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RATINGS: 1057   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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3.2
fiulijn (21511) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 5, 2008
It has a dark brown color, almost black; the head disappears quickly. Quite nice aroma of dark caramel. Medium body, even thinner at the end, with some caramel flavor, a bit nutty, I may imagine some liquorice too, but really lacking complexity. It even seems less bitter than expected, and the final is strangely empty. I prefer the IIPAs/ASAs from Lagunitas.

4.2
hiphop (84) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 4, 2008
Bomber. Nearly black (garnet on the edges) with a nice tan head. Strong nose of chocolate and coffee. Mouthfeel moderate for a stout. Flavor has a little sweetness, with more hops showing through more than you see with many stouts. A little light for an Imperial Stout, but overall a quite decent offering by Lagunitas.

3.5
smith4498 (3697) - Winter Springs, Florida, USA - JUL 15, 2008
Pours dark brown with tan head. Aroma of roasted malts. Mild sweet burnt flavor with some coffee and chocolate. Medium to full body with minimal carbonation and a creamy mouthfull. Good for the price.

3.4
Cybercat (6340) - 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 (2693) - 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 (2614) - 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 (870) - Vacaville, 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 (80) - 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.


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