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

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1,419 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,419
Reviews: 795
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 13.95%
Wants: 45
Gots: 65 | 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:
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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Ratings: 1,419 | Reviews: 795 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by Vancer:
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4.22/5  rDev +11.1%

Good ol' Sammy pours the infamous coal black into the Corsendonk tulip, thick marshmallow tan head floats gently on top, and leaves a sheet of lace on the way down. Nice way to start a sip of beer session.

Dark fruit of plum and raisin in the aroma, and I can detect some anise under the sheets. Thick and gooey quaff of burnt toast and deep roasted malt, only drawback is bit of woody resin in the finish. Has a kick of alcohol burn, even with the 12oz bottles, they could use a year of rest. Still, for $10 you get 2 bombers worth of high octane beer with a fine quality to them.

12-27-2009 21:01:47 | More by Vancer
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Photo of oberon

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +5.3%

9.2% ABV. per label.Good to see SA branch out and make a foray into this style.Poured into a snifter an oil slick black with a minimal cappuccino (like the bottle says)colored head that is gone rather quickly.Aromas of charred dark fruit and black licorice,dark roast coffee and a bit of wood as well.Flavors are heavy on the black licorice with molasses and dark fruit quite prevelant as well,a nice bit of raw earthiness in the finish as well.A solid stab at the style,just all around good.

02-22-2009 22:37:20 | More by oberon
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

10-19-2013 17:43:11 | More by aszatk01
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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

Pours very dark, thick and syrupy. The frothy brown head is gone pretty quickly with little lacing. Smells of roasted coffee and semi-sweet dark chocolate. Mouth feel is creamy, smooth and very tasty with a little bit of bitterness. For a Sammy, it was an unexpected treat. I liked it a lot. Reminded me of the Stone 12th anniversary bitter dark chocolate oatmeal stout but a bit less smokey. I'll be getting more.

06-12-2009 23:22:37 | More by ExtraStout
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

09-12-2012 00:29:08 | More by tohe9384
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

01-24-2012 15:51:20 | More by ricksrealm
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4.4/5  rDev +15.8%

Oil slick black. Darker than my burnt 3 day old coffee. Ample 2 finger head, thick mocha chocolate color. Considerable lacing. No light getting through.

Dark malt. Boozie, rum raisin. Light espresso, maybe chocolate.

Dark bakers chocolate. Deep espresso, all througout. Wow. Dark malted roasted malt (does that make sense?). Ending with port in a yummy way. Some drying, hops, biscuit. Something upfront I cant place.

Thick, juicy. I can just let this sit in my mouth all night. Take a small sip, o2 it, and relax. Wow, sits perfect.

Reminds me a lot of Bells Expedition Stout. Not quite as syrupy with mouthfeel, a little better in that manner.

At 65F, line me up 6 of these. Ill knock them down, and they will knock me down. Id win the battle, but they would win the war.

By far the best Sam Adams ive had. Favorite to day was their Boston Ale (not Lager).

05-17-2009 01:14:34 | More by JasonA
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

08-15-2012 03:56:09 | More by danthehopslamman
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

This beer was a syrupy-looking black brew with a small orange/tan head and a tiny bit of lace. It had a bittersweet chocoloate and roasted malt aroma. A nice espresso bitterness, also some chocolate and dark fruit. More bitter than sweet, a pretty good stout.

03-01-2009 14:18:40 | More by lordofthewiens
Photo of warnerry


3.93/5  rDev +3.4%

A - Pours pitch black with two fingers of brown head. Head looks creamy and has good retention. A nice amount of lacing left behind.

S - Chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, dark fruits and a bit of anise. Also a touch of hops. Pretty nice.

T - The taste has more coffee than chocolate, moderate roastedoak malt, a subtle but noticeable hop punch, a bit of anise, raisin and faint cherry. Alcohol not noticeable at all.

M - Mouthfeel is medium, definitely not heavy, slighty bitter and dry on the finish.

