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RATINGS: 911   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52   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.

Brain_Parasite's rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Brain_Parasite (70) - California, USA - NOV 10, 2013
Pours black with a small tan head. Aroma of coffee, nuts, dark chocolate. Rich flavor, very malty and smokey with a little alcohol warmth. A great imperial stout, would have again!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
unclemike (2269) - Ft. Riley, Kansas, USA - OCT 20, 2014
Dark brown, very, very lightly colored for the style. Aroma was piney and roasty. Thinnish palate. Light hoppy flavor, bitterness from hops and roasted malts. Decent, but not really to style. More of an American Strong Ale

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jeremyh70 (740) - Missouri, USA - OCT 17, 2014
Pours a dark brown with chestnut highlights. Light tan head and decent lacing. Aroma is sort of muted with umami, alcohol and slight coffee and licorice. Taste is similar with umami, licorice, fair amount of alcohol and mild coffee. Medium bodied and light/medium carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
outlawskies (961) - - OCT 12, 2014
Vvvv. Julie enjoy very much best blAck she had in a long time almost could be a milk stout. It smokey or hoppy a little sweetness and a good roast malt she gives a 4.4. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JBPortland (842) - Portland, Maine, USA - OCT 10, 2014
22oz bottle pours oily viscous black with 2 finger tan head. Nose is big rich coffee bean, licorice, tar, and boozy burnt chocolate. Taste is similar with a creamy and smooth mouthfeel, licorice, vanilla, marshmallow and bitter chocoalte coffee, finishes with a touch booze. This bottle I think had been sitting a bit, which the time may have improved it. Great stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
Cerberus88 (2) - - OCT 8, 2014 does not count
Delicious! Great with Italian sausage. Solid effort. One of my favorite beers. Has a lot of staying power on the palate, great head and aroma. Home run. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ARH (457) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 28, 2014
On tap, poured into a snifter. Notes of dark chocolate, roasted grain, and licorice come through with a light woody and cherry note late. It pours an opaque black-brown with a tan head, retaining a medium fuzzy ring with a wispy surface and leaves a clean glass. The taste is a medium high sweet with a medium bitter. The full bodied, thick textured beer has a light creamy head. Flavors of dark chocolate and caramel are dominant with a bit of nuttiness and some grains. Clean finish with very little aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
baraciisch (1917) - USA - SEP 27, 2014
Pitch black pour... Not much head... Aroma of licorice, dark roasted malts, coffee, hint of booze... Flavor of licorice , dark roasted malts, dark chocolate, coffee bitterness on palate... Alcohol comes through on finish... Decent, nothing exciting ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
stevoj (2230) - Boise, Idaho, USA - SEP 21, 2014
Nice, dark and rich. Tick creamy beige head with some clumpy lacing. Aroma is chocolate and roast grains. Taste leans more toward the chocolate side of the spectrum, with some coffee/roast grain bitterness at the tail end. No sign of the alcohol....

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Willsaar (16) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - SEP 19, 2014
Not the best RIS I’ve had, but not bad either. Initial pour is opaque black, tannish craggy head that dissipates and leaves some good lacing. Initial aroma is coffee and "over roasted" malts. First taste is of char, almost sweet smoky taste, but after the mouthfeel is a bit too sticky. Mid-Aftertaste is boozy, the 9.9 abv comes through a little too strong for me, not very warming, just boozy. As I said, not the best RIS out there, but by far not the worst either.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Darkmagus82 (1728) - - SEP 16, 2014
Transfer from BA review on 6-27-13- Poured from bottle into a snifter Appearance – The beer pours a nearly pitch black color with a two finger tannish colored head. The head has a decent level of retention, fading over time to leave a good level of lace on the sides of the glass. Smell – The aroma is big of caramel and dark chocolate mixed with a rather nice dark roasted aroma. The darker aromas are a mix of roasted malt and coffee with them all being joined by a bit of a warming boozy smell. Taste – The taste begins with a sweeter flavor of caramel and chocolate with a nice hit of roasted malt flavor and a moderate presence of coffee mixed with some flavors of char. As the flavor advances it gains sweetness with some darker fruit flavors entering the taste and a light cream like flavor giving a more mocha latte like flavor when mixed with the roasted flavors. A lighter oat flavor comes to the tongue along this time enhancing the creaminess. Toward the end a lighter boozy taste can be detected on the tongue leaving a rather roasted and lightly warming and sweeter taste to linger in the mouth. Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on thicker and creamier side with a carbonation level that is rather low. The creamier body and the lower carbonation enhance and compliment well the roasted flavors of the brew rather nicely and create a nice mouth coating feel. Overall – The 9.9% abv is actually hidden very well which when mixed with the roasted malt, low bitterness, and the stronger fruit/caramel presence, make for a surprisingly drinkable and enjoyable sweeter imperial overall.

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