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Samuel Adams Imperial Stout - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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BA SCORE
86
very good

1,464 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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Ratings: 1,464
Reviews: 800
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 13.68%
Wants: 56
Gots: 77 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams) visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  9.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Duhast500 on 01-18-2009

Imperial in stature and bigger than your average stout. This colossal stout was inspired by those created by 18th century English brewers for the Russian Imperial Court of Catherine II. The special malts in this intense and massive brew delivers rich flavors of dark chocolate, coffee, and anise.
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Kickbacks Gastropub in Jacksonville, FL.

Pours a dark, ashy looking black, with a half inch head, and a little bit of lacing.

Smells like dark fruit, anise, blackberry, chocolate, and roasted malt.

This one tastes pretty good, but there's a slightly sour dark fruit twang at the end of each sip. Maybe this is a more traditional interpretation of it? It's not a detriment, it was just unexpected. There are a ton of dark fruit flavors in the malt, with a good roasted malt character, and some roasted coffee as well. There's not as much chocolate flavor as I'd expect.

This is medium bodied, a little thin for an imperial stout, but still hefty enough. The mouthfeel is slightly grainy, but mostly creamy, with a lower level of carbonation.

Excited to finally try this one, but I thought it'd be a little better. It's still pretty tasty, anyway.

Photo of Stigh
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of chinchill
4.12/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle poured into a Belgian snifter.

Appearance: This beer, rather gently poured, raised only a thin layer of head that soon reduced to a thin ring and small island. It is a pitch black in the glass, and opaque, but with dark brown edges visible in the pour.

Smell: Dark roasted grains, chocolate, molasses, roasted coffee, a hint of sherry and a trace of smoke.

Taste: Black light-roasted coffee, molasses, dark toast, burnt caramel, chocolate, raisins, dried plums, vanilla, and faint smoke. Lingering aftertaste features dark roasted grains and black coffee but is only mildy bitter. Excellent flavor integration.

Feel: Very smooth and full bodied; good, light carbonation.

Overall: Excellent RIS with moderate complexity.

Photo of Ingles1989
3.84/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Beer-Revelry
4.85/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

A - Pours jet black with an extremely dark, burnt caramel head, 1 finger, nice lacing.
S - Very dark malts and high yeast, a very bready, biscuit note.
T - STRONG dark roasted malts, vanilla, caramel and bourbon. Nice alcohol burn.
O - Absolutely amazing.
V - Medium value.

Photo of PaulSlazinger
3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of stevehagy
3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SonictheBeerhog
3.72/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TheBeerdedCharmer
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BeerWithMike
4.12/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled last night on Christmas 12/25/14. Comes in a 12 ounce bottle in a 4-pack for around $10.00. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a Sam Adam's Imperial pint glass.

Pours a pure pitch black in color with about a one-finger foamy/creamy beige head that hangs along for a while. A good amount of thick lacing is seen with each sip that sticks to the glass. The aroma is mostly of dark roasted malts, toffee and coffee. The taste is bold with lots of flavor of the above ingredients. A slightly dry and very light bitter finish is noted but doesn't take away much from this brew. Medium+ bodied with perfect carbonation for this brew style. The brew actually tasted better when warmed up as this is more of 'sipping brew' than drinking it down in a few minutes. Kick back and enjoy this one during the cooler months. Another tasty brew from the Sam Adam's folks. Cheers!

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3.41/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ToddGingerich
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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3.92/5  rDev +3.2%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of Dan269605
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of MattFox
3/5  rDev -21.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of a77cj7
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of Martyrob
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of Eric1Mess
4.24/5  rDev +11.6%

Photo of misternebbie
3.64/5  rDev -4.2%

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Samuel Adams Imperial Stout from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
86 out of 100 based on 1,464 ratings.