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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.


4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Fatehunter (1269) - 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.

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 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.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
wickster (85) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - FEB 21, 2009
Nice and black, the way it should be. This one has a great smell to it, roasty chocolate goodness wafting from the glass. The choco-coffee ness of it almost stings the back of my tounge...in a good way. Picked this up for $11/4pack...and I would have to say I would gladly get it again

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
djaeon (15) - Chula Vista, California, USA - MAR 24, 2009
Pours thick and black, with a minimal, milk chocolate colored head. This dissipates quickly, and leaves no lacing. Smells of black coffee with a hint of dark chocolate. Tasted of black coffee and bittersweet chocolate. High alcohol content for a Sam Adams beer is masked well. A little bit of a bitter aftertaste. Thick and smooth. Tastes great to me. I think I have a new favorite Sam Adams brand beer.

4.3
   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".

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
cathcacr (636) - 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.

4.3
   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!

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
williamherbert (1308) - Syracuse, New York, USA - AUG 31, 2009
The appearance is two fingers of fudgy brown head. Thick jet black body; looks like solid matter rather than liquid. Pure black. The smell is heavy mocha and coffee beans. Raisins and grape skins. Dark but not burnt. Sweet and also roasted. Rich and great. Some chocolate and red wine. Brown sugar, nutty. Severely burnt flavor, but also sweet. Major dry red wine vibe. Some nutty brown sugar flavors. Heavy raisin and plum at the end as it warms up. The feel is smooth and oily and viscous. Really dark but bitter and sweet. Balanced, strong, delicious.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
brenn79 (1544) - 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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