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RATINGS: 1035   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6/5   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RedCloud (129) - Rhode Island, USA - APR 6, 2013
Pours a very dark oil black that thins out to a very dark brown color. Dark-tan head is fairly minimal, but with some sticky lacing. Smell is of milk chocolate, light caramel, and very light pipe tobacco. Taste starts with lightly bittersweet chocolate, and only a slight hint of anise, before opening up into dark roast coffee, bitter toffee, and mild cigar tobacco. Finish has a lingering roastiness and bitterness. More hearty than robust. Mouthfeel is full and fairly chewy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jimmiec (122) - Louisiana, USA - MAR 4, 2010
12-oz bottle Marcello’s, Lafayette, LA - Aroma: sweet, malty, coffee, chocolate, burnt, prune, sweet; Appearance: opaque, jet-black color, tan head (minimal), some laces; Flavor: raisin, coffee, burnt, sweet, salty, bitter, smokey; Mouthfeel: full bodied, thick texture, average carbonation, bitter finish; Overall: a beer of fruit, and burnt aromatics and taste with a smooth bitter finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
MissouriBrent (122) - Missouri, USA - NOV 8, 2010
Smells of alcohol and rich dark malt. Hints of sherry and cognac aromas. Deep brown color with dense creamy brown head that lasts and lasts. Delicious malt flavor. Some smoky flavors from the roast malt. Hints of coffee and vanilla in the aftertaste. Full bodied and smooth, the mouthfeel is perfect. Damn this is good! Exceedingly drinkable, amazingly tasty, and definitely fit for a Czar!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
sharkweek (119) - Statesboro, Georgia, USA - MAY 2, 2012
Poured into a snifter. The beer is a dark black with a solid three fingers of tan head. It has solid retention and good lacing. The aroma has notes of bread and nuts. This beer has a very roasty nutty taste. You can detect the slight coffee taste as well as the malt characteristics. You can also taste some licorice and alcohol. It has a nice mouth feel though. It is very thick and creamy. This is a solid Stout.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
zer0crew (119) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 23, 2009
Bottle. Pours black with a very dark tan head. Head is of very fine, homogeneous bubbles. Almost looks like millions of tiny identical beads. Aroma is of malts, with a little bit of chocolate. Lots of alcohol in the aroma. Almost smells like a red wine..? maybe? Taste is mostly the same as the smell. Very strong, almost wine-y. Beer is a tiny bit thinner than I was expecting. Not bad, but I probably wouldn’t buy it again.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Flyer (118) - Hartland, Wisconsin, USA - APR 6, 2009
Surprisingly good. Jim Koch has been edging way too close to mainstream these last couple years, but this makes up for some of that. Not a monster Imperial Stout by any means, but deliciously drinkable. The silky chocolate malt character is very similar to Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout (high praise from me). The Sam has more anise (not bad or good, just different) and a little bit of that hard-to-avoid soy sauce flavor (not a plus). I would buy this again (although that’s mostly because I have to drive to Chicago to get the Brooklyn).

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
War4soccer (115) - , Nevada, USA - MAR 8, 2009
bottle..black color..medium tan head.. aroma is pretty plain.. really a plain imperial..small hints of coffee.. just weak

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
njbfr (113) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 2, 2009
Pours an oily black with a thick, creamy brown head. Nose is typical coffee and chocolate. Flavor is malt, chocolate, sort of a soy sauce taste with saltiness, and alcohol, followed by a dry coffee bitter finish. Mouthfeel is extremely oily and viscous.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
lowgun1212 (109) - Carlstadt, New Jersey, USA - APR 7, 2009
Beer looks awesome. tar with a thin blood orange head. smells like malt, alcohol, hint of cinnamon and licorice. a little like a balloon. Taste is like a chocolate sambuca. sorta sludgey feel. I suppose you drink this with a slice of cheesecake or something.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
carlb (107) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAY 14, 2009
Poured thick, black and dense. Large head of amber-brown foam formed, then settled into about a 1-inch collar. Leaves much lace in the glass. Not as full on the palate as the pour suggested. Lingers nicely. Noticeable forward bitterness. Notes of chocolate and cardamom and dark roast flavors. Reminds me a little of Westphalian dark rye bread. No spicy notes, though. It appears a little short on the palate. Definitely not moreish. Not for sessions! One will be enough.

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