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RATINGS: 978   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.


3.1
   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 (1873) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
heynik1885 (56) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - FEB 22, 2009
Dark pour with a small dark brown head. No lacing. Aroma is Molasses, Cocoa, and a smokey matiness. Taste is Burnt chocolate, vanilla, fruit and a nice balance of bitterness and sweetness. Sits well on tongue good aftertaste. Nice stout from Sam Ad.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TURDFERGUSON (4004) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - FEB 22, 2009
Bottle. Pours black with a foamy tan head. Nose and flavors of cocoa, vanilla, roasted malt, coffee, and smoke. Pretty good, much more on par with the style than the imperial white.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
zathrus13 (1730) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - FEB 22, 2009
Pours black, with a brown head. Aroma is malt, vanilla, ans lesser amounts of chocolate and coffee. Flavor is roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, and some dark fruit. Pretty good, but nothing special.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
ScoWRee (394) - Perkiomen, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 22, 2009
Pours a deep dark browm almost black with no head. Aroma of roasted malt. Taste is bitter, roasted malt. coffee. Almost seems to have a little carbonation. I don’t know if it’s the anise but, there is something off the mark here.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
zach8270 (3701) - Henrietta, New York, USA - FEB 22, 2009
(bottle - 12 oz) Dark black pour with a creamy tan head. Aroma is rich and roasty with lots of roasted malts, chocolate, and coffee. Flavor is very sweet and malty at the start with a strong roasted backbone. Sweetness and chocolate blends well and slides down the throat leaving a mildly dry and bitter roasted finish. Some dark fruits emerge near the end. Really nice and chewy.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
wickster (85) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - FEB 21, 2009
Nice and black, the way it should be. This one has a great smell to it, roasty chocolate goodness wafting from the glass. The choco-coffee ness of it almost stings the back of my tounge...in a good way. Picked this up for $11/4pack...and I would have to say I would gladly get it again

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CelticBrew (905) - The Crystal Coast, North Carolina, USA - FEB 21, 2009
Poured extremely black from 12 oz bottle, forming nice size medium dark foamy head, aroma immediate of milk chocolates, coffee, hops, malted grains and dark vanillas. Flavour was much of the same, rather smooth, chocolates and coffee dominate, peacefully. Wow, tremendous beer from now commercial brewery.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
daknole (10007) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - FEB 21, 2009
Poured at the Gulfstream beer fest in Miami. Dark, dark brown pour with a small brown head. Aroma is very chocolatey and roasted malt. I smell some coffee as well. Flavor is ok, but there is something weird in it...reminds me of imitation vanilla extract or something. Chocolate flavor would be nice and the roasted malts are integrated well, but the odd vanilla flavor messes this up a bit.


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