AdamGott (386) - Idaho Falls, Idaho, USA - JAN 13, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
near black pour with thick brown head - notes of molasses in the nose - flavors are of coffee, chocolate, molasses and spice - finishes with a mix of all of those spices.
Homer321 (1806) - Rock Ridge, Florida, USA - JUL 2, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle shared by Keith. Nose is chewy raisins and dried fruit. Pour is a light brown with red highlights. Taste is a dried fruit roll up with raisins and cherry. Actually good.
Darkmagus82 (490) - - JUN 30, 2014
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured from bottle into a chalice glass
Appearance – The beer pours a dark brown, nearly black color with a one finger head of a thick creamy head of an off white color. The head very slowly fades leaving a fantastic level of thick and foamy lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma of the beer is big of a yeasty and banana smell mixed with lots of darker fruit aromas of raisin, plum and fig. Along with these smells comes other more Belgian spice smells with strong notes of clove and coriander and a bit of pepper. A sugary sweet bubblegum aroma and a bit of candied sugar mix with the fruit to create an overall very sweet smell. This sweet however is overall balanced by the presence of some lighter dark chocolate and roasted malt aromas which with the sweet produces a very inviting smell.
Taste – The taste begins with a somewhat sour dark fruit flavor as there is a rather strong presence of cherry, raisin, fig and a lemon like taste. Right up front there is also some flavors of a roasted malt and light chocolate nature, which begin stronger, but end up fading more and more as the taste advances. While the roasted and chocolate fade, some yeasty and spice flavors come to the tongue along with more and more sour lemon flavors joining along. While quite weak more toward the middle, the roasted flavors make a resurgence at the end of the taste, bringing along with them some hay and grassy hop flavors. These flavors balance some of the more sour flavors nicely and with some flavors of a light candied sugar and some warming boozy rum flavors coming to the tongue at the end, a mildly bittered and somewhat sour dark fruity and lightly boozy Belgian flavor is left to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on somewhat thin for a brew of 9 % abv, but not too far off for a Belgian strong dark, while the carbonation level is on the slightly higher side. The feel is rather nice as it mellows the sour a bit with the thinner body and higher carbonation all while still allowing the other more mild dark fruit and malt flavors, as well as the yeast and spice, to come through.
Overall – While listed as an Imperial Stout, I would definitely not classify it as that, but instead as a Belgian strong dark ale. It is fruitier and less roasty with a whole mess of Belgian yeast flavors.
Overall it is alright, but really does not outshine other beers of a comparable style and price.
nuplastikk (4295) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 21, 2014
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
750ml wacky non-sleek bottle. Black brown body. Brutal aroma, sweet and past its prime. The oak just adds an oily slickness to the whole mess of a beer. Not unlike a milk stout in its sweet sugary forwardness, but with the neutered SA Belgian yeast, and some coffee and spices. Not unbearably bad, but pretty shabby. Oily specialty malt oaky residues. Not worthy of the premium price. Disappointing.
Koskela (273) - Marysville, California, USA - JUN 17, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I get choc oak and a typical Belgian yeast aroma with this clear deep red ish brown color and a cream brown head. A tart flavor hits my young at first followed by slight sweetness of chocolate and maybe some oak. The body is a medium body with decent carb. There is a bitterness and choc flavor with the alcohol feel in the end. Not bad though I don’t know what kind of brew I would truly classify it.
COMRADEJOSH (287) - Ft Hood, Texas, USA - JUN 11, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Not very strong aroma to me but what I do get is grape like. Tastes of fruit but I don’t get very much of what I consider stout flavors of toasted malt and chocolate tones. I taste more fruit and sugar tones like a Belgian Abbey enjoyable but not like a stout except slightly on the aftertaste.
David46 (10) - St Matthews, Kentucky, USA - JUN 8, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
I had a chance to sample this wonderful stout at a beer festival last weekend. I had not tried this series of big bottle Samuel Adams beers, so I was very pleasantly surprised. I will add more to the rating info when I have a chance for a larger portion.
kevinator (865) - The Colony, Texas, USA - JUN 2, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
This gets points for uniqueness but is my least favorite of their Barrel Room Collection. Sour and Belgian yeast aromas with a hint of roasted malts. Deep brown with a red tint on the edges. Not as dark as expected. Lighter mouthfeel with lower carbonation but with a decent head. Oak and tart fruit flavors hit first followed by roasted chocolate and a Belgian spice finish. Complex but not enough to "wow" me.
Inbreak (1897) - Loddefjord, NORWAY - MAY 20, 2014
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
17.05.2014, 0,75l bottle @ home:
Nice creamy mediumlasting head. Aroma is slightly sweet fruity, bubblegum, yeast, banana, dried fruits, grass, hay, almond essence, flowers, dark malts, alcohol. Taste is slightly harsh sour-ish grassy, yeast, harsh grass, alcohol, almond essence, oak, dried fruits, banana, flowers, dark malts. Medium bitterness, harsh mouthfeel. Meh!
kidmartinek (3539) - austin, Texas, USA - MAY 18, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This is a black beer with a fizzy tan head on the pour that changes to a foamy head with brown syrup and holds. The aroma is very sweet like it was aged in a wine barrel. The flavor is sweet fruit and alcohol which dominates any malty or roasted character of a stout. A background thread of chocolate runs through the whole thing. Pretty bad cold but pretty good closer to 60 deg F. Very smooth for its strength. Rating reflects warmer temperature.
jb (2152) - Rochester, New York, USA - MAY 16, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle in trade with Ron. Dark, clear, orange highlights, thick head, nice full retention. A bit of Belgian yeast noted right away, sour, cherries, a bit of cocoa and coffee along with typical Belgian spices. Palate starts smooth and creamy, a bit sharp then, and the flavors come in, the same ones from the nose. Fairly complex. Finishes dry.