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RATINGS: 1031   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6/5   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 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.

3.6
   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 I’m an imperial stout/barley wine fanatic, I’d still drink a Sam Adams imperial pilsner over this.

1
   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 don’t believe it deserves the title, and definitely not the kind of rating that it was given. I couldn’t even finish my glass.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
scoth (663) - 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.

2.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
cheap (5216) - 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.

3.2
   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.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SudsMcDuff (7873) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - APR 9, 2009
is a nice brew .. . pretty hot, burns a touch .. . fantastic head and lacing .. . pretty easy to drink but no real complexity, a great start to the imperial series for Boston .. .A good beer for Boston, but there are many better impy stouts .. needs time to mellow to shows it potential greatness ... . will revisit in 6 months to a year ...

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
craftycarl21 (2338) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 9, 2009
pours jet black with a small light tan colored head. Aroma holds lots of chocolate, coffee, cream- not too strong for a stout, but pleasant. Flavor is slightly overpowered by an acidic or perhaps alcoholic burn, and makes it not as complex as it could be. The start shows promise, with more cream and chocolate, but it is quickly masked by the aforementioned overwhelming prickly quality. Decent palate, but not great for an impy.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
efrumtheidiot (190) - Colorado, USA - APR 9, 2009
pours opaque dark brown with a thin, frothy, cafe-colored head. aroma is strong sweet dark chocolate, gentle notes of espresso, grass. taste is mocha (emphasis on the chocolate), not as sweet as expected, milk, and a bit acidic. alcohol is nicely blended, though it does leave a light desensitizing cast on the palate. full bodied with a slippery mouthfeel. prickly carbonation disappears quickly on the tongue. not bad for sam adams. absolute shit for an imperial stout. overpriced. would be a gem if it were cheap. just nowhere near other more ’worthy’ imperial stouts.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
steview (1037) - Petaluma, California, USA - APR 8, 2009
oily pour, black body, thick and sparkly tan head; aroma of chocolate milk with notes of coffee; sweet, milky, sugary, with mocha flavor; smooth; good, with well-hidden strength.


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