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RATINGS: 913   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.


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2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
gwfrankpsu (231) - McKinleyville, California, USA - NOV 23, 2005
Poured dark with a tan head that quickly went away. Slight roasty smokey aroma. Found the body light and thin, not what I expect from an Imperial Stout. Taste is also thin, soapy , hard to explain not much character - no roasty, coffee or chocolate flavors, found the taste bland. This is a very disappointing beer, not like anything I’ve had from this brewery.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DruncanVeasey (7285) - NUNEATON, Top 22, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - OCT 24, 2014
Big bottle, probably a couple of dollars from that supermarket near the hotel on the Upper West Side. Huge aroma of vanilla pod bourbon and Neopolitan ice cream slivered with bitter bitter chocolate and burnt toast spooned with blackcurrant jam. Jet pitch opacity capped luxuriously with dirty manilla. Juicy blueberry, blackcurrant undertones overwhelmed by citrus-aping coffee and cocoa; burnt carob, vanilla, Everton mint. Bittersweet and properly stouty. Stupendous deep chocolate and jammy fruit on the belch. Awesome! I think the Americans call it.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
slowrunner77 (5986) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 21, 2014
"from my last tasting..."Imperial on the label only". It placed fourth in a stout taste-off with 3 regular stouts, and poured thinner than any of the other three. definitely lacking for an imperial...lagunitas cappucinno stout is way better."

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
unclemike (2280) - 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

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jeremyh70 (745) - 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.

4.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
outlawskies (964) - - 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

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JBPortland (848) - 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.

3.9
   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

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ARH (487) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
baraciisch (1933) - 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

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
stevoj (2259) - 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....


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