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RATINGS: 956   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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
NachlamSie (2646) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 21, 2009
bottle. Really dark pour with a nice looking tan head. The aroma is sticky with lots of toffee and molassess and coffee as an afterthought The mouthfeel is respectably dense. This is fairly dry with sweetness coming out more in the form of toasty brown sugar. The finish is dry, earthy, with hints of dark chocolate and some vegetation. Up front we have molasess and licorice. This actually isn’t too bad, but it is a little tamer and less American than I was expecting from Sam Adams, given their awesome Imperial Pilsener.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - MAR 21, 2009
What the hell, I was feeling adventurous. Maybe Sam Adams can turn out something that’s worth getting again. Rough pour gave it a pretty good sized mocha head. The aroma is a roasted chocolate scent, but it is a little off if you ask me. I get the black licorice scent here, but it doesn’t work for me. It takes the roasted and chocolaty flavors back a little bit, and makes it end rather sour and less-than-tasty. Not horrible, but doesn’t stand up to a repeat buy. Please, not more anise beer.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Trev (1838) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - MAR 21, 2009
UPDATED: FEB 14, 2012 Re-rate: Dark brown with medium tan head. Aroma Is chocolate, dark fruity plum and raisin, licorice, lighter coffee. Flavour isdark fruit, molassess and dark chocolate as well. Kind of an herbal bitterness. Enjoyed this much more than previous samplings.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - MAR 21, 2009
In the bottle at the 2009 Crescent Moon Extreme Beerfest. Pours coal black. This is an amazing beer. Aroma of smoked salmon. Even though it is not fashionable to like Sam Adams, this is great stuff. Thick, smooth rich. The beer packs a punch of roasted thickness. It is vastly underrated on the site at 3.5!

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
highibus (698) - Vail, Arizona, USA - MAR 21, 2009
Pours a deep murky black with dark tan head. Aroma is slightly astingent but some roastiness and alcohol. Flavor is also slightly astringent. Some coffee and burnt flavors come through. Medium to full body. Decent beer.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mspindler (489) - Alta Loma, California, USA - MAR 21, 2009
12 oz. bottle. Pours black with a light brown head. Aroma is very roasty and sweet with a hint of dark chocolate. Flavor is the same, with a little bit of weird sourness and some grassy hops. Burnt toast on the back of the tongue. Palate is thick and oily, carbonation is creamy. Decent beer but not great for the style. Step in the right direction for Sam Adams though!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
branspra (293) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - MAR 20, 2009
Bottle. Pours a dark brown, almost black, color with large brown head. Lacing is very good. Aromas of chocolate, molasses, roasted malts, and a slight grapefruit. Lively initial mouthfeel but then ends in a creamy, slick palate. Tastes of chocolate and malts, but then into a bitter finish with well-hidden hops. Good beer and one I will be enjoying again.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAR 20, 2009
Pours an oily opaque with a thin, spotty-lacing beige head. Aroma of sweet sugary dark malts, some raisins and brown sugar along with mild acetylaldehyde. Starts with good fullness and lots of sweet caramel malt with some brown sugar character and coffee notes with an astringent bittersweet dark chocolate finish. Needs a little more balance and complexity.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gwpom (294) - Akron, New York, USA - MAR 20, 2009
12 oz. Pours black, with a small brown head that quickly disappears. Tastes of roasted chocolate. Not overpowering. It’s actually about what I’d expect a SA IS to taste like, and maybe that’s not a good thing. I like a surprise, an unexpected taste, and this is almost too preplanned. Alcohol is a little hot. This is definitely a sippin’ beer.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
17thfloor (2428) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 20, 2009
Okay three strikes and you’re out so lets see what happens here... Fantastic pour, obsidian like, large thick frothy cascading tan head. Corse roasted, slightly burnt, malt aroma with noticeable alcohol, notes of varnish, touch of raisins and a bit grassy, maybe some soy. Well, I suppose this is the least evil of the three releases, but still non entirely inoffensive. Floral and fruity first taste over creamy dark chocolate, sour bread, caramel, light anise/herbs, and just a touch of the alcohol is defused. As with the other two brews the finish is really the weak point where the beer starts to fall apart. Odd grainy anise/licorice aftertaste. Body is medium-full, oily and dull, can feel the alcohol on the tongue and the back of the mouth, the carbonation is quite nice, fine and sparkly but disappears way too fast. Leaves a viscous syrupy feeling in the mouth.


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