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RATINGS: 960   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 276   ABV: 9.2%
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Our take on the stout brewed by 18th century English brewers for the Russian Imperial Court of Catherine II. The special malted barley in this intense and massive brew delivers rich flavors like dark chocolate, coffee and anise.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
gendv138 (973) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - FEB 15, 2014
Draft at Meridian Pint poured into a tasting glass. Pours black with tan head. Aromas of dark fruit, caramel, chocolate, roast. Tasting notes of dark fruit, butterscotch, caramel, vanilla, chocolate. Medium body with a dry finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
stouby (3686) - Holbæk, DENMARK - FEB 2, 2014
Bottle at home. Clear black. Aroma heavy malty (roasted, burnt, chocolate). Flavor light sweet, medium bitter of dark malts and US hops, notes of chocolate. Medium body. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jookos (1907) - FINLAND - JAN 31, 2014
Bottle@ahven. Black tan head. Roasted intense nose. Pretty neutral though, sort of the average joe of risses- not overly salty, chocolately, oaky or anything, has jus a little of everything. Full body medium dry. Dark chocolate, bitters. Ok, easiky forgot though.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
smcolw (530) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 29, 2014
Impressive three finger head; leaves huge chunks of "lace" on the glass. The color near black where no light shines through. Smell of freshly ground coffee. Attractive. More creamy tasting than the smell would indicate. Still, this could be a coffee stout. No notable alcohol taste or feel. The body is lower than most stouts, but not dramatically so. Great and lasting aftertaste of dark chocolate and coffee. Touch of chalk.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AKORN (123) - Virginia, USA - JAN 12, 2014
Black in color with very little head. Sweet, licorice, almost Pepsi aroma. Lite aroma, hard to identify the smells. Bold taste, grapes, raisin, smoke, caramel, bitterness on the end. Good beer.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
BiffNilsson (178) - Perstorp, SWEDEN - JAN 4, 2014
Svart med ljusbrunt litet huvud. Inte jätteintensiv doft för att vara en stout, men den doftar sött med toner av choklad och kaffe. Smaken är frisk och syrlig med tydlig smak av kaffe och choklad. God men inte fantastisk

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
mstrcrwly (231) - New York, USA - DEC 30, 2013
Thick imperial stout..Chocolate, coffee, molasses..just ok..nothing special..wouldn’t buy again.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
peral2 (568) - SWEDEN - DEC 26, 2013
Flaska från Systembolaget ! Oväntat god! Sam Adams kan om dom vill. Bravo!!! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Scrapersnbeer (1464) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 22, 2013
Aroma of spiked Mocha latte with hints of licorice and vanilla. Pitch black with brown head that settles quickly. Monster chocolate and coffee flavor that tastes closer than 12% than 9 and change. Thick although not particularly heavy body. Not as subtle as most Samuel Adams’, and not better off for it.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ClubGonzo (3854) - Bergen, NORWAY - DEC 21, 2013
Bottle. Pours a jet black body with a large creamy caramel head. Nose is caramel, licorice, leather and coffee. Classic English-style setup; I like it. Taste is equally tasty and straightforward: loads of licorice, coffee and dark caramel flavors with hints of creamy leather and dark berries. Full and smooth mouthfeel, medium carbonation. Lovely, timeless imperial stout in the English ("Russian Imperial Stout") tradition.


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