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RATINGS: 997   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59/5   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 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ironprog (52) - - JUL 30, 2012
12 oz. bottle. Deep caramel aroma. Appearance is black, black, black, with a medium-body, mocha-colored head. Medium-sweet with a slight burnt-coffee flavor. Medium-body with a creamy, soft carbonation sensation. The combination of creamy and sweet was just a little too much for me, as I prefer my stouts to have a little more bite to them. I would drink this again, just not on a regular basis.

   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 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 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
dougefreezy (45) - Bradenton, Florida, USA - APR 29, 2012
Pretty good for a old sham adams. iím 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Fulmonte21 (42) - USA - JUN 10, 2009
This is a true stout with no extras. Has a dry simple flavor. You can still smell the alcohol, but not as much as the Bock. This one has a high alcohol content as well and I wouldnít recommend drinking too many in one sitting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Severian (42) - Saint Charles, Missouri, USA - DEC 17, 2010
Bottle. Pours thick, oily black with a smallm mocha head. Aroma is booze, cocoa, coffee, dark malts and chocolates. Taste is more of the same - booze, cocoa, coffee, dark chocolates. Feels slick and oily on the palate. Finishes sour with a strong coffee flavor. Low carbonation. Except for the finish, not bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Delsym (41) - Vinton, Virginia, USA - AUG 31, 2010
12 oz bottle. One of the better (if not best) of SAís multitude of offerings. I always do the light test when I pour a stout: if no light penetrates through the glass, itís a good stout in my book. And this one is about as dark and thick as it gets. The licorice notes are prevalent throughout, as is the alcohol presence. I generally tilt towards the coffee/chocolate-like stouts, but the licoricey(?) mouthfeel of this one is not one youíll find in many imp stouts. Defintley worth the $9-10/four-pack.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
emagana (38) - Fillmore, California, USA - MAR 31, 2010
Pours a Dark black with a brown/ tan head. Aromas anise and dark chocolate. Some hints of alcohol. Hits the front of the tongue smooth and the burning of the alcohol follows quite harshly. Ahh. The finish is the best part of the beer. Definite slight hints of anise with chocolate. Some roasted coffee also plays a role after a few swigs.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
schmidtguy (37) - Englevale, North Dakota, USA - JAN 6, 2013
Pours a dark dark brown almost black with a thin cream head....Smells of dark and milk chocolate, small smells of roasted malts and coffee, hint of a fruit also.....Taste is chocolate and hint of malts, sometimes you get a taste of the booze but not all the time....I enjoy this beer but there is better out there

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jgauquie (33) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - AUG 26, 2013
Not bad. Dark color low carbonation. Cocoa aroma with slight ground coffee notes. Tastes of chocolate and French roast coffee. Not too much heat, but itís there. For the price not too bad but not up there with old raspy.

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