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RATINGS: 983   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ben4321 (4539) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - MAR 16, 2009
Location: Picked up a 12 oz. bottle at Gillyís, drank it 3/16/09

Aroma: Smells like alcohol and chocolate mostly, some smokiness too
Appearance: Dark black color, almost no head (thin brown), really nice looking beer in the glass.
Flavor: Smokey coco/coffee flavor, not too bitter, smoke dominates this one. You can hardly tell its at 9.2%
Palate: Kind of full/thick mouth feel
Overall Impression: Decent, but not spectacular beer here. Out of the Imperials, this was probably my least favorite. It was alright, certainly worth a drink, but not something Iíd rush out to get again.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jimmack34 (640) - Lancaster, Ohio, USA - MAR 16, 2009
12 oz bottle. Pours jet black with a thin brown head. Smells of smoked apple wood, fruit, roasted malt. Tastes of sweet alcohol, red wine, smokey cocoa, and cough syrup. Lightly carbonated. Not very impressive. Not a bad beer, just not thet great.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
ApisAles (1576) - Greenbelt, Maryland, USA - MAR 16, 2009
Pours a beautiful thick viscous black with a bit of a dark brown head. Everything positive about this beer stops there though. Smells like wet dog and coffee. The guys I was drinking this with came up with flavor descriptions like "wet burned clothes" and "overripe armpit smell covered in soy sauce." There was a lot going on in this beer. To be fair, if you like smoked beers, or really bitter coffee beers, this might be a bit more up your alley, but between the liquid smoke smell/flavor overwhelming everything and the sheer lack of balance, you might want to look elsewhere for your Imperial Stout fix.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RedSox2004 (1403) - Pacific Palisades, California, USA - MAR 16, 2009
Pour deep black with a frothy mocha colored head, good retention and great lacing. Strong espresso coffee aroma with lots of chocolate malts as well. Outstanding dark chocolate flavor takes over the palate, with the espresso moving into the background. The slightest hops bitterness enhances the semisweet baking choclate sensation. Silky smooth mouthfeel, little carbonation, and I loved the dark chocolate that lingered long after. Alcohol is not apparent, so be careful. I loved this.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
PorterPounder (6019) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAR 15, 2009
Tallahassee, Fl. - Liquor Loft - 12 oz bottle. Very dark black pour with a mocha colored head that is a bit thin and dissipating. Aroma has some vanilla notes as well as some marshmallow. Flavor finds a bit of mild coffee - not dark espresso by any means, some bittersweet dark chocolate, a hint of black dirt to round it out. Mouthfeel is thick enough. Decent - but not outstanding,

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jtw (1138) - farmington, Michigan, USA - MAR 15, 2009
12 oz bottle - i didnít even know sam adams made an imperial stout! raisin, molasses, licorice strong in the aroma, and chocolate and some dark red wine as well. some sweet malt and roasted barley as well, with a tiny bit of hops apparent to balance the sweetness. similar profile in the flavor, as the licorice/anise and dark fruit flavors dominate. a little thin and slightly alcoholic, more of a combination of sugar and alcohol than i would hope from a great imperial stout. overall a good beer and very affordable, a good effort from Sam Adams and i would drink it again if expedition stout werenít readily available for the same price.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Taverner (1100) - San Ramon, California, USA - MAR 15, 2009
Itís "síok." Pours black with a charcoal/brown head. Bubbles arenít the frothy kind, but the big kind. Flavor is somewhere between molasses and chocolate. Not horrible, but not great either. Compared to their other Imperials, this one needs some work.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Odeed (1796) - Bakersfield, California, USA - MAR 14, 2009
black body with a brown head.(nice lacing on the glass)aroma is sugar,and some roasted malts.flavor is heavy on the smoke,with some roasted malts,and a slight chocolate finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
phiconners (149) - Massachusetts, USA - MAR 14, 2009
Pours a dark black. Malt comes through, smooth mouthfeel. Overall it was good, but maybe not as complex as some other top stouts. Maybe storing it for a while will bring out more complexity.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Aurelius (4594) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAR 14, 2009
Milk and chicory roast aroma. Pours a silky, oily black-brown. Bleh on the label. Thin, thin, tan head. Be prepared for the first sip - that was the rudest awakening that Iíve had recently -- akin to when I tasted my beer, my first stout or my first Belgian. Dark, dark roast and booze initial impact, when slightly cold. Burnt patent malt flavors. Not that sweet, bitter cocoa. If I could isolate the mouthfeel from the aftertaste, then the palate would have maxed out. As it is, not being a coffee drinker, the char gets to be a little clingy. A big beer, it grows on you as you get closer to the bottom and the brew warms and it starts effecting your body chemistry. Market Square Liquors.

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