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RATINGS: 964   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 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 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 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 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
rollsrace (49) - - AUG 9, 2014
Strong alcohol start, bitter aftertaste like dark chocolate. It’s not creamy. Seems rather expensive for what it is

   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.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
JFParnell (47) - Washington, USA - OCT 12, 2013
One of my favorites, and the cheapest Imperial Stout that you are bound to find. Great taste of licorice dominates, and this one is for sipping like fine brandy.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
dougefreezy (43) - Bradenton, Florida, USA - APR 29, 2012
Pretty good for a old sham adams. i’m still convinced sam adams does not make a good product, and if they do, its certainly not shipped to south Florida. I bought this from publix from their clearance table for $6.99 a four-pack.....enough said.

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