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RATINGS: 1034   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.55/5   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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3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ccex (1185) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 1, 2013
Bomber pours a very dark brown with lasting tan head and good lacing. Nose is full of roasted malts and hops. Aroma is not as hoppy as I first thought it would be, but has dark chocolate, toast, molasses, and coffee. Taste is slightly salty at first, then sweet, and finally a little drier and hotter in the finish. Alcohol is fairly well hidden. Body is medium plus. without very much carbonation. Overall, this is a very good, somewhat unusual Imperial stout, which I think has 80% of the delights of the best ones at less than half of their price.


3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jsporrer (569) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 21, 2016
Pours a dark brown to black with a creamy tan head. Light carbonation with plenty of lacing. Aroma of roasted malts and a hint of semi sweet dark chocolate. Fairly thick, rich, and creamy. Nice mouth feel. Flavors aren’t very bold and there is just a slight bitterness. Smooth finish and a descent aftertaste. Hides the alcohol well. Not great but enjoyable.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Biroholik (763) - Sosnowiec, Poland, POLAND - JUL 21, 2016
Ekstrakt: 23% wag.
IBU: 72,45
Butelka: 650 ml
Kolor: Czarny, nieprzejrzysty.
Piana: Brak odpowiedniego aromatu wynagradza po przelaniu do szkła potężna, beżowa, zbudowana z niewielkich oczek piana. Ma ona bardzo zwartą strukturę. Na ściankach maluje umiarkowane obrazki, obrączka bohatersko dryfuje po powierzchni.
Zapach: Aromat nie jest na tyle intensywny, jak mógłbym się tego spodziewać po topowym RIS-ie. Jest mnóstwo palonych odnośników, szczypta wędzonki i muśnięcie torfu. Przede wszystkim bazę jednak stanowi delikatna kawa i słodowe niuanse. Po ogrzaniu zapach wcale nie przybiera na sile. W tej materii oceniłbym to piwo ok. 6/10 w skalii RateBeer. Oczywiście od takich legend wymagam więcej.
Smak: Tutaj możemy być zaskoczeni jeśli będziemy szukać tradycyjnych, standardowych charakterystycznych dla stylu składowych. Lagunitas idzie trochę pod prąd, wbrew przyzwyczajeniom wszystkich. Otóż w smaku podobnie jak w aromacie pierwsze nuty są wybitnie palone, potem lekko wędzone i minimalnie torfowe. Mamy tutaj delikatną drzewną i śliwkową wędzonkę, intensywny sos sojowy i ciemne owoce. Kawa wspaniale współgra z gorzką czekoladą. Goryczka jest mocna, intensywna. Finisz palony, szaleńczo wytrawny. Pozostawia piętno na podniebieniu i języku. Rozgrzewanie alkoholowe odczuwalne raz po raz, szczególnie przy końcu degustacji, gdy butelka 0,65l staje się w końcu pusta. Piwo dość ciężkie, zapychające. Wypicie całej butli w pojedynkę stanowiło dla mnie spore wyzwanie.
Wysycenie: Średnie.
Podsumowanie:
Jak tu przejść obojętnie obok takiej gwiazdy jak Lagunitas Brewing Imperial Stout? Niestety browarowi powinny należeć się solidne baty za to piwo. Od samego początku nie mogę odnaleźć tutaj tego czego bym oczekiwał po takim piwie. Aromat dość zaskakujący - torfowy, trochę wędzony, trochę palony. Solidna słodowa baza i niewielka porcja średniej jakości kawy. Smak jest dość płaski. Odrobina kawy, gorzkiej czekolady. Ponownie lekki torf, paloność i buchnięcie wędzonki. Finisz wybitnie wytrawny, co zazwyczaj odbiera mi radość w degustacji RIS-ów. Goryczka długa, trochę zalegająca. Alkohol dobrze zakamuflowany, ciężkie ciało. Słaby RIS, niestety słaby....:/

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TizzleJizzle (770) - Garland, Texas, USA - JUL 13, 2016
Bomber at Free Play in Richardson TX. Poured an opaque black with a khaki head and some nice lacing. Taste of Roasted malts, oats, cocoa, and boozy. Fizzy carbonation, and full bodied. Fantastic impy stout!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nazbion (285) - Tübingen, GERMANY - JUL 6, 2016
Pours pitch black with creamy thin brown head. Aroma of cocoa, nuts, toasted malts, molasses. Taste is sweet and bitter, toasted malts and caramel. Full bodied, soft carbonation, sticky. Great.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
llkc (1412) - ĺrhus, DENMARK - JUL 1, 2016
Duft svag duft lidt ristet kant af kaffe smag ristet chokolade lodt Brćndt lidt salt

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Aarslew (36) - - JUN 27, 2016
UPDATED: JUN 27, 2016 On tap at fermentoren, Aarhus. Pours pitch black with a nutty brown head. Aroma of roasted malts, wood, chocolate milk. Also a smoked aroma. Taste is smoked, bitter, roasted and slightly salty (liqourice), with some sweetness to balance. Full-bodied with medium carbornation.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Vestergaard (1577) - Aarhus C, DENMARK - JUN 26, 2016
On tap at Fermenoten Aarhus. Pours a pitch black with a creamy beige head. Aroma has lots of roasted malts, chocolate, milk chocolate, licorice, caramel. Taste is rather sweet, medium roasty, light salty. Average carbonation and a smooth, creamy body.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
melush (2657) - SPAIN - JUN 22, 2016
Bottle 65cl. @ Lucky Supermarket, San Bruno, USA. A: Black. T: Roasted malt, chocate, coffee, alcohol.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MrOrla (2112) - Odense C, DENMARK - JUN 22, 2016
Tap c4. Pours black with a tan head. Aroma of deep roast, soy and licorice. Rather salty from the soy, light ash, licorice and notes of choko. Decent

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ulrikolsen (175) - DENMARK - JUN 20, 2016
Tap@Sřernes. Pours very dark brown, almost black with tan head. Aroma is roasted malt, liquorice, and a complex fruity roastedness and slightly hoppy. Taste is is complex semi-sweet with roasted malt, liquorice and some dried fruit and a little hops. Finish is balanced sweet and has a liquorice, dry, almost salty dry end. Nice stuff!


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