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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.


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lawger (81) - SWEDEN - JUN 11, 2014
Rather muted in the beginning, then a reasonably dense aroma of coffee, japanese soy sauce, dark bread and dark chocolate. The palate is medium bodied, semi-sweet with a light bitterness. Slightly tame and lacking the kick of the best Imps.

2.6
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
BeerBaby (80) - , Florida, USA - MAY 10, 2009
Bottled. Pours a rich chocolate brown with tan head. Lacing is minimal. Smooth, with considerable alcohol flavoring and warmth. Aroma is diminished with some roasted coffee/chocolate type overtones. I had a hard time getting past the alcohol taste. Not first on my list for imperial stouts.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
dnlsartin (80) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 15, 2009
Dark, full-bodied, milky pour with a lasting, frothy, brown sugar head. Not much on the nose, a little caramel and alcohol. Almonds, Sumatra beans, chocolate, hops, and an entire loaf of whole grain wheat bread in the finish.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Grizzle (80) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - DEC 10, 2009
12 oz. -> snifter. Pours a deep, rich mahogany, with midnight highlights. A brown head, with quick dissipation and minimal lacing. Smells of caramelized bananas, chocolate, cherries, and opium resin, with a subtle soy sauce smack. Tastes similar: bananas and cherries, brewed soy, and a nice hoppy balance in the end. No heavy alcohol taste, as could be the case with an imperial. Great beer.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Blaketj80 (78) - Oklahoma, USA - APR 27, 2009
Pours with dark brown head and very dark at the seams. Smells sweet and toasty. Great body, but tastes almost like BBQ. It is good and some monster roastiness, but flavor profile is good. This is a good beer, but probably very specific to the individual.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kev1001 (67) - Montana, USA - FEB 21, 2011
Bottle. Pours dark brown, almost black like motor oil. Head is medium and brown with a tinge of copper. Aroma is dark roasted coffee and dark chocolate. Taste is dark chocolate, coffee and espresso upfront. Beer seems to get better as it warms slightly. Mouthfeel is somewhat heavy and pretty creamy. Although this isnít the most complex or layered beer, itís pretty solid and the best from Sam Adams that Iíve had so far.

3.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
epiphyte707 (66) - eureka, California, USA - NOV 27, 2012
UPDATED: DEC 4, 2012 12 oz, pours brown black with pillowy brown head, smells of coffee and raisins. Tastes a lot like raisins and candied pecans. Strong chocolate malty flavor.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hollybeery (66) - Texas, USA - OCT 26, 2010
Bottle. Dark chocolate color. Lots of espresso, very roasty and a hint of some sweet dark fruit...figs maybe? Thick syrupy mouthfeel and a sweet malty finish. Personally this was borderline cloyingly sweet. Good brew but not for me.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
edward_violet (63) - Michigan, USA - DEC 11, 2009
Aroma hits me first: anise, caramel, coffee. Pours a bizarre dark color between reddish-brown and purple. Liquid remains that color, darker yet, head lightens up to an off-white. Taste is rich from every angle... very malty, anise comes in... caramel sweetness blends well with dark coffee tones. Occasional hint of something between citrus and evergreen. Chocolate tones are bitter, like baking chocolate, not candy-bar sweet. Alcohol taste is there, quietly waiting to come out more in the aftertaste. Carbonation a little lower than average.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
braznadian (59) - Washington, USA - DEC 26, 2012
Pours dark brown/black. One finger of creamy brown head that recedes after a minute leaving a light lace. Aroma is heavy dark chocolate with a light roastiness. Light sweetness of chocolate up front, with a dry roasted coffee finish. Subtle spice aftertaste - the anise perhaps. Smooth lightly carbonated thick body. Alcohol is well masked by the strong chocolate/coffee flavors. Very good beer with excellent body. Will definately have this again sometime.


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