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RATINGS: 1043   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 276   ABV: 9.2%
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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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ToadMan (559) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 2, 2009
Dark color with a moderate chocolaty head, light lacing, slightly thin. Rich aroma of roasted malts with tones of chocolate and hints of liquorice, fig and coffee. Flavor is sweet with lots of chocolate malts and figginess. Coffee tones, especially in the finish. A noticeable but not abrasive alcohol presence. Doesnt have a ton of complexity, beyond fig I cant find any dark fruit, but its not overpoweringly large like a lot of Imperial Stouts. Quite good though it doesnt have the extreme nature of a lot of the highest rated stouts, I would guess this would be rated a full half a point higher if there was a label of a microbrewery on the bottle.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HenrikSoegaard (13397) - Randers, DENMARK - NOV 20, 2016
Bottle. Creamy lightbrown excellent fully lasting head. Black colour. Heavy malty and moderate hoppy aroma. Licorice and chocolate. Heavy bitter very roasted flavor. Some coffee notes. Long heavy bitter finish. Creamy palate. nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
mikkellund42 (785) - DENMARK - OCT 29, 2016
Bottle. Pours opaque black with huge espresso brown head. Aroma is deep roasted notes is malt, coffee and bread but also soy sauce and port wine. Taste is medium sweet, medium bitter, medium umami and light salty. Body is oily with light carbonation. Finish is long and mostly bitter with notes of heavily roasted malt, soy sauce, burnt sugar, salty Amarelli licorice drops, espresso and roasted coffee beans. Very intense and rich.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MrOrla (2422) - Odense C, DENMARK - OCT 21, 2016
Bottle @ courtesy dedollewaiter. Pours pitch black with a brown head. Aroma of deep choco, soy, licorice, touch of salt. Taste is quite heavy choco, deep roast, licorice, light fruity which suits it well, warming and quite drinkable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bamsen78 (5130) - Snderborg, DENMARK - OCT 4, 2016
Bottle from MiP, thamk you and Happy Birthday, my friend! Pours cloudy nearly black with creamy, stable dark tan head. Dark aroma of malt, fruit and roast, with notes of coffee and chocolate. Sweetish flavour of malt, chocolate and fruit, with bitter, roasty and coffeelike notes. Roasty and estery aftertaste with notes of malt. Creamy mouthfeel. Warming alcohol presence. Well-balanced and good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ken1 (1826) - DENMARK - SEP 7, 2016
Aroma: Dark roasted malt and coffee with chocolate and fruits. Flavour: Dark roasted coffee with chocolate, sweey fruits and slight raisins. Finish is dry and roasted. Mouthfeel is creamy with alcoholic warmth. Colour: Black with a creamy brown head.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Desverger (9271) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 2, 2016
Bottle [email protected] - black pour with tan head. Roasted malty with chocolate and caramel, some liquorice and aniseed coming in, some burnt malty nuances, roasted finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Plovmand (7933) - Helsinge, DENMARK - AUG 27, 2016
Bottle. It pours jet black with a medium beige head. Its ashy and roasted with pouch tobacco and chocolate notes. Some soy in the flavor. Classic Impy stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jonasdm (27) - - AUG 27, 2016
Bottle. A thin brown head with aroma of dark chocolate, berries and nougat. Taste is chocolate, coffee and roasted finish. Fine beer but not remarkable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hallinghansen (2939) - Odense SV, DENMARK - AUG 13, 2016
Bottle @ home. Black body with a medium brown head. Roasted malt, chocolate, charcoal, caramel, anise, liquorice. It has a sweetness that Im not a fan of.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
TorbenJensen (1468) - Valby, DENMARK - AUG 11, 2016
Already by pouring Im pretty sure Ive done a really good buy. It is pitch black, thick and oily, and it leaves a nice creamy nougat colored foam as slowly sinking but retains approximately 2-3 mm great foam on the surface. Exciting delicate aroma of hard roasted malt, licorice and dark chocolate. The taste is licorice, a little coffee, lots of hard roasted malt aftertaste of dark caramel. Furthermore, it offers a slight spicy flavor of anise and a slight taste of burnt coal with weak smoke. It is a very complex stout which has everything a solid and strong stout should have. I had really the feeling from the start, partly because Samuel Adams series is usually very fine beers and partly because the strength is 9.2%. The alcohol is not disturbing the flavors, but I senses heat and a slight tingling in the mouth because of the strength. The carbonation is soft and comfortable, and the aftertaste long and tasty.

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