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

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BA SCORE
86
very good

1,425 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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Ratings: 1,425
Reviews: 795
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 13.95%
Wants: 46
Gots: 67 | 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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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

KevinL, Jul 06, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

retry4z, Jun 30, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -34.2%

crazyfoMostout, Jun 28, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

JDeming, Jun 27, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

TJMoney, Jun 26, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

JJChrist, Jun 21, 2014
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

BamfBacon, Jun 14, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

ChaseBacon, Jun 14, 2014
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5/5  rDev +31.6%

Dougwillhike, Jun 12, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Latarnik, Jun 01, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

TheFlea1, Jun 01, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Std73, May 28, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

PappyVans, May 28, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

hermit990, May 28, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

2011 Vintage, poured into a pint glass

A- pours opaque pitch black color with a small creamy dark tan head that eventually reduces to a small layer floating on top, short lasting lace

S- deep, dark chocolate aroma that smells like a fresh fudge brownie, notes or carob & prune with some coffee on the finish

T- dark roasted chocolate up front gives way to a blast of dark fruit with notes of fig, raisin, and even some dark cherry juice, mid-palate continues sweet with brownie flavors and eventually gives a finish of caramel, butterscotch and day old coffee

M- medium-heavy body with moderate carbonation leads to a super creamy mouthfeel and a silky smooth finish, alcohol is hidden very well

O- this bottle was nearly three years old, and it is drinking wonderful. Alcohol is barely detectable and the chocolate and dark fruits have taken over, making it a sweet sipper. If you take the Sam Adams label off of this beer, I guarantee it would be rated higher

Treyliff, May 24, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

jkermitj, May 22, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

zestar, May 20, 2014
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3.26/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured Imperial Stout from Samuel Adams into a snifter.

A - Pours a pitch black with one finger of mocha head.

S - The aroma is very light roasted malts, some sweet chocolate.

T - A little acidity on first taste, followed by roasted malts. Light chocolates mid palate with more acidity. On the aftertaste getting slight coffee notes and more roasted malts.

M - Medium mouthfeel, with medium carbonation. A little thin for a RIS.

O - Well, this is a ok RIS. Just too many good ones out there to choose from. Cheers.

fitrock2112, May 11, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

nrweigand43, May 08, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

MikeWard, May 05, 2014
Samuel Adams Imperial Stout from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
86 out of 100 based on 1,425 ratings.