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RATINGS: 1039   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AKORN (220) - Virginia, USA - JAN 12, 2014
Black in color with very little head. Sweet, licorice, almost Pepsi aroma. Lite aroma, hard to identify the smells. Bold taste, grapes, raisin, smoke, caramel, bitterness on the end. Good beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
KawaBomber (218) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 20, 2009
12oz Bottle: Pours black w/ a small dark brown head. Aroma has all the right components: Roasted malt, dark fruit & chocolate. After letting it warm up for tasting...has a nice blend of roasted malt, dark fruit, coffee, chocolate & a slight alcohol burn. A little on the sweet side, but finishes bitter. Not bad, not great, but good none-the-less...

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BeeriedEyed (211) - USA - DEC 23, 2010
Excellent, excellent stout beer. A trusted brewery who makes commitment to making flavorful beers at a great price does it again with this imperial stout. A must for any fan of Sam Adams.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
foundmd (210) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 27, 2009
12oz bottle. Pitch black with a small tan head. Aroma of dark chocolate and alcohol. Taste is bittersweet chocolate with dark fruits, licorice, and alcohol. Minimal malt and hop flavor presence. Medium-thin body for the style. Not as complex as most Imperials. A good beer for a good price.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
brew4fun (209) - West Virginia, USA - AUG 30, 2009
Pitch black pour, fluffy dark tan head. Head diminishes slowly, lots of lacing. Aroma of anise, dark fruit, chocolate. Aggressively flavorful, anise, chocolate, dark fruit, old leather, roasted malt. Full mouthfeel, rich oily texture, mild alcohol warmth. Wonderful brew!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Nimrod979 (206) - Hagerstown, Maryland, USA - JAN 7, 2010
Pours a deep black with a small brown bubbly head. Aroma is caramel, chocolate and coffee. Taste is a bit more bitter and strong alcohol flavor, not balanced very well but still an alright beer. Rather disappointing for the style. Fizzy and thin texture. long finish. I’ve had this awhile though and may need to re-rate when I get beer that is more fresh.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
gabbama (203) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - OCT 22, 2009
Pours a very deep, opaque brown with a light brown head. Aroma of chocolate and toffee with a bit of toast. Flavor is chocolate, hops, and licorice, with a bit of coffee and a hint of saltiness. Has a pleasent lingering bitter finish. The main place where this one could use some help is on the mouthfeel. Seems a bit thin for an Imperial Stout. Overall, exactly what I would expect from a Sam Adams Imperial Stout: definitely an enjoyable example of the style, but nothing too exciting.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BlackWarrior (203) - Spartanburg, South Carolina, USA - APR 15, 2011
Pours black and thick with a large milk chocolate head that lingers. Smells of dark chocolate and coffee. Nicely carbonated with medium body and and some creaminess. The taste opens with chocolate sweetness from malts and ends with some bitterness. Like most Sam Adams beers, this is a quality beer that is a solid entry for the style, is easy to drink, but nothing outstanding or unique.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
WLG423 (201) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 8, 2009
Pours out a dark brown but a little thinly for an imperial stout, zero head. Strong roasty aroma with toasty caramel notes. Body is a little thin but with a nice flavor. Tons of malt with a little boozy finish. A little light for an imperial stout, but a great beer for Sam Adams

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
gator2683 (199) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - JAN 3, 2010
black pour with thin tan head. faint coffee and roast chocolate malt aroma. somewhat think body and a bitter/dry dark chocolate flavor. tasty.

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