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RATINGS: 1036   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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3.6
radagast83 (8141) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - MAR 29, 2009
12 oz bottle. Pours a pitch black with a medium dark tan head. Aroma is roasted malts, chocolate, dark fruits. Flavor is rich roasted malts, chocolate, coffee. Bitter finish, solid imperial stout.

3.2
ganache (5960) - 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
alobar (3833) - 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
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
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
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
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, I’m either getting soft on my ratings or this really surprised me. I liked the intenseness of this brew.

4.1
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 aren’t always in perfect harmony, but it still proves to be a very good beer. The alcohol isn’t 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
Rusty (1547) - 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
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.


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