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RATINGS: 984   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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   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 that’s mostly because I have to drive to Chicago to get the Brooklyn).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bosskie (545) - NETHERLANDS - MAY 29, 2015
Pitch black beer with a yellowish head. Smell is sweet dark fruits mixed with lots of liquorice, chocolate and coffee. Yoghurt, roasted nuts, almost leaning towards a black ipa. Taste is bitter sour, oily and fizzy, creamy, and very sweet. Bitter hoppiness. Raisins, alcoholic twang.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 7/20
mjik83 (863) - Maastricht, NETHERLANDS - MAY 5, 2015
35,5cl flesje bij Servaas, Maastricht Alcoholpercentage van 9,2% Uitgeschonken in blanco bokaal Uiterlijk: zwart met mooi cremelaagje Aroma en smaak: koffie, caramel, chocolade, donker fruit Conclusie: stout aan de fruitig kant, niet slecht

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerhunter111 (9962) - Hasborn, GERMANY - APR 27, 2015
Das Bier ist sehr dunkelbraun, fast schwarz mit einer großen bräunlichen Schaumkrone. Geruch nach Vanille, reifen dunkel Früchten, Kakao. Geschmack nach sehr viel Karamell, Vanille, süß, Anis, Kakao, leicht alkoholisch, gut!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
markextrae (1894) - NETHERLANDS - APR 24, 2015
bottle at home, bought online. very deep dark brown colour with a tanned head. roasted malts, caramel, liqorice, anise,dark chocolate, some weak hint of vanilla, soft carbonation. just a average imperial stout

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tricksta_p (1774) - Steenwijk, NETHERLANDS - APR 9, 2015
Aroma of roasted malt, liquorice, dark chocolate, dark fruity notes, coffee, creamy notes. Flavour is moderate sweet with a moderate roasty bitter finish. Smooth and creamy, fairly enjoyable, but I’ve had far better Imperial Stouts.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MikeKeller (907) - Kemi, FINLAND - APR 2, 2015
Bottle from Systembolaget. Black beer with a nice beige head. Roasted malts, sherry and lots of licorice. Flavour is very malty, licorice, vanilla and some hops. Oily and smooth with some alcohol. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sic1314 (4779) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - MAR 15, 2015
Poured a very deep dark brown with a frothy beige head. Aroma of roast malt, liquorice, slightly vinous and some coffee. Medium to full body, flavour id light liquorice, sweet berries and some roast malt.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
konungen (131) - - FEB 2, 2015
Mörk nästan svart öl med beige/brun krona. Doftar och smakar gott av rostad malt, kaffe, choklad och en bra dos sötma. Bra balanserad öl där alkoholen är lagom dold. Gillas! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
gsmitty80 (1960) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 27, 2015
Pretty standard IS and nothing jumped out at me but it was still well done and enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
chinchill (2770) - South Carolina, USA - JAN 27, 2015
12 oz bottle poured into a Belgian snifter. Appearance: This beer, rather gently poured, raised only a thin layer of head that soon reduced to a thin ring and small island. It is a pitch black in the glass, and opaque, but with dark brown edges visible in the pour. Smell: Dark roasted grains, chocolate, molasses, roasted coffee, a hint of sherry and a trace of smoke. Taste: Black light-roasted coffee, molasses, dark toast, burnt caramel, chocolate, raisins, dried plums, vanilla, and faint smoke. Lingering aftertaste features dark roasted grains and black coffee but is only mildy bitter. Excellent flavor integration. Mouthfeel: Very smooth and full bodied; good, light carbonation. Overall: Excellent RIS with moderate complexity.

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