smith4498 (2843) - Miami, Florida, USA - DEC 1, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours dark brown color with tan head. Moderate roast and chocolate aroma with oak, Belgian yeast. Roasted malt, chocolate and oak flavors with some dough and a hint of sourness. Medium body with average carbonation.
thorongil2 (993) - , Ontario, CANADA - NOV 29, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(bottle) clear reddish amber colour with a tall brown head; aromas of jam, sour fruit, fruitcake; balanced flavour with noticeable alcohol and a medium long sweet and sour finish
BrewBoxer (1723) - New York, New York, USA - NOV 24, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle to glass. Pours a deep0 black color with no head or lace. Taste is sweet and boozy with a vanilla bourbon flavor > decent and more flavorful of fruits and malt as it warms up.
TBone (11740) - Pori, FINLAND - NOV 20, 2013
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottled 750ml@VWPBF, bought from brewery
Dark ruby color, small brown head. Papery malty, slightly toasted aroma. Medium-bodied. Sweetish, chocolate, a bit tart maybe. Thinnish for this ABV.
phaleslu (5723) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 18, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pour from a 750 ml bottle at FOBAB 2013. Pours a deep, cloudy brown with a small khaki head. Definite Belgian character here, with sweet malts, cocoa, dark and dried fruits, coffee, oak, and spice. Medium-bodied, with modest carbonation and a malty, fruity mouthfeel. I generally don’t tend to go crazy for Belgian imperial stouts, and this won’t change my mind. But it’s not bad.
high_on_hops (532) - Burlingame, California, USA - NOV 16, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a solid black with a tan head and lacing. It has an aroma of dark fruit, spices, and some chocolate. The flavor is spices up front and and with a background of apples and dark fruit with a background of chocolate, dark malt, and coffee over a medium body.
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BroSpud (1582) - , Massachusetts, USA - NOV 5, 2013
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Large corked bottle. Pours a dark brown with a tan head. Interesting brew. Sweet flavors of dark fruits, coffee, cherries and spices.
doublebock (489) - California, USA - OCT 29, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Appearance: Dark brown cola color with healthy beige head
Aroma: Hefe-like a with a slight amount of oak and caramel
Taste: Chocolate and toffee with a yeasty spicy citrus finish. The body is much lighter a stout.
Overall: I was hoping for some more a barrel aged or sour taste but ultimately this is more a spiced belgian ale..
Derek881 (939) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - OCT 29, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: OCT 30, 2013 The beer had a black color with a slight dark brown hue and a wet appearance and consistency with a very large foamy and somewhat creamy tan head with great retention, and pretty good cling and lacing. Its aroma featured some citrus fruits and spice, but also a chocolate and soft coffee tone, along with caramel and oak. The taste was had some soft chocolate and caramel tones mixed with a light bitter citrus and spice blend and a light presence of oak. It was a wet, soft beer in the mouth but had good carbonation and fizz and a slightly noticeable presence of alcohol.
mcberko (5228) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 25, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
750mL bottle, pours a deep dark brown / black with a tiny beige head. Nose is full of Belgian spice, some oak and slight cocoa notes. Flavour is similar, with Belgian spice and oak predominantly, with subdued cocoa notes. Almost a little metallic, but more oaky than anything. Very light-bodied for the style, but fitting due to the Belgian influence. A surprisingly strong beer from Samuel Adams.