hopdog (11560) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 30, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml caged and corked bottle. Poured a brown color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of earthy, chocolate, some dark fruits and I’m getting a trace of cinnamon. Tastes of chocolate, vanilla, roast, and the same trace of cinnamon.
ejh8 (118) - Massachusetts, USA - NOV 30, 2012
0.8 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 1/20
Disappointed. Sam Adams is the consistent failure of microbrews and this one is no different. Bland and dry. Almost gross. Like the color and it looked good on the label but I hate this one. Sam Adams always disappoints me.
glenD (31) - - NOV 29, 2012
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
This beer is not a stout. If you get this expecting a stout it will dissapoint you. However, it is very fruity with a coffee aftertaste. The alcohol is well hidden. Also, the beer has a very tart feel to it. I drank another one of the barrel age collections that was fruity and tart, and it seems like this batch of stout came from the same barrel. This has a very similar tart experience as the other but not as strong. Decent brew, but I wouldn’t buy it again for the price. I will keep the bottle and brew my own imperial stout and enjoy that.
ccex (1191) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 25, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Fancy 750ml bottle pours a very dark ruby brown with small tan head and no lacing. Aroma is an interesting mix of dark cherries, cinammon, prunes, chocolate, vanilla and perhaps oak. Taste is sweet and slightly spicy with some alcohol in the finish. Mouthfeel is sticky, body is full, and carbonation is minimal. Not what I was expecting from an Imperial Stout, but actually quite good.
jkwalking05 (4587) - Arlington, Texas, USA - NOV 24, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black in color with a decent beige head. Aroma is cinnamon, prune, vanilla, chocolate, oak. Taste is of prune, molasses, chocolate, cinnamon, vanilla, tart cherry.
travita (4847) - Dallas, Texas, USA - NOV 24, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. The look is brownish dark color, ok beige colored head, and somewhat dark but clear look. The smell is spiced, heavy, cinnamon, chocolate, coffee, and too spiced. The taste is spiced, sweet, yeast, tart, fruit, and chocolate.
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - NOV 23, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml bottle: pours a mostly opaque black with a creamy froth of beige head. Has a sweet dark chocolate and biscuity malty nose with a hint of dark fruits. Body starts with pretty good fullness and light carbonation with plenty of sweet dark caramel and notes of milk chocolate and bittering hop balance. Finishes smooth and bittersweet. Could be a little more complex, but is dangerously drinkable.
Elwood (3336) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - NOV 23, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Serving: 750 ml. bottle from State Line Liquors. It pours a very dark brown with ruddy highlights. The nose has notes of spice, Belgian yeast, and a touch of stewed apple. Dark caramel malt with roasted pear and apple, a touch of cinnamon, and slight yeast notes on the tongue. Light vanilla on the back end. Decent flavor and fairly complex. Nice work Sam.
Pershing (524) - Garland, Texas, USA - NOV 17, 2012
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: NOV 20, 2012 Pours jet black with a tan head in a snifter glass. Vanilla and spice aroma. Almost taste like homemade cola. A little on the sweet side with some spritz from the carbonation level and and some molasses. Slight alcohol burn on the palate. Not much hop bitterness but I guess that matches the style. Nice looking bottle. Sweet Sticky finish.
Fielding (58) - - NOV 16, 2012
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pretty pour. Nice nose but the taste is confused--sort of muddled flavors with a strong alcohol flavor that was unnecessary for the alcohol content. Rather blah.