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RATINGS: 926   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.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DrJekyllMrEric (18) - San Antonio Pero Aqui, Texas, USA - AUG 27, 2013
Purchased this as a price competitor to sam smith oatmeal stout, pleasantly surprised that a cheap imperial could hold up in flavor to the regular stout version of sam smith. Great smooth taste, sharp alcohol bite that quickly fades. served cold this beer could easily be mistaken for a regular stout. definitely a new staple of my collection, the local specs cannot keep it stocked.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
dwyerpg (4635) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - NOV 26, 2014
This beer is very good and strong and thick but itís also sweet ,right at the edge of being too much so. Looks outstanding. Good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
obxdude10 (2055) - Pottstown, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 25, 2014
This is a really nice imperial stout, but unfortunately I think it fell a little short of the standard weíve seen here on RB. It pains me to say such a thing because I love Lagunitasí IPAs. Given the high score (3.8), I donít think this is a great imperial stout. Itís pretty average. But an average imperial stout usually scores around 3.7+. This one pours a pure black color with a brown head. The head leaves a bunch of lacing around the glass. The nose is all about coffee and chocolate, with a bit of cream and vanilla thrown in. I also sensed a little floral hops and earthy, toasted malt. The body is dangerously smooth and drinkable. The flavors just donít seem to be there, though. I taste a lot of coffee and chocolate, along with some dry and semi-bitter hops. But that explosive, high-octane feel just isnít there. The beer finished dry, but sweet with a creamy palate.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
yourilevesque (20) - Quebec, CANADA - NOV 25, 2014
To begin with, I opened this bottle on a lonely thuesday night after seeing this beer is rated 46 in itís style... To be really honest, I disliked it even before opening the bottle after reading many bad comments - wich I tought would be relevant because the only beers I ever knew about Lagunitas Brewery were ales that were to me their gret line of beers. I rapidly foud out I was way wrong... This imperial stout is outstanding! The first pouring (my bottle is 1 pint 6 oz so I ha a few) revealed a thick medium-bubbles beige head. The aroma were discrete until I dived in... Oh my God! I am having a big coffee and bourbon taste invading my whole mouth at every sip! Curiously, these flavours and palate are not heavy and agressive, but smooth and subtile as a kiss from my beloved partner in life! No weird/bad after taste. The beer leaves you with a beautiful warmy mouthfeel! I know this review may look weird in the way itís written, but I needed to described that very moment more thant this beautiful beer itself. Btw, english is not my first language so excuse in advance any mistakes!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JMerritt (1828) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - NOV 25, 2014
Bottled. Black with a twine colored, frothy head that is mostly diminishing. Aroma: raisins/plums, molasses, slight charred wood, bittersweet chocolate, a touch of smoke and black coffee - a good mix of bright, sweet highlights atop a rich, earthy body. Smoke is more pronounced in the flavor, which is slightly bitter and sweet slightly less so. Flavors of dusty earth, coffee grounds, roasted pecans, chocolate malts and graham crackers. Light-to-moderate carbonation with a slightly slick mouthfeel. Really hit the spot.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
ronaldtheriot (1312) - Laplace, Louisiana, USA - NOV 22, 2014
Lagunitas Imperial Stout has a thin, beige head, thin lacing left on the glass, and a dark brown (essentially black) appearance. Aroma is of dark-roasted malts, chocolate, and coffee, but the smells are rather faint. Taste is somewhat bolder, with added sourness, char, bitterness, and acidity. Mouthfeel is medium to heavy, and Lagunitas Imperial Stout finishes powdery and strong. Overall, this does not have the boldness or intensity of Narwhal or Old Rasputin, but it is still outstanding. RJT

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
phikus (77) - syracuse, New York, USA - NOV 18, 2014
This was a huge disappointment. Something off in the aroma and flavor. Very thin for an imperial stout. Not the bone warming chocolate espresso oil I expect for this style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
DCLawyer (1545) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - NOV 17, 2014
Bomber->snifter. Deep brown with huge frothy tan head. A: chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, vanilla. T: chocolate, vanilla, sweet malt. Bit thin, with a bitter licorice and dry hop aftertaste. Taste is off.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jaymobrown (1686) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 16, 2014
Surprised I never had this. Thick chocolate flavor with roasted coffee notes. Light bitter sw eet nose. Dark black look.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Itzjerm (1368) - Taft, Tennessee, USA - NOV 15, 2014
Awesome thick mouthfeel. Sweet malty chocolate more than coffee. Head in nice and fades. Slight chalk flavor an average imperial. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pinkzambia (1523) - Boise, Idaho, USA - NOV 8, 2014
Bottle: thick and black pour like oil. Sweet choco aromas and sweet Flavors of chocolate abound. This is a good one to have as desert. It was enjoyed outdoors around the firepit. Fitting.

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