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RATINGS: 1015   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 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 23, 2009
decaturstevo’s Febmergency Tasting. Sample from a bottle thanks to Butters. Thin black with a ring of off white head. Soy sauce, roasted malt and chocolate aroma. Taste is big roast, lots of soy sauce and some chocolate sweetness.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Petrucci914 (910) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 8, 2009
Thanks for sharing, bro! Pours a black color with a medium tannish head. Aroma is almost like Guiness....somewhat lactic or sour. Taste was much like a Guiness, and was missing all characteristics of a traditional impy.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
War4soccer (115) - , Nevada, USA - MAR 8, 2009
bottle..black color..medium tan head.. aroma is pretty plain.. really a plain imperial..small hints of coffee.. just weak

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Moggman (235) - Columbus, USA - MAR 8, 2009
Bottle. Pours black with brown head. Aroma is sweet malts and coffee and a hint of alcohol. Aroma is coffee, dark roasted malts, and a pronounced alcohol hit in the back of the palette.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Rastacouere (6174) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 11, 2009
Initially beautiful black pour covered by a large, frothy dark brown head. Straightforward anisey nose where you encounter little of the usual chocolate/coffee richness. Heavy sweetness intrudes on the palate, leaving little room for the otherwise considerable roastiness. Sweet bready and fruit concentrate flavours reminds of plums, blue grapes. Little bitterness to compensate the anise/sugar onslaught. Moderate carbonation leaves a slick oily feel. Alcohol is relatively subdued at 9.2%, but the malt’s complexity is not so impressive while the balance leans heavily towards sweetness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
fidelis83 (2270) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - MAR 29, 2009
Pours black with thin dark brown highlights and a 4 finger creamy mocha head that is slow to fade to 1/4 inch or so and stays leaving some specks of lacing and liquid clinging to the glass. Aroma starts out with some roast, chocolate and caramel, then some graininess, planty hops, hints of caramel and toffee as it warms. Flavor is roast, cocoa, planty hops, a bit of anise, stale espresso, musty grain sack, dirt road dust, anise, some mutes date notes and a little cinamon toast. Finish is sweet and slightly hoppy with relatively low bitterness and a roasty stale bread aftertaste. Palate is thick and slippery with a slightly overdone carbonation moderately wet finish and a dusty feel. This stuff is not undrinkable but it is far too thick for it’s flavor profile which seems a little stale and dusty while still being overly sweet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
BVery (9290) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - MAR 29, 2009
BOTTLE: aroma is coffee, roast, and wood. Jet black pour, with a brown/red thin head. A little oily on texture, flavor is carbonation up front (too much), then a heavy oily roasty taste with some cocoa, maybe licorice. Decent effort, but not fantastic.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 10/20
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - APR 4, 2009
Pours dark with a decent head. Strong roasted aroma. I like the bacon bits. Full nectar with creamy residual effers. A fruity style with a high roast component. Too much fruit. Not balanced. No bittering component. This concludes my run of the S.A. Imperial series and I have to say I am not in the least bit impressed. They are below average. These beers seemingly have what it takes. All the nuts and bolts hold them together but like my ex wife they have no soul.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
QuezXLV (415) - Virginia, USA - MAY 1, 2010
I had really liked this beer, and still do, but after becoming a ratebeerian, my thoughts changed a little. Small, dark tan frothy head, grainy particulates, poors like used motor oil, fair lacing. I’m a big fan of a very dark beer, but the head was not very impressive (should be thicker for a stout IMO). Chocolate with soy aroma. Creamy, slight alcoholic, average carbonation that fills your mouth before swallowing, slightly alcoholic taste. Roasted flavor aftertaste, and although good, nothing in the flavor that jumped out at me.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
quiznoaz (309) - Arizona, USA - OCT 6, 2010
Black pour, good head that lingers a bit but fades. Light aroma, but a strong, almost singular dark chocolate flavor. Flavor lingers a bit. Enjoyable, but there is a bit of harshness to the chocolate; its not as smooth as some that I’ve had.

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