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

Samuel Adams Imperial StoutSamuel Adams Imperial Stout

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BA SCORE
86
very good

1,371 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

(view ratings)
Ratings: 1371
Reviews: 793
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 13.95%


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:
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.

(Beer added by: Duhast500 on 01-18-2009)
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RichieS2

Michigan

4.75/5  rDev +25%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I picked this up with a friend while out shopping and at first I balked about spending $10 for a 4-pack. Was I ever wrong! This one from Sam Adams to be put simply is one of the best beers I have ever had, bar none.

Appearance
Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass it looks like a promising stout. It pours dark brown/black to the point of being opaque and has a head that dissipates fairly quickly.

Smell
This is where things got interesting, it smelled very sweet and creamy, like a rich dessert, now that got me very curious.

Taste
The richest beer I have ever tasted in my life! It was like drinking liquid chocolate with a little bit of cream added.

Mouthfeel
The taste was not the only winning characteristic, "stout" is a loose term, I have had some that while dark were as watery as any adjunct lager, not so with this one. It was far from watery and just shy of being like syrup. The 9.2% abv also added a pleasant warmth in the mouth and as it went down.

Drinkability
This is something that is meant to be savored to the last drop and bring joy to stout-lovers everywhere. Those used to lager will cringe but those with a fondness for the dark stuff will find this beer very easy and very enjoyable to go down. It is something that as your drinking the first you think you will want to enjoy this beer all night but then the high abv hits you and you realize you won't be able to enjoy the complexities so you wisely decide to give it a rest.

In conclusion this beer is of microbrew quality if not better and is well worth the price tag, enjoy today.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2009 22:33:41 | More by RichieS2
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Samuel Adams Imperial Stout from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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