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RATINGS: 973   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.


3.7
   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 (3536) - 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 (1963) - 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 (665) - 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 (1036) - 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 (1024) - 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 (1360) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mkobes (2141) - 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 (3590) - 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.


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