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

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BA SCORE
86
very good

1,451 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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Ratings: 1,451
Reviews: 796
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 13.95%
Wants: 52
Gots: 70 | 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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Reviews by templar316:
Photo of templar316
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I'm reveiwing poured into a british pint and allowed to warm to cellar temp.
It's black as the devil, not a hint of light going through this, and a thick brown head which lingers for awhile. Rasputin would be proud, the nose hits with booze, coffee and paritcularly anise undertones, but the alcohol warning is there. the flavoris all this and more taking some time to roll across the mouth you get Anise, powerfull and purpley rolling to chocolate and finishing with a terrific coffee bitterness. Jim Koch is really reaching for greatness on this one, and while I've had better russian imperials I haven't had many, and I'm a fan of the style.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of aszatk01
4/5  rDev +5.3%

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

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.

Photo of t2grogan
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of tohe9384
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of ricksrealm
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of JasonA
4.4/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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).

Photo of danthehopslamman
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of lordofthewiens
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of warnerry
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 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.

Photo of 40451
2.5/5  rDev -34.2%

Photo of SmellsofMahagony
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of Tiderion
4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of TimoP
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of Doomcifer
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of orm56
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of megamass
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of Jason
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of Billolick
4.22/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of tigg924
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of Mora2000
4.22/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of olradetbalder
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of donunrue
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of sculls65
3.28/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Samuel Adams Imperial Stout from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
86 out of 100 based on 1,451 ratings.