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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

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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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ThisWangsChung

Maryland

3.28/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a very dark brown color with good opacity. The head is a one finger light tan color. It fades fairly quick, but leaves a bit of lacing on the glass.

S: Honestly, if Sam Adams called this a chocolate stout, I wouldn't have batted an eyelash. Chocolate (both dry baker's and even a touch of the milk stuff), licorice and bright dark fruits are the most prevalent aromatic notes - even a bit of cherry seems to come through. Not much in the way of roasted malts; this seems like it'll be on the sweet side.

T: There isn't much deviation from the aroma. There's a lot of semi-sweet chocolate, cherries, and licorice to open the flavor profile. It finishes a bit weak, providing only a generic dark fruit and malt character that's far too hard to identify. The biggest problem is that it needs a bit more roasted malt to counteract its sweetness. I notice a slight 'soy' character on the aftertaste which is honestly kind of pleasant. Still, it doesn't alleviate how sweet it is.

M: Any doubts this is a sweet RIS are thrown quickly to the curb with its lingering, sweet, almost syrupy finish and aftertaste. It's also quite thick feeling. While this does a good job of covering the alcohol up, I'd honestly prefer it if were dry but a bit boozier.

O: Given its sweet nature and relative simplicity, I'd recommend this as a dessert beer or to someone who's never had an imperial stout before. All in all, this one is a fine offering, but nowhere near my favorite in the style. I'd pick Old Rasputin, Black Chocolate Stout, or Yeti over this any day.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2012 21:59:13 | More by ThisWangsChung
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Samuel Adams Imperial Stout from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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