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RATINGS: 973   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.


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

0.7
   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 1/20
mouse725 (83) - Albany, New York, USA - APR 4, 2009
Site wouldnít take my rating because it was too low..??? I donít know if I got a bad bottle or what, but Iím hesitant to retry this after the last experience. Poured a small tan head, underwhelming but stout-y front palate, with a back palate overwhelmingly of BACON. Not good!

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
suchen (81) - , Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 2, 2009
Pours a thick oily black with a beautiful cinnamon-colored head that hung around for a short while. The aroma was chocolatey with a bit of black coffee as well. Taste was strange/disappointing. There was chocolate mostly with an extremely salty soy sauce type flavor that ruined it for me. A nice dry finish though and not recockulously hopped like some imperial stouts. Decent but ruined by soy sauce : (

2.6
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
BeerBaby (81) - , 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.


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