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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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2.8
Ibrew2or3 (8614) - 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 I’ve had just too much Expedition and Speedway lately, or not).

3.4
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 doesn’t 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.

3.2
daknole (11049) - 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.

3.5
jefcon (1849) - 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.

3.4
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.

2.9
jcr (2705) - 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. I’ve 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.

3.5
Angeloregon (2055) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 18, 2008
On tap everywhere where good crisp and hoppy imperial stouts are available in the PNW. Poured a dark, slippery black body with a reddish tinge and a minuscule white/grey head. Nutty, zesty, smooth, well-articulated brew. Not so roasty as many imp stouts. Mild chocolate and medium-bodied appeal. Mmmm.

3.5
MadIndian (2743) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 11, 2008
Bottle from Capones. I really like this Brewery. Dark mirky brown pour with a thin tan head. Roasted malty vanilla aromas. Smokey odd flavor with chocolate and sweetness. Reminds me of a porter a tad bit. Pretty good.

3.5
Aurelius (5335) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAY 8, 2008
A pleasant bocky, raisiny, dark chocolate aroma. 22-oz bomber. Dark brown. Thickish mouthfeel, tinny/pasty coffee finish with some off flavors. I was disappointed in the flavor - while decent, it isn’t outstanding. Grassy cocoa, almost like a dark American Brown, roasty. Not sweet. Market Square Liquors. Given the new spate of huge new imperial stouts, this older recipe one has been eclipsed.

3.5
tgncc (3132) - Bellmore, New York, USA - MAY 2, 2008
Nice smooth aroma of chocolate and roasted coffee, slight alcohol. The appearance is a dark brown, but somewhat translucent. A little thin for a stout. Taste is similar, more roasted and less sweet than I expected. The palate is bitter, a little sour. Decent stout.


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