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Serve in Snifter

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RATINGS: 1044   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6/5   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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3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
EithCubes (5665) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 28, 2009
Bottle. Coffee, chocolate, roast, faint mocha nose, with touch of stale air. Murky motor oil pour with a dark brown, fluffy head, though a little too sudsy. Taste is dry and lightly bitter, some alcohol warmth in the jowls and cheeks with late onrushing sweetness. Licorice and anise in with the aromatic components. Medium body, relatively silken feel, dries out to that ol Sammy stale grain house character that I so despise, but not so much as to spoil the effort, which is average at worst, and enjoyable this time out.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
alobar (3632) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 28, 2009
Deep black pour with a thin tan head. Aroma of roasted malts, licorice, chocolate and dark fruit. Thick lacing. Flavor of roasted malts, licorice, and coffee. This is a very nice beer!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Gmoney (442) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 27, 2009
bottle ... jet black pour , thin tan head ,no lacing. aroma of cocoa,alcohol and roasted malts .bittersweet chocolate ,dark fruit and licorice flavors.no attempt to hide the alcohol .silky smooth and a little bitter at the finish. best of the Impy series.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
T2Tool (352) - Murfreesboro, Tennessee, USA - MAR 27, 2009
Poured from a 12-oz bottle almost black. It had a mild smell of cocoa and roasted malt. Taste of roasted malt, chocolate and coffee. It was typical of an imperial stout. Nothing special, but a solid beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
foundmd (210) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 27, 2009
12oz bottle. Pitch black with a small tan head. Aroma of dark chocolate and alcohol. Taste is bittersweet chocolate with dark fruits, licorice, and alcohol. Minimal malt and hop flavor presence. Medium-thin body for the style. Not as complex as most Imperials. A good beer for a good price.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
LilKem (1213) - Marietta, Ohio, USA - MAR 26, 2009
This was a pretty decent imperial stout. Thick, chocolatey, malty, caramel, and whipped topping all in one. Some espresso in the finish along with a kick of hops. I must admit, Im either getting soft on my ratings or this really surprised me. I liked the intenseness of this brew.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Elwood (3336) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - MAR 26, 2009
12 oz. bottle. Pours a pitch black with very little head. The first note I get in the nose is the alcohol. Raisin, black coffee, currant, and earth quickly follow. Medium carbonation with a rich, thick, oily mouthfeel. Tastes of nuts, black cherry, earth, almond, a touch of walnut, dark roasted malt, vanilla, anise, and a bit of raisin. There are a lot of flavors going on here! They arent always in perfect harmony, but it still proves to be a very good beer. The alcohol isnt hidden all that well, but that too is okay. I think this one may be their best offering in the Imperial series. Definitely worth a try.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rusty (1546) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - MAR 26, 2009
Pours a deep viscous black with a nice ligh brown head. Aroma is chocolate malt, coffe, roast, caramel. Flavor is chocolate, coffee, caramel, malts, dark fruits. creamy slick mouthfeel with a touch of bitterness in the finish. Solid offering from Sam Adams.

4.7
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
OD40oz (774) - Box Elder, South Dakota, USA - MAR 26, 2009
Nice pour, dark as used motor oil. Nice and thick with a small dark tan head. Chocolatey aroma with noticeable alcohol. Creamy smooth taste with a nice roasted coffee finish. Top shelf.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rutkiller (12) - USA - MAR 25, 2009
12 oz. bottle. This is a thick beer which pours like motor oil. Small, light brown head which fades quickly, but leaves a nice lace. Smells of coffee, chocolate, caramel and toffee and tastes the same. Great feel in the mouth...silky smooth. High ABV at 9.2%. Overall, a very, very good beer from Sam Adams.


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