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RATINGS: 997   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54/5   EST. CALORIES: 297   ABV: 9.9%
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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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BlowOffTube (501) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tekstr1der (217) - New Hampshire, USA - NOV 25, 2015
Pretty dark pour with minimal brown top. Aroma is expected bounty of roast, but not much more. Wow, this is tasty for one of my favorite styles! Sweet, dark chocolate flavors with some roast and chocolate make for a very pleasant sip all the way through. Finish is slightly dry, and happy to have more.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
minihame2 (305) - Tokyo, JAPAN - NOV 20, 2015
Dark body, tan head. Nice malty, coffee aroma. Sweet taste, getting a lot of coffee beans and vanilla. Solid imp, nothing special though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tombyars (1507) - Saltcoats, SCOTLAND - NOV 11, 2015
Tasted this in the Valhalla Bar, 815 9th Avenue New York on the 22nd September 2015. Keg, flight glass. Dull black in colour with a thin pale creamy buff head. Strong intense notes of dark Ecuadorian chocolate on the nose. Superb creamy mouthfeel and good lacing. Dark malt complex leads to a rich background of intense dark chocolate, liquorice, vanilla pods and black coffee. There is just a hint of hop resins lurking in the background but this vanishes in the briefest of aftertastes. Finish is silky smooth and malt all the way. Strong flavours of oak aged bourbon barrel gives a warming alcohol burr in the mouth with dark chocolate still present. A cracking Imperial Stout and highly recommended.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Enwiebe (223) - - OCT 28, 2015
10/28/15. 2013 vintage. Mmmmm....its held up well. Super smooth. Lots of chocolate and vanilla notes. Not much of a nose but nice head and fine carbonation. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MarcoDL (3200) - NETHERLANDS - OCT 26, 2015
Bottle. Black pour. Aroma of choco, creamy roast and creme coffee. Taste of milky cacao, soft creme coffee and mocha. Soft mouthfeel. Nice round sweet-ish impy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GenkiGonzo (772) - Kyoto, JAPAN - OCT 24, 2015
Bottle from Antenna America. Black pour with a small tan head. Really chocolately aroma with some malts behind it. Full flavour, lots of chocolate and coffee. The booze comes through at the end.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
CurbDog (72) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 10, 2015
Massive mocha head, very persistent for the ABV. Very dark brown colour. Rich bitter chocolate, toffee, light roast, slight soy sauce. Lacking a little in the roast department. Med-full body, med carbonation. Bitter sweet finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
chrisardcath (4) - - OCT 9, 2015 does not count
Feels like 5% stout, so deliciously smooth at 9.9% and pours a lovely thick pearly-white head. Voluptuous. Totally decadent with caramel and cereal notes. Black as coal with a thick pour that looks like watery molasses. Full bodied and heavy for beer in general, but at this percentage, it feels moderately bodied and oily on the tongue. Very nice. 2 or 3 of these and you’ll sleep like a baby.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tzbel013 (6) - Shelbyville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 12, 2015 does not count
This had all the characteristics of a true stout withe the dark chocolate and coffee bitterness with the smooth malt finish. Enjoyed sipping every last drop. By far my favorite beer from Lagunitas!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tonkun (1296) - New Jersey, USA - SEP 5, 2015
Tap. Dark pour with a big beige head. Roasted coffee, dark chocolate milk, vanilla. Full body. Creamy, sweet bitter finish. Nicely done

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