Samuel Adams Imperial Stout
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

Samuel Adams Imperial StoutSamuel Adams Imperial Stout
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Russian Imperial Stout
Ranked #800
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3.84 | pDev: 13.54%
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
Massachusetts, United States
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Samuel Adams Imperial StoutSamuel Adams Imperial Stout
Notes: 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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Photo of jamie2dope
4.12/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Grabbed a single of this new beer from Sam Adams tonight at Sav Mor in Twin City Plaza. Good pour brings out a black color, with a decent amount of brown foam heading. Nose is of Belgian chocolate, licorice, sweet cream, fudge...very very nice. Taste is fairly rich, with chocolate and espresso notes. It starts off sweet, and ends on a mildly bitter coffee note. Medium body for the style, but it makes up for it in taste, still feels big to me. Pretty quaffable, I like this Impy Stout from SA. Next time I will go for the four pack.

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Photo of BigIrishman
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into tulip

Appearance: Pours dark with a light cappuccino head, although not too much of it. Relatively no lace.

Smell: I can pull a lot of anise and coffee out of this, maybe a little chocolate but not much. There is also a mellowed black licorice smell in the back.

Taste: Resembles the smell, although the coffee is very faint. More of that licorice lingers as well.

Mouthfeel: A bit light for the style, but still rather syrupy.

Drinkability: There is a little alcohol burn on the back end of this one, but not too bad.

Notes: +1 for Jim Koch and the rest of BBC. They are really pushing the bounds of what can be a readily accessible big beer. The taste might have missed some of the hidden gems you often find in a good RIS, but overall a good accessible beer for the big beer lover.

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Photo of BattleRoadBrewer
3.17/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served cool in a chalice.

Pours inky black with a rather thin dark caramel colored head of fine bubbles. Rather thick body but I've seen more syrupy. Leaves good lacing.

Aroma when cold is dominated by coffee. Then out comes an unwelcome meaty aroma, and finally as it warms up a huge banana nose dominates.

Flavor is weak and muddled, a combination of chocolate, coffee, roasted malt and (in my imagination) oatmeal. It wasn't big with either chocolate or malt or coffee.

Mouthfeel is pretty good, but maybe slightly thin for the style.

Drinkability was a let down. The meaty and banana aroma scream yeast abuse, which is really surprising for the pros at Boston Beer, they've got plenty of experience brewing big beers. And the flavor is muddled, nothing shining through. Both recipe and technique suffer. I'm surprised they decided to release this and declare that it's a new, permanent year-round offering without apparent public tastings first.

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Photo of bowersdm
4.44/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a nonic.

A - Black (as usual) with a 3cm light brown/lightly creamed coffee look. On the pour, the beer looked as if it was the darkest beer I have ever seen. The overall appearance puts it high on my list of darkest beers as well.

S - cocoa, roasted barley, coffee. not much going on here.

T - cocoa, roasted barley, coffee, dark chocolate, a subtle spicy hop flavor and when the beer hits room temperature, a licorice/anise flavor is discernible. This is probably the anise flavor the bottle is speaking off. I could never tell the difference between anise and licorice, so I'm just going to say it was anise/licorice. The beer itself doesn't have the depth of flavor as other Imperial Stouts, but what it makes it taste great is how rich the flavors are. The alcohol became discernible at room temp also.

M - incredibly. This is probably the best mouthfeel of any bottled beer i have ever had.

D - I find it to be a really rich beer, definitely a slow drinker. It's a great value for the price (9.99 for a four pack) and I will definitely buy some again.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours dark brown/black with a frothy 2 inch tan head. Head retention and lacing are both pretty good. The aroma is roasted malt, coffee, dark/bittersweet chocolate, licorice and a bit of smoke. The taste is similar to the aroma, but I can also taste some oak/wood (even though I'm pretty sure this beer isn't barrel aged). It also has a good lingering bitter coffee aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium/full, it's rich and a bit creamy. Drinkability is good, it's not hard to drink at all. It could be smoother, but overall it's still an enjoyable brew. I think it's a good beer, hopefully SA will decide to make this again in the future.

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Photo of magget
4.35/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into stemmed tulip

dark as night with a very dark tan head,with a little swirl it becomes a beautiful dark brown color.very little lacing on the glass

smells like dark roasted malts, dark chocolate, and maybe some raisin or other dark fruits,not too sure.slight alcohol in the nose as well.all i can say is that it smells like an RIS should.roasty-toasty.

as the smell, it tastes as it should. super dark roasted malt flavor with dark chocolate and cocoa on the back end.maybe a little alcohol as well but nothing overpowering.

mouthfeel is solid and sticky.i like my stouts almost chewy/sludgy so this would be my only quam about this beer. a little thin for my taste but still a nice thick body.

drinkability is good for the style. its thinner body probably yields the ability to have a couple of these bad boys on these freezing winter days in new england.

over all a great offering from s.a. can't believe it took them this long to release an impy stout. nice work.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Pours black with a small, thick dark tan head. Quite pretty. Aroma of sweet roasted malt and alcohol, perhaps a touch of dark chocolate. Flavor is quite intense in the first sip, with a big alcohol punch, and sweet alcohol (almost a touch of bourbon here...) and roasted, chocolatey notes in the finish. Palate is much fuller than I typically expect from SA beers, but it is also rather heavy and boozy. Definitely worth a try though!
7/4/7/4/15 (3.7/5)

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Photo of TrevorGW
4.37/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a - 3 ounce draft sample poured at a festival. Nice tan head with a jet black body
s - Coffee and licorice. Truly inviting.
t - Brilliant dark chocolate notes in the taste. Nice balance with the bitterness from the hops. Robust but refined flavor.
m - A little bit grainy on the tongue. Not super thick.
d - For an imperial stout it is highly drinkable. Can't wait to see this in the bottle.

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Photo of Duhast500
4.23/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tasting glass from the tap.

The color was a dark black, the head was a a light brown not too think or foamy.

The smell is of chocolate and a smooth coffee flavor in the background that was not too strong.

The taste is of dark chocolate, coffee, and some nice hints of roasted malts. Also has a nice mellow smoky flavor in the background as well.

A great Imperial stout that is not too hard on the pallet. A bit smooth and also packing a pit of a kick. This is a new brew in Samuel Adams new Imperial series,

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