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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.


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
djaeon (15) - Chula Vista, California, USA - MAR 24, 2009
Pours thick and black, with a minimal, milk chocolate colored head. This dissipates quickly, and leaves no lacing. Smells of black coffee with a hint of dark chocolate. Tasted of black coffee and bittersweet chocolate. High alcohol content for a Sam Adams beer is masked well. A little bit of a bitter aftertaste. Thick and smooth. Tastes great to me. I think I have a new favorite Sam Adams brand beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
LearninBeer (462) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - MAR 24, 2009
Pours black, big creamy carmel brown head, excellent lacing. The aroma is roasted coffee, chocolate, molasses.The mouthfeel is thick, rich, creamy. The flavor is chocolate, coffee, some roasted nuttiness.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
00cobraR (1103) - Greensboro, North Carolina, USA - MAR 24, 2009
a solid impy. pours out black with a smaller brown head. aroma is big on roasted malt, coffee, and dark choco. flavor is very much the same with a nice balance of coffee in the finish.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TearsforBeers (183) - Ohio, USA - MAR 24, 2009
Bottle. Pours black with darkest head this side of the Dark Lord himself. The edges are dark brown, very nice and imperial, makes me feel like a Czar. There are some nice odours wafting from this puppy - lots of sweet malt smells mixed with dark roastyness, that classic tar-esque smell, some wood maybe, coffee, alcohol. As I hoped, this beer tastes good. Itís sweet with good balancing roasted barley bitterness and maybe some hops. I also get impressions of chocolate, tiny bit of coffee, roastiness, tar, alcohol. Good to the bitter end. The mouthfeel is a pretty thick, creamy, and warming, just about right for a standard RIS. Overall, a very nice offering from Sam Adams that ainít revolutionary or mega exciting, but is a very fine representative example.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CptGreencoat (95) - Kettering, Ohio, USA - MAR 23, 2009
My favorite brewer finally makes my favorite style of beer. Iím pretty excited to see how this turns out. Pours to a thick black mess, with a nicely lacing, brown head. Nose is thinner than I would have expected for the style and color. Roasted malts dominate with hints of dry fruit in the background. As indicated by itís scent, this is a very roasted tasting brew. Chocolate is in there, a decent alcoholic bite, and a nice blend of malt and hops on the finish. This is a good beer. This is *not* a great beer. Hopefully, with Sam Adamís size and distribution, this will invite newcomers to the wild world of craft beer. But to those of us who are familiar Old Rasputin and Breakfast Stout, this beer has nothing new to offer.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tennisjoel (1334) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - MAR 23, 2009
Bought as a single at Blue Max. Motor oil appearance. Dense opaque black body with an average tan head. Aromas of chocolate and vanilla. Flavor is rich lactose, licorice, chocolate, and slight bittering hops. Not a bad effort, though it seems like Iíve had many in the style similar to this and I guess I want to see some element that would set it apart from others brewed in this style.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MrBunn (2711) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SHANER4 (491) - 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!!!!

4.2
   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?

4.2
   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.


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