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

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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.

Added by Duhast500 on 01-18-2009

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,496
Reviews:
806
Avg:
3.82
pDev:
13.61%
 
 
Wants:
68
Gots:
94
For Trade:
0
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Photo of Zylod
3.94/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Marius
4.45/5  rDev +16.5%
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 BenBreeg
4.74/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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

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4.48/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Wafe
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of WoostaBia
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
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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2.97/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

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4.04/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.25/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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4.17/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.08/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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4.23/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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3.13/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

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4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.16/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Cool Design: Flagship and all that.
Poured in, it Looks like a Choco-Milkshake, nice head....
Yeah, its malty, comes with roasted flavours, i cant taste the alcohol, which is a good sign.This is a wholehearted stout with a smooth aftertaste...nice!

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

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Kickbacks Gastropub in Jacksonville, FL.

Pours a dark, ashy looking black, with a half inch head, and a little bit of lacing.

Smells like dark fruit, anise, blackberry, chocolate, and roasted malt.

This one tastes pretty good, but there's a slightly sour dark fruit twang at the end of each sip. Maybe this is a more traditional interpretation of it? It's not a detriment, it was just unexpected. There are a ton of dark fruit flavors in the malt, with a good roasted malt character, and some roasted coffee as well. There's not as much chocolate flavor as I'd expect.

This is medium bodied, a little thin for an imperial stout, but still hefty enough. The mouthfeel is slightly grainy, but mostly creamy, with a lower level of carbonation.

Excited to finally try this one, but I thought it'd be a little better. It's still pretty tasty, anyway.

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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Samuel Adams Imperial Stout from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
3.82 out of 5 based on 1,496 ratings.
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