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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MrBunn (2675) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 23, 2009
Bottle. Pours a dark, dark black with little head and aromas of roasted malt, coffee and dark fruit. Flavor has a bit of banana and licorice as well. This is far better than other reviews would have led me to believe.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SHANER4 (490) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 23, 2009
12 oz. bottle - poured blackish brown color with medium tan head. Aroma - dark fruits, soy sauce, chocolate and coffee. I actually liked the scent. Flavor - hey now, Sam Adams brewing some nice tasting Stout!! Some spice on tongue with dark fruit, coffee and anise on tongue. Palate - medium mouthfeel with average carbonation. Finish is slightly dry and has nice finish. Overall - I really liked this beer, easy to drink and very inexpensive. Best beer Iíve had from Sam Adams!!!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DerBiermeister (586) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - MAR 23, 2009
Wow, this is a beautiful beer. Its brownish black head and its dark as oil like slick fluid pour is so seductively tasty of fortified notes of chocolate. Perhaps Sam Adamsí best brew?

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
punkeedo (498) - Covington, Louisiana, USA - MAR 23, 2009
2009 Bottle from the Imperial Series. I was surprised to find this in the local beer shop and more surprised when I tasted it. Smells of a good imperial stout, dark malts and some hint of cinnamon. Deep, dark appearance with a strong cream head. Tastes of sweet cream and dark malts with an aftertaste of alcohol. Balanced palate, though a little edgy toward the end of the gulp. A great beer overall.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 22, 2009
12oz. Bottle: Aroma of chocolate, cream, slight malts, slight butter, and a hint of hops. Poured pitch black in color with a medium-sized, dark brown, creamy head that diminished but lasted throughout. Opaque. Lightly sparkling. Small lacing. Flavor is lightly sweet. Tastes of roasted malts, chocolate, soy sauce, light alcohol, light vanilla, light sugar, slight coffee, slight molasses, and a hint of smoke. Medium to full body. Thick, slightly tingly texture. Soft to average carbonation. Malty, lightly sweet, light alcohol, finish is sticky.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Magjayran (1378) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAR 22, 2009
Oily black pour with a dense tan head. Great lacing. Dark chocolate and dark roast coffee in the nose. The taste is surprisingly bitter with strong bakers chocolate and espresso notes. Lingering licorice finish is a little rough. Full bodied and not watered-down in the least but not especially complex either. Still a good choice for an affordable impy stout on a night that youíre not feeling to picky.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
blipp (7896) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 22, 2009
Bottle. Pours near black with a tan head. Roasted grain in the aroma, a touch boozy. The flavor is well balanced, with roast, a little bit of bitter chocolate powder, and a hint of dark fruits. Not bad, but I expected way better.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheGuy (653) - Illinois, USA - MAR 22, 2009
I can see the sam bashers have attacked this beer well IMO was a pretty smooth easy drinking rediction of the imperial stout had it side by side with victory,s storm king and a couple of buds we all agreed that is was better tasting and smoother yes its not a big hop uped malted up soy sauced uped mess like some are very clean and refined

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
soccer290 (225) - Highland Park, Illinois, USA - MAR 22, 2009
12 oz bottle. Heard good things from my local beer guy, decided to give one of Sam Adams Imperialís a shot. Pours a dark black with a tiny tan head that disappates quickly. Smells of dark chocolate, some coffee, brown sugar, and perhaps some black licroice. Very intense smells. Tastes of chocolate, black licorice, and a little bit of coffee. Definitely black licorice, as there is only one thing (that) which can make me cringe like that. Kind of smooth going down, but I canít stand the taste. Overall, tolerable, if you can stand black licorice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
NachlamSie (3210) - 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 isnít too bad, but it is a little tamer and less American than I was expecting from Sam Adams, given their awesome Imperial Pilsener.

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