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RATINGS: 1015   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Flyer (118) - Hartland, Wisconsin, USA - APR 6, 2009
Surprisingly good. Jim Koch has been edging way too close to mainstream these last couple years, but this makes up for some of that. Not a monster Imperial Stout by any means, but deliciously drinkable. The silky chocolate malt character is very similar to Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout (high praise from me). The Sam has more anise (not bad or good, just different) and a little bit of that hard-to-avoid soy sauce flavor (not a plus). I would buy this again (although that’s mostly because I have to drive to Chicago to get the Brooklyn).

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
ElDuderino (184) - Hyde Park, Massachusetts, USA - APR 6, 2009
Bottle. Pours a nice jet black with a thin brown head. Aroma of stale sour bread, dust, and toasted nuts. Maybe a hint of baking cocoa. Flavors of... bacon, simple syrup, bread and milk chocolate. Body was thick and heavy and had very little life in my mouth. Two word description... bacony sludge.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
sjolles85 (104) - Tampa, Florida, USA - APR 5, 2009
Overall Decent Stout... Oak cherry and Chocolate. Not as bad as I thought it was going to be.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Aubrey (3508) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - APR 5, 2009
Very dark beer with an oily dark-tan head. Chewy-creamy texture. Some meaty flavors. Sour chocolate up front; a tar-like roastiness in the middle; and vanilla toward the back. Chalky finish left behind quite a bit of bitterness. Rum-soaked raisins surfaced here and there. Not a bad impy stout, but it lacked some depth.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mansquito (4964) - Nueva York, New York, USA - APR 5, 2009
Brown head and a pretty black body. Chocolate, caramel, and booze aroma. Bitter dark chocolate taste. A little bit of alcohol is there, but not too much. Some coffee, but the chocolate is really the predominant flavor. Not really all that thick for an imperial stout. Feels smooth and almost creamy.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
thejon375 (414) - Tampa, Florida, USA - APR 5, 2009
Shared with Steve and Eric. Not a bad stout. Flavors of choc, cherry and oak. Much better than the Imp White.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - APR 5, 2009
Plenty of roasted malts and chocolate coming through in aroma, almost like a chocolate soda with fresh coffee beans in the area, taste is a concentrated Bosco and roasted malts, almost a chocolate cake sweetness,probaly what you would expect S.A. to come up with , a sweeter,more one demensional Imp Stout, something the general public could handle a little easier.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 10/20
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - APR 4, 2009
Pours dark with a decent head. Strong roasted aroma. I like the bacon bits. Full nectar with creamy residual effers. A fruity style with a high roast component. Too much fruit. Not balanced. No bittering component. This concludes my run of the S.A. Imperial series and I have to say I am not in the least bit impressed. They are below average. These beers seemingly have what it takes. All the nuts and bolts hold them together but like my ex wife they have no soul.

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 1/20
mouse725 (83) - Albany, New York, USA - APR 4, 2009
Site wouldn’t take my rating because it was too low..??? I don’t know if I got a bad bottle or what, but I’m hesitant to retry this after the last experience. Poured a small tan head, underwhelming but stout-y front palate, with a back palate overwhelmingly of BACON. Not good!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ditmier (1508) - Boise, Idaho, USA - APR 3, 2009
2009 Bottle - Pours a thick dk brown with a small tan head...aroma is faint, old fruit, sweet malt, vanilla, cocoa...flavour is nicely bitter with burnt wood, chocolate, but never really comes together...the booze is kicking my ass...decent mouthfeel, but a fairly transparent representation of an Imp Stout...

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