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RATINGS: 966   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 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 isnt the most complex or layered beer, its pretty solid and the best from Sam Adams that Ive had so far.

   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.

   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.

   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.

   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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
rollsrace (59) - - AUG 9, 2014
Strong alcohol start, bitter aftertaste like dark chocolate. Its not creamy. Seems rather expensive for what it is

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
WallStirctly (57) - - OCT 14, 2012
It was ok, after taking a tour of worlds best stouts this falls far short of them. Sam adams is slightly better than typical American beer but comes up way short of the top microbrewers. Sam Adams is certainly a jack of all trades producing many styles of beer that are very drinkable, but they have mastered none. This stout is passable at best, try nognes imperial, alesmith, or odins tipple for superior taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
heynik1885 (56) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - FEB 22, 2009
Dark pour with a small dark brown head. No lacing. Aroma is Molasses, Cocoa, and a smokey matiness. Taste is Burnt chocolate, vanilla, fruit and a nice balance of bitterness and sweetness. Sits well on tongue good aftertaste. Nice stout from Sam Ad.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
FirmButtstone (48) - Cedar Rapids, Iowa, USA - JUN 10, 2009
very dark with a bit of coffee / dark roast in the nose. Nice rich flavor dominated my black barley it seems to me. pretty well balanced but still a bit thin for an imperial stout. Overall decent attempt and worth checking out.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bryanm18 (48) - Burgettstown, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 29, 2011
Really good. Roasty and a bit creamy.

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