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RATINGS: 1039   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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4.4
six13racer (3) - Kentucky, USA - AUG 18, 2009 does not count
Poured from bottle into goblet. Very black, held to light and could not see through. Has an espresso colored head that is not to thick, and dissipated quickly. Has a peppery taste as well as chocolates and coffee tastes. Enjoyed one to sip then had one with dessert. Even better went well with vanilla bean ice cream. Very good efffort by Sam Adams. The Imperials just became available in my area, looking forward to trying them all.

4.4
bpreo (2943) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - NOV 21, 2010
Seems a little thinner than the average Imperial Stout. Smooth though, a drinker and a sipper.

4.4
Jimthechap (2064) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - MAR 22, 2012
*This beer sat in an office in Christchurch untouched for a good year before opening. Unable to be reached by human hands as the place was within the redzone earthquake cordon. Liberated by the owners of the Twisted Hop, who I thank with gratitude for the gift of this beer and many others. As black as coal tar - impervious to light with a good skin of mocha head on top. Aromas of currants, sherry, dates, Marsala and cinnamon. Smells like a good, heady Imperial Stout. Full bodied with a surprising amount of carbonation and saucy plum flavours. It isn’t as sweet as the aroma suggests and carries with it a definite plum duff spiciness: cinnamon, allspice and mace. This big arse beer is huge, chewy and lush. Not a beer for the faint of heart, but definitely one for the seasoned beer campaigner.

4.4
Fatehunter (2615) - Corbett, Oregon, USA - APR 20, 2012
Poured into a pint glass. Black as black could be with a finger of tan head. Left nice lacing. Smells like molasses, whiskey alcohol and burnt malt. Tastes like burnt malt and lots of it. A little sweetness, almost molasses, at the end. Milk and alcohol too. Soft and creamy texture, medium body and almost no carbonation. Really nailed this. Excellent drink and it hits the style perfectly. Drink it on a dark and stormy night (like I am) to warm you up.

4.4
House3000 (4) - - DEC 10, 2012 does not count
Pours black, thick creamy head, not as bitter as most,, delicous non-over-bearing aftertaste, has that just right imperial stout taste without feeling over done, finishes a tad sticky and is fairly thin.

4.4
braznadian (59) - Washington, USA - DEC 26, 2012
Pours dark brown/black. One finger of creamy brown head that recedes after a minute leaving a light lace. Aroma is heavy dark chocolate with a light roastiness. Light sweetness of chocolate up front, with a dry roasted coffee finish. Subtle spice aftertaste - the anise perhaps. Smooth lightly carbonated thick body. Alcohol is well masked by the strong chocolate/coffee flavors. Very good beer with excellent body. Will definately have this again sometime.

4.4
tysongillmore (362) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 21, 2015
I didn't take any extra notes when I tried this beer for the first time but I'm gonna try it again and update my comments. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.4
mariuspoenari (2972) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - DEC 13, 2015
Pitch black pour, visibly thick, with a dark espresso head that is slow to rise to the surface. Smells like roasted malts, dark cherries, walnuts, lactose and scotch whiskey. Promising! The taste doesn’t disappoint - dried fruit (figs, raisins) covered in dark chocolate, freshly roasted coffee beans, vanilla, oak. A warm spicy aftertaste with notes of pepper and anise. Super thick mouthfeel, a bit choking at times, but quite pleasant. No carbonation present.

4.3
wickster (85) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - FEB 21, 2009
Nice and black, the way it should be. This one has a great smell to it, roasty chocolate goodness wafting from the glass. The choco-coffee ness of it almost stings the back of my tounge...in a good way. Picked this up for $11/4pack...and I would have to say I would gladly get it again

4.3
djaeon (15) - Chula Vista, California, USA - MAR 24, 2009
Pours thick and black, with a minimal, milk chocolate colored head. This dissipates quickly, and leaves no lacing. Smells of black coffee with a hint of dark chocolate. Tasted of black coffee and bittersweet chocolate. High alcohol content for a Sam Adams beer is masked well. A little bit of a bitter aftertaste. Thick and smooth. Tastes great to me. I think I have a new favorite Sam Adams brand beer.


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