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RATINGS: 863   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.51   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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3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
whicheck (81) - California, USA - JAN 18, 2013
Coffee anyone? This taste very much like coffee with some coco.. color, flavor and smell is that of a traditional stout.


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kbudd19 (396) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - APR 19, 2014
Bottle. Thick black pour with two big fingers of tan head. Aroma, roasted malts, some hoppiness, anise, ash, very nice. Taste, lots of roast, coffee, a bit of a thin mouthfeel, finishes fairly bitter and leaves a lingering anise like aftertaste. Nice stuff.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ericular (495) - Minnesota, USA - APR 18, 2014
Pours a dark brown with big brown head leaving good lacing. Aroma is roasty with dark malts, chocolate, charcoal. Taste is tart, earthy roast mixing strangely with the hops, which bite pretty hard in the end with just a hint of fruit but not enough to balance. This one is all over the map and a little thin overall. Sweeter than most with more caramel than cocoa in the finish. Not terrible, but certainly a let-down for this style and this brewery.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BeerFunGuy (485) - California, USA - APR 17, 2014
This beer has an aroma of coffee. It pours dark black with a thick cafe au late color. It has a pleasing strong flavor. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
KamGoPro (35) - Texas, USA - APR 13, 2014
Dark cola like pour, slight carmel head. Coffee start and finish. A little chocolate

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JoshAWaddell (33) - Allen Park, Michigan, USA - APR 5, 2014
Black pour with thick tan head. Smells of roasted chocolate. Tastes of cocoa with a hint of dark fruit. Finishes with alcohol and slightly bitter. They do a pretty good job covering the 9.9% abv.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
high_on_hops (552) - Burlingame, California, USA - APR 4, 2014
Pours a solid black with a tan head and lacing. It has an aroma of toasty malt, some coffee and chocolate and a hoppy background. The flavor is malt, toast, and chocolate up front with a coffee backbone and sweet, malty finish over a heavy body. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
VTHopHead (1505) - Barre, Vermont, USA - MAR 30, 2014
22oz bottle - Pours a dark black/brown with a frothy medium light tan head that stuck around to produce some minor lacing on the glass. Aroma is of dark malts and pine hops. Flavor has an odd astringency that detracts. Some coffee and light of chocolate. A bit of "booze". Lingering bitterness.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
davidm (1926) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - MAR 28, 2014
From trader Joe’s. Great, chocolate and vanilla, some liquorice. Very long flavour.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
EricTeusink (634) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 22, 2014
This beer is a clear victim of Ratebeer Groupthink. It isn’t an elite beer, but it is a lot better than many of the rates on this site indicate. Pours a lovely darkest brown with red tinge. Light tan head. Scent is mostly chocolate with a bit of booze and coffee. Earthy sweet start with good hop finish. Lively for a beer of this type. Bottle - Intown Market - Atlanta, GA

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
arkurzynski (1406) - Combined Locks, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 22, 2014
Black with mocha head. Nose of roasted malt, brown sugar, and faint black olive. Flavor is a smooth roasted malt, cocoa/bitter chocolate, light brown sugar sweetness. Lingering roast and chocolate. Fairly light. Very nice, plain, drinkable stout.


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