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RATINGS: 966   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.


4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
BeeriedEyed (211) - USA - DEC 23, 2010
Excellent, excellent stout beer. A trusted brewery who makes commitment to making flavorful beers at a great price does it again with this imperial stout. A must for any fan of Sam Adams.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Edtorrey (26) - Alabama, USA - MAR 18, 2012
Who would have thought Sam would make such a fine Imperial Stout! Malty chocolate and dominant anise aroma and favors. Smooth mouthfeel and no hop bitterness (1 year cellared) during or aftertaste. I rated this nice beer higher than the average and after 1 year in the cellar moved it from "tasted" to "favorites". ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
finn1918 (193) - Georgia, USA - NOV 20, 2012
Pours a dark brown with a nice 1-finger cascading brown head that leaves very little lacing. Aroma is caramel and toasted malts. Flavor is bitter roasted malts, some subtle hoppiness, and sweet caramel with hints of liquorice. Has a syrupy mouthfeel with a slightly bitter finish. Not the best stout in the world, but solid and very enjoyable.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DrnkMcDermott (2798) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - JUN 18, 2013
2009 bottle. Big nose of raisins, sherry and a bit of mocha right under the cap. Solid black body with a slightly lacy brown head. Sherry in the taste, too. Here’s a bit of roast coffee I couldn’t find in the nose. A bit cheesy, like a Belgian with stale hops. Could there be a Belgian yeast to make this beast? Yeah, some licorice, and a sip of vanilla. Taste stays strong. Alcohol makes itself felt pretty early on, not in the taste but in me. A big beer that ages very well.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
1guywith_aboat (227) - phenix city, Alabama, USA - JUN 20, 2013
Pours rich black with deep dense khaki head. The whole glass is lacy. Aroma is generously roasted with chocolate and almond coffee. Taste is bitter chocolate and black coffee with a malty sweetness to balance. Alcohol is good at hide and seek. Thick, creamy and smooth in the mouth. Very rich beer. Nicely done.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - MAR 21, 2009
In the bottle at the 2009 Crescent Moon Extreme Beerfest. Pours coal black. This is an amazing beer. Aroma of smoked salmon. Even though it is not fashionable to like Sam Adams, this is great stuff. Thick, smooth rich. The beer packs a punch of roasted thickness. It is vastly underrated on the site at 3.5!

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
punkeedo (498) - Covington, Louisiana, USA - MAR 23, 2009
2009 Bottle from the Imperial Series. I was surprised to find this in the local beer shop and more surprised when I tasted it. Smells of a good imperial stout, dark malts and some hint of cinnamon. Deep, dark appearance with a strong cream head. Tastes of sweet cream and dark malts with an aftertaste of alcohol. Balanced palate, though a little edgy toward the end of the gulp. A great beer overall.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DerBiermeister (586) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - MAR 23, 2009
Wow, this is a beautiful beer. Its brownish black head and its dark as oil like slick fluid pour is so seductively tasty of fortified notes of chocolate. Perhaps Sam Adams’ best brew?

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
milljam (682) - Norman, Oklahoma, USA - APR 12, 2009
UPDATED: OCT 10, 2009 I would definitely include this in my top Imp stouts. Deep black pour with a dark brown/beige head. Aroma is very roasted with coffee, nut, and chocolate prevalent, as well as some notes of dark toffee and spice. Flavor is complex and full, big notes of chocolate and coffee, followed by roasted malt, toffee and anise. Bitterness is moderate, but does not linger. Alcohol is well-hidden. Mouthfeel is smooth if not a bit watery. Overall, a very well done Imp stout.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jujubeast6000 (854) - Houston, Texas, USA - APR 12, 2009
Reviewed 4/6/2009 (Bottle, served with spicy chili): Pours an inky dark brown, nearly black, colored body, with a big brown colored head, lasting. Good lacing too. Chocolately roasted aroma, alcohol too. Some good chocolate and toffee aroma. Not an overly strong aroma. Nice chocolate taste, creamy mouthfeel. Reminds me of Stone RIS. Some alcohol on the backend. A good chocolate milk taste but with some bite to it. Wow, this is pretty good. I’m interested in seeing how this ages. Very tasty. Definitely will buy again.


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