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RATINGS: 967   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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3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Flyer (118) - Hartland, Wisconsin, USA - APR 6, 2009
Surprisingly good. Jim Koch has been edging way too close to mainstream these last couple years, but this makes up for some of that. Not a monster Imperial Stout by any means, but deliciously drinkable. The silky chocolate malt character is very similar to Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout (high praise from me). The Sam has more anise (not bad or good, just different) and a little bit of that hard-to-avoid soy sauce flavor (not a plus). I would buy this again (although thatís mostly because I have to drive to Chicago to get the Brooklyn).


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lemke10 (797) - Waukesha, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 28, 2014
Finally drinking a bottle Iíve have in the fridge for a few years. This pours a pitch black color with a slight brown head. The aroma is filled with coffee, toffee, and robust tones. The flavor is big, bold, and full of flavors. This is a sweet, robust beer that delivers in the flavor category. This brew has really held up over the years Iíve had it. Maybe a little bourbon aging with help this beer *hint hint Jim Koch*

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
klas (274) - SWEDEN - SEP 5, 2014
Black with brown rather big head.Aroma and taste of roasted coffe, chocolate and malts. Some sweetness and a bit alcoholic. Powerful and smooth at the same time.

3.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
alex_alkis (295) - SWEDEN - SEP 2, 2014
Itís sad that a beer that smells so strong and beautiful didnít had more to offer in the taste.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
VastActiv (2859) - Oulu, FINLAND - AUG 13, 2014
Bottle at Janoinen Lohi, Helsinki. Originally rated 26052012. Colour is black with small head. Aromas and flavours: Chocolate, coffee and roasted malts.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
rollsrace (60) - - AUG 9, 2014
Strong alcohol start, bitter aftertaste like dark chocolate. Itís not creamy. Seems rather expensive for what it is

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BillHick420 (426) - North Dakota, NORWAY - JUL 21, 2014
Pours pitch black with a tight brown dark head with some lacing. Heavy chocolate and coffee on the nose. Sweet coffee, caramel, chocolate, Baileyís, some alcohol. A bit too sweet for my liking, to little coffee aroma. Letís see how this pairs with Rocky Patel 1990 Maduro...

3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
bjakk (346) - Skagafjordur, ICELAND - JUL 13, 2014
Black with dark brown foam. Sour, caramel coffee in the aroma. Malt, caramel chockokalate with clear alcohol sweetness in the burned corn aftertaste.

2.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
zoucrew102 (545) - - JUL 6, 2014
Bottle, thanks Sevenhokie! Subtle coffee aroma followed by a hint of dark chocolate. Pours black with a thin light brown head and decent lacing. Thick, oily mouthfeel with dark chocolate to start. Roasty coffee flavor dominates the finish with that same coffee flavor lingering on the palate. Not a favorite.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lawger (109) - SWEDEN - JUN 11, 2014
Rather muted in the beginning, then a reasonably dense aroma of coffee, japanese soy sauce, dark bread and dark chocolate. The palate is medium bodied, semi-sweet with a light bitterness. Slightly tame and lacking the kick of the best Imps.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BeerSkull (1307) - SWEDEN - JUN 5, 2014
(Bottle). The scent is big, sweet and slightly sticky with hints of roasted malt, chocolate, vanilla and barrel. The taste is variable, at first very roasted malt and chocolate, then sweet milk chocolate and then sweet malt and figs.


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