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RATINGS: 1041   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 29, 2009
Bottle from Wine and Beer Westpark on 03/28/2009. Dark black body with a medium creamy brown head. Dry roast and chocolate aroma with some light smokey hints. Sweet smoke flavor, some light chocolate with roast and slight peppery notes and a bit of a bitter finish. Medium body with moderate carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
BVery (9668) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - MAR 29, 2009
BOTTLE: aroma is coffee, roast, and wood. Jet black pour, with a brown/red thin head. A little oily on texture, flavor is carbonation up front (too much), then a heavy oily roasty taste with some cocoa, maybe licorice. Decent effort, but not fantastic.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Palidor19 (3168) - Brandon, Florida, USA - MAR 29, 2009
UPDATED: MAY 23, 2009 very nice, slight aroma of wood and coffee. decent wooden malts, slight non harsh coffee bitterness. goes down smooth. re-rate 5/23/09. dark roasted malts strong and flavorful, good stuff.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
nick76 (4379) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAR 29, 2009
The aroma is almost meaty with touches of bacon and maple syrup, chocolate, and burnt malt. The appearance is black is with a huge head. The flavor is like the aroma. The palate is thin for the style. Overall itís a well made beer but it does not do anything great.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mcox90 (1931) - Wilton, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 29, 2009
12 oz bottle. Pours black with a small brown head and spotty lace. Nose is heavily roasted malt and cocoa. Heavy palate with a smooth, silky feel. Flavor is cocoa, bakerís chocolate, malt, along with some dark fruit flavors. Alcohol is right up front. Very nice offering from Boston Beer Company.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
fidelis83 (2270) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - MAR 29, 2009
Pours black with thin dark brown highlights and a 4 finger creamy mocha head that is slow to fade to 1/4 inch or so and stays leaving some specks of lacing and liquid clinging to the glass. Aroma starts out with some roast, chocolate and caramel, then some graininess, planty hops, hints of caramel and toffee as it warms. Flavor is roast, cocoa, planty hops, a bit of anise, stale espresso, musty grain sack, dirt road dust, anise, some mutes date notes and a little cinamon toast. Finish is sweet and slightly hoppy with relatively low bitterness and a roasty stale bread aftertaste. Palate is thick and slippery with a slightly overdone carbonation moderately wet finish and a dusty feel. This stuff is not undrinkable but it is far too thick for itís flavor profile which seems a little stale and dusty while still being overly sweet.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
radagast83 (7388) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - MAR 29, 2009
12 oz bottle. Pours a pitch black with a medium dark tan head. Aroma is roasted malts, chocolate, dark fruits. Flavor is rich roasted malts, chocolate, coffee. Bitter finish, solid imperial stout.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
EithCubes (5634) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 28, 2009
Bottle. Coffee, chocolate, roast, faint mocha nose, with touch of stale air. Murky motor oil pour with a dark brown, fluffy head, though a little too sudsy. Taste is dry and lightly bitter, some alcohol warmth in the jowls and cheeks with late onrushing sweetness. Licorice and anise in with the aromatic components. Medium body, relatively silken feel, dries out to that olí Sammy stale grain house character that I so despise, but not so much as to spoil the effort, which is average at worst, and enjoyable this time out.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
alobar (3561) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 28, 2009
Deep black pour with a thin tan head. Aroma of roasted malts, licorice, chocolate and dark fruit. Thick lacing. Flavor of roasted malts, licorice, and coffee. This is a very nice beer!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Gmoney (442) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 27, 2009
bottle ... jet black pour , thin tan head ,no lacing. aroma of cocoa,alcohol and roasted malts .bittersweet chocolate ,dark fruit and licorice flavors.no attempt to hide the alcohol .silky smooth and a little bitter at the finish. best of the Impy series.

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