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RATINGS: 972   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.


Goodgrief's rating

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Goodgrief (1796) - Middletown, Delaware, USA - JAN 21, 2013
Dark as night pour, small tan head. Ashy, roast flavor work some figgy fruity flavor. Didnít care for the fruit finish. Creamy and rich. Pretty good effort.


3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
slowrunner77 (5977) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 14, 2014
"i agree with Brettís review almost word for word, but i guess i liked the beer just a bit more. a solid contribution, if not one of the bestter Imperial Stouts out there. The aroma, while on the sweet side, was quite appealing. Needs a little more IBUs to be balanced, but itís choclatey, malty, raisiny good. The abv is masked well at first, but not as it warms. Starts quite good at 53 degrees...becomes a little overly sweet as it warms, but still ok and smooth. One of Boston Beer Coís better offerings. I may revisit once my 4-pk is gone, but Storm King and Rasputin are better for the same price. Definitely worth a shot, though...glad I tried it. 4/09-when tasted against other (better) impyís, the shortcomings are more obvious, but still an enjoyable brew. 11/09-not aging well...not bad, but getting less complex...just kinda sweet and overpowering. Hmmmm."

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jenhesteer (234) - Ontario, CANADA - OCT 10, 2014
12oz bottle from Jungle Jims in Cincinnati. Pours black with a thick pillowy tan head. Aroma interesting. Obviously a lot of chocolate and dark roasted malt but there cinnamon bread, brown sugar and a hint of dark fruits. For all the complexity the aroma isnít too overly strong so it isnít rated higher. Flavor starts with a hit of chocolate, both malt and dark candy chocolate. Gains a noticeable toffee sweetness in the middle thatís backed by some more dark fruit . Finishes like black coffee with a hint of sweetener. Medium to full body and low to moderate carbonation. Not the best imperial stout as no one should expect it to be. A good effort though and a complex enough beer to satisfy the palate.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Funknmilla (692) - Wayne, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 10, 2014
Bottle...pours black w/ a cocoa colored head....*smell* roasted malts-molasses-dark chocolate(bakers).....*flavor* coffee-molasses-toasty roasted malt-touch of brown sugar-dark chocolate-sweet yet hearty-a pretty solid imperial stout-as it sits, I get a little raisin/prune tasty....sticky on the lips...I would drink this again...rating from 3-2-2010

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RickFifty (337) - Fredrikstad, NORWAY - OCT 7, 2014
Jet black color, light brown head. Roasted coffee nose, nuts, licorice, dried fruit. Dark chocolate taste, coffee, sweet licorice, roasted malt, nicely balanced. Full body, soft carbonation, thick texture.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Darkmagus82 (1729) - - OCT 1, 2014
Transfer from BA review on 10-31-13- Poured from bottle into a snifter Appearance Ė The beer pours a black color with a small foamy brown head. The head fades rather fast leaving a light level of sticky and streaky lace on the sides of the glass. Smell- The aroma of the beer is big of dark chocolate with a nice big smell of caramel and vanilla. They are joined by some other aromas of a roasted espresso and some light dark fruit smells. With a mild warming boozy aroma the mix of smells gives a very nice chocolaty and sweet dessert like aroma. Taste Ė The taste begins with some milk chocolate and a nice roasted malt taste. Right from the start, there are some sweeter flavors of vanilla and caramel mixed with some lighter dark fruit flavors. As the flavor advances some of the sweeter flavors dwindle, transitioning the milk chocolate flavors to a more dark chocolate nature. Along with these changes, so too comes some coffee flavors to the tongue. They start out more mild in the middle, but as the flavor advances to the end they become more bitter and roasted taking on a more espresso like nature. Some sweetness seems to return to the tongue at the end, and is joined by a light char and boozy taste to leave a nice mix of chocolate, sweet, coffee, dark malts and booze to linger on the tongue. Mouthfeel Ė The body of the beer is thick and creamy with a carbonation level that is average. While a slightly lower carbonation may have been a bit better for the style, the thick body is quite fantastic for the flavors coating the mouth in all the nice dark and sweet flavors. Overall ĖOverall the brew had a nice blend of chocolate, coffee, sweet, roasty and malty. A quite tasty and enjoyable imperial.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lemke10 (806) - Waukesha, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 28, 2014
Finally drinking a bottle Iíve have in the fridge for a few years. This pours a pitch black color with a slight brown head. The aroma is filled with coffee, toffee, and robust tones. The flavor is big, bold, and full of flavors. This is a sweet, robust beer that delivers in the flavor category. This brew has really held up over the years Iíve had it. Maybe a little bourbon aging with help this beer *hint hint Jim Koch*

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
klas (285) - SWEDEN - SEP 5, 2014
Black with brown rather big head.Aroma and taste of roasted coffe, chocolate and malts. Some sweetness and a bit alcoholic. Powerful and smooth at the same time.

3.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
alex_alkis (305) - SWEDEN - SEP 2, 2014
Itís sad that a beer that smells so strong and beautiful didnít had more to offer in the taste.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
VastActiv (2897) - Oulu, FINLAND - AUG 13, 2014
Bottle at Janoinen Lohi, Helsinki. Originally rated 26052012. Colour is black with small head. Aromas and flavours: Chocolate, coffee and roasted malts.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
rollsrace (60) - - AUG 9, 2014
Strong alcohol start, bitter aftertaste like dark chocolate. Itís not creamy. Seems rather expensive for what it is


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