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

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Samuel Adams Imperial StoutSamuel Adams Imperial Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States
samueladams.com

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.20%

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.

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#22,959
Reviews:
809
Ratings:
1,503
pDev:
13.68%
 
 
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Photo of Buckeye55
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had it a few years back, just remember that it tasted of licorice and coffee. A very strong taste and very full bodied brew. I remember that after 4 or 5 of these monsters I was feeling pretty good, I guess attributed to the 9.2 abv.
I will have to revisit this one soon.

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Photo of GuyFawkes
3.92/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Drank 5/9/14 @ World of Beer Evanston.

Black color.

Minimal tan head; minimal lace.

Black licorice & fresh earth nose.

Thick mouthfeel.

Coffee grounds, fresh earth, molasses & mild black licorice flavors.

Dark & complex, yet drinkable.

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Photo of drunkenmess
3.94/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mothmanscott
4.27/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From notes 12/30/11: Pours a deep brownish black with 1+ inch lasting, mocha, fine bubbled, foamy head that leaves moderate lace. Aroma is roast, dry figs, prune, coffee, chocolate anise and pungent hops. Taste is similar but with more anise/licorice from mid-sip into the aftertaste. Notes of char in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation, mouth coating.

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Photo of DVMin98
3.89/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BenHoppy
3.94/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BEER88
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JamFuel
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours black, with soft, chocolate colored foam.

Smell is full of chocolate and licorice, with a hint of soy sauce.

Starts of slightly boozy, dark chocolate, licorice and a bit of coffee. Nice balance, and nice aftertaste.

Medium bodied, good level of carbonation.

Overall, a good Impy, a bit more muted and a bit too thin for me than the really excellent ones.

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Photo of Benjolovesbeer
5/5  rDev +31.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Stardusthotel83
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ArkyVaughan
3.6/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tone77
3.56/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a black color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of dark fruits, roasted malts. Taste is roasted malts, alcohol, light hops, some dark fruits. Feels medium/full bodied in the mouth and overall is a decent beer, but not a great example of this style.

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

Photo of wpreynolds
3/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of rodbeermunch
3.71/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Stiff black pour on this one. Tan colored head, 3/4". Impressive. Substantial roast and dark fruit notes, alcohol wafting.

Taste is more roast, more dark fruit, but the bitterness is lightly tamed. A bit of anise, chocolate malt, coffee and toffee malt notes.

These are good, the format is nice, better for sharing on a cold night.

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Photo of ThisSeasonsWaifu
2.5/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Heeenrik
4.17/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Zylod
3.94/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Marius
4.45/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pitch black pour, visibly thick, with a dark espresso head that is slow to rise to the surface. Smells like roasted malts, dark cherries, walnuts, lactose and scotch whiskey. Promising! The taste doesn't disappoint - dried fruit (figs, raisins) covered in dark chocolate, freshly roasted coffee beans, vanilla, oak. A warm spicy aftertaste with notes of pepper and anise. Super thick mouthfeel, a bit choking at times, but quite pleasant. No carbonation present.

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Photo of HopBelT
4.35/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Dr_Fox
3.99/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of EricLovesStout
4.48/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Wafe
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of WoostaBia
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Thick pour with thin lacing, small dark brown foam. Smell: molasses, wet brown sugar, vanilla, roasted barley. Taste: Same as smell with significant lingering sweetness, hop bitterness noted going down mixed with light alcohol heat. Has a thin mouthfeel, was expecting chewy feel as the pour looked thick.

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Photo of thomseye
2.97/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

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Samuel Adams Imperial Stout from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 3.8 out of 5 with 1,503 ratings