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RATINGS: 1035   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 276   ABV: 9.2%
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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
zeke626 (460) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 12, 2009
UPDATED: AUG 3, 2009 Bottle. Pours an opaque black body with a quickly disappearing, thin brown head. Nice aroma of sweet, dark malts along with hints of chocolate and coffee. Flavor is not as impressive as the aroma, and is more of the same with an odd metallic or mineral taste. Medium bodied with a light carbonation. Charred malt finish with a slight metallic tone.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
milljam (682) - Norman, Oklahoma, USA - APR 12, 2009
UPDATED: OCT 10, 2009 I would definitely include this in my top Imp stouts. Deep black pour with a dark brown/beige head. Aroma is very roasted with coffee, nut, and chocolate prevalent, as well as some notes of dark toffee and spice. Flavor is complex and full, big notes of chocolate and coffee, followed by roasted malt, toffee and anise. Bitterness is moderate, but does not linger. Alcohol is well-hidden. Mouthfeel is smooth if not a bit watery. Overall, a very well done Imp stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
haddon90 (1612) - Costa Mesa, California, USA - APR 11, 2009
Pours a deep black color with a nice, tan head. Roasted chocolate aroma with a sense of sweet toffee. Some caramel as well. Nice, sweet taste. You can kind of sense the alcohol. But a sweet, chocolate taste. Hint of raisinís too. Very sweet. Pretty decent stout from Sam Adamís!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
jumpjet2k (314) - Houston, Texas, USA - APR 11, 2009
Bottle. Jet black with a brown head thatís slow to form and fades fairly quickly. Aromaís a little roasty, a little chocolate. Flavor of dark fruits, some chocolate, but far too sweet to be balanced. Fairly smooth. Okay, but certainly not exceptional. I wonít be buying this one again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SSSteve (4006) - - APR 11, 2009
black under a small dark brown head. roasty malts and sweet molasses syrup aroma. dark roasted grains, a touch of smoke, burnt wood, dark chocolate, raisins flavors. medium bodied.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ansermadide (1526) - Kyle, Texas, USA - APR 11, 2009
Sample at work on April 10, 2009. Looks great... smells heavily malted, a little sweet and spicy but with characteristics of a dry stout. Flavor is very roasted, of dark, bitter chocolate, almost smoked. Pretty warm on the palate, and this one is best consumed that way, too. A mediocre imperial stout, but well done for Sam Adams. Although Iím an imperial stout/barley wine fanatic, Iíd still drink a Sam Adams imperial pilsner over this.

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 3/20
JimVanGumby (12) - Cottleville, Missouri, USA - APR 11, 2009
For anyone who drinks Imperial Stouts on a regular basis, this one is nowhere close to being a good one. With a skunky aroma and barely anything left on the palate, I donít believe it deserves the title, and definitely not the kind of rating that it was given. I couldnít even finish my glass.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
scoth (664) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 11, 2009
Pours thick dark brown, completely black in the glass, with a thin tan head, nice lacing. Smells of caramel, chocolate, coffee, plum and pine. Medium-thick creamy body, somewhat crisp finish. Tastes of plum, bitter chocolate, caramel and just a hint of licorice. Mild bitter-sweet aftertaste. Not particularly complex, but fairly-well balanced and surprisingly drinkable.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
cheap (5252) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 10, 2009
Big black pour. Somewhat roasty aroma. First taste is not as intimidating as you would think for a 9+%. Loaded with personality yet acceptable at times. Some carbonation. Good manners for an impy. Bitter back of throat thing builds thru the session. Like most imp stouts, difficult at times. Lingering burned wood and alky finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DrDavid (957) - Johnson, Vermont, USA - APR 9, 2009
Bottle. Sweet-ish chocolate malt aroma, and some ripe fruit. Black body, brown head. Flavor is moderately sweet, vaguely fruity with chocolate. Not much roastiness or other complex character to speak of. Watery finish.

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