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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 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAR 20, 2009
Pours an oily opaque with a thin, spotty-lacing beige head. Aroma of sweet sugary dark malts, some raisins and brown sugar along with mild acetylaldehyde. Starts with good fullness and lots of sweet caramel malt with some brown sugar character and coffee notes with an astringent bittersweet dark chocolate finish. Needs a little more balance and complexity.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gwpom (297) - Akron, New York, USA - MAR 20, 2009
12 oz. Pours black, with a small brown head that quickly disappears. Tastes of roasted chocolate. Not overpowering. It’s actually about what I’d expect a SA IS to taste like, and maybe that’s not a good thing. I like a surprise, an unexpected taste, and this is almost too preplanned. Alcohol is a little hot. This is definitely a sippin’ beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
17thfloor (2443) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 20, 2009
Okay three strikes and you’re out so lets see what happens here... Fantastic pour, obsidian like, large thick frothy cascading tan head. Corse roasted, slightly burnt, malt aroma with noticeable alcohol, notes of varnish, touch of raisins and a bit grassy, maybe some soy. Well, I suppose this is the least evil of the three releases, but still non entirely inoffensive. Floral and fruity first taste over creamy dark chocolate, sour bread, caramel, light anise/herbs, and just a touch of the alcohol is defused. As with the other two brews the finish is really the weak point where the beer starts to fall apart. Odd grainy anise/licorice aftertaste. Body is medium-full, oily and dull, can feel the alcohol on the tongue and the back of the mouth, the carbonation is quite nice, fine and sparkly but disappears way too fast. Leaves a viscous syrupy feeling in the mouth.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tejas (977) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAR 20, 2009
Lots of aroma which is nice. Grapey flavor, roastiness too. Bit harsh plate though. Not that smooth. To much alcohol flavor too. Not bad but there are far better imp stouts to choose from. Hmmm, now WTF am I gonna do w/ these other 3 bottles????????

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
alraicercsu (166) - Ft.Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 19, 2009
Bottle. Poured a nice deep black color with tan head. Smells of roasted malt, coffee anc chocolate. Taste similar with more chocolatly character.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Headbanger (3847) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - MAR 19, 2009
12oz bottle 3/19/09 (Sam’s Wines & Spirits)-Pours a pitch black body with a small tan ring for a head. Aroma of roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, and soy. Taste begins with coffee, roasted malt, and slight anise. These flavors last throughout and it finishes with a nice dryness. Not too bad if only all their beers were this good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
grimreeser (797) - Minnesota, USA - MAR 19, 2009
Pours black with a decent size head. Milk chocolate, coffee, roast malt. Solid flavor, drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 19, 2009
Pour is nearly black with a light brown, fairly small, creamy, fizzy head which is mostly diminishing and leaves some nice lace. Nose is roasted grains, faint coffee beans, milk chocolate, and hints at molasses and anise. Straight forward flavors of milk chocoalate, lightly roasted coffee, anise, light burnt toast notes, and faint currant. Palate is fair for the style, medium to full, nearly lively, and oily/ silky in texture. Finishes fairly long and sweet with milk chocolate, anise, and hints at the currant notes. A fairly unimaginative Imp with not a lot of complexity and the balance towards the sweetness. Not really much hop bitterness to speak of and not enough coffee notes to add some bitterness. Overall it is like an imperial milk stout with the standard SA mediocrity found in most of their beers.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mitch1261 (13) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAR 18, 2009
Pours a creamy dark color with dark brown head. The Aroma had a hint of chocolate and expresso. It was a lot of malt along with chocolate and coffee in the flavor. It was very good beer for the price.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 17, 2009
Bottled. Poured a very healthy, thick, deep brown with a relatively short-lived cap of tan head. The aroma picked up well-roasted molasses, soy, and coffee with brighter herbal and subtle sprucey hoppage around. The flavor was similar with dark chocolate, coffee, and anise at the core and brighter bitterness at the edges.. some earth, coffee, and smokey notes surrounded.. finished warm and malty with fine smoke accents. Medium-bodied, drier, and a little grainy throughout with good balance between the sweetness and hoppage.. warmed up the belly on the finish, leaving a memorable impression. For the price, this is going to be hard to beat.

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