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RATINGS: 1066   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56/5   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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3.4
Cybercat (5840) - Georgia, USA - JUL 14, 2008
Aroma is strong, of roast (not burned) coffee with an undertone of unsweetened chocolate. It pours a dark mahogany with a thick tan head. The flavor does not measure up to the aroma’s promise, being about average for a stout and having less smokiness and chocolatiness than the aroma, but is still palatable and pleasing, and has a definite hoppy tone. Texture is smooth and a teensy bit thin for a stout. Worth a try nevertheless.

3.4
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JUL 6, 2008
Bottle from case and keg in Boca. Dark brown porn fizzy brown head with zero lace. Malty aroma. Thin bodied mouth-feel with chocolate, malts, and some hops. This RIS is definately missing somethhing

3.1
FLnative80 (174) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUL 1, 2008
Bottle. 22 fl. oz. Very dark brown with tan head. Aromas of chocolate and licorice. Medium body, but thin for the style. Flavor is similar to the aroma, but with a strange tartness. Although its high ABV is well hidden, this beer lacks.

3
Dorwart (2590) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - JUN 28, 2008
Thin light brown head of fine bubbles. Sweet malty aroma with a bit of raisins and caramel. Very little of the roasty or chocolaty aroma that you would expect. Color is a very dark brown. Medium bodied with more sweet malts, caramel, a bit of smoke, more raisins and a hint of anise. Lacking in flavor and mouthfeel. Decent bitterness late swallow. Finishes sickly sweet with a bit of lingering bitterness. Not a very good imperial stout.

3.6
DTM (798) - Winters, California, USA - JUN 26, 2008
Bottle aquired from Timfoolery. Poured a dark brown with a tan head. Smelled of roasted matls and coffee. Chocolate and coffee being the most prevalent flavors. A bit thin bodied for an Imperial Stout, but still a good brew.

3.1
jjuf1853 (1302) - Land O Lakes, Florida, USA - JUN 18, 2008
Bottle pours a dark brown, almost black color with a thin tan head. Aroma and flavor of mostly raisins, some roasted malts, licorice, and coffee. A slight bitter aftertaste with lingering coffee and raisin flavor. Interesting and different, but I wouldn’t rush back to this one.

3.8
westknife (108) - New York City, New York, USA - JUN 18, 2008
The high alcohol content is hidden amazingly well, however the overall taste comes off a bit watery. Still, a fine beer and very drinkable.

3.9
GRM (4053) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 14, 2008
Brown bottle, 1 pint 6 ounces, purchased at deVine Wines and Spirits (Edmonton), savoured on June 14 2008; eye: burgundy, clear, no effervescence, beige head that turns into a ring, a bit of lacing; nose: roasting, coffee, dark chocolate, chocolate milk, molasses, light vanilla; mouth: dark chocolate milk, roasted malt, liquorice, soya sauce, molasses, light vanilla, finale in dark chocolate milk, lactic, creamy, velvety, oily texture, lightly sweet and bitter, full body, not much carbonation; overall: quite likable FRANÇAIS Bouteille brune, 1 pinte 6 onces, achetée chez deVine Wines and Spirits (Edmonton), savourée le 14 juin 2008; œil : bourgogne, claire, pas d’effervescence, mousse beige qui se transforme en un anneau, un peu de dentelle; nez : torréfaction, café, chocolat noir, lait au chocolat, réglisse, mélasse, léger vanille; bouche : lait au chocolat noir, malt torréfié, réglisse, sauce soya, mélasse, léger vanille, finale en lait au chocolat noir, lactique, crémeuse, velouté, texture huileuse, légrement sucrée et amère, corsée, peu carbonatée; en résumé : bien aimé

3.3
probstblueribbon (3791) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 13, 2008
1 pint 6 fluid oz. bottle from Sherbrooke Liquor (Edmonton), served cool in a wine glass.

App.: Slightly reddish brown-black with a so-so light mocha head. Aroma: Lots of salty licorice, molasses and raisins, a bit of soy sauce (salty and savoury), hints of other dark dried fruits, some chocolate, some bright, vinous notes. Palate: Medium+ body, moderate effervescence. Flav.: Much liek the nose – salty licorice, molasses, some black coffee and a bit of dark chocolate, a bit of dark dried fruits, a little bright and vinous (less than nose), a touch of cardboard, a bit of green hops; somewhat sweet with fair bitterness and a little tang; leaves a bit of cardboard, some molasses and a little chocolate.

Not stellar, but fairly nice. A bit light for the style, I think.

2.9
michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 10, 2008
22oz. Bottle: Sweet aroma. Smells of malts, soy sauce, Coca Cola, and nuts. Poured dark brown/ruby in color with a small beige head that disappeared immediately. Opaque. Medium sweet flavor. Tastes of chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, mellow hops, and sweet milk. Boring, average flavor. Medium body. Thin, oily texture. Soft carbonation. Sweet chocolate and roasted malt finish is lightly dry. Very average.


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