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RATINGS: 1039   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
blipp (8181) - La Mesa, California, USA - MAR 22, 2009
Bottle. Pours near black with a tan head. Roasted grain in the aroma, a touch boozy. The flavor is well balanced, with roast, a little bit of bitter chocolate powder, and a hint of dark fruits. Not bad, but I expected way better.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheGuy (653) - Illinois, USA - MAR 22, 2009
I can see the sam bashers have attacked this beer well IMO was a pretty smooth easy drinking rediction of the imperial stout had it side by side with victory,s storm king and a couple of buds we all agreed that is was better tasting and smoother yes its not a big hop uped malted up soy sauced uped mess like some are very clean and refined

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
soccer290 (225) - Highland Park, Illinois, USA - MAR 22, 2009
12 oz bottle. Heard good things from my local beer guy, decided to give one of Sam Adams Imperialís a shot. Pours a dark black with a tiny tan head that disappates quickly. Smells of dark chocolate, some coffee, brown sugar, and perhaps some black licroice. Very intense smells. Tastes of chocolate, black licorice, and a little bit of coffee. Definitely black licorice, as there is only one thing (that) which can make me cringe like that. Kind of smooth going down, but I canít stand the taste. Overall, tolerable, if you can stand black licorice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
NachlamSie (3279) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 21, 2009
bottle. Really dark pour with a nice looking tan head. The aroma is sticky with lots of toffee and molassess and coffee as an afterthought The mouthfeel is respectably dense. This is fairly dry with sweetness coming out more in the form of toasty brown sugar. The finish is dry, earthy, with hints of dark chocolate and some vegetation. Up front we have molasess and licorice. This actually isnít too bad, but it is a little tamer and less American than I was expecting from Sam Adams, given their awesome Imperial Pilsener.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - MAR 21, 2009
What the hell, I was feeling adventurous. Maybe Sam Adams can turn out something thatís worth getting again. Rough pour gave it a pretty good sized mocha head. The aroma is a roasted chocolate scent, but it is a little off if you ask me. I get the black licorice scent here, but it doesnít work for me. It takes the roasted and chocolaty flavors back a little bit, and makes it end rather sour and less-than-tasty. Not horrible, but doesnít stand up to a repeat buy. Please, not more anise beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Trev (2023) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - MAR 21, 2009
UPDATED: FEB 14, 2012 Re-rate: Dark brown with medium tan head. Aroma Is chocolate, dark fruity plum and raisin, licorice, lighter coffee. Flavour isdark fruit, molassess and dark chocolate as well. Kind of an herbal bitterness. Enjoyed this much more than previous samplings.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - MAR 21, 2009
In the bottle at the 2009 Crescent Moon Extreme Beerfest. Pours coal black. This is an amazing beer. Aroma of smoked salmon. Even though it is not fashionable to like Sam Adams, this is great stuff. Thick, smooth rich. The beer packs a punch of roasted thickness. It is vastly underrated on the site at 3.5!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
highibus (796) - Vail, Arizona, USA - MAR 21, 2009
Pours a deep murky black with dark tan head. Aroma is slightly astingent but some roastiness and alcohol. Flavor is also slightly astringent. Some coffee and burnt flavors come through. Medium to full body. Decent beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mspindler (489) - Alta Loma, California, USA - MAR 21, 2009
12 oz. bottle. Pours black with a light brown head. Aroma is very roasty and sweet with a hint of dark chocolate. Flavor is the same, with a little bit of weird sourness and some grassy hops. Burnt toast on the back of the tongue. Palate is thick and oily, carbonation is creamy. Decent beer but not great for the style. Step in the right direction for Sam Adams though!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
branspra (293) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - MAR 20, 2009
Bottle. Pours a dark brown, almost black, color with large brown head. Lacing is very good. Aromas of chocolate, molasses, roasted malts, and a slight grapefruit. Lively initial mouthfeel but then ends in a creamy, slick palate. Tastes of chocolate and malts, but then into a bitter finish with well-hidden hops. Good beer and one I will be enjoying again.

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