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RATINGS: 976   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.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beyond (23) - Minnesota, USA - APR 27, 2012
Pours almost black with a medium tan head. Rich aroma and thick smooth palate feel. Tastes of burnt malt, molasses, dark chocolate, coffee, with a distinct anise aftertaste. This is a rich, complex imperial that can hold its own with the best. A definite win.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dreambrother (19) - Bemidji, Minnesota, USA - MAY 12, 2009
Pours black with a very dark brown head. Chocolate on the nose, as well as malt. Malt, chocolate, and some alcohol flavors; very sweet. Finishes bitter.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Andbrewer (18) - St. Joseph, Missouri, USA - JUL 10, 2009
Poured from bottle. Typical stout, pitch black in color and little to no head. Smoky/chocolate/coffee in aroma and in flavor. Not a bad beer, actually very good. It just seems so..... typical. Nothing really jumps out at me. It is very smoky, but thats really not its highlight. I’ve had "smoky" beer thats not what this beer is all about. Don’t get me wrong this is a good beer, it just doesn’t jump out as me as unique.

1.8
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
DrJekyllMrEric (18) - San Antonio Pero Aqui, Texas, USA - AUG 27, 2013
Tried to enjoy this one but it just wasnt happening. tried three 12oz mixed with a yeti and rasputin to give it the benefit of a drunken palate but it just does not hold up. Begins cold as tobbacco flavor but as warmth sets into the beer taste is close to bottled beef jerky Drinkable? yes, enjoyable? slightly. Not the worst but not near the top tier.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
big_boss (17) - helotes, USA - NOV 19, 2010
one of the best drinkable stouts. great nutty flavor and aroma. thin cream head with a lively to average carbonation. all around one of the best Samuel Adame brews.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
stephenbush (17) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUN 1, 2009
chocolate, coffee, resin, black, cloudy, a minimal head, brown foam, medium sweetness, lightly bitter, medium sourness, medium body, thick feel, soft carbonation, astringent

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
djaeon (15) - Chula Vista, California, USA - MAR 24, 2009
Pours thick and black, with a minimal, milk chocolate colored head. This dissipates quickly, and leaves no lacing. Smells of black coffee with a hint of dark chocolate. Tasted of black coffee and bittersweet chocolate. High alcohol content for a Sam Adams beer is masked well. A little bit of a bitter aftertaste. Thick and smooth. Tastes great to me. I think I have a new favorite Sam Adams brand beer.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
TGL0782 (15) - Illinois, USA - JAN 7, 2011
Apperance- Very dark brown/black with a tan colored head that doesn’t stick around long. Aroma- Dark fruits and alcohol. Taste- Follows the aroma Mouthfeel- Medium bodied

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
adayale (14) - Texas, USA - MAY 3, 2011
Samuel Adams Imperial Stout: Drank out of a snifter Pour: It pours a nice motor oil black straight out of the bottle. There is a creamy two finger milk chocolate head that forms but it dissipates quickly. As the head falls away it leaves some pretty nice lacing even before starting to drink. Aroma: There is a nice chocolate and roasted malt forefront to the aroma. Some licorice and sweet molasses can be sensed. There is a scent of alcohol in the core of the aroma but nothing too over the top. This beer is a 9.2% abv so it isn’t too big of a beer and hopefully won’t taste really alcoholic. First taste: I mostly get a like a deep dark chocolate taste that really matches well with its creaminess. It actually has the tastes of a dark chocolate milk shake with just a tiny additive of bitterness. There is a nice velvety mouth feel to it that just creates this lovely creamy body. Most of the flavor is actually in the finish of the beer. I suppose the taste starts off with kind of a bland forefront then as it goes further back in your mouth you pick up more chocolate flavors then on the finish there is only a slight short lived bitterness. Overall it is a nice beer, which surprised me. Mostly I am not a fan of the Sam Adams beer lines, I appreciate what they seem like they are doing but most of what they produce is not my cup of tea. This was an exception it was a very nice balanced beer but in no way complex. The flavors were all very straight forward and mostly the beer relied on its body in my opinion.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mitch1261 (13) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAR 18, 2009
Pours a creamy dark color with dark brown head. The Aroma had a hint of chocolate and expresso. It was a lot of malt along with chocolate and coffee in the flavor. It was very good beer for the price.


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