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

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BA SCORE
86
very good

1,418 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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Ratings: 1,418
Reviews: 795
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 13.95%
Wants: 44
Gots: 64 | 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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mrcarterxxl

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +31.6%

Sam Adams imperial stout

P- motor oil black with a slow forming head chocolate milk in color.

S- smells very malty, you can almost taste the ale through
Smell.

T- chocolate,coffee,barley,fudge.

Mf- full tiny carbonation, full

Tasty indeed reminds me of rouge chocolate stout.

Cheers!

10-09-2010 01:13:00 | More by mrcarterxxl
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calmac

North Carolina

5/5  rDev +31.6%

01-29-2012 19:22:26 | More by calmac
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ZacharyJ

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +31.6%

11-20-2011 22:25:18 | More by ZacharyJ
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Dougwillhike

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +31.6%

06-12-2014 17:00:17 | More by Dougwillhike
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kingstonma

Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +31.6%

11-20-2011 21:35:40 | More by kingstonma
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Goldfoot

Michigan

5/5  rDev +31.6%

12-16-2011 16:05:26 | More by Goldfoot
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Duke_of_Windsor


5/5  rDev +31.6%

07-20-2014 13:08:07 | More by Duke_of_Windsor
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TEAMHOLT

North Carolina

5/5  rDev +31.6%

11-23-2011 20:46:22 | More by TEAMHOLT
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Arvo

Michigan

5/5  rDev +31.6%

11-19-2011 04:26:52 | More by Arvo
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Burns9812


5/5  rDev +31.6%

11-18-2012 03:12:05 | More by Burns9812
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its65andsunny

Florida

5/5  rDev +31.6%

12-05-2011 04:32:39 | More by its65andsunny
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mikennat

Missouri

5/5  rDev +31.6%

11-15-2011 15:51:04 | More by mikennat
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arivers

Tennessee

5/5  rDev +31.6%

11-17-2011 03:07:33 | More by arivers
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ZAP

Minnesota

5/5  rDev +31.6%

A-Black with nice ruby highlights...really impressive looking...if this was a woman I'd have a bon...ahh forget that thought....it is fine looking though...

S-Great aroma..smells exactly how I like an Impy stout to smell...burnt molasses,figs, anise, dark chocolate, black coffee, black licorice (Alexander the Great would love the way this smells), and charred raisins.

T-Similar to the nose with a lot of charred, coffee, chocolate, molasses, licorice, and raisins.. Big time flavor....jumps out at you...

M-Creamy, rich, full bodied...abv is hidden but some dark chocolate bitterness on the finish...

D-This is one awesome Impy..I did a blind taster with this and Central Waters Impy which is also very good and this was by far the more impressive beer in body, big flavor, aroma etc...the CW was tasty but seems like a regular stout next to this. This is a great creation by Sam Adams....

05-21-2009 05:08:35 | More by ZAP
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hoorayfourbeer

Indiana

5/5  rDev +31.6%

11-29-2011 15:57:42 | More by hoorayfourbeer
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r3o

Florida

5/5  rDev +31.6%

12-15-2011 00:31:09 | More by r3o
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TurdFurgison

Ohio

5/5  rDev +31.6%

11-24-2011 23:28:35 | More by TurdFurgison
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jondeelee

Massachusetts

4.97/5  rDev +30.8%

Boasts an aroma so thick you could use it to shore up cracked shipboards. Massive, meaty malt smells dominate, including notes of both chocolate malt and "real" dark chocolate, molasses, marbled rye bread, peat, and a slight hint of tobacco.

The assault on the tongue is no less impressive, the first flavors being sweet, with huge dark fruit esters, black cherries, caramelized brown sugar, toffee, blackstrap molasses, maple syrup. Mere moments later the malts crash in and flood the beaches, bringing waves of deep, smoky chocolate malts, hints of tobacco, peat moss, deeply toasted (almost burnt) grains, coffee. The hops mostly stay in the background, but do add just enough bitterness to remind you that they're there. The aftertaste is dominated by the near-burnt, smoky malts. Mouthfeel is similar to cream, almost extra virgin olive oil-like in viscosity.

Overall, I think this is a stellar Imperial Stout, and I place it right up with Old Rasputin in terms of potential. Because while this is excellent fare now, if you threw a few of these into a cellar for five years, you'd have an unbeatable drink.

08-09-2011 16:03:52 | More by jondeelee
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Wamesit

Massachusetts

4.97/5  rDev +30.8%

A - Pours black with a thick tannish head with hints of almost purple edges. Moderate lacing.

S - Roasted coffee malts. Chocolate malts. Alcohol.

T - Big malts flavors, robust and yet so smooth; chocolate is pronounced as well as roasted coffee and black malt. Touch of bitter hops in the finish. (Centennial?) Alcohol/boozy vapors throughout.

M - Lush, like velvet drapes.

O - Good lord, delicious. This is what an Imperial Stout is.

08-30-2011 04:00:06 | More by Wamesit
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glamphetamine

Virginia

4.8/5  rDev +26.3%

A - Dark black with just the slightest trace of brown. Almost entirely opaque, probably the blackest beer I've seen in my life. The head rises to about a finger, maybe a finger and a half, and then shrink backs into a mocha brown ring around the glass and a thin layer on the surface.

S - Raisins, raspberries, chocolate, coffee, and perhaps blueberry. Hints of burgundy.

T - Like cold, carbonated coffee with dark chocolate melted into it. Hints of cognac and fruit, maybe raisins, and vanilla.

M - Very thick, more carbonation than most stouts. The alcohol is well masked. Leaves behind a strong, pleasant aftertaste of chocolate and coffee and is rather warming.

D - Very drinkable for how thick it is, and considering the ABV, but it's a beer to be sipped and savored. Definitely not a beer to slam back or have later in the night if you can't appreciate the flavor.

11-07-2009 00:58:37 | More by glamphetamine
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MichaelNickerson

Michigan

4.79/5  rDev +26.1%

Appearance - unbelievably dark beer with a dark brown strong, thick, and prestigious head.

Smell - coffee and cocoa aromas with subtle brown sugar, molasses, and raisin notes

Taste - small sweet complexion, followed by a strong coffee flavor that dominates the palate. Not too hoppy, but finished instead with a roasted taste.

Mouthfeel - extremely smooth for an imperial stout. You don't notice the alcohol taste at all.

Overall - Extremely thick and relaxing beer to sip on. Excellent dessert beer, especially if you love coffee and chocolate.

04-24-2013 16:26:30 | More by MichaelNickerson
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Trent

Michigan

4.75/5  rDev +25%

11-18-2012 03:05:20 | More by Trent
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spazx

New York

4.75/5  rDev +25%

04-09-2014 01:00:29 | More by spazx
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TerryB

Indiana

4.75/5  rDev +25%

11-17-2012 16:35:08 | More by TerryB
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RichieS2

Michigan

4.75/5  rDev +25%

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.

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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