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RATINGS: 1058   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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3.9
jkaiser (279) - Orlando, Florida, USA - OCT 2, 2008
This stout isn’t the azz kikr that Bells Imperial is but it is far more drinkable. I suggest you try it with chocolate chip cookies just like B.I. and then make up your mind.

3.4
Headbanger (4022) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - SEP 18, 2008
22oz bottle- Pours a black body with a small tan ring for a head. Aroma of cholate, toffee, roasted malt, caramel, and some smoke. Taste of the same with a nice dry finish and some with a little something on the back end. This medium to full bodied brew is pretty well balanced but a little light for an Imperial but still another quite tasty brew form Lagunitas.

3.2
Snojerk321 (2984) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 10, 2008
22oz bottle from BevMo Mission Valley. Pours a clear deep brown with a small beige head that disappeared. A very light bodied Imperial Stout with some nutty, chocolate and coffee aromas. Finish was pretty this and not very complex.

3.3
JoeZasada (318) - Beaumont, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 7, 2008
Pours a thick dark brown with a light brown head.... lots of complex flavours, kind of nutty... pretty good! Could use more hops though...

3.8
jvmiller (558) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - SEP 5, 2008
Not a terribly good imperial stout, but a pretty good stout/porter. Its a bit dry and thin on the mouth, but it does have some complex flavors to it. Nothing over the top, but subtle and there. A little smokey and nutty, a little bit roasted, light chocolate and molasses. Its pretty enjoyable, and it could almost make a good session.

3.8
StFun (567) - Indiana, USA - SEP 3, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 8, 2009 Ok, I am a little torn on this one. At first, I was a little let down. The aroma is great, nice mix of chocolate and molasses and brown sugar. But, the flavor lacks the power and wallop that I expected. However, the more I sipped on this one, the more I started to enjoy it’s subtle complexity. This is more of a Stout than an Impy, it lacks the punch of an Impy, but it has a lot of nice subtle flavors in there; nuts, grains, and yeast go along with the previous mentioned flavors. Very nice stout that looks to be a little underrated.

3.3
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - SEP 2, 2008
As far as imperial stouts go, this one is lacking. It isn’t too strong of an aroma, it has a very mild smooth mouthfeel and only wakes up the palate a little. That being said, its a pretty solid stout, but not for an imperial. And at under $4 a bomber, not a bad deal. If it wasn’t 8.2% it would make a good session. Aw hell, it still would make a good session beer.

3.7
guzzler67 (1696) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - AUG 24, 2008
Nearly black appearance with a large beige head that fades quickly and leaves little lacing. Aroma is roasted malt, molassas and dark fruit overlapping pine nuts. Flavor is also roasty, with an earthy, slightly sweet, maltiness. Medium-bodied with a lingering finish that is more harsh than smooth. Kind of laid back for the style.

3.1
Aquilo (659) - Berkeley, California, USA - AUG 19, 2008
Dark brown with a dismally small head. I expect a darker, thicker look if they’re going to call it an imperial stout. Smell is fresh baked bread. Maybe some chocolate in there somewhere. Flavor is a tad watery. I can taste yeast and some roasted malts. That’s it. Palate is watery too. Look, I have no problem with a beer deviating from style a bit, but there is no way that this is an imperial stout. A watery belgian perhaps. But there’s just not much going on here. I am very disappointed.

3.8
BrewDad (5667) - Olympia, Washington, USA - AUG 5, 2008
22oz Bomber - Trade - Daknole
Aroma – Huge dark malt aroma. Nice hops backing with the chocolate and coffee aromas lingering.
Appearance – Dark Brown in Color, Thick head and hazy.
Flavor – Big Dark malt flavor with the bittering of the hops and the coffee and chocolate flavors this beer had it all. It was thick and just awesome. The alcohol was high but came through nicely and not too overpowering.
Palate – Good Mouthfeel, chocolate like texture with a dry finish.
Overall – This was #1600 for me and a great beer to add to my beer I have had. Wow what a great beer. Love to try this with cherries and other berries and even on some ice-cream.


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