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RATINGS: 982   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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
heyprobrewing (31) - Arizona, USA - NOV 27, 2011
12 oz bottle aged a year. Good looking typical RIS pour with good sized dark tan head. Aroma is very fruity and black licorice and prunes. Full bodied on the palate but itís missing a good balanced hop finish. Very sweet on palate and lacking a dry finish in my opinion. Lots of dark chocolate on the finish though. Pretty good for the price and is almost there with some of the better impy stouts just a bit shy.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hcgiii (30) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 25, 2012
Strong taste at start that stays full throughout. Coffee taste comes on toward finish. Strong, but good. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Lawsonciv (29) - Norman, Oklahoma, USA - OCT 11, 2009
Pours dark black with a tan head. Aroma of chocolate and a light alcohol smell. Not a good flavor in my opinion. Too thick.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
sucker (27) - Illinois, USA - MAY 23, 2011
Roasty and black with a surprising amount of carbonation. Oily, but not that thick and mainly bitter. Its not terrible, but not great.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Edtorrey (26) - Alabama, USA - MAR 18, 2012
Who would have thought Sam would make such a fine Imperial Stout! Malty chocolate and dominant anise aroma and favors. Smooth mouthfeel and no hop bitterness (1 year cellared) during or aftertaste. I rated this nice beer higher than the average and after 1 year in the cellar moved it from "tasted" to "favorites". ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mihalis (25) - Keller, Texas, USA - NOV 17, 2009
Bottle, 12 oz. Purchased about a week ago. Pours dark brown, opaque (I am drinking from a wide mouth glass, though). Dark tan head that thins quickly. Faint aroma of coffee with a hint of nuts and raisins--reminds me of trail mix. Bubbly mouthfeel. A little more carbonation than I expected. Tastes lightly sweet at first, then of alcohol, then goes bitter quickly. The bitter lingers for 15-30 seconds after each sip. Compared to other beers in general, I would say this is a good beer. However, compared to other imperial stouts, this one is mediocre at best.

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. Iíve had "smoky" beer thats not what this beer is all about. Donít get me wrong this is a good beer, it just doesnít 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.


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