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RATINGS: 960   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.


EHSRanders' rating

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
EHSRanders (1841) - Tjele, - JUN 29, 2012
Bottle. Black colour with medium creamy light brown mostly lasting head.Aroma and flavor is roasted malt and notes of spicy chocolate.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beastiefan2k (2640) - 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.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jsnicholas (297) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Prufrockstar (1262) - 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, I’m 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].

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Frothmeister (604) - 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. I’m kind of surprised by the low ratings. I agree, it doesn’t 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!

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
AnokaBrewer (58) - Anoka, Minnesota, USA - FEB 22, 2015
Notes of coffee in the aroma. Black in appearance. Sweet initial taste, mild bitter finish that comes on late.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
HoppyBudgie (812) - SOLA, NORWAY - FEB 21, 2015
Dark walnut brown, large tan head. Earthy clay aroma and faint chocolate. Sweet palate, earthy, some chocoalte and caramel malt. Dominant ethyl alcohol note in the finish. Thin bodied for the style. Poorly integrated. Not what i expected, not that good

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
tectactoe (2632) - Michigan, USA - FEB 18, 2015
Bottle: Slick, dark brown pour, not quite dark enough to truly be called "black". Not much of a head. Meager trace of khaki foam that doesn’t last very long. Aroma of dry cacao dust, anise, molasses, raisins, mild espresso, burnt caramel, & some faint notes of cardboard. Heavier dark fruit in the flavor; lots of raisin, prune, & dates. A bit of anise, molasses, & sweeter dark malts showing up, too. Light ashy notes with some very faint burnt coffee in the finish. Alcohol asserts itself in the aftertaste; warming, slightly pungent. Mouth feel could be a bit thicker, it’s fairly thin for a 10% ABV imperial stout. I have found that Lagunitas needs to stick to hoppy beers.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
VinegarStroke (297) - Napa, California, USA - FEB 16, 2015
Bottle: dark with a thick head and great lace. The head is very pale. Medium lift. Malty. Burnt. Very roasted. Simple. Sweet, not sour but very bitter. Only medium weight. Not balanced. Very creamy chocolate.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ron (2774) - Rochester, New York, USA - FEB 9, 2015
Bottle. Pours a dark black. Light brown head. Heavy sweet chocolate,coffee and slight Vanilla. Great flavor of chocolate. vanilla, roasted malts. Very malt forward. Creamy mouth feel. Medium low carbonation. Nice stout over all. Love the aroma and the mouthfeel. The alcohol is well hidden. Not too heavy on the coffee side which is nice for me.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
superspak (2992) - Michigan, USA - FEB 6, 2015
22 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 9/2/2014. Pours pitch black color with a 2 finger dense and fluffy tan head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice dense soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, toast, toffee, dark bread, molasses, light nuttiness, light dark fruit, light char, herbal, and roast/toasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roasted/bready malt, earthy hop, and light dark fruit notes; with good strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, toast, toffee, dark bread, molasses, light nuttiness, light dark fruit, light char, herbal, and roasted/toasted earthiness. Light-moderate herbal/roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, toast, toffee, dark bread, molasses, light nuttiness, light dark fruit, light char, and herbal/roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity and robustness of dark/roasted/bready malt, earthy hop, and light dark fruit flavors; with a great roasted bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very smooth, moderately creamy, and lightly sticky/chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice Russian imperial stout style. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roasted/bready malt, earthy hop, and light dark fruit flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A very enjoyable offering.


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