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RATINGS: 985   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
zeke626 (446) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 12, 2009
UPDATED: AUG 3, 2009 Bottle. Pours an opaque black body with a quickly disappearing, thin brown head. Nice aroma of sweet, dark malts along with hints of chocolate and coffee. Flavor is not as impressive as the aroma, and is more of the same with an odd metallic or mineral taste. Medium bodied with a light carbonation. Charred malt finish with a slight metallic tone.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
lb4lb (2572) - Austin, Texas, USA - APR 12, 2009
Pours dark black with short lived tan head. Smell is dark fruit, sweet chocolatey malt. Taste is of licorice, charred chocolate and some hoppy bitterness and light alcohol. Medium to full body and slightly oily with soft to medium carbonation. Kind of a chalky burnt bitterness that lasts. Wasn’t too crazy about this one.

   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Edmoe (241) - 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 it’s your only choice of Imperial Stout.

   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Fratto (2803) - Arlington, Texas, USA - SEP 19, 2009
This beer is like alcoholic chocolate. Good stuff, but the alcohol feels forced.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
reggiedunlop (3410) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
after4ever (6574) - Brier, Washington, USA - OCT 16, 2009
12-oz. Pours jet black with a gorgeous, towering, creamy burnt tan mousse of a head. Falls away leaving sedimentary rings of mummy wrap for lace. Salty nose. The soy just hits you right up front. First the triple bock and now this. Sheesh. Some sweet darkish milk chocolate in there along with the salt, maybe some roast too. Watery light creamy body. Weirdly underdeveloped there. Cloying chocolate and puckery soy for the mid-palate. Long salty finish. Meh.

   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

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Jblauvs (1356) - Chester, Vermont, 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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