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

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BA SCORE
86
very good

1,413 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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Ratings: 1,413
Reviews: 795
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 13.95%
Wants: 41
Gots: 61 | 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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pilotgod

Oklahoma

2.93/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Pint glass.

A: Very dark brown, about as dark as you can get an not be black. Poured with a generous two finger dark brown head that dissipated down to a thin, but solid layer that remains through the glass. Lacing is good with nice rings marking the progress of each sip from the glass.

S: Not a bad smell, but not what I expect from a Russian Imperial Stout. Maybe that is why they left "Russian" out of the name. There is more presence from the hops than usual for the style. This is countered though by the dark chocolate and caramel notes that beckon you. A little alcohol can be detected, but isn't obtrusive.

T: First thing I notice is the roasted malts and the chocolate flavor. While there is a bitterness that some have likened to coffee, I don't think that is right. To me, it still comes from the dark chocolate, like a 90% cacao chocolate leaves that lingering bitterness. All of this combined with the alcohol makes for an interesting taste.

M: The alcohol makes it a bite a bit, but it is not harsh. The carbonation is good and the above mentioned bitterness tinges the tongue.

D: For the style this is a decent beer and worth picking up. I've found it as a good introduction to the Russian Imperial Stout style for those not accustomed. This isn't high enough to be my "go to" for RIS.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2011 02:16:41 | More by pilotgod
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TruePerception

California

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

Samuel Adams' Imperial Stout. 9.2% ABV.

A: Just over a finger of chocolate milk brown head. Lacing forms almost immediately, thin, yet able to form multiple rings. Beer is black, with extremely dark brown in the dimple, and just the thinnest dark golden brown line at the very bottom.

S: Dry, bittersweet, powdery cocoa up front, with a bit of light coffee/dark toffee in the back. Just a faint bit of char and licorice. Fairly sweet aroma. Slight grassy note.

T/MF: Decent smoothness of texture. Grassy coffee dominates. Fairly crisp for a darker beer. A flare up of very dark toffee on the back end. I'm not getting any chocolate notes on the palate. A bit of char. Overall, though it has darker flavors, they are nice and light. A good beer for people newer to stouts, but still wanting a stronger beer. Not overly impressive, though.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle, into a Belgian tulip glass.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2014 05:40:24 | More by TruePerception
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Samuel Adams Imperial Stout from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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