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RATINGS: 960   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ross (2073) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - FEB 16, 2009
Bottle. When I see a SA Imperial I usually purchase because their big beers tend to be much better than the lower abv ones. Black colored pour with a huge tan head on it. Smell is roasty, with big notes of vanilla, some coffee and chocolate. Taste is sweet and smooth, very easy to drink; perhaps a session imperial stout. A fair amount of vanilla is present here as well. All in all a good beer, one of the better efforts. I like drinking the better efforts of a mass produced beer company, and this certainly qualifies.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
coharahawk (170) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 16, 2009
12 oz bottle. Pours pitch black with tan head that fades to a thin ring. Aroma is roasty with some smoky and fruit notes as well. Flavor has chocolate, roasted malts, smoke, and moderate amount of astringency. Mouthfeel is probably a tiny bit less than I would expect for the style, but not too bad. Overall, itís a pretty good representation of the style and very good for a somewhat mass produced beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hophead75 (2008) - Largo, Florida, USA - FEB 15, 2009
12 oz bottle. Opaque black in color with a medium szed brown head that retains well. Great appearance. Aroma of strong chocolate- fudge brownies, with roast, licorice. Taste has a good amount of roast and chocolate, also get some weird spice. Some light dark fruits and licorice. Body is full - medium to full for the style with lingering roast and a light hop bitterness in the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
andyhite (308) - Murfreesboro, Tennessee, USA - FEB 15, 2009
first of all, it should be noted that i judge on a curve, and that sam adams needs a lot to get a good rating on a beer, as with most beer dorks. aromas of strong dark cacao and semi-sweet baking chocolate, followed by an underlying layer of robusto coffee smores fresh from a campfire. perhaps this isnít the best aroma for an IS, but it certainly brings back memories of childhood. this pitch black brew appears to have a rich, creamy taste based on the "midnight lace...and creamy espresso..." head. the aromas also yield a pleasant toastiness and strong toffee and molasses undertone. on the palate, this chewy chocolate-ey stout shows the versatility of a solid stout. roasted malts reveal the deep character, with layers of dark chocolate, brown sugar, black coffee (perhaps with a hint of tia maria shot in there), and just a note of alcohol. samís stout is almost a great replica of youngís double chocolate with increased noticed alcohol on the palate. itís a defnitely a tasty brew, and one that will definitely remind you that thereís no better time for a stout than in the tail of winter. congrats, sam adams (and the BBC), you have made a quality product. this is a first, aside from the extreme series.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - FEB 14, 2009
Poured thick and black with a creamy tan head. Aroma of chocolate, dough, and sweet roasted malt. Sweet roasted malt with odd spice to it Fairly warming. Medium-full creamy body.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
dutch23mp (267) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - FEB 13, 2009
pours black with a small tan head. I can taste the strong ABV though the taste of cocoa and vanilla which seem to give it its character. As advertised the malts make this brew different from other IS and are pronounced. The brew finishes better then the start which I prefer in my beers.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
egajdzis (5248) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 12, 2009
Poured an opaque black color with a small, tan head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of vanilla bean, roasted malts, some cocoa, smoke, and light alcohol. Taste of roast, dark chocolate, smoked wood, dark fruits, and light alcohol. A nice beer... I had to get a 4 pack of this, and I hope I make my flight tomorrow morning!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DrHomolka (761) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 12, 2009
12oz. Pours fairly dark black with a fluffy dark brown head. Aroma shows some dark fruitiness and chocolate. Cherries, blackberries, some chalk. Flavor is rich with a silky mouthfeel, sweet and decadent. Full bodied. I think this is pretty good. It could use a little bit of age to open up a bit but I think this is a good attempt.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
dogfish120love (912) - Westfield, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 11, 2009
Only thing I can smell is slightly alcohol The flavor is weird, alittle soy sauce, some caramel. Nothing exciting. From previous review I had high hopes. Oh well. I must have gotten a tainted bottle or something

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
notalush (4748) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 9, 2009
Pours fairly viscous and black, with a dark tan head that leaves a thin film behind - bitter, dark roast coffee aroma, with underlying notes of sweet vanilla, and a bit of charred/burnt sugar - medium carbonation, creamy in the mouth - quite bitter and immensely roasty up front - through the middle there is an unusual, artificial sweetener kind of character, but a potent bitterness persists, reminding one of black coffee that has been sitting on the burner for too long - the finish has a bit of chocolate, and rather strong anise/fennel, more so than in a lot of other imperials - I appreciate the fact that this is not as heavy or sweet as other imperial stouts, but it does lack a certain balance and complexity.

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