Metalhead (627) - Lake Zurich, Illinois, USA - FEB 17, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
The only things I found different between this and the seasonal version were
the price $2.75 per bottle vs $1.50.
The ABV 9.5 vs 7.5.
Aroma very similar.
Taste-the imperial is cleaner version with the added ABV not in your face.
Not sure how this will age or if it will.
Decide for yourself if $11 a 4 pack is worth it.
BeerBunker (709) - Burbank, Illinois, USA - FEB 17, 2009
2.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Pours mahogany with a fizzy tan head. Aroma is of caramel, chocolate, and dark fruit. Taste is of Nyquil, fruit, malt, and chocolate. What the hell is wrong with this beer? It tastes like horrid cough syrup and cheap malt. It pours nice and smells nice, but it tastes awful. Ok, after several sips, the horrid Nyquil taste settled. Though it never fully went away. Small notions of malt, chocolate, and caramel. Mouthfeel is extremely light and very gritty. They slapped in a ton of alcohol and slapped on a bigger price tag. Just plain poor.
decaturstevo (4872) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - FEB 11, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark cherry red/brown. Roasted malt with a hint of funk. Flavor of abv, rich sweet malt and a not much bitter. Thin and pretty hot at 8.8. Not a bad beer though.
tgncc (2742) - Bellmore, New York, USA - FEB 9, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Caramel, toffee, other fruit on the nose. The aroma is not as strong as i would have expected. Appearance is an attractive red/mohagany color, modest off white head. Flavor is candy sugar, toffee, grapes, alcohol. The finish is sweet, with a good amount of alcohol, providing a slight warming. Medium mouthfeel, not very thick for a dopplebock. I don’t think I liked this one as much as the regular SA Double Bock, one of my favorites from Sam Adams. This beer is enjoyable enough though.
SpringsLicker (3116) - Tennessee, USA - FEB 9, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to Butters for sharing this one at his Februmergency Tasting.
Pours clear medium brown with virtually no head.
Malty candy aroma.
The flavor follows the aroma closely.
Butters (3725) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - FEB 4, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Guess i’ll have to settle for sloppy seconds on this one... Many thanks to sixfootsix. Pours a translucent brown with semi-reddish highlights and wispy tan head. Nose definitely has some alcohol heat on it, along with oak, plum and other dark fruits. Flavor is mainly caramel and toffee malts with rum soaked fruits. Mellow semi-boozy finish leaves a nice warming sensation.
Barrios (1243) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 4, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Awesome...I get the cherry on this one Butters! Thanks again to sixfootsix for hooking us up. 12oz bottle. Pours a light tan head with some lace and a dark amber body. Smells of white grape and fig. Tastes like fig, caramel, and yeast. The finish is sweet with some alcohol and a very faint bitterness. I like this one.