RATINGS: 1055   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
FoolishMortal (990) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 21, 2006
22oz. bottle. Deep ruby color with a thin film of light tan head. Dark chocolate, mild sour alefruit, and hints of citric herbal hop tones in the aroma. Toasty, husky malt flavors up front, giving way to a deeper roastiness and some cocoa. Dark alefruit manifests itself in the finish with a mild herbal hop component and a pantina of residual nuttiness and mild sourness. Mouthfeel is betwixt medium and heavy, somewhat light for the style, also slightly dry.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
eaglefan538 (3035) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 11, 2006
Ah, this wasnt incredibly memorable or distinguishable from the other bazillion impys out there, but it was good. The color was dark brown to black with brown edges and a tan head. The lacing was low and appearance was the overall weak point of this one. The aroma was of coffee most strongly, perhaps some chocolate underneath. The flavor wasnt rich or complex, but predominantly coffee with some chocolate following, and maybe a dark fruit underneath (plums?). The mouthfeel was moderate to thin for the style, unfortunately somewhat astringent and acidic as it warmed. Competent, but not great.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
SB (334) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 4, 2006
From bottle. Dark, cola-like pour with ruby highlights. Fizzy tan 1-inch thick head. Aroma chocolately, roasty, and malty. Flavor of roasted coffee, dark chocolate in the middle, with a slight roasty bitterness in the end. As it warmed black licorice flavors came through. Nice malty notes meshed everything together. Thin to medium bodied Fizzy mouthfeel, lots of carbonation. easy to drink. An excellent Impy Stout.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
treadyroc (150) - St. Leonard, Maryland, USA - MAY 29, 2006
Its beige head diminishes quickly, & isnt nearly as tan as other imperial stouts. In addition, its also thicker & sweeter than most other imperial stouts.<!-- br --><!-- br --> It has a very bland, non-distinctive taste, & smells sweet, almost too sweet, like a barleywine would. On the other hand, however, it was <!-- em -->very<!-- /em --> drink-able; youd never realize it was 8.2%.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - MAY 14, 2006
Bottle courtesy of wohlfs. Black but somewhat transparent, more like mahogany to the light, almost no head only film. Very nice blend of chocolate and licorice in the aroma. Flavor is very watery chocolate and faint licorice, then falls completely flat. Very thin on the palate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dyetube (1374) - Hurst, Texas, USA - MAY 6, 2006
This beer pours a dark brown almost black color with a large tan head that dissaptes quickly. The smell is very deep raosted almost coffee like and the taste is just the same smoked malts and cooffee with chocolate flavors. This is a very good beer that I will drink again! Cheers!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bfeldmann (1050) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - APR 28, 2006
"Ho hum, Poured a dark brown tan head lacing wasnt great. Aroma was strong coffee. Flavor was flat line coffee and some chocolate. Mouthfeel was a little thin for this style."

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
OldRaspy (292) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - APR 21, 2006
Poured from a bomber a dark mahogany with a small tan head that left minimal lacing. Aroma was of chocolate, some dark fruits, and hops. Flavor was light bodied with bitte chocolate, coffee, and hops.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
gputty (456) - Virgina Beach, Virginia, USA - APR 19, 2006
From bomber. Pours a deep, dark brown with a hint of ruby and a coffee head. Hoppy nose, with choco and roasted malts. Flavor of chocolate, with a smooth, bitter finish. A thin body keeps this one down.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Immy (1955) - Virginia Beach, USA - APR 16, 2006
Gputty brought this bomber by to share with me. Deep, dark garnet pour, small mocha head. Roasty malt nose, some coffee and bitter chocolate. Deep, intensely bitter chocolate and coffee flavors. Body was a bit thin, but pretty good overall.

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