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RATINGS: 972   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
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Juelze (1139) - 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 (4052) - 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. Itís 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 (9018) - 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??

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jimhilt (2413) - 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 (1483) - 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 Iíve had.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerBunker (724) - 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 (5506) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - MAR 4, 2009
Obtained at Binnyís 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 flavorís much like the aroma and has the addition of bakerís chocolate and alcohol. Not bad, but for some reason seems a bit lightweight, despite the ABV.


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