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RATINGS: 964   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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
aplusbreaks (330) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 11, 2009
12oz bottle, sample out of a plastic cup. Pours dark brown/black with a decent mocha colored head. Aromas of coffee, chocolate, roasted malts and a hint of licorice. Flavors of sweet smokey roasted malts up front, with a nice bitter finish. Palate is smooth. A little to sweet, but a great effort.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
thegreenrooster (3194) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 11, 2009
Pour is a black with a thin tan head. Aroma is some roasted malts, dark chocolate and alcohol. Flavor is a very big roasted malt with a bitter coffee aftertaste. The alcohol is not as strong as in the aroma. A well crafted beer and better than the impy wit imo.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Rastacouere (6126) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 11, 2009
Initially beautiful black pour covered by a large, frothy dark brown head. Straightforward anisey nose where you encounter little of the usual chocolate/coffee richness. Heavy sweetness intrudes on the palate, leaving little room for the otherwise considerable roastiness. Sweet bready and fruit concentrate flavours reminds of plums, blue grapes. Little bitterness to compensate the anise/sugar onslaught. Moderate carbonation leaves a slick oily feel. Alcohol is relatively subdued at 9.2%, but the malt’s complexity is not so impressive while the balance leans heavily towards sweetness.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
crondonik (32) - California, USA - MAR 11, 2009
12 oz bottle. esspresso colored with a dark tan head that stays but is small. smells of coffee, burnt chocolate, vanilla, a little lactic thing, and molasses. Tastes of very dark coffee with a surprising sweet almost oatmeal stout type of thing with chocolate and a lttle bit of banana bread maybe. better than i thought it would be and an easy drinking stout.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cavie (3786) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - MAR 10, 2009
Very dark pour. Very dark. Tall brown head, like a dark bread. Light burnt aroma, lots of alcohol on the nose. Oily and thick over the palate. Roasted flavor, not much more as far as coffee or chocolate. Some sweet flavors are detectable. Soft finish, no linger of flavor. A noble attempt at a difficult style to mass produce.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
thenick (766) - North Bellmore, New York, USA - MAR 10, 2009
Sample @ EBF ’09. Pours a deep brown to almost black with a tan head and considerable lacing. Aroma is roasted barley and caramel, with detectable chocolate and cream as well. Taste is roughly the same, with the palate being a tad too watery for my taste. Finish is smooth. They gave it their all here, but it doesn’t quite measure up to some of the best. I like the other 2 in the Imperial Series much better.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAR 9, 2009
From the bottle pours a virtually pitch black body with a dense, creamy, mocha colored head that shows good retention. Delicate tapestry lace coats the glass almost entirely. The only thing holding this back from a perfect appearance score is that is looks a little watery for the style as the glass is disturbed. The nose shows alot of barley roast and darkly scorched caramel, with notes of dark chocolate, cream, and anise. Earthen hops work well with hints of smoked malts that border on rauchbier intensity. Flavors are strong on coffee, the roasted beans working nicely with the earthen hop notes and burnt grains. Chocolate and anise go hand in hand, and a little vanilla creeps in as well. The mouthfeel is a little thin for the style, as the appearance hinted. There’s also a touch of alcohol burn on the back end, though the carbonation level is nice. Finishes semi-dry and quite roasty. Nice effort from Sam Adams. It’s nowhere near the top of the genre, but it is a fine brew and I applaud them for trying.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Arayaga2 (1776) - portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 9, 2009
Oily black and viscous looking with 4 mm of nice brown head which quickly fades. Aroma is sweet and a bit grapey. Taste is a bit like smoked prunes dipped in coffee and bittersweet chocolate. Sweet, but obviously carries some alcohol. Mouthfeel is pretty viscous as well. $2.50/12 oz

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JaBier (4854) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - MAR 9, 2009
Sampled at the Sam Adams tasting at Blacklick Wine and Spirits on 3.5.09. Black pour with a big light brown chocolate milk head. This looks delicious. Balanced aroma of malt, coffee and alcohol. Malty aroma with a touch of vanilla and then a dry coffee finish. Pretty good.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
punkrkr27 (903) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - MAR 9, 2009
Black pour with a dense, 1 finger, tan head. Sweet, chocolate, brown sugar and molasses aroma with a fair bit of roasted malt and coffee. There’s also a bit more hop bitterness in the aroma than I expected this would have and there is definitely some alcohol evident in the nose. The flavor is somewhat artificial and cloying with far too munch burnt chocolate and coffee flavor. Nice creamy full body with soft carbonation.


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