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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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3.9
Braudog (6907) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - FEB 18, 2008
UPDATED: JUL 25, 2015 This pours with a surprisingly reddish tinge, the head substantial, but fizzy and fleeting. The aroma is sweet with a definite hint at the some meaty alcohol. Despite the obvious availability of alcoholic mass in this one, this drinks with an exceptionally smooth balance. Moderately rich with roasty malts, with a mellow bitterin aspect. This is serving as a fine nightcap for me, thank you very much. (#3329, 2/18/2008)

3.5
Tmoney99 (15138) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 17, 2008
Bottle from River’s Bend. Poured a black color with an average frothy brown head that mostly diminished and produced fair lacing. Good roasted coffee and dark chocolate aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth sticky texture. Complex bittersweet stout flavor with a medium bittersweet smooth finish of moderate duration. Well balanced stout.

3.3
JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - FEB 15, 2008
22oz bottle - pours a crystal clear deep red color with medium sized light tan head. Aroma is very creamy, with vanilla bean, oak, light caramel, hint of dark chocolate. Flavor is fairly malty, touch of caramel, bit of roasted malt, raisens, cream, moderate bitterness in the finish.

3.3
kmweaver (3208) - Petaluma, California, USA - FEB 12, 2008
12oz bottle, sample #4 in a blind imperial stout tasting. Pours a tea-like, reddish-brown color; light tan head with fine-bubbled lacing. Tea-like malts, dried fruits in the aroma. Medicinal, cherry and tea and dried fruits; completely odd; almost like a scottish ale or hopless barleywine. Odd. Dough and dried fruits in the finish.

2.9
gunhaver (1030) - Tampa, Florida, USA - FEB 11, 2008
UPDATED: JUN 4, 2008 Bottle. Pours like a Coca Cola. Fizzy body, and a very carbonated fizzy tan head that slowly falls back to earth. No lacing, really. Aroma is weak and muted. Chocolate, some caramel. Flavor is warm chocolate, banana, green apples, roasted malts. Still though, very weak. Soft, a bit flat. As boring as an imperial stout can get.

3.6
Guinness4Duff (515) - Tallahassee (and Poconos, PA), Florida, USA - FEB 8, 2008
Pours a dark brown with a tan head. Doesnt look as thick as an imperial stout should. Faint roasted chocolate aroma, kind of weak. The flavor is where this one shines through, roasted chocolate and coffee with a light feel. Not as heavy as other imperials, but thats not necessarily a bad thing as this beer is easy drinking.

3.9
DragonsHead (142) - Morgantown, West Virginia, USA - FEB 7, 2008
Overly beaten up is this beer. Nice color and flavor with some nice roasted malt. The only problem is that it has almost no aroma at chilled temperatures. Leave it sit awhile, then tell me what you think. I’ve never had any complaints. Nothing spectacular, but a very good representation of the style.

3.6
badnloose (111) - North Hollywood, California, USA - FEB 6, 2008
Light, somewhat viscous black pour. No significant aroma beyond roasted-ness. Nice malt flavor with simple chocolate. The most basic Imperial Stout I’ve had.

3.4
MarkBarnes (419) - Waterville, New York, USA - FEB 4, 2008
Feb. 4, 2008; 22 oz. "bomber" purchased for $3.99 at Chanatry’s Market, New Hartford, NY. First impression is that this is too light & thin for an Imperial. The 8.2% ABV is very well-hidden within a mild-chocolate theme. Smooth, easy to drink & wholly-inoffensive, this could be a dangerous session brew.

3.5
alexsdad06 (11242) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - FEB 1, 2008
22 oz. bottle. Pours a deep mahogany color with a good sized beige head after an aggressive pour. The aroma is roasted malt, sweet chocolate, and sightly hoppy. The flavor has decent roasted malt character with a slight amount of bitterness. There is some sweet chocolate flavor and a touch of hops as well. This is a bit thin for an Imperial stout. It is however, silky smooth and easy to drink. I think this is a decent brew, just not an Impy. I agree with others that at $4 a bomber, you could do alot worse.


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