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RATINGS: 983   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
_angst_ (3332) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - NOV 19, 2013
Bottle bought @ Systembolaget. Pours oily black with a creamy dark mocha head that slowly dissipates while leaving a thick creamy trace on the glass. Smell is malty and balanced with roasted malts, high quality dark chocolate, brown sugar sweetened dark roast coffee, tar, charred wood, caramel, burnt cookies, hay and sweet dark bread. Taste is sweet, bitter and malty with roasted malts, high quality dark chocolate, dark roast coffee, charred wood, alcohol, moist soil, sweet liquorice candy, caramel, hay, burnt cookies and toffee. Mouthfeel is round, oily, boozy, tiny roasted astringent and near full bodied. Finish is bitter and malty with roasted malts, charred wood, toffee, caramel, dark roast coffee, bitter chocolate and hay. A nice surprise! Very good simple Imperial Stout...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GarrettB (1178) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 13, 2013
January 28th, 2012 - The Samuel Adams Imperial Stout is a different beast from the small bottles lining the grocery store beer shelves around town. The distinction is emphasized right from the beginning with the first smell: a thick beefy and pot roast smell, and the creamy richness of cream of mushroom soup, all ladled over a tough and powerful core of roasted malt. It’s powerful, and even a little tasty. The flavor is also strong. Booze infects the system on the first sip, and immerses the drinker’s palate in a thick, raisin-filled concoction, laced with fig and brown sugar. This is a punchy, powerful brew, and its stout quality leans towards the sweeter side, pushing a nice balance between raisin and the almost-cloying fig aftertaste that resonates at the end of each sip. Could I have a box full of this instead of Fezziwig’s for the holidays?

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HULK777 (464) - - NOV 5, 2013
Creamy crown. Dark roasted malt and mineral aroma. Smoky taste of charcuteries, with hints of red berries and cocoa. Nice aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
rarbring (1777) - Linköping, SWEDEN - NOV 5, 2013
Aroma: Smelling of bread, apple, chocolate and egg.
Appearance: A dark brown colored beer. A brown head with some lacing and good curtains.
Taste: Tasting sweet bread, dark chocolate and vanilla.
Palate: Medium carbonation, a soft and oily texture. A good body with a slightly dry finish.
Overall: Balanced, fresh, porterlike.
Note: Bottle 355 ml. Reviewed 2013-10-30.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
gyllenbock (5598) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - OCT 31, 2013
Bottle from Systembolaget Jakobsberg. Black with a medium, firm tan head. Aroma and taste of licorice, dark chocolate, roasted malt, some notes of fruit and toffee. On the sweet side and relatively easy to drink. A descent one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hotstuff (4393) - Indiana, USA - OCT 21, 2013
Rated on 5-20-2009 (Bottle) This beer pours a medium sized fizzy light brown head, opaque dark brown body, fair amount of lacing, and very little carbonation. The Aroma is malty, chocolate, coffee, and alcohol. The Taste is bittere, malty, coffee, chocolate, boozy, and this beer has a dry finish. The Palate is tingly and this beer is medium bodied. Overall, the ABV comes through in the Aroma and the Taste, but not over-the-top. A beer worth trying.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
JFParnell (52) - Washington, USA - OCT 12, 2013
One of my favorites, and the cheapest Imperial Stout that you are bound to find. Great taste of licorice dominates, and this one is for sipping like fine brandy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
zvsn (917) - ISRAEL - OCT 12, 2013
Pours dark brown-black with a medium frothy head. Aroma - roasted malts, coffee with smoky notes. Sweet, dark chocolate, coffee, light sour notes, medium bitterness with long finish. Good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tide (2090) - Espoo, FINLAND - OCT 11, 2013
Bottle at Punavuoren Ahven. Black color, brown head. Bitter taste with chocolate, raisins, nuts, roasted malts, coffee and a bit of vanilla. Bitter finish with chocolate, nuts and roasted malts. Excellent imperial stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gam (3518) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - OCT 6, 2013
Small tan head dark pour mild carbonation aromas rich fruit dark chocolate caramel vanilla note smooth the flavours liquorice fruit dark chocolate smooth dates plums mild coffee bitter is mild anise is there very good note some sharpness to the taste the finish good fruit and malt some spice an enjoyable imperial close knit tastes good all round on the palate

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