RATINGS: 1060   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56/5   EST. CALORIES: 297   ABV: 9.9%
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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
westknife (94) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GRM (3958) - 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 FRANAIS Bouteille brune, 1 pinte 6 onces, achete chez deVine Wines and Spirits (Edmonton), savoure le 14 juin 2008; il : bourgogne, claire, pas deffervescence, mousse beige qui se transforme en un anneau, un peu de dentelle; nez : torrfaction, caf, chocolat noir, lait au chocolat, rglisse, mlasse, lger vanille; bouche : lait au chocolat noir, malt torrfi, rglisse, sauce soya, mlasse, lger vanille, finale en lait au chocolat noir, lactique, crmeuse, velout, texture huileuse, lgrement sucre et amre, corse, peu carbonate; en rsum : bien aim

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Ibrew2or3 (8493) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JUN 2, 2008
Bomber pours clear brown to amber with infra red edges and dark tan head. The aroma starts with a note of oxidation then becomes mild sweet molasses and faint roasty malts. The taste is much the same with oxidation, sweet mildly stale molasses, some roastiness, vanilla, faint chocolate malts and malty sweetness. Tastes like a sub par sweet stout and far from an imperial stout (I guess Ive had just too much Expedition and Speedway lately, or not).

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mike mcneil (660) - St Augustine, Florida, USA - MAY 30, 2008
22 oz. bpmber. Poured a medium bodied, slightly translucent ebony-brown color. Pour produced a handsome, tight, thick light tan head. Foam retention was decent throughout the glass with a thin coating. No lacing noted. Aromas were pleasant, but very weak and muted. Faint notes of sweet roasted malts, dark chocolate, fig, raisin along with a touch of vanilla and coffee barely made their way to the olfactory nerve. Palate was on the thin side, but had a pleasant smooth, creamy texture with a fine carbonation level which helped fill out the mouthfeel. Flavors were slightly more assertive as compared to the aromas. Definitely leaned to the sweet, malty side like many Lagunitas brews. Dark, dried fruits, roasted malts, toffee, vanilla bean and dark coffee were enjoyed. However, for an Impy Stout they were fairly reserved as compared to many others widely available. Finished with just a touch of woody/hoppy bitterness to tame the sweetness a bit. The 8.2% alcohol doesnt really make much of an appearance, so this went down real easy. An OK Impy Stout, but I doubt I would seek it out again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
daknole (10961) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAY 29, 2008
Bottle, several times(this one is for strykzone)...dark brown pour and a small haed. for an imperial stout it is a tad watery and not as rich and sweet as one might expect...but it is still pretty good. coffe, chocolate, hops all present.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jefcon (1775) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - MAY 28, 2008
Nice and brown in the glass with a little ring of head. Good carbonation, this Imperial is on the lighter side. There are some souring elements at the end, where the hops in this beer show through. Chocolate cocoa, chickory, bitter coffee, orange and white bread. A pretty brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
KingpinIPA (841) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 26, 2008
Dark color. Smell of coffee, malt, chocolate, caramel, brown sugar and hops. Taste of coco, malt, caramel, roasted nuts and copper. Watered down taste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jcr (2684) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - MAY 20, 2008
Bottle. Frothy head that dminishes. Dark brown, translucent body. Aromas of roasted malt, chocolate, licorice, grapefruit. The flavor is moderately sweet and moderately bitter through the finish. Medium body with a watery texture. Plenty of carbonation. Finishes dry with a licorice/coffee taste. Ive had several Lagunitas beers in the last few weeks and each has a distinctive "house" taste, or rather aftertaste. I am not sure I am all that fond of it, especially in this imperial stout.

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