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

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Samuel Adams Imperial StoutSamuel Adams Imperial Stout

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Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States

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.

Added by Duhast500 on 01-18-2009

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

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

T- chocolate,coffee,barley,fudge.

Mf- full tiny carbonation, full

Tasty indeed reminds me of rouge chocolate stout.


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5/5  rDev +31.6%

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5/5  rDev +31.6%

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5/5  rDev +31.6%

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5/5  rDev +31.6%

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5/5  rDev +31.6%

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5/5  rDev +31.6%

5/5  rDev +31.6%

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5/5  rDev +31.6%

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5/5  rDev +31.6%

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5/5  rDev +31.6%

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5/5  rDev +31.6%

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5/5  rDev +31.6%

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

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

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

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5/5  rDev +31.6%

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5/5  rDev +31.6%

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5/5  rDev +31.6%

Photo of jondeelee
4.97/5  rDev +30.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

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4.97/5  rDev +30.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

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4.85/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

A - Pours jet black with an extremely dark, burnt caramel head, 1 finger, nice lacing.
S - Very dark malts and high yeast, a very bready, biscuit note.
T - STRONG dark roasted malts, vanilla, caramel and bourbon. Nice alcohol burn.
O - Absolutely amazing.
V - Medium value.

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4.8/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

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.

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4.79/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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.

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4.75/5  rDev +25%

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4.75/5  rDev +25%

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