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RATINGS: 972   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54   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 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ccex (1016) - 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 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
G_Ram9 (14) - - APR 27, 2015
This one is big, bold, and aromatic with a very licorice-like quality on the nose and tongue. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
alkolord (184) - - APR 25, 2015
Dunkelbraun, schokobrauner Schaum, leichter Rauch und röst Aromen in der Nase, cremig im Mund, schokoladig, leicht Kaffee, sehr lecker

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
dnstone (2341) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - APR 8, 2015
Black in color with a nice sudsy tan-colored head. Roasty, chocoaltey aroma. Light bodied, but full of flavor; roast-dominant flavor with a complementing chocolate character.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JanosX (28) - - APR 4, 2015
Dark... Like, black. With a creamy tan head. Surprisingly lively and fresh aroma. The flavour continues the surprises. Despite the dark stout beer the flavours are light and refreshing. Hints of licorice and citrus.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
punkska101 (1124) - Chambly, Quebec, CANADA - APR 3, 2015
22 onz bottle shared with Seb and Alex A: molasses, raisins, light roastiness, red fruits. App: pitch black small beige head. T/p: full body with sweet but short finish. Soft carbonation. Some warmness from the alcohol. O: OK. I prefer my imperial Stout with good level of chocolate/roastiness. Smells like when you enter a brewpub and they are mashing.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Stoned99 (354) - Quebec, CANADA - APR 3, 2015
660 ml bottle from Winooski Beverage Warehouse. Aroma: roasted malt, licorice, molasses, coffee, smell that reminds us that when you enter a brewery. App: pitch dark with small brown head. Taste and palate: full body, creamy, smooth, light bitter finish. Overall: disappointed by this beer. The aroma really disappointed me. On the other hand the 75 IBU are well hidden.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DocLock (8331) - 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 (21) - 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 (7623) - 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 (88) - - 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 didn’t measure up.

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