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RATINGS: 993   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59/5   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 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 (1260) - Duluth, 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 (1397) - 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 (2910) - La Mesa, California, 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
War4soccer (115) - , Nevada, USA - MAR 8, 2009
bottle..black color..medium tan head.. aroma is pretty plain.. really a plain imperial..small hints of coffee.. just weak

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Petrucci914 (910) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 8, 2009
Thanks for sharing, bro! Pours a black color with a medium tannish head. Aroma is almost like Guiness....somewhat lactic or sour. Taste was much like a Guiness, and was missing all characteristics of a traditional impy.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
LinusStick (3052) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 8, 2009
A so so impy. Aroma was OK. Dark chocolate and a hint of coffee, but very weak. Pour was a dark brown with a thin tan ring for a head. Taste was like a subdued thin Expedition (or any other good impy). The flavor was there but was just very weak and boring. Not a bad beer for Sam Adams though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
BrianDorry55 (358) - Spring Hill, Florida, USA - MAR 8, 2009
12oz. bottle. Pours black, barely opaque. Think tan head...intimidating look. Aroma is caramel, wood, malt, and alchol. Flavor is nice chocolate, burnt wood, maybe a little coffee...This one is super smooth, like a creamy chocolate ice cream feel almost...Thick mouthfeel, warming feeling. A really solid imperial stout, super smooth and really good flavor...I think this one is under-rated.

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