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RATINGS: 937   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.


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3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BlowOffTube (499) - Michigan, USA - DEC 18, 2012
Had high hopes. Light brown foamy head. Lots of chocolate and mocha and was very smooth. Black in color with light lacing.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jflopsu (652) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 23, 2014
Pours a dark brownish-black with brown head. Has a chcolate and coffee aroma. A milder taste for an imperial with chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, and dry grains. A dry aftertaste.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ryanfolty (1910) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - DEC 22, 2014
December 22, 2014 - bottle from AV3. Very dark brown pour with limited head and very minimal lacing. Aroma was roasted malt, some coffee and chocolate but not a very strong aroma. Taste was consistent with aroma - roasted malt dominates and more of a dark chocolate than sweet chocolate, but also had a bit of vanilla as it warmed. Relatively smooth to drink and medium to full bodied. Believe this to be a 2011 vintage bottle.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
GreatDane1632 (609) - USA - DEC 21, 2014
Rated based on notes taken 31 Mar 2012 -- An over the edge beer. Very bold.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
arminjewell (6434) - Hastings, Minnesota, USA - DEC 21, 2014
Pour out of 22 oz bottle, dark brownish black pour with tan head, aroma brought notes of dark cocoa, roast, coffee, slight spice, yeast, hints of earth. Taste is a mix of dark chocolate, roast, coffee, nice slight caramel, finishing sweet, slightly roasted.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
radarsock (1003) - Vermont, USA - DEC 17, 2014
1,000th Rating! Purchased from Learys, the Amesbury location.. $6.50 for the 650 mL bottle.To oversized snifter, it pours a mahogany-tinted dark brown/black combination with which a razor-thin off-sienna headhalf a pinky in length stood. Aromas of cracked chestnuts, sorghum molasses, roast, flaked barley/spent grain, muddled mint, graham crackers, coffee syrup, wild rice, oak chips, and as archaic as it gets, bird seed. Tastes the same (yes, even the bird seed), with the addition of grill char, unripe blackberries, caramel, earthy hops, and table sugar. Youd think Id go out of my way to get a King Henry for this special occasion, but no. Im a man of the people, not of the hoarders. This imperial stout was a decent time, but at the end of the little session, its just not going anywhere. No crunch, no chew factor, either. Eh, whatever. Ill try anything once.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jehoesefat (299) - Poway, California, USA - DEC 9, 2014
Good chocolaty aroma. Pours thick black with a minimal tan head. Good flavor, smooth and chocolaty.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
monkeychugg55 (910) - Joliet, Illinois, USA - DEC 8, 2014
Dark brown pour, black in the glass with a small tan head. Decent lacing and nice legs. The aroma is mostly medium roast coffee, with some chocolate and burnt notes, some faint spicy hops, and a bit of alcohol. The flavor brings strong cocoa, chocolate, and burnt malt. Fairly strong alcohol, and a finish that is a good mix of sweet and bitter.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BrownALEx (283) - Portland, Michigan, USA - DEC 6, 2014
Black as night pour. Smells like an old barn. Taste is malty and sweet. Palate is full bodied, thick on the back end. Overall, a wonderful Imperial, will get again.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
johnnymusky (308) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 4, 2014
UPDATED: DEC 20, 2014 Poured from bomber...pour is black with 3 inch creamy head.....nose is malt,dark berries,cocoa.....mouth is malt,anise,some cocoa,...its good...its smooth..just wish it had a tad more berries on the mouth...great beer for the price.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BroSpud (1741) - , Massachusetts, USA - DEC 1, 2014
22oz bottle. Pours dark brown almost black with a tan head. A bit thinner than most imperial stouts but still not bad Best thing is that it is almost half the price of most of the other impys.


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