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RATINGS: 947   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.

ccex's rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ccex (982) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Zwiebel88 (258) - GERMANY - JAN 25, 2015
Schwarz-braun. Kakao, kaffe, Malz, dunkler Zucker. Dunkle Schokolade, KAffe, Malz am Gaumen. Lecker.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
CObiased (64) - - JAN 23, 2015
Bomber aged 1.5 yr. Purchased in Page AZ. Big roasty aromas with dark malt, dark chocolate, tar and coffee. Slight grayish, tan head with trace lacing. Solid flavors of licorice, dark tobacco, coffee, chocolate and tar round out a well made imperial stout. Super smooth no booziness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
AirForceHops (3640) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 19, 2015
650 ml bottle. Some decent head retention in the snifter. The aroma is a nice dark roasted grain, mild spent coffee grounds and mild vanilla undertones.

The flavor is mostly right on for the style. Lots of charred malt, dark chocolate, traces of vanilla, molasses and mild wood notes. The bitterness comes from coffee grounds but really has a light hop element underneath it all. The body is a tad leaner then I want in an Imperial. But the greatest thing about this is the price tag $4.99! At this price point I may drink it more often, especially with today’s rising cost of craft beer. This is great getting a 650 ml for under $5.00. The most complex RIS ever? No of course not but it really gets the job done.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
mfhennig (9) - - JAN 19, 2015 does not count
From a bomber to a snifter, poured slowly. Dark brown, light brown head, half the glass at least. A nice thick, creamy stout that just hangs around. Some roasted coffee, malt, cocoa. I really like stouts and this is a good one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beerhunter111 (8647) - Hasborn, GERMANY - JAN 18, 2015
Sehr dunkel braunes Bier mit einer ordentlichen beigen Schaumkrone. Geruch sehr röstmalzig, kakao, leicht alkoholisch. Geschmack schokoladig, Vanille, Kakao, sehr weich.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
WABeerFiend (271) - - JAN 16, 2015
Poured from a bomber into a tulip on 05.18.14. A: 3 finger tan head with a slow pour. Midnight black with some red at the bottom. S: Lots of fig. Raisin and cocoa too. Sweet smelling. T: Fig, raisin, milk chocolate dominate. Cocoa and a slight roastiness are subtle. M: Creamy smooth. O: This was perfectly balanced. It had a slight alcohol warmth on the back end. The roastiness was not overdone. This really was a fantastic stout and for $3.82 on sale ($4.49 regular), it was an absolute steal. It is amazing how Lagunitas keeps prices so low for their fantastic beers.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
vtafro (3912) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - JAN 16, 2015
Bottle. Black pour with tan head. Roasted, spice, mild sweet aromas. Roasted, chocolate, sweet malt flavors.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
schmittaj (4) - Wisconsin, USA - JAN 10, 2015 does not count
Love the carmel and coffee flavors, but the hops are over balanced a bit and drown out some of the other flavors.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
c0fein (256) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JAN 4, 2015
650ml bottle from Saveur-Biere. Bottled on day 198 of 2014.

Black colour with a big light brown head. Chocolate, coffee, some roasty, mild smoke, sweet. Decent and easy going.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
kliggerwar (142) - - DEC 31, 2014
This is thick harty stout. Sweet start bitter finish liquor through out. Pint glass of Grolsch filled with espresso looking and tasting stout beer. Smells sweet kinda like a raison.

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