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 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
carl4beer (522) - Fairfax Station, Virginia, USA - APR 4, 2008
22 oz. pours a dark brown with small tan head. not the typical IS pitch black. aroma has roasted malt ant some tanginess. mouthful is thin and light for the style. quite a let down from lag.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nuplastikk (6109) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - APR 2, 2008
22oz bomber. Deep black-brown color, not as thick and viscous as other beers of the same style tend to be. Lots of chocolate and brown/caramel malt flavor notes. Sweet and entirely drinkable, not confined to being a sipper in a snifter at least. The alcohol is nicely covered. The most minimal of hops help keep it balanced as well. Great beer, but not really a contender as far as Imperial Stouts go.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hoppopotamus (260) - Santa Cruz, California, USA - APR 1, 2008
UPDATED: APR 6, 2008 a black (not as dark as most IS) beer with a small off-white head. Aroma is generic roast malt with some bready grain smell to it. Flavor is same with a hint of dark fruit (cherry) and perhaps chocolate. Not a very exceptional imperial stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
pintbypint (3487) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - APR 1, 2008
650ml brown bottle. Deep brown with dark red highlighting. Head is tan and short lasting. Aroma is chocolatey with a trace of booziness behind it. Flavour is primiarily of dark chocolate. Moderately sweet but with some slight roasty notes. Finishes slightly hoppy (leafy) with light bitterness. Roasted malts show up a bit more as does alcohol. Medium body. Restrained, though drinkable Impy.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Strykzone (7193) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - MAR 27, 2008
Black body with more red highlights than expected. Head is a unique gold / copper color but it has little retention. Subdued aroma of roasted nut. Feel is medium and just a bit chalky and a nice zing occurs on the front of the tongue. Flavor is weak coffee, milk chocolate with a small amount of hop. Would be a nice porter but is a disappointing impy stout.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fattibobatti (246) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAR 24, 2008
very dark but not a solid black. think i expected it to be thicker and darker. aroma light sweet malt and coffee. taste wasnt all too complex, coffee roast dominate with some chocolate lingering in the background, light hop finish. body was medium and lacking for what i want out of an imperial stout. a balanced but simple example of an imperial stout.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
kwoeltje (2233) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - MAR 23, 2008
(22 oz bottle) deep black with small tan head. Aroma of coffee. Flavor is roast coffee, some hops in the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
CheersMate (1343) - Portland (Sellhood), Oregon, USA - MAR 21, 2008
By the looks of this beer I can tell there is nothing to be impressed about in regards to the appearance. No head exists on this beer, and the head that does exist is too white. The beer is also not as black as I would like it to be. It is very very brown, which to me is not impressive. This stout doesnt even deserve an average (3) rating. There is a nice malty/coffee aroma. I am surprised how pungent the aroma is. The aorma is very limited by the coffee/malt. The beer smells very sweet. This is a nice attribute of the aroma. I am somewhat impressed by the pungent aroma. There is a nice malty taste and coffee taste, but the coffee taste is surprisingly weak. I get more of a caramel malt taste from this beer. I like the taste, but I am not so sure that the flavor matches the style of beer. The beer is too carbonated for me, given the fact that it is a friggin stout. Too much carbonation. Overall, pungent aroma, and decent taste, but the taste doesnt much the stout style I think superior stouts have, and it is too carbonated.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
chimpscampee (566) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 20, 2008
Roasty mocha flavor. Smooth more than big flavor. Dry with ample hops and lots of head compared to the carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
HighGravity (926) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 18, 2008
Ultra dark, not much light getting through. A well balanced imperial that drinks nice and easy for 8.2% ABV. More coffee than choclolate. This should be in a 12oz bottle if you ask me.

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