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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.


3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Vas19 (313) - Maryland, USA - MAR 2, 2009
Pours dark brown with thin tan head. Aroma is sweet malty with some dark fruits. Flavor also has more sweet malt but does finish with some roasted coffee flavors. Something is slightly off about this but I cant put my finger on it.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DocHop (278) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 2, 2009
Pours a very dark oily brown with a small light brown head. Very sweet almost fruity fudge aroma, The caramel, lightly roasted malts really dominate the smell. Wow, very sweet flavor for an Imperial Stout too. Molasses, chocolate flavors with very minimal roastiness. Pretty tasty. Nice smooth mouthfeel, maybe a little oily.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
suchen (81) - , Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 2, 2009
Pours a thick oily black with a beautiful cinnamon-colored head that hung around for a short while. The aroma was chocolatey with a bit of black coffee as well. Taste was strange/disappointing. There was chocolate mostly with an extremely salty soy sauce type flavor that ruined it for me. A nice dry finish though and not recockulously hopped like some imperial stouts. Decent but ruined by soy sauce : (

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
njbfr (113) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 2, 2009
Pours an oily black with a thick, creamy brown head. Nose is typical coffee and chocolate. Flavor is malt, chocolate, sort of a soy sauce taste with saltiness, and alcohol, followed by a dry coffee bitter finish. Mouthfeel is extremely oily and viscous.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerbill (3407) - Laurel, New York, USA - MAR 2, 2009
12 oz. bottle. Pours a dense black with a large dark brown head that lasted through two-thirds of the glass and laced the glass well. Pleasant aroma of roasted malt with lesser amounts of chocolate and coffee. The flavor is similar with roasted malt and lesser amounts of chocolate, coffee, and alcohol. Moderate bitterness at the finish. Full bodied, but just a little rough around the edges with just a bit too much presence from the alcohol. Solid brew.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
That1Guy (1934) - Greeley, Colorado, USA - MAR 2, 2009
Crushed with Jakebra. Non-offensive but also boring imperial stout. Not much body, some nice roasty, chocoalty flavor, but really not very impressed.

3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
canary dog (655) - Rutland, Vermont, USA - MAR 1, 2009
Very rich nose. Heavy. Taste is complex but the body is less than one would expect from both the style and the flavors initially presented. Seems to get slighly more robust as you drink though the glass. Overall a very decent drink.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fiver29 (1035) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - FEB 28, 2009
Bottle pours pitch black with tan head. Aroma has chocolate and anise. Heavy body. Flavor is dark roast malt, coffee, dark chocolate, and more anise. This is a well balance brew. I would like to commend the brewer. Very nicely done!

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
HighlanderOne (1009) - Bergen County, New Jersey, USA - FEB 28, 2009
Poured from bottke. Dark chocolate and firewood in aroma. Poured like oil. Solid black with dark tan head. Flavors include dark chocolate, coffee, molasses, wood, alcohol. Anise present in the back. Very creamy feel, like ice cream. Gets a sticky, heavy feel toward the end. A very good effort.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
waolsen (1358) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - FEB 28, 2009
black pour with moderate tan creamy head. lacing. rich, roasted malts, chocolate, some dark fruits, strong aroma. body is rich and bold. coffee, light chocolate, roasted malts, alcohol, hint of almond. nice. I think it will improve with age. kudo’s to Sam Adams.


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