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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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3.5
punkrkr27 (903) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - MAR 9, 2009
Black pour with a dense, 1 finger, tan head. Sweet, chocolate, brown sugar and molasses aroma with a fair bit of roasted malt and coffee. There’s also a bit more hop bitterness in the aroma than I expected this would have and there is definitely some alcohol evident in the nose. The flavor is somewhat artificial and cloying with far too munch burnt chocolate and coffee flavor. Nice creamy full body with soft carbonation.

3.4
dm9831 (1512) - Monee, Illinois, USA - MAR 9, 2009
pours black with a quickly dissipating tan head, lots of lace. nose is mostly chocolate, with roasty coffee hints. flavor of roasted malt, chocolate, hint of hops and slight alcohol bite. full body, dry finish. i am beginning to like the biggest american brewery more and more for their attempts to make much more than a macro brew. bottle offered by cornfield.

3.4
StFun (567) - Indiana, USA - MAR 8, 2009
Not terrible for Sam Adams. Pours a nice, creamy black. Aroma is nice, lots of chocolate and roasted grain, almost burnt. Flavor is a bit too sweet, over the top sweet chocolate with a balanced grain profile in the background. Just a touch of cream and coffee. Good mouthfeel. Better than I thought it would be, just too sweet.

3.6
Lowe1983 (1605) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - MAR 8, 2009
Pours a black color with a brown head. Aroma is kind of light for the style with hints of chocolate, roasted malts, coffee, dark fruits and just a little bit of some alcohol. Flavor is much stronger then the aroma. Decent bitterness coming out from the roasted malts with coffee, chocolate, molasses, and dark fruits dominating the flavor. Finishes with only a hint of some warming. There are parts of the flavor I don’t really care for and there are parts that are well brewed.

3.7
Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - MAR 8, 2009
#100 for the beer. 12oz bottle. Dark black viscous pour with a brown head. Dark fruit aroma, but on the light side. Thick, chocolatey and slightly boozy. This is a pretty good effort from Sammy

3.1
Moggman (235) - Columbus, USA - MAR 8, 2009
Bottle. Pours black with brown head. Aroma is sweet malts and coffee and a hint of alcohol. Aroma is coffee, dark roasted malts, and a pronounced alcohol hit in the back of the palette.

3.4
mjg74 (3114) - La Mesa, California, USA - MAR 8, 2009
Bottle from K&B. Pitch black in color. Slightly sweet roasted aroma with a hint of alcohol. Sweet and roasty flavored. Some burnt coffee and a lot of alcohol. Decent finish.

3.1
War4soccer (115) - , Nevada, USA - MAR 8, 2009
bottle..black color..medium tan head.. aroma is pretty plain.. really a plain imperial..small hints of coffee.. just weak

3.1
Petrucci914 (910) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 8, 2009
Thanks for sharing, bro! Pours a black color with a medium tannish head. Aroma is almost like Guiness....somewhat lactic or sour. Taste was much like a Guiness, and was missing all characteristics of a traditional impy.

3.2
LinusStick (3473) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 8, 2009
A so so impy. Aroma was OK. Dark chocolate and a hint of coffee, but very weak. Pour was a dark brown with a thin tan ring for a head. Taste was like a subdued thin Expedition (or any other good impy). The flavor was there but was just very weak and boring. Not a bad beer for Sam Adams though.


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