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RATINGS: 987   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Arayaga2 (1902) - portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 9, 2009
Oily black and viscous looking with 4 mm of nice brown head which quickly fades. Aroma is sweet and a bit grapey. Taste is a bit like smoked prunes dipped in coffee and bittersweet chocolate. Sweet, but obviously carries some alcohol. Mouthfeel is pretty viscous as well. $2.50/12 oz

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JaBier (5454) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - MAR 9, 2009
Sampled at the Sam Adams tasting at Blacklick Wine and Spirits on 3.5.09. Black pour with a big light brown chocolate milk head. This looks delicious. Balanced aroma of malt, coffee and alcohol. Malty aroma with a touch of vanilla and then a dry coffee finish. Pretty good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
punkrkr27 (903) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - MAR 9, 2009
Black pour with a dense, 1 finger, tan head. Sweet, chocolate, brown sugar and molasses aroma with a fair bit of roasted malt and coffee. There’s also a bit more hop bitterness in the aroma than I expected this would have and there is definitely some alcohol evident in the nose. The flavor is somewhat artificial and cloying with far too munch burnt chocolate and coffee flavor. Nice creamy full body with soft carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dm9831 (1512) - Monee, Illinois, USA - MAR 9, 2009
pours black with a quickly dissipating tan head, lots of lace. nose is mostly chocolate, with roasty coffee hints. flavor of roasted malt, chocolate, hint of hops and slight alcohol bite. full body, dry finish. i am beginning to like the biggest american brewery more and more for their attempts to make much more than a macro brew. bottle offered by cornfield.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
StFun (567) - Indiana, USA - MAR 8, 2009
Not terrible for Sam Adams. Pours a nice, creamy black. Aroma is nice, lots of chocolate and roasted grain, almost burnt. Flavor is a bit too sweet, over the top sweet chocolate with a balanced grain profile in the background. Just a touch of cream and coffee. Good mouthfeel. Better than I thought it would be, just too sweet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sthlm (1246) - Minnesota, USA - MAR 8, 2009
[Bottle] Pours black with an average dark brown head that quickly diminishes to a ring. Aroma is lightly smokey, with anise, alcohol, cocoa, and a touch of vanilla as well. Good, but far from spectacular. The taste is a little hot, but the bottles are young. Not very hoppy at all. Really not impressed with the taste, as there is pretty much just chocolate, very light bitterness, and an afterthought of roasted malt on the finish. Could stand to be thicker. Good length finish that is a little dry. Not a bad beer by any means, but it fell short in a number of ways.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lowe1983 (1385) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - MAR 8, 2009
Pours a black color with a brown head. Aroma is kind of light for the style with hints of chocolate, roasted malts, coffee, dark fruits and just a little bit of some alcohol. Flavor is much stronger then the aroma. Decent bitterness coming out from the roasted malts with coffee, chocolate, molasses, and dark fruits dominating the flavor. Finishes with only a hint of some warming. There are parts of the flavor I don’t really care for and there are parts that are well brewed.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - MAR 8, 2009
#100 for the beer. 12oz bottle. Dark black viscous pour with a brown head. Dark fruit aroma, but on the light side. Thick, chocolatey and slightly boozy. This is a pretty good effort from Sammy

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Moggman (235) - Columbus, USA - MAR 8, 2009
Bottle. Pours black with brown head. Aroma is sweet malts and coffee and a hint of alcohol. Aroma is coffee, dark roasted malts, and a pronounced alcohol hit in the back of the palette.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
mjg74 (2804) - Salem, Oregon, USA - MAR 8, 2009
Bottle from K&B. Pitch black in color. Slightly sweet roasted aroma with a hint of alcohol. Sweet and roasty flavored. Some burnt coffee and a lot of alcohol. Decent finish.

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