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RATINGS: 966   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.

gwfrankpsu's rating

   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 Iíve had from this brewery.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DocLock (8244) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 28, 2015
Shared bomber. Dark black pour with tan head. Nose is roasty dark malt cacao, molasses, nuts. More dark malt in the flavor, dense palate with well hidden alcohol, smooth finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bigericsports (14) - Berkeley, California, USA - MAR 21, 2015
Pour out of 22 oz bottle, dark brownish black pour with mocha head, aroma brought notes of dark cocoa, roast, coffee, slight spice. Taste is a mix of dark chocolate, roast, coffee, slight caramel, finishing sweet, slightly roasted. Reasonably priced for an Impy!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DSG (7456) - Tel Aviv, - MAR 15, 2015
[2/14/15] Draught at Lagunitas in Petaluma. Black with a tan head. Roasty and coffee-ish aroma. Bittersweet flavor with roast, coffee and some dark chocolate. Full-bodied, creamy mouthfeel. Good stuff.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GriffDaddy (85) - - MAR 15, 2015
I love stouts. I also love Lagunitas and generally have a fridge full of their beers. While I LIKED this imperial stout, but I did not LOVE this imperial stout. Dark pour, tan head, roasty this and that, chocolate coffee malty just as you would expect. Off sweet and an odd bitterness on the finish that threw the whole thing just slightly off and seemed to bring the alcohol out too far. Drank this the day after a Ballast Point Imperial Stout and it just didnít measure up.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Darwenus (592) - Virginia, USA - MAR 6, 2015
Itís all about big, bitter chocolate. This beer pours dark brown, the light-tan head fades to nothing quickly and leaves no lace on the glass. This stout smells like bitter chocolate and tastes like bitter chocolate and coffee. A little hop tingle on the back of the tongue.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RexTalionis (2856) - FINLAND - FEB 28, 2015
Bottle. Near pitch black in color with a steady tan head. Fresh espresso, some fluffy chocolate mousse and bit of slightly spiced coffee liqour in aroma. velvety smooth. Nice. Somewhat bitter chocolatey flavored coffee in taste. Bit of burnt malts in the end.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beastiefan2k (2693) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - FEB 26, 2015
Beer #11 of 13 in blind tasting.
A lighter imperial stout but definitely an impy. A little alcohol and slightly ashy. Low hop and low acidity.
For the aggregate, 3rd best but in the same category as the top 3.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jsnicholas (311) - Woodinville, Washington, USA - FEB 23, 2015
Bottle (22oz $4) Black with one finger tan head that disappears pretty quickly. Aroma roasted malts and some coffee. Pretty bitter finish without the nice chocholate flavors I was hoping for. OK but will seek other imperial stouts.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Prufrockstar (1318) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 23, 2015
Imperial stout blind tasting, sample #11 of 13. Great pour. Roasty, ashy, dense creamy khaki head. Roasty like a hot dog -- yeah, Iím of classy descriptions dudes. Sweet, creamy. Metallic. On the sweet side, but still nice balance. Good roast, but a little too sweet for my taste [still in the top half of beers on the night].

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Frothmeister (613) - Ontario, CANADA - FEB 22, 2015
1pint 6 fluid ounce bottle. Pours a thick pitch black with a one finger tan head. Aromas of molasses, black coffee, dark rum, light ash, brown sugar, and a light fruity note. Not as full bodied as I would expect an imperial stout, but still on the sweeter side with molasses, raisin, dark rum, a light brandy note, and mineral hopping that leads into light earthy notes, molasses, mineral notes, and dark coffee and a much drier finish than one would expect. Iím kind of surprised by the low ratings. I agree, it doesnít really fit the definition of an "imperial stout". It comes across as more of an "imperial porter", and an excellent one at that. The alcohol is hidden well, and there is a lot going on with the flavours with no one taste really dominating. At $4.49 a bottle, this guy is a bargain and a half!

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