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RATINGS: 1039   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 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jimthechap (2064) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - MAR 22, 2012
*This beer sat in an office in Christchurch untouched for a good year before opening. Unable to be reached by human hands as the place was within the redzone earthquake cordon. Liberated by the owners of the Twisted Hop, who I thank with gratitude for the gift of this beer and many others. As black as coal tar - impervious to light with a good skin of mocha head on top. Aromas of currants, sherry, dates, Marsala and cinnamon. Smells like a good, heady Imperial Stout. Full bodied with a surprising amount of carbonation and saucy plum flavours. It isnít as sweet as the aroma suggests and carries with it a definite plum duff spiciness: cinnamon, allspice and mace. This big arse beer is huge, chewy and lush. Not a beer for the faint of heart, but definitely one for the seasoned beer campaigner.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Fatehunter (2250) - Corbett, Oregon, USA - APR 20, 2012
Poured into a pint glass. Black as black could be with a finger of tan head. Left nice lacing. Smells like molasses, whiskey alcohol and burnt malt. Tastes like burnt malt and lots of it. A little sweetness, almost molasses, at the end. Milk and alcohol too. Soft and creamy texture, medium body and almost no carbonation. Really nailed this. Excellent drink and it hits the style perfectly. Drink it on a dark and stormy night (like I am) to warm you up.

   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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
braznadian (59) - Washington, USA - DEC 26, 2012
Pours dark brown/black. One finger of creamy brown head that recedes after a minute leaving a light lace. Aroma is heavy dark chocolate with a light roastiness. Light sweetness of chocolate up front, with a dry roasted coffee finish. Subtle spice aftertaste - the anise perhaps. Smooth lightly carbonated thick body. Alcohol is well masked by the strong chocolate/coffee flavors. Very good beer with excellent body. Will definately have this again sometime.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
tysongillmore (362) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 21, 2015
I didn't take any extra notes when I tried this beer for the first time but I'm gonna try it again and update my comments. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mariuspoenari (1535) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - DEC 13, 2015
Pitch black pour, visibly thick, with a dark espresso head that is slow to rise to the surface. Smells like roasted malts, dark cherries, walnuts, lactose and scotch whiskey. Promising! The taste doesnít disappoint - dried fruit (figs, raisins) covered in dark chocolate, freshly roasted coffee beans, vanilla, oak. A warm spicy aftertaste with notes of pepper and anise. Super thick mouthfeel, a bit choking at times, but quite pleasant. No carbonation present.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
yesyouam (1016) - Fairport, New York, USA - JUL 30, 2009
Samuel Adams Imperial Stout is an impenetratable black ale with a thick, dense, splotchy, muscovado colored head thatís adorned with a smattering of oily bubbles. It leaves thick, doily-pattern lacing on the glass. There are chocolate, coffee and licorice in the aroma, with a slight molasses-like sweetness. There is alcohol in the nose and something earthy, like manure. Itís full bodied and smooth with a clean, dry finish. It has a full, roasty malt flavor, slightly sweet, with chocolate and licorice notes. Itís not very bitter and I can taste a little alcohol. Itís very drinkable. This is what Iíd describe as a "Pennsylvania Impy".

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
cathcacr (646) - Oregon, USA - AUG 26, 2009
Somewhat sweeter than your typical Impy, and it isnít so much chocolaty as just straight sugary, maybe fructosy. Also goes down nicely smooth. I could buy again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
brew4fun (209) - West Virginia, USA - AUG 30, 2009
Pitch black pour, fluffy dark tan head. Head diminishes slowly, lots of lacing. Aroma of anise, dark fruit, chocolate. Aggressively flavorful, anise, chocolate, dark fruit, old leather, roasted malt. Full mouthfeel, rich oily texture, mild alcohol warmth. Wonderful brew!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beerdrinker79 (2034) - Idaho, USA - MAR 11, 2010
12 oz. bottle- Pours black with a decent head and lacing, aroma is raisins and bourbon. The flavor is a wonderful creamy coffee flavor, my favorite flavors in Imperial Stouts, the only flaw is about halfway through the flavors and the complexity goes downhill. I enjoyed this better than Bourbon County and North Coast Old Rasputen 12 Anniversary Imp. Stout, and it is a hell of alot cheaper.

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