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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.


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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Avengedpoet (329) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - JUN 23, 2009
Sampled at Made in the Shade 2009. Pours a viscous black with very minimal chocolate lacing - no real head. Roasty aroma, some alcohol, and definite malt sweetness. Taste is mildly roasty, and extremely sweet. Luckily, Sam Adams threw in enough hop bitterness to counteract the cloying sweetness for the most part. Ends up being a rather middle-of-the-road stout.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Edmoe (240) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUN 30, 2009
Poured black with a thick brown head. Aroma is malt and molasses, but not nearly as strong as I was expecting. Flavor is strongly of coffee with pronounced bitterness. Could use more sweetness. The bitterness lingers unpleasantly. Mouthfeel is full and creamy. Overall, not bad if itís your only choice of Imperial Stout.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jb43 (1650) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - AUG 13, 2009
(bottle from Weber St Liquor in Colorado Springs, CO). Black color. Medium tan head. Strong alchol and malt aromas. Malty flavor with light chocolate. Long duration. Smooth finish, with a very light bitterness. Slick texture. Soft carbonation. Fair lacing.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Fratto (2649) - Arlington, Texas, USA - SEP 19, 2009
This beer is like alcoholic chocolate. Good stuff, but the alcohol feels forced.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
reggiedunlop (3181) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 16, 2009
pours a very deep brown...not quite black with a thin mocha colored head...retention is not that good. aroma is slightly roasty and burnt with a bit of dark fruit and tobacco. flavor is very burnt and hoppy with a touch of fig. mouthfeel is a bit thin for an impy and very dry in the finish. i wouldnt turn it down but this is not that great as impys go.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
GoBlue (104) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - OCT 24, 2009
Deep black color with brown head. Chocolaty aroma with malt, brown sugar and some alcohol. Full bodied and moderately sweet with bitter chocolate finish. Not a lot of complexity but OK

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Jblauvs (1340) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 24, 2009
Black pour with a dark tan head. Aroma is some bitter chocolate malt and some licorice. Flavor is very bitter roast with some notes of chocolate and anise. pretty run of the mill. more complex malt layers would make this rather nice as the roast is robust and the small amount of anice is nice. However it remains a little over simple.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
fuyajo (229) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 16, 2010
Decent aroma, but nothing amazing (malt, roast). Taste isnít quite as deep as some Imperial Stouts, but is roasty with some notes of alcohol. Mouthfeel is thinner. Finish lasts moderately. Not my favorite Imperial Stout.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
kramer (5064) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 20, 2010
12 oz bottle. Pours an oily dark black body with a one finger fizzy dark brown head that faded to a thin covering. The nose is very heavy and roasty with some black strap molasses and dark bakers chocolate. A little hint of alcohol and burnt malt. The burnt roastiness combined with a ton of residual sweetness make this a little hard to take. Itís overly acrid and full of molasses, thereís no smoothness or subtlety going on here. A little bit of alcohol on the finish, warming, but not overly hot. Full, sticky, and oily with light carbonation that doesnít quite cut the body well enough. This was a tough one to finish, even for a 12 oz bottle. I was hoping for better.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
bookman10 (658) - Osseo, Minnesota, USA - MAR 18, 2010
Good beer, but not great. Pours a nice thick, dark black. Aroma of coffee and chocolate. Taste is good, but just a touch too sweet, not unlike a Scotch ale. Needs to be pulled back just a bit. There are much better imperial stouts out there.


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