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RATINGS: 983   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
basewars (169) - Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 17, 2009
Pours deep black with viscous motor oil consistency. Fluffy dark head. Aroma is surprisingly muted. Some chocolate and coffee but nothing overpowering. Flavor is mostly chocolate with some bitterness and a bit of hops. Very smooth with hidden alcohol. Pretty good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Botnik (142) - Fall River, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 17, 2009
Pours Black with a thin brown head. Roasted Malt background. A bit tangy and dry for my taste. Alcohol is sufficiently masked.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RomanW70 (297) - Providence, Rhode Island, USA - FEB 16, 2009
Pours jet black w/no head and minimal lacing. Looks super thick. Nose is cocoa, bourbon, vanilla, and coffee. Taste comes on a little hot, with a strong roast flavor with strong amounts of licorice. Is fairly thick, but not as thick as it looks. Loses some heat as it warms up and gives additional notes of vanilla and wood. A good Impy stout..

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ross (2122) - 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, it’s 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 (2012) - 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 isn’t 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. sam’s stout is almost a great replica of young’s double chocolate with increased noticed alcohol on the palate. it’s a defnitely a tasty brew, and one that will definitely remind you that there’s 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 (291) - 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 (5515) - Pennsburg, 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!

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