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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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
T2Tool (352) - Murfreesboro, Tennessee, USA - MAR 27, 2009
Poured from a 12-oz bottle almost black. It had a mild smell of cocoa and roasted malt. Taste of roasted malt, chocolate and coffee. It was typical of an imperial stout. Nothing special, but a solid beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
foundmd (210) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 27, 2009
12oz bottle. Pitch black with a small tan head. Aroma of dark chocolate and alcohol. Taste is bittersweet chocolate with dark fruits, licorice, and alcohol. Minimal malt and hop flavor presence. Medium-thin body for the style. Not as complex as most Imperials. A good beer for a good price.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
LilKem (1213) - Marietta, Ohio, USA - MAR 26, 2009
This was a pretty decent imperial stout. Thick, chocolatey, malty, caramel, and whipped topping all in one. Some espresso in the finish along with a kick of hops. I must admit, Iím either getting soft on my ratings or this really surprised me. I liked the intenseness of this brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Elwood (3336) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - MAR 26, 2009
12 oz. bottle. Pours a pitch black with very little head. The first note I get in the nose is the alcohol. Raisin, black coffee, currant, and earth quickly follow. Medium carbonation with a rich, thick, oily mouthfeel. Tastes of nuts, black cherry, earth, almond, a touch of walnut, dark roasted malt, vanilla, anise, and a bit of raisin. There are a lot of flavors going on here! They arenít always in perfect harmony, but it still proves to be a very good beer. The alcohol isnít hidden all that well, but that too is okay. I think this one may be their best offering in the Imperial series. Definitely worth a try.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rusty (1546) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - MAR 26, 2009
Pours a deep viscous black with a nice ligh brown head. Aroma is chocolate malt, coffe, roast, caramel. Flavor is chocolate, coffee, caramel, malts, dark fruits. creamy slick mouthfeel with a touch of bitterness in the finish. Solid offering from Sam Adams.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
OD40oz (774) - Box Elder, South Dakota, USA - MAR 26, 2009
Nice pour, dark as used motor oil. Nice and thick with a small dark tan head. Chocolatey aroma with noticeable alcohol. Creamy smooth taste with a nice roasted coffee finish. Top shelf.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rutkiller (12) - USA - MAR 25, 2009
12 oz. bottle. This is a thick beer which pours like motor oil. Small, light brown head which fades quickly, but leaves a nice lace. Smells of coffee, chocolate, caramel and toffee and tastes the same. Great feel in the mouth...silky smooth. High ABV at 9.2%. Overall, a very, very good beer from Sam Adams.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
argo0 (13318) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 25, 2009
(12oz bottle) Small brown head atop brown-black body. Aroma is moderately sweet, coffee/roast, dark chocolate, some burnt. Taste is moderately sweet, bittersweet chocolate, roast/coffee, some alcohol, burnt. Creamy full body with light burn.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MrBeerFanatic (1018) - Friona, Texas, USA - MAR 24, 2009
Pours a mighty dark brown with an ever glowing brown frothy yet subtle head. Big aromas here of chocolate, coffee, toffee, caramel, and burnt malts. Flavors here are in fact complex but in the wrong balance. Alcohol is more than a little noticeable. Starts out a little creamy with notes of coffee, burnt malts, and chocolate. Then goes into a caramel/ faint anise note. Semi sweet and bitter. Leaves a burnt aftertaste. One of the best beers Iíve tried from Sam Adams, but then again Imp stouts are my favorite type a brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
LtDan (1806) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - MAR 24, 2009
Appearance: Pours a dark brown with a fizzy 1/4 inch brown head. The brown head subsides rather quickly. Aroma: Roasted malts and dark fruits are very apparent in the intial smell. I get aromas I would associate with an Abbey Dubbel or Belgian Strong Dark ale. Taste: Roasted malts, licorice, chocolate and dark fruit. Finishes with a moderate twang of sour cherry. Mouthfeel: Perfect thickness. Not goopy thick, no watery leaning towards a heavy porter, just right. Overall: I dare any Imperial Stout fans to put this in a blind taste test with a handful of other Imperial Stouts. This beer is smooth, bold, and easy to drink at 9.2% abv. Congrats to Boston Beer Co. for engineering such a great beer.

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