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RATINGS: 1015   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
phiconners (150) - Massachusetts, USA - MAR 14, 2009
Pours a dark black. Malt comes through, smooth mouthfeel. Overall it was good, but maybe not as complex as some other top stouts. Maybe storing it for a while will bring out more complexity.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Aurelius (4937) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAR 14, 2009
Milk and chicory roast aroma. Pours a silky, oily black-brown. Bleh on the label. Thin, thin, tan head. Be prepared for the first sip - that was the rudest awakening that I’ve had recently -- akin to when I tasted my beer, my first stout or my first Belgian. Dark, dark roast and booze initial impact, when slightly cold. Burnt patent malt flavors. Not that sweet, bitter cocoa. If I could isolate the mouthfeel from the aftertaste, then the palate would have maxed out. As it is, not being a coffee drinker, the char gets to be a little clingy. A big beer, it grows on you as you get closer to the bottom and the brew warms and it starts effecting your body chemistry. Market Square Liquors.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
danielcurtis81 (1519) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 13, 2009
12 oz bottle. Pours a rich beep dark chocolate color with a small head. Very nice roasted malt nose with some good chocolate tones and molasses. Very nice malt, and dark chocolate flavors. Definitely some chocolate on the aftertaste. Anise and a slight coffee flavor too. Brew is a little on the hot with more of an alcohol finish. Worth the try, this would be a nice one to show up at the bars that only sell large scale beers.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sparky (2244) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - MAR 13, 2009
Bottle courtesy of BOLTZ7555 – thanks J! Pours deep black with a 3 finger tan head that leaves great lacing. The nose is milk chocolate and roasted malt. The taste is molasses, light dark fruits, burnt chocolate and light coffee. Medium bodied. Not bad – good effort by SA!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mcjay (463) - Neenah, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 13, 2009
Pours very dark with a thick brown head. Sweet roasted coffee aroma. Rich, malty and bitter taste with a mildly silky body. Hints of dark chocolate and coffee with a slightly sweet finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrBayern (1139) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - MAR 12, 2009
Bottle from CelticBrew. Pours out black with a large tan head evolving slowly, showing excellent durability, and leaving thick bands of lace with each tilt of the glass. Roasted Colombian coffee, dark chocolate, and hints of licorice in an inviting aroma. Full body, gently carbonated, chewy and rich with slight astringency, Burnt sugar and roasted barley flavors which have their own bitterness, but also an underlying sweetness. Some peppery hops add to the dry finish. This is a very good impy stout, the best thing Sam Adams has done in a while.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
StefanSD (2303) - Ouray, Colorado, USA - MAR 12, 2009
12 oz bottle from Freddy. Pours an opaque black color with a small tan head. The aroma is moderate in strength with soy sauce, roasted malts, raisins and alcohol. The taste is dominated by licorice, sweet dark fruits and more alcohol. The mouthfeel is smooth and malty. The finish is long with lingering alcohol and licorice. Overall: This would be much better if the hard alcohol was better hidden.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
IlanMan (1015) - Appleton, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 12, 2009
Bottle. Dark pour with a medium tan head. Aroma of sweet malt and roasted characters. Body was a bit thin and could have used a bit more of a malt background. Really not bad for a commercial Imperial stout but not great.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
nqualls (1452) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 12, 2009
12 oz bottle purchased from Frugal MacDoogal’s in Nashville. Poured a dark brown color with a one finger brown head. The aroma was caramel malt. The flavor was caramel and roasted malt with a bit of a coffee finish. The palate was silky smooth. I’m not sure if this stacks up from a flavor standpoint to a lot of the impys out there, but it was still very drinkable and enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rocbyter (2046) - Waterbury, Connecticut, USA - MAR 11, 2009
Strong barley aroma similar to bourbon with lots of robust malts. Black color with a medium light brown head. Sweet and silky beginning quickly forming a burning bitter taste that last into the finish.

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