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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 3/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
ApisAles (1575) - Greenbelt, Maryland, USA - MAR 16, 2009
Pours a beautiful thick viscous black with a bit of a dark brown head. Everything positive about this beer stops there though. Smells like wet dog and coffee. The guys I was drinking this with came up with flavor descriptions like "wet burned clothes" and "overripe armpit smell covered in soy sauce." There was a lot going on in this beer. To be fair, if you like smoked beers, or really bitter coffee beers, this might be a bit more up your alley, but between the liquid smoke smell/flavor overwhelming everything and the sheer lack of balance, you might want to look elsewhere for your Imperial Stout fix.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RedSox2004 (1685) - Pacific Palisades, California, USA - MAR 16, 2009
Pour deep black with a frothy mocha colored head, good retention and great lacing. Strong espresso coffee aroma with lots of chocolate malts as well. Outstanding dark chocolate flavor takes over the palate, with the espresso moving into the background. The slightest hops bitterness enhances the semisweet baking choclate sensation. Silky smooth mouthfeel, little carbonation, and I loved the dark chocolate that lingered long after. Alcohol is not apparent, so be careful. I loved this.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
PorterPounder (7412) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAR 15, 2009
Tallahassee, Fl. - Liquor Loft - 12 oz bottle. Very dark black pour with a mocha colored head that is a bit thin and dissipating. Aroma has some vanilla notes as well as some marshmallow. Flavor finds a bit of mild coffee - not dark espresso by any means, some bittersweet dark chocolate, a hint of black dirt to round it out. Mouthfeel is thick enough. Decent - but not outstanding,

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jtw (1153) - farmington, Michigan, USA - MAR 15, 2009
12 oz bottle - i didn’t even know sam adams made an imperial stout! raisin, molasses, licorice strong in the aroma, and chocolate and some dark red wine as well. some sweet malt and roasted barley as well, with a tiny bit of hops apparent to balance the sweetness. similar profile in the flavor, as the licorice/anise and dark fruit flavors dominate. a little thin and slightly alcoholic, more of a combination of sugar and alcohol than i would hope from a great imperial stout. overall a good beer and very affordable, a good effort from Sam Adams and i would drink it again if expedition stout weren’t readily available for the same price.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Taverner (1100) - San Ramon, California, USA - MAR 15, 2009
It’s "s’ok." Pours black with a charcoal/brown head. Bubbles aren’t the frothy kind, but the big kind. Flavor is somewhere between molasses and chocolate. Not horrible, but not great either. Compared to their other Imperials, this one needs some work.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Odeed (1799) - Bakersfield, California, USA - MAR 14, 2009
black body with a brown head.(nice lacing on the glass)aroma is sugar,and some roasted malts.flavor is heavy on the smoke,with some roasted malts,and a slight chocolate finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
phiconners (150) - Massachusetts, USA - MAR 14, 2009
Pours a dark black. Malt comes through, smooth mouthfeel. Overall it was good, but maybe not as complex as some other top stouts. Maybe storing it for a while will bring out more complexity.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Aurelius (5094) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAR 14, 2009
Milk and chicory roast aroma. Pours a silky, oily black-brown. Bleh on the label. Thin, thin, tan head. Be prepared for the first sip - that was the rudest awakening that I’ve had recently -- akin to when I tasted my beer, my first stout or my first Belgian. Dark, dark roast and booze initial impact, when slightly cold. Burnt patent malt flavors. Not that sweet, bitter cocoa. If I could isolate the mouthfeel from the aftertaste, then the palate would have maxed out. As it is, not being a coffee drinker, the char gets to be a little clingy. A big beer, it grows on you as you get closer to the bottom and the brew warms and it starts effecting your body chemistry. Market Square Liquors.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
danielcurtis81 (1519) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 13, 2009
12 oz bottle. Pours a rich beep dark chocolate color with a small head. Very nice roasted malt nose with some good chocolate tones and molasses. Very nice malt, and dark chocolate flavors. Definitely some chocolate on the aftertaste. Anise and a slight coffee flavor too. Brew is a little on the hot with more of an alcohol finish. Worth the try, this would be a nice one to show up at the bars that only sell large scale beers.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sparky (2244) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - MAR 13, 2009
Bottle courtesy of BOLTZ7555 – thanks J! Pours deep black with a 3 finger tan head that leaves great lacing. The nose is milk chocolate and roasted malt. The taste is molasses, light dark fruits, burnt chocolate and light coffee. Medium bodied. Not bad – good effort by SA!

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