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Serve in Snifter

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RATINGS: 1045   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 276   ABV: 9.2%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
alraicercsu (166) - Ft.Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 19, 2009
Bottle. Poured a nice deep black color with tan head. Smells of roasted malt, coffee anc chocolate. Taste similar with more chocolatly character.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Headbanger (3942) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - MAR 19, 2009
12oz bottle 3/19/09 (Sams Wines & Spirits)-Pours a pitch black body with a small tan ring for a head. Aroma of roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, and soy. Taste begins with coffee, roasted malt, and slight anise. These flavors last throughout and it finishes with a nice dryness. Not too bad if only all their beers were this good.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
grimreeser (797) - Minnesota, USA - MAR 19, 2009
Pours black with a decent size head. Milk chocolate, coffee, roast malt. Solid flavor, drinkable.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 19, 2009
Pour is nearly black with a light brown, fairly small, creamy, fizzy head which is mostly diminishing and leaves some nice lace. Nose is roasted grains, faint coffee beans, milk chocolate, and hints at molasses and anise. Straight forward flavors of milk chocoalate, lightly roasted coffee, anise, light burnt toast notes, and faint currant. Palate is fair for the style, medium to full, nearly lively, and oily/ silky in texture. Finishes fairly long and sweet with milk chocolate, anise, and hints at the currant notes. A fairly unimaginative Imp with not a lot of complexity and the balance towards the sweetness. Not really much hop bitterness to speak of and not enough coffee notes to add some bitterness. Overall it is like an imperial milk stout with the standard SA mediocrity found in most of their beers.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mitch1261 (13) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAR 18, 2009
Pours a creamy dark color with dark brown head. The Aroma had a hint of chocolate and expresso. It was a lot of malt along with chocolate and coffee in the flavor. It was very good beer for the price.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 17, 2009
Bottled. Poured a very healthy, thick, deep brown with a relatively short-lived cap of tan head. The aroma picked up well-roasted molasses, soy, and coffee with brighter herbal and subtle sprucey hoppage around. The flavor was similar with dark chocolate, coffee, and anise at the core and brighter bitterness at the edges.. some earth, coffee, and smokey notes surrounded.. finished warm and malty with fine smoke accents. Medium-bodied, drier, and a little grainy throughout with good balance between the sweetness and hoppage.. warmed up the belly on the finish, leaving a memorable impression. For the price, this is going to be hard to beat.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - MAR 17, 2009
12 oz bottle - Pours an opaque black color with small fairly dark brown head. Aroma is mildly roasty, fairly smokey, notes of anise, roasted coffee, toasted caramel, subtle burbon, vanilla bean. Flavor is fairly malty, roasty, faintly smokey, notes of caramel and charred oak. Finish is balanced. Overall this is pretty decent. Not the best impy stout ever, but still not bad at all.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - MAR 17, 2009
Viscous dark pour and a thick cascading beige head. Drippy lace. Roast, metal, and coffee on the nose. Chalk, chocolate, and heavy roast flavor. I was pleasantly surprised by this beer

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
zapprentice (316) - East Setauket, New York, USA - MAR 17, 2009
Surprisingly a nice buy. Wasnt sure I was going to enjoy this with all the great stouts out there, but this was actually a decent buy. Some chocolate flavors, mild coffee. Aroma has more coffee than the flavor.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pwn3d (1962) - Manhattan, New York, USA - MAR 16, 2009
Bottled from New Beer, nyc. Pour is near black. Mouth was espresso, alcohol, and dark chocolate. Mouthfeel is full. No doubt this is pretty good.. but the style is capable of a bit more. So far Sam has done an awesome job with there new Imperial Series. 3.65


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