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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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mkobes (2140) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - FEB 28, 2009
Bottle at Andys Corner Bar. Poured a deep dark black in color with a medium off white head that left a nice lacing on the glass. Malty chocolatety roasty aroma. Caramel notes. Roasty chocolatety toffee flavor. Light hop character. Sweet tasting. Finish is bitter. Full bodied. Well balanced. Nice beer.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
patrick767 (3571) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - FEB 28, 2009
bottle - Pours black with a one finger lingering tan head. It smells of roasted chocolate malt. The flavor is dark roast malt with some light chocolate and maybe a trace of coffee. It finishes with some mild bitterness. It’s medium to full bodied and rather bubbly for an imperial stout. It’s quite good, but the style is one that many brewers really go all out on and I thought this effort came up a bit short.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
polomagnifico (1202) - Saginaw, Michigan, USA - FEB 28, 2009
UPDATED: MAY 16, 2009 Bottle thanks to TearsforBeers! Aroma has notes of roasted malts, coffee, dark chocolate, and a little anise. Very dark brown hue that appears black in the glass. Average sized brown head that diminished and left great lace. Flavor is sweet and dry with a slight bitterness on the finish. Palate is full bodied and oily flat. I thought this was a good brew. Kind of like what an Imperial Irish Stout would be. Above average.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (10660) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 27, 2009
Bottle from S&V, Fort Wayne. Poured black color with a large creamy brown head that mostly lasted with excellent lacing. Moderate to heavy roasted coffee and chocolate aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Medium to heavy smooth sweet flavor with a medium to heavy sweet finish of moderate to long duration. My expectations where met with a solid drinkable beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
LtJudge (468) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 27, 2009
Poured a thickish black color with a nice tan head. Aromas of roasted malts, coffee and some chocolate. Flavors of roasted malts and coffee and some chocolate peeking through. Nice bitter finish. Was expecting a little more from this Impy though.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerHawk (1810) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - FEB 26, 2009
Bottle. Poured black with a brown head that left light lace. Roasted malt aroma with hints of light alcohol and licorice. The flavor had roast, coffee, and chocolate. Full body and a roasted malt aftertaste. Decent!

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mwelsh13 (499) - Maryland, USA - FEB 26, 2009
12 oz bottle pours an inky black with a great and creamy brown head. Nice chocolate, roasted espresso and coffee aromas. Big licorice in the body with some slight sourness but good amount of roast. Slightly thin, but for Sam Adams , not bad!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
swoopjones (5887) - Buffalo, New York, USA - FEB 26, 2009
bottle. Pours really opaque black with medium Khaki head. Very roasty aroma, dark chocolate. Taste is roasty, some booze but not too much. Dark chocolate, did get some anise like the description states,. Nice mouthfeel. Not overly complex like other RIS but pretty good

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GMCC2181 (1504) - Newark, Delaware, USA - FEB 25, 2009
Bottle shared by Robert at SL, and this bottle was drank at home. Poured aggressive into a snifter, not much head. Motor oil black. Aroma of some dark fruits, licorice and chocolate. Wow, texture is thick, oat like. Taste is lots of roasted malts, chocolate, some dark fruits, and a little sugar-sweetness. In the after taste there is a hop bite of bitterness. Pretty good. The texture was a little thicker then expected which wasnt bad at all. Overall this was a solid RIS.

2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
hopscotch (9158) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - FEB 25, 2009
Bottle… Pitch black ale with a small, creamy, light brown head. Good retention. The aroma is too throttled to address, even when warmed to room temperature – maybe a hint of licorice or anise. No real espresso or chocolate notes… maybe some soy sauce. Medium to full-bodied with lively carbonation. The flavor is pretty unpleasant – anise, acrid and salty. Finishes much the same. Just a train wreck of a beer. I’ll give this one another chance at some point in the future; but for now, I couldn’t be more disappointed. I hope I simply happened upon a bad bottle - an anomoly.


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