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

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Samuel Adams Imperial StoutSamuel Adams Imperial Stout

Brewed by:
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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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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5/5  rDev +31.6%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of blackcompg
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured about 1.5 fingers of dense, mocha brown head, and the beer is brown/black, opaque, no lite passing thru. Thick milk chocolate lacing after finishing the glass, nearly coating the entire glass, impressive!

S - Liquid smoke, licorice, soy sauce, molasses, touch of plum/dark fruit.

T - Starts roasted coffee with some smokiness, then I get molasses and dark fruits, and also just a touch of soy (saltiness), on the back the fruits sour a bit to cherries and dark fruit peels. The finish dries to a complex combination of all of the above and I just get some black licorice, and a quick punch of alcohol...heat comes thru between sips, otherwise the 9.2% ABV is fairly well masked.

M - Medium mouthfeel, very smooth, medium carb keeps this from coating the mouth and adds a touch of crispness and a few edges throughout the sip. Would prefer lower carb in this style.

O - A very drinkable and flavorful imp stout, pretty complex, but not the best balanced. In fact, as this one warms the alcohol has become noticeably and significantly stronger, and is actually muting/overtaking a few of the flavors I've mentioned earlier. I would drink this one closer to 40-45 degrees.

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Photo of Duff27
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2009 Vintage

A- Thin light mocha head on a bnlack beer. Well above average lacing, decent head retention.

S- Cola, chocolate smells.

T- Very sweet, lots of residual sugars, Licorice. My alcohol detectors put this at 10%abv.

M- Thick mouthfeel, medium carbonation. Feels good in the mouth!

D/O- Been awhile since I've had this, pleasantly surprise with how it held up. Very nice, widely-available impy stout.

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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5/5  rDev +31.6%

Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.04/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Samuel Adams Imperial Stout has a medium-to-thick tan head, a black appearance, and thick lacing left behind. The aroma is of wet grains, and the taste is of alcohol, prunes, chocolate, coffee, chicory, hops, and some indistinguishable turned fruits. Mouthfeel is thick and heavy, and Samuel Adams Imperial Stout finishes dense, bitter, and alcoholic. Overall, this is interesting, but it’s only just good, not great.


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Photo of jettjon
3.56/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a 12 oz bottle with incomprehensible date stamp on neck… we don’t need no stinkin’ date stamps…. Into my Sam Adams glass (Thanks, guys!), it’s an engine oil brown color allowing no light penetration. Thick two finger solid head of coffee-foam yields good retention as it slowly fades leaving solid lacing along the glass. Nose of charred malts, fresh coffee, baker’s chocolate and cherry candy. On the palate it’s bitter chocolate-coffee up front tempered by bits of milk chocolate and hints of dark fruit. It’s big and bitter. Dry, bitter, end. Alcohol is well masks but asserts itself at the end. Mouth is a bit “foamy”, smooth, watery, and surprisingly not bubbly; not chewy either.

Overall, the overly bitter flavor profile detracts from an otherwise big and fairly complex brew. I’ve definitely had better, namely Stone RIS, Oskar Blues Ten Fidy, and Great Divide Yeti. Worth a try.

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5/5  rDev +31.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of Royalenfield1990
4.18/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Its black like oil with an espresso like head which quickly settles. Some thick lacing on the sides.

S- Smells sweet like berries, a hint of dark chocolate

T- Alcohol content is evident, a hint of coffee

M- Light carbonation, not too thick or thin.

O- This was my first stout and it was quite tasty. I think I will keep a bottle to age and see what happens.

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3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into pint glass. Pours dark, dark. Nearly black with big tan head that lasts throughout the drink and leaves considerable lacing on the glass.

Lots of chocolate and roasted malt on the nose with a decent amount of alcohol as well. No real hop presence.

The taste is much like the aroma with the sweetness of the chocolate and malt upfront giving way to a bitterness. Slightly warm.

Mouthfeel is fine, dry finish.

It's a good imperial stout, though there are many others I would rather drink.

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4.32/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass. Black as black could be with a finger of tan head. Left nice lacing.
Smells like molasses, whiskey alcohol and burnt malt.
Tastes like burnt malt and lots of it. A little sweetness, almost molasses, at the end. Milk and alcohol too.
Soft and creamy texture, medium body and almost no carbonation. Really nailed this.
Excellent drink and it hits the style perfectly. Drink it on a dark and stormy night (like I am) to warm you up.

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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

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5/5  rDev +31.6%

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5/5  rDev +31.6%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

Samuel Adams Imperial Stout from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Beer rating: 3.8 out of 5 with 1,498 ratings
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