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RATINGS: 1061   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56/5   EST. CALORIES: 297   ABV: 9.9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mpersinger (365) - , California, USA - JUL 3, 2011
Pours black from bomber, with dense, moderate tannish head and chocolate malt aroma. Flavor leads with moderate dark chocolate, then sweet cola mid-palate followed by American hops bitter notes. This stout has a medium-full mouthfeel that is plush, which is countered by an alcohol assertiveness and yeast or hop bluntness in finish. Theres an elusive vinous and floury (not flowery) quality that adds a complexity. This was my first choice (of four) for in blind tasting for best stout in Sonoma County. (I did not detect the signature Lagunitas taste that I often do from their offerings: a residual sweetness, like concentrated kettle corn.)


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
colui72 (946) - HONG KONG - MAY 9, 2017
Black with a medium tan head and some spotty lacing. Aroma is dark malts, chocolate, licorice and vanilla. Taste gets roasted malts, vanilla, chocolate milk, some coffee, licorice, some hops. Very smooth to the palate, oily feel, full body, soft carbonation, long finish. Very good ale, tasty and drinkable, not too boozy. Really good stuff... and it comes from a Heineken owned brewery! Amazing!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
klm1 (1468) - Bled/SF, - APR 9, 2017
22. Oz. Bottle for 4.99$ available in every market & liquid store is SF Bay area. Pours black opaque, slighlty clear with foamy mahagony head. Aroma: roasted grain, dark malts, with notes of milk chocolate, hint of coffee, licorice, toffee, ddark bruit esters, floral, spicy hop notes. Finish is dry, slightly dry bitter (from roasted). Body is medium to full (plato 23!??)., soft texture, moderate carbonation. Alcohol is very well hidden. Drinkable & decent.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
oobawa (1202) - Tennessee, USA - MAR 16, 2017
Fairly decent imperial stout, nothing great but hits all the right notes, albeit some not quite as heavily as youd like. Pour isnt all that great, the beer coming out dark brown but lighter than youd expect, and the head bubbles up momentarily but leaves a thin beige doughnut in its wake and no lace. Taste is big and aggressive, but also in need of some finesse; dark chocolate dominates the front, while a cherry-fig tartness slides in just underneath. Gains a bit of anise in the middle, then sweetens with milk chocolate and raisin (and possibly some banana) on the back end before a lengthy, boozy bitter fade closes things out. Again, not a bad beer, just not as roasty or deep as a great imperial stout should be, and the textures thin for the style.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
OminouSC2 (616) - Mora, SWEDEN - MAR 12, 2017
Pitch black color, medium sized brown head. Aromas of roasted malt, chocolate, soy, licorice, sugar, slight hop and alcohol. Taste of chocolate, roasted malt, soy, brown sugar, honey and hop with a slight bitter and alcoholic finish.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hershiser2 (2889) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - MAR 4, 2017
$5.99 bomber from Market Street Wine Shop, Uptown. Pours thick and black with a large brown head. Aroma of smoked peat, coffee, chocolate, molasses, licorice. Flavor is thick chocolate, coffee, light smoked peat, dark fruit undertones, a hint of spice. Quite good, especially for the price.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Homer321 (4848) - Melboring, Florida, USA - FEB 26, 2017
Draft at Charleston location. Jet black with small brown head. Nose is light coffee and dark chocolate. Taste is lightly bitter. A chewy but not sweet mouthfeel. Light cocoa notes. Some alcohol warming. Nice.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JTParis (23) - Tampere, FINLAND - JAN 21, 2017
@Bishops Arms, Vxj, Sweden. Reviews had me anticipating something less, but luckily it was a full-on Lagunitas experience. Not the most astonishing imperial stout out there but, boy, it satisfies.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mcox90 (2051) - Wilton, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 27, 2016
22 oz. bottle. Pours a dark brown/almost black with a thin mocha head. Dark chocolate malt aroma with molasses. Taste is sweet with rich chocolate flavors, cocoa nibs, balanced with bitterness from some molasses and some mild leather notes. A good amount of alcohol is present. Full bodied. Nice!

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TylerGreenDC (902) - - NOV 11, 2016
Bomber. Little aroma. Flavors if carob, roasty ash, a little bit of walnut, some cocoa. A bit watery.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
markducommun (1075) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 2, 2016
Opaque dark brown, tan head. Somewhat sweet chocolate, espresso, some dark spice and fruit. Fairly bitter, creamy sweetness. Heavier body, pretty clean. Long fairly effervescent finish. Good.


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