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RATINGS: 966   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.


2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Frank (2882) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 26, 2010
I have been avoiding these Imperial Series Sam Adam’s brews for a while figuring they probably wouldn’t be worth much but I’ve had a couple good brews from them, notably the Noble Pils, and so I figured I might as well pick up a single. This imperial stout is black w/ a brown head. It is not that kind of black that absorbs all light and changes the color of your poo the next morning but that, in my book, is something of a good thing as it means that it might be one of those rare imperial stouts were the brewer showed some kind of restraint. Well, in this case the Boston Beer Company might have shown a little too much because this has entirely too little flavor for such a big beer. Coffee and dark chocolate float gingerly across the nose w/ a mild, vinous acidity. This acidity pushes itself more an more to the fore as I work my way through the glass and, along w/ a much too brash alcohol presence, it begins to let this beer meander into less and less pleasant territory. Aside from this, the mouthfeel is something I’d like to see more of in this style. It’s not terribly sweet or sticky and the carbonation helps lighten the body and keep things relatively drinkable for the heavy alcohol content. If they toned down the gravity on this one and could manage to keep the same amount of flavor w/ slightly less acidity, this would be a really good beer. As it is, this is not increasing the likelihood of me picking up another beer from this series any time soon.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
502Che (999) - @, CAMBODIA - JUL 19, 2010
Bottle. Pours a nice black body with a solid khaki head that holds pretty well. Aroma is one dimensional--roasty with more than a hint of soy... no vanilla, no chocolate, no hops, no vanilla, no coffee, no dark fruits, etc. Flavor... more like a smoked than an IS. Again, none of the characteristics noted above, though a bit of roastyness. Still a tiny bit of soy, but notably less than the aroma. Medium body with medium (over) carbonation (for the style). Overall: if you want an imperial stout, there are COUNTLESS others that are better, cheaper, and just as available as this. Not a " Bad" beer per say, but probably the weakest/worst imperial stout (attempt) that I have ever had.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
adnielsen (9115) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 1, 2011
Bottle @ home. Deep brown appearance with a fairly small tan head. Very sweet chocolate malty nose with a hint of anise. Incredibly sweet dark malty flavor with just a touch of bitterness on the finish. Too sweet in my opinion.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
csaso (1373) - Missouri, USA - MAY 30, 2012
Bottle - small thick head, black color, roasted malt aroma and flavor, mild coffee taste, some alcohol flavor - not a fan of stouts but this one is OK I guess

2.9
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
obguthr (3845) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - AUG 19, 2012
Charred oak and molasses nose with strong formaldehyde overtones. Black, viscous pour, thin brown head. Licorice and ash flavor. Horehound also present. Finishes with bitter charcoal. MIssed the mark. There are many way better imperial stouts than this one.

2.9
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
WallStirctly (57) - - OCT 14, 2012
It was ok, after taking a tour of worlds best stouts this falls far short of them. Sam adams is slightly better than typical American beer but comes up way short of the top microbrewers. Sam Adams is certainly a jack of all trades producing many styles of beer that are very drinkable, but they have mastered none. This stout is passable at best, try nognes imperial, alesmith, or odins tipple for superior taste.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
rollsrace (59) - - AUG 9, 2014
Strong alcohol start, bitter aftertaste like dark chocolate. It’s not creamy. Seems rather expensive for what it is

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
WeeHeavySD (3360) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - MAR 4, 2009
12oz from a 4 pack from Windmill Farms. I need more impy stout ratings and so I thought it was worth a try. Pour is nice and pretty nice, black with a light brown head. Nose is thin and pretty craptastic. Taste is sweet and semi rich. But overall a damn pour and blechy.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Crosling (1863) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - MAR 6, 2009
This ale pours out of the bottle a very dark brown. It appears black in the glass with a average sized light tan head. Nose offers up potent notes of brownie, grape & black licorice. After tasting it seems really out of balance, overly sweet, needs quite a bit more hop. Lacking in body. Seems incomplete. I had higher hopes for the entire Imperial Series line.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
nick76 (4221) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAR 29, 2009
The aroma is almost meaty with touches of bacon and maple syrup, chocolate, and burnt malt. The appearance is black is with a huge head. The flavor is like the aroma. The palate is thin for the style. Overall it’s a well made beer but it does not do anything great.


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