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RATINGS: 966   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.


3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Petrucci914 (910) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 8, 2009
Thanks for sharing, bro! Pours a black color with a medium tannish head. Aroma is almost like Guiness....somewhat lactic or sour. Taste was much like a Guiness, and was missing all characteristics of a traditional impy.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
LinusStick (2854) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 8, 2009
A so so impy. Aroma was OK. Dark chocolate and a hint of coffee, but very weak. Pour was a dark brown with a thin tan ring for a head. Taste was like a subdued thin Expedition (or any other good impy). The flavor was there but was just very weak and boring. Not a bad beer for Sam Adams though.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
BrianDorry55 (333) - Spring Hill, Florida, USA - MAR 8, 2009
12oz. bottle. Pours black, barely opaque. Think tan head...intimidating look. Aroma is caramel, wood, malt, and alchol. Flavor is nice chocolate, burnt wood, maybe a little coffee...This one is super smooth, like a creamy chocolate ice cream feel almost...Thick mouthfeel, warming feeling. A really solid imperial stout, super smooth and really good flavor...I think this one is under-rated.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
douglas88 (6015) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 8, 2009
Bottle shared by footbalm. Pours a very nice dark black color with a medium brown head. The aroma is very light; some alcohol, light brown sugar and roasted notes. The flavor was pretty nice; sugars, sweet roasted malts, a light alcohol warmth and some dark fruit. A pretty nice Impy.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Juelze (1138) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 7, 2009
i did not care for this one. Pours a black color with thick and frothy light brown head. Aroma is not what I expected. It seems that it lacks the punch that I expect with any impy stout. The malt, chocolate or dark fruit aspects were not there. Instead it had this dusty grain and cocoa feel with a bit of a chalking taste. Nothing wooed me with this one.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
emacgee (4024) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - MAR 7, 2009
Pours an inky black brew with a two finger creamy chestnut head. Looks about as good as it can look. The nose is sweet, fruity, some coffee, roasty, chocolate, some molasses. Not too awesome on the nose. The flavor is roasty, grainy, alcohol comes through in a less than great way, grain, chocolate, coffee. Tasty in general but not super well done.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
NomDeBeer (414) - Maryland, USA - MAR 7, 2009
Pours black with a small but remarkably dark head. Taste is raisins, plums, dark fruit and caramel rather than roasted flavors and bitterness. It’s a good beer, but I prefer stouts with a heavy roasted flavor.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Crosling (1863) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - MAR 6, 2009
This ale pours out of the bottle a very dark brown. It appears black in the glass with a average sized light tan head. Nose offers up potent notes of brownie, grape & black licorice. After tasting it seems really out of balance, overly sweet, needs quite a bit more hop. Lacking in body. Seems incomplete. I had higher hopes for the entire Imperial Series line.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopdog (8933) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 6, 2009
12oz bottle. Poured a dark black color with a large sized brown head. Nice lacing left on the glass. Aromas of chocolate, roastiness, anise, and licorice. Tastes of roast, chocolate, caramel, licorice, some dark fruitiness, and anise. Alcohol content well hidden.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
VTHopHead (1511) - Barre, Vermont, USA - MAR 6, 2009
Bottle - Poured a very dark black/brown in color with a small tan head that faded to a thin rim around the top of the beer. Aroma is slightly sweet with dark roasted malts and some chocolate. Flavor fairly strong of chocolate, espresso and dark malts. Flavor of dark fruits comes through near the end. Chewy palate. Not much of the alcohol... although some does filter up through the nose at the end. Finish is lingering, medium bitter and warming. Good, easy drinking ("dangerous", given its ABV) and enjoyable, though not a great imperial stout. I wonder how it would age??


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