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RATINGS: 997   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59/5   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
williamherbert (1423) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beerdrinker79 (1860) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Edtorrey (26) - Maryland, 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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
finn1918 (232) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
DrnkMcDermott (2959) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
1guywith_aboat (254) - 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.

   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!

   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.

   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?

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