The nose has light smoke, burnt malts, chocolate. Medium sweet flavour with gooey chocolate, scorched earth, raisins, burnt toast. Medium to full bodied with average carbonation. Lightly warming on the finish, more baking cocoa, ripe and dried dark fruits, berries, earth. Nice impy.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dorkenstein (318) - - APR 1, 2016
Nice smell of black licorice, espresso, and roast. Taste is black licorice, dates, roasted malts, and chocolate.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
radio_nowhere (1323) - Maryland, USA - APR 1, 2016
Bomber into snifter glass, opaque deep brown (black) color with darker tan head. Aroma notes of heavy roasted malt, smoke, black licorice, cocoa and faint coffee. Taste adds dark chocolate, anise, espresso, caramel, ash, oats and earthy bitterness. Heavy-medium body, low-moderate carbonation, creamy, dry with lingering bitter roast finish. Nice roasty bitter RIS.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MrTipple (2836) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 28, 2016
Aroma: caramel, toffee, molasses, light coffee, dark chocolate. Appearance: clear black, small, creamy, beige head. Taste: light sweet. Palate: alcohol, oak, bourbon, chocolate, milk coffee. Overall: very decent Imperial Stout, great palate. Pint at Craft Beer Rising, Shoreditch.


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