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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
travita (3954) - Frisco, Texas, USA - FEB 25, 2009
Bottle thanks to Swalden28. The smell is malts, coffee, roastiness, and chocolate. The look is brown to black in color not too much head. The taste is roasty, coffee, chocolate, almost bitter, and malts.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Drake (8539) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - FEB 24, 2009
12 ounce bottle courtesy of Alraomon. Thanks! Pours very dark brown with a medium head. Fair head retention and good lacing. Aroma of roasted malts, chocolate, anise, tobacco. Taste is intense roasted malts, bitter coffee, tobacco and green apple. Full bodied. Some alcohol is noticeable.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - FEB 24, 2009
On tap at Newport Beach Brewing Winterfest, this black pour has a lot of roasted nuts and coffee in the nose & flavor, a creamy palate where chocolate notes show up and a nice finish.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Slipstream (2023) - USA - FEB 24, 2009
Black pour, light tan head. Mild aroma of fruit and coffee. Light fizz in the mostly smooth mouthfeel. The flavor is rich and pretty sweet. There is coffee, esters, and touches of chocolate and spice. Nice aftertaste. This is actually a little better cold than at room temperature. I wonder if that was intentional. This is a potent, tasty brew that proves Jim Koch and company can microbrew with the best.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Swolf3 (262) - Elkton, Maryland, USA - FEB 23, 2009
Bottle thanks to Robert @ Stateline. Poured black with tan head. Aroma was coffee, and hops. Taste was similar with roasted malt, hops, chocolate, and a nice sweetness to it. Finished smooth and easy to drink. Hides the alcohol well nad overall a decent brew.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Nephilium (1356) - Ohio, USA - FEB 23, 2009
Strong roasted aroma, hints of coffee and spice. Pours an opaque black, with a thick tan head. Slightly sweet flavor, with strong roasted chocolate hints, has a touch of spiciness on the finish. Moderate finish, with a bit of coffee in it. Not a bad beer, and a decent introduction to the style.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
thornecb (4395) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 23, 2009
Pours dark black into a snifter. Mocha head with good retention recedes to skim surface. Alcohol, chocolate and anise aromas. Sweet and sour chocolate with a lasting hop and dry, burning alcohol.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gpekar (466) - Florida, USA - FEB 23, 2009
Poured an opaque black with a tall creamy brown head. Looked excellent in the glass. There was a slightly sweet dark chocolate aroma. The flavor was strong with mostly dark chocolate and espresso. Thee was a mild alcohol taste that came through as well. The finish was on the dry side with a mild bitterness on the palate

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 23, 2009
decaturstevo’s Febmergency Tasting. Sample from a bottle thanks to Butters. Thin black with a ring of off white head. Soy sauce, roasted malt and chocolate aroma. Taste is big roast, lots of soy sauce and some chocolate sweetness.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
RSRIZZO (1853) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - FEB 23, 2009
Color is a solid black with a very nice tight dark tan head. Aroma is a sweet roasted scent. Taste is toasted and dry. Starting with a full body it goes down smooth with a sweet feel. Finish comes in sweet with a deep roasted coffee taste. After taste is dry with an earthy taste and some alcohol. Its better then I was expecting for Sam Adams, but as you drink it the sweetness gets to be a bit much.


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