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RATINGS: 1041   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
ScoWRee (415) - Perkiomen, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 22, 2009
Pours a deep dark browm almost black with no head. Aroma of roasted malt. Taste is bitter, roasted malt. coffee. Almost seems to have a little carbonation. I don’t know if it’s the anise but, there is something off the mark here.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
LinusStick (3252) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 8, 2009
A so so impy. Aroma was OK. Dark chocolate and a hint of coffee, but very weak. Pour was a dark brown with a thin tan ring for a head. Taste was like a subdued thin Expedition (or any other good impy). The flavor was there but was just very weak and boring. Not a bad beer for Sam Adams though.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
StefanSD (2387) - Ouray, Colorado, USA - MAR 12, 2009
12 oz bottle from Freddy. Pours an opaque black color with a small tan head. The aroma is moderate in strength with soy sauce, roasted malts, raisins and alcohol. The taste is dominated by licorice, sweet dark fruits and more alcohol. The mouthfeel is smooth and malty. The finish is long with lingering alcohol and licorice. Overall: This would be much better if the hard alcohol was better hidden.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAR 20, 2009
Pours an oily opaque with a thin, spotty-lacing beige head. Aroma of sweet sugary dark malts, some raisins and brown sugar along with mild acetylaldehyde. Starts with good fullness and lots of sweet caramel malt with some brown sugar character and coffee notes with an astringent bittersweet dark chocolate finish. Needs a little more balance and complexity.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
EithCubes (5634) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 28, 2009
Bottle. Coffee, chocolate, roast, faint mocha nose, with touch of stale air. Murky motor oil pour with a dark brown, fluffy head, though a little too sudsy. Taste is dry and lightly bitter, some alcohol warmth in the jowls and cheeks with late onrushing sweetness. Licorice and anise in with the aromatic components. Medium body, relatively silken feel, dries out to that ol’ Sammy stale grain house character that I so despise, but not so much as to spoil the effort, which is average at worst, and enjoyable this time out.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - MAR 29, 2009
Dark brown pour, almost black, smooth beige head. Milky body, overly sweet, with lingering chocolate into the finish. Sort of lactose sweetness to it. Roastiness is softer, small charred notes come through.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
efrumtheidiot (190) - Colorado, USA - APR 9, 2009
pours opaque dark brown with a thin, frothy, cafe-colored head. aroma is strong sweet dark chocolate, gentle notes of espresso, grass. taste is mocha (emphasis on the chocolate), not as sweet as expected, milk, and a bit acidic. alcohol is nicely blended, though it does leave a light desensitizing cast on the palate. full bodied with a slippery mouthfeel. prickly carbonation disappears quickly on the tongue. not bad for sam adams. absolute shit for an imperial stout. overpriced. would be a gem if it were cheap. just nowhere near other more ’worthy’ imperial stouts.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DrDavid (957) - Johnson, Vermont, USA - APR 9, 2009
Bottle. Sweet-ish chocolate malt aroma, and some ripe fruit. Black body, brown head. Flavor is moderately sweet, vaguely fruity with chocolate. Not much roastiness or other complex character to speak of. Watery finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JB175 (1665) - Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 22, 2009
Darker brown with a creamy, nutty, chocolate aroma. Flavor has some roast, chocolate and cream - starts OK, but the aftertaste and finish go downhill quite a bit. I think Sam Adams could certainly do a better job at Imperial Stout making if they tried.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
harbuck76 (134) - El Cajon, California, USA - APR 22, 2009
12 oz bottle Pours dark brown almost black with medium brown creamy head. aroma is chocolate roasted malt , coffee. taste is espresso some chocolate . finishes smooth with slight hop bitterness. decent .lacks a little in the flavor department..

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