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RATINGS: 1015   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 276   ABV: 9.2%
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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tool2scream (188) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 30, 2009
Aroma on this beer is great. Some dates, molasses, and dark chocolate. Rather sweet aroma to the nose. It also looks great, pitch black with a dark brown head. However, the taste just didnít match up. Has some nice dark roasted malts in the front, with a hint of dark chocolate. However, in the middle it got too much licorice for my palate, and by the end it had this awkward bitter finish that was almost sour. I would be pleased 90% of the way through and end with an involuntary cringe-like expression. Really ruined the beer for me. Mediocre attempt by Boston Brewers.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Wolfenkopf (188) - Villa Park, Illinois, USA - FEB 2, 2011
The aroma is similar to a favorite Russian Imperial, deeply malty and rich chocolate. The caramel head appears if poured recklessly, fading after a few moments. The brew is the expected impenetrable black. The taste is quite rich in chocolatey malt flavor, with a slight sourness that takes away from it, though only slightly. It is creamy on the palate and smooth. This is a well done imperial stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
FatTony (188) - Augusta, Georgia, USA - NOV 15, 2012
12 ounce bottle- poured out opaque brown amber with virtually no head. Aroma was heavy on alcohol with some malt. Taste was a bit disappointing, scorched coffee or burnt toast but with a decent malty finish that saved it. Smooth, creamy palate. Not bad, but for the same price I will stick to Samuel Smithís.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
xs2500 (187) - Mississippi, USA - MAY 19, 2011
12 oz bottle in a perfect pint glass. Pours black as pitch with a dark Carmel head. Aroma is sweet with hints of toasted malts. Flavor is "lighter" than expected, with earthy under tones.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
fromred2green (187) - , Ohio, USA - AUG 28, 2009
Bottle. Pours near-black with a dark brown head. Aroma is dark chocolate and bitter coffee. Flavor of dark molasses, dark chocolate, and a little coffee. Very frothy, foamy, and thick. Not bad, but somewhat uncharacteristic of the style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
johno (185) - Galveston, Texas, USA - APR 1, 2012
Pours a very dark brown, brown head. Nice, decently rich aroma w. toffee, hazelnut, faint hop presence, raisins, tawny port. Big and chewy in the mouth, a little heat, and rather hot on the finish, creamy, good flavor and balance but lacks top tier imperial stout depth and deliciousness.

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 1/20
linc33 (184) - Albany, New York, USA - MAR 31, 2009
From a 12oz. Smelled like feet and tasted like bacon; I am surprised to see such positive reviews here. It is possible I got a bad bottle, but I donít know what would make such a terrible flavour, and it was within date. First drain pour Iíve had in a while.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
ElDuderino (184) - Hyde Park, Massachusetts, USA - APR 6, 2009
Bottle. Pours a nice jet black with a thin brown head. Aroma of stale sour bread, dust, and toasted nuts. Maybe a hint of baking cocoa. Flavors of... bacon, simple syrup, bread and milk chocolate. Body was thick and heavy and had very little life in my mouth. Two word description... bacony sludge.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TearsforBeers (183) - Ohio, USA - MAR 24, 2009
Bottle. Pours black with darkest head this side of the Dark Lord himself. The edges are dark brown, very nice and imperial, makes me feel like a Czar. There are some nice odours wafting from this puppy - lots of sweet malt smells mixed with dark roastyness, that classic tar-esque smell, some wood maybe, coffee, alcohol. As I hoped, this beer tastes good. Itís sweet with good balancing roasted barley bitterness and maybe some hops. I also get impressions of chocolate, tiny bit of coffee, roastiness, tar, alcohol. Good to the bitter end. The mouthfeel is a pretty thick, creamy, and warming, just about right for a standard RIS. Overall, a very nice offering from Sam Adams that ainít revolutionary or mega exciting, but is a very fine representative example.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
keidjxz (183) - Fullerton, California, USA - DEC 1, 2009
Bottle. Pours thick and jet black with a thin brown head. Aroma consists of caramel, coffee, alcohol and a roasty aspect. Tastes very sweet with a medium bitterness accompanied by a full body and thick feel.

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