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RATINGS: 1041   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 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - MAR 17, 2009
12 oz bottle - Pours an opaque black color with small fairly dark brown head. Aroma is mildly roasty, fairly smokey, notes of anise, roasted coffee, toasted caramel, subtle burbon, vanilla bean. Flavor is fairly malty, roasty, faintly smokey, notes of caramel and charred oak. Finish is balanced. Overall this is pretty decent. Not the best impy stout ever, but still not bad at all.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - MAR 17, 2009
Viscous dark pour and a thick cascading beige head. Drippy lace. Roast, metal, and coffee on the nose. Chalk, chocolate, and heavy roast flavor. I was pleasantly surprised by this beer

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
zapprentice (316) - East Setauket, New York, USA - MAR 17, 2009
Surprisingly a nice buy. Wasn’t sure I was going to enjoy this with all the great stouts out there, but this was actually a decent buy. Some chocolate flavors, mild coffee. Aroma has more coffee than the flavor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pwn3d (1962) - Manhattan, New York, USA - MAR 16, 2009
Bottled from New Beer, nyc. Pour is near black. Mouth was espresso, alcohol, and dark chocolate. Mouthfeel is full. No doubt this is pretty good.. but the style is capable of a bit more. So far Sam has done an awesome job with there new Imperial Series. 3.65

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Strykzone (6758) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - MAR 16, 2009
Almost black pour with red evident only during the pour. Two tone tan head is rich and creamy. Aroma is sweet malt with dark fruit. Anise flavor with rich milk chocolate and cherry. Alcohol flavor seeps in through the bigger tastes. Feel is rich and thick, with a nice amount of zing on the tip of the tongue. Sam Adams’ biggest and, in my opinion, best beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BOLTZ7555 (3014) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - MAR 16, 2009
Pretty solid offering from Sam...creamy ebony pour with a burnt caramel colored head. Dark roasted malt, bitter chocolate, and coffee in the nose. Flavor is latte, espresso, cocoa, and a little sourness. The tart flavor works its way into the finish, particularly. Pretty creamy and a definitely a notch above their traditional line-up.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ben4321 (5775) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - MAR 16, 2009
Location: Picked up a 12 oz. bottle at Gilly’s, drank it 3/16/09

Aroma: Smells like alcohol and chocolate mostly, some smokiness too
Appearance: Dark black color, almost no head (thin brown), really nice looking beer in the glass.
Flavor: Smokey coco/coffee flavor, not too bitter, smoke dominates this one. You can hardly tell its at 9.2%
Palate: Kind of full/thick mouth feel
Overall Impression: Decent, but not spectacular beer here. Out of the Imperials, this was probably my least favorite. It was alright, certainly worth a drink, but not something I’d rush out to get again.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jimmack34 (640) - Lancaster, Ohio, USA - MAR 16, 2009
12 oz bottle. Pours jet black with a thin brown head. Smells of smoked apple wood, fruit, roasted malt. Tastes of sweet alcohol, red wine, smokey cocoa, and cough syrup. Lightly carbonated. Not very impressive. Not a bad beer, just not thet great.

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