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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.


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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jimhilt (2403) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 5, 2009
Pours a four finger brown head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Totally black color. Chocolate nose. Light-medium carbonation and heavy bodied. Flavor is sweet chocolate and hints of anise, lingering anise aftertaste. Decent stout. $10.49 for a 4-pak of 12oz bottles from Northend Superette Manchester, NH.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
bigrond (1478) - factoryville, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 5, 2009
This beer was okay. Poured as dark as night. I was a little tough to drink. Not very smooth and a little harsh on the palate. It took a while to finish this beer. Not the best intrepretation of the Russian stout I’ve had.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerBunker (709) - Burbank, Illinois, USA - MAR 5, 2009
Single from Archer Liquors. Pours black with a foamy brown head. Heavy carbonation. Aroma is of roasted malt, caramel, mild coffee, and cinnamon. taste is of roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, caramel, and alcohol. Lingering chocolate and medicine taste. Why the hell do I get medicine flavors out of all these Imperial Series beers? Goes down very easy due to the carbonation. Mouthfeel is creamy. One of the few Sam Adams beers that I have really enjoyed.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cornfield (5482) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - MAR 4, 2009
Obtained at Binny’s in Orland park, IL. It pours an intensely dark brown, almost black, with a whipped chocolate head that rapidly reduces to some film and a slender ring. The aroma is dark roasted malt, burnt brown sugar, dark caramel, and anise. Kind of light and fluffy in the mouth. The flavor’s much like the aroma and has the addition of baker’s chocolate and alcohol. Not bad, but for some reason seems a bit lightweight, despite the ABV.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 4, 2009
Pours dark brown with a thin tan head. Smells of roasted malt and molasses. Tastes sweet and velvety with a malty finish. Not bad for $2.50 a bottle.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rosebud butternuts (2396) - Denton, Texas, USA - MAR 4, 2009
bottle thanks to boomer0813. poured black with a dark tan head. aroma of toffee, dark roasts, and alcohol. flavor of toffee, dark roasts, chocolate with some nice bitter. medium body and medium-high carb. a great SA brew.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
WeeHeavySD (3360) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - MAR 4, 2009
12oz from a 4 pack from Windmill Farms. I need more impy stout ratings and so I thought it was worth a try. Pour is nice and pretty nice, black with a light brown head. Nose is thin and pretty craptastic. Taste is sweet and semi rich. But overall a damn pour and blechy.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
heemer77 (5100) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - MAR 4, 2009
Perfectly black body with a light orangeish brown head. Massive cola is up front with a little bit of milk chocolate. It’s like a chocolate ice cream float with cola. There is also some anise and alcohol to complement the sweetness. The taste was rich with cola and anise. The nice creamy mouthfeel lets some carbonation shine through the body. Any roast notes are a shadow in the background with some woodiness drying it out. There is an ashy finish. As I drank more, I got some salty notes. Overall, this is ok and an interesting shot.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Acknud (1081) - Morganfield, Kentucky, USA - MAR 3, 2009
Thick and black with a rapidly receding mocha head. Aroma of dark chocolate. Taste is chocolate and coffee with and oily thick mouthfeel.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
morrdt (685) - Dirty Mo’, North Carolina, USA - MAR 2, 2009
12 ounce single bottle from Total Wine in Jacksonville, Florida. Beer pours a chocolate brown color with a lasting coffee colored head. Aroma is malt, chocolate and some coffee. Taste is coffee, cocoa and roasted malts on the finish. The alcohol is hidden rather well in this beer. This was really good for a night cap.


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