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RATINGS: 962   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.


2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 9/20
DarkBeerReign (10) - Rhode Island, USA - MAY 30, 2009
I was really excited when this poured, it was thick, almost like a syrup, deep black, with an espresso colored head. Unfortunately, the taste didnít match the appearance, I really couldnít get past the sickly sweet quality of this beer. There might have been a lot of good in there somewhere, but I just donít like my stouts to be sweet, especially to this degree.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
emgesp (10) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - JUL 17, 2009
Attention Elitists, stop giving this great beer a lower score just for the fact itís brewed under Sam Adamís. Appearance: This pours pitch black with a deep tan head. Good lacing too. Aroma: Dark Fruits, Red Wine, Cocoa, smoke and a hint of herbal hops. Flavor: Smoke, Espresso, Dark fruits and a little alcohol burn in the finish. A very complex imperial stout and in my opinion more so than North Coastís Old Rasputin. Palate: Nice medium/heavy mouthfeel that leaves a sticky residue that clings on the lips. A sipper beer for sure. This is an amazing beer and I bet if it had a different label on it (e.g. Dogfish Head) it wouldnít have all the prejudice feelings towards it. Guys get off your high horses and give this great beer the credit and respect it deserves

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
indigentone (10) - Colorado, USA - FEB 3, 2012
The beer poured with a moderate, chocolate milk colored head over the top of a black liquid. Lacing was short lived. The aroma had a fairly strong alcohol scent with sweet chocolate a dark fruits and a touch of spice. The mouthfeel is thick and the alcohol comes through but with a malty sweetness. As the flavor fades there is a bit of bitter lingering. This is an excellent beer in Samís imperial serious. A must.

1.8
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
DrJekyllMrEric (8) - San Antonio Pero Aqui, Texas, USA - AUG 27, 2013 does not count
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.

4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
House3000 (4) - - DEC 10, 2012 does not count
Pours black, thick creamy head, not as bitter as most,, delicous non-over-bearing aftertaste, has that just right imperial stout taste without feeling over done, finishes a tad sticky and is fairly thin.

4.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
six13racer (3) - Kentucky, USA - AUG 18, 2009 does not count
Poured from bottle into goblet. Very black, held to light and could not see through. Has an espresso colored head that is not to thick, and dissipated quickly. Has a peppery taste as well as chocolates and coffee tastes. Enjoyed one to sip then had one with dessert. Even better went well with vanilla bean ice cream. Very good efffort by Sam Adams. The Imperials just became available in my area, looking forward to trying them all.

1
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 2/20
engmaher1 (2) - - OCT 10, 2011 does not count
This beer is so intense, so dark. I donít like it. The people who like heavy intense taste may like the taste of this beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kotobuki9660 (2) - Charleston, South Carolina, USA - FEB 9, 2012 does not count
Very Good Imperial Stout from Sam Adams. Nice hint of coffee and a touch of caramel. Easy to drink.

2.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 5/20
markkono (2) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 31, 2012 does not count
Slightly disappointed. Alcohol content is good but there is something off on the taste for me.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
stoutfellow (1) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 18, 2009 does not count
a little too heavy to let the carbonation have much of an effect but flavorful and intense


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