O - Pretty good RIS overall, at a great price. Like a lot of Sam Adams beers, this seems a bit subdued, and so doesn't really stand out. But it is a tasty and easy drinking RIS that I could see having again.

06-06-2012 02:13:45 | More by warnerry
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2.5/5  rDev -34.2%

05-19-2012 01:04:14 | More by 40451
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

05-18-2013 03:01:00 | More by SmellsofMahagony
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4.3/5  rDev +13.2%

I love this stout.

A: Black, black, black with an amazing tan head.

S: Light licorice aroma.

T: Little bit heavier licorice flavor.

M: Smooth end.

D: I'm not a licorice person but I do like stouts. I was surprised how much I enjoyed this beer despite my handicap.

09-06-2009 22:07:08 | More by Tiderion
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

06-27-2012 03:35:28 | More by TimoP
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Rhode Island

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

07-27-2014 04:58:46 | More by Doomcifer
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

12-23-2011 10:01:53 | More by orm56
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New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

06-07-2013 04:41:09 | More by megamass
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

02-18-2014 20:14:10 | More by Jason
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New York

4.22/5  rDev +11.1%

12 ounce bottle, w/o freshness/vintage info...come on now, the label says "age it", how about some dating info? Anyway, rant over, this one pours Imperial stout dark/almost black, under the expected dark tan head, froth, film and leaves light and fine tiny spots of lace. Nose is full of dark chocolate, espresso, chocolate milk and burnt grains. Full flavor, heady stuff @ over 9%. Nose carries nicely into the tongue sensations, more dark, dark chocolate, roasted grains and dark coffee. Thick and smooth mouth feel. Real nice job here by S.A. Impressive.

03-04-2009 00:47:43 | More by Billolick
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3.68/5  rDev -3.2%

Appearance: dark black color, with big chocolate brown head, medium carb

Smell: chocolate, with malts, and some wood

Taste: bitter dark chocolate, coffee, alcohol, and roasted malt

Mouthfeel: dry, slightly bitter, rich full body

Drinkability: A drinkable Imperial Stout, the high ABV is moderately masked. If this were on draft, I may get it, but I have had better imperial stouts

03-04-2009 05:11:54 | More by tigg924
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4.22/5  rDev +11.1%

The beer pours a black color with a tan head. The aroma is roasted malt, chocolate, coffee and a little bit of dark fruit. A nice, complex aroma and better than I expected. The flavor is a mix of heavy roasted/charred malt, dark chocolate and some coffee. There is also a nice bit of cream flavor. Medium to thick mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A very nice Imperial Stout, easily the best beer from the Samuel Adams Imperial Series.

02-13-2011 02:19:08 | More by Mora2000
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

02-20-2012 05:51:04 | More by donunrue
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3.28/5  rDev -13.7%

Poured nicely with a 2 finger head.. completely black..im not seeing any light through this stout. Moderate lacing of the tannish foam. 1st smells of roasted malts with some chocolate, and smoky fruit?, but not overpowering. Tastes of coffee..dark cocoa. Mouthfeel is great: thick, mild carbonation, coats the tongue nicely. I think Sam Adams does a nice job of trying to bring a wide variety of brews to a mass market. Id drink it again but i think id take a Founders or Arcadia Ales IS over it anyday.

03-08-2009 01:19:10 | More by sculls65
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1/5  rDev -73.7%

04-26-2012 17:09:08 | More by Happy_Camper
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3.83/5  rDev +0.8%

A: Pours a nice dark black with some tan head, leaves some lacing on the glass.
S: Sweet dried fruit, some roasted malts. Slight smell of alcohol. The nose is surprisingly light for the style in my opinion.
T: Roasted malts, a hint of sweetness. The coffee finally comes in and lingers in the aftertaste
M: Nice carbonation, goes down smooth.
D: All in all a pretty decent beer. I wouldn't go out of my way for it but definitely wouldn't turn one down.

06-11-2009 03:20:40 | More by strangebrew52
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Samuel Adams Imperial Stout from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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