Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - MAR 21, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle. Georgeous color, deep copper with a little red as well. Aroma is dark fruits, slightly sweet. Can taste the alcohol right away, which I like, sweet, more dark fruits some caramel, very tasty.
luv2brew (196) - Chesterfield, Virginia, USA - MAR 20, 2009
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours a deep mahogany with a nice foamy head. Nose is of nothing but a very sweet malt. Very mallty with a large amount of nuttiness. It does have a mild burntness to it. Almost a brown sugar molasses type of sweetness with a littel bitterness at the end Overall not much to this.
boto (1912) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - MAR 20, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz. bottle: This one pours a crystal clear ruby tinged brown color. There was a small tan head that only lingered a short time. No lacing. The aroma is a bit sweet, with mostly caramel up front. Notes of fruits and vanilla. This is a nice rounded double bock. It is very smooth tasting. Flavors are the caramel, faint fruits. The alcohol is well hidden. A touch of dryness from some hops in the finish. Nice.
CJfromPhilly (139) - Aston, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 20, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours from the 12oz. bottle a iced-tea-ish brown with a small, tan head that quickly settles into a modest collar. There’s quite a few bubbles rising to the top. Aroma is sweet, vanilla-ish and kind of syrupy. 1st sip is a big, bold hit of malty sweetness, with overtones of vanilla and alcohol. There’s a slight alcohol burning & harshness on the swallow that cuts down on the drinkability. This is NOT a session beer, unless you goal is to get passed-out-on-the-floor drunk. But is is a good after work or after dinner sipper. Overall, a good, big, tasty beer to finish off your day. Leaves me wanting to try the rest of the Imperial series!
beerandIT (300) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAR 20, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
First I want to say that this is not my favorite style of beer. This is why I got out of it though.
Smooth very palatable double bock. Nice amount of malt back bone. Nice aftertaste though does not linger long. I’m glad Sam Adams is making this more readily available now. Hides the alcohol well I think. A hint of caramel which I get from the sweet taste of this beer. In the nost I get a lot of malt. Nice smooth beer here. I would say you could drinik this beer all night but be forewarned you may not be so happy with yourself in the morning!
alraicercsu (166) - Ft.Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 19, 2009
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Pours a dark red brown color. Smells like a big bag of roasted grain with a litte coffee note. Tastes sweet, and roasted.
bhensonb (11921) - Woodland, California, USA - MAR 19, 2009
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from BevMo. Dark reddish copper color with an ok beige head. Aroma of roasted caramel. Full bodied with mild but sharpish carbonation. It’s rather sweet, progresses to roasted malt, shows a mild touch of coffee, has touches of likely noble hop. Heat is very well hiddden. Finishes towards dry/astringent with something like chocolate coating the mouth. It’s a variable beast. I think they have a good beer here.
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 18, 2009
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz. Bottle: Aroma of malts, light dark ripe fruits, caramel, light alcohol, molasses, slight raisins, and malts. Poured copper/amber in color with a small, beige head that lasted around the edges. Clear. Lightly sparkling. Flavor is medium sweet. Tastes of caramel, alcohol, slight salt, light astringent, malts, slight spiced yeast, and some vegetables. Medium body. Syrupy texture. Average carbonation. Sweet, astringent, alcoholic, caramel finish is cloying and off-putting.
jstraw (1942) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 18, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark amber with fair, creamy tan head / Toasty, brown sugar nose / Medium, chewy, body, syrupy and sweet, with good balance and finish / Big flavors of molasses and brown sugar, with notes of raisins and roast malt / Typical simple Sam Adams flavors, but well made.
BOLTZ7555 (2879) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - MAR 16, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark honey pour with a small creamy eggshell head. Aroma is brown sugar, caramel, and cocoa. Nice smoky sweetness that exhibits lightly toasted marshmellow, milk chocolate, and raisin. Alcohol isn’t at all overwhelming...actually really enjoyed this one. Let your buddies try this and watch them tip over one-by-one.