phukktifano (159) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - APR 2, 2009
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Amber with yellowish head. Aroma is caramel,malt, molasses and a hint of roast chocolate. Flavor was the same savory and peppery.
yackery (159) - California, USA - FEB 6, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 23, 2011 12oz bottle. One-finger head that lingers atop yet five minutes later with comparable and complimentary lacing.
The aroma is impressively very roasty recalling chocolate coffee in a metal pot but mostly coffee in a metal pot. Thatís definitely better than it sounds.
The appearance is a beautiful, amber lava, seriously red and glowing appealingly.
The taste is a little bitter and salty and a little sweet. And a little meaty carrying the nose most excellently.
The palate is full body with perfectly lively carbonation and a satisfying finish.
DiabolikDUB (147) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 16, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured from Bottle into Pint glass.
Pours a slightly hazy deep copper with a finger of creamy khaki-colored head that slowly dissolves into a medium sized ring around the glass. The aroma is heavy with toffee with some caramel, smoke and booze. Tastes of toasted malts, light whiskey, peat and some burnt caramel. Its a medium bodied beer that is syrupy and hints of carbonation. I am actually pretty surprised at how much I liked this beer. I didnít expect too much from this and got so much in return. That said, it is a bit hot in the finish.
RolkaNation (141) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 28, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle poured into the olí dimpled mug. Beautiful dark brown color, crimson notes, murky, thick pale brown head. Awesome aroma....malt, pumpernickel bread, sugar cookie, gingerbread, molasses, hint of fig/raisins, alcohol. Very nice and complex, nose reminds me of a fine Belgian Christmas strong ale. As does the taste! Oily and slick going down with a great warming effect from the 9.5%. Flavor notes of heavy caramel, more dark fruits and a great sticky, bittersweet finish. Excellent brew.
tekstr1der (141) - New Hampshire, USA - MAR 22, 2015
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Amber pour with thin tan head - doesnít look as appealing as itís about to be... aromas of bread and caramel. Much the same comes across the tongue. A sweet finish makes this just right.
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. Thereís 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. Thereís 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!
MaroonOrange (137) - - SEP 3, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Deep amber color with almost no head. Aroma is heavy on molasses with a bit of syrup and grain. Taste matches the aroma. Sweet and thick with a smooth and warming finish and a nice lingering flavor.
dzimm27 (136) - - APR 15, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
7-5-7-4-17 Light malty aroma that does not indicate how big this beer is. Body is thick amber brown, not cloudy, but smoothly thick and full so you canít see through it. Taste is full on malt assault, thick with a light bitter finish. Warming and slightly alcoholic at the end of the sip. Very thick bready aftertaste. Very good. So thick and heavy, it is one for an occasion rather than an anyday beer. Would buy again.
Holtguy (133) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAY 25, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Reddish brown pour with a creamy white head. Taste is malty with nary a hop to be found. The high alcohol is hidden well. I found this to be a fine beer, one of my favorites from Sam Adams, and I welcome this readily available, high alcohol offering from this brewer.
v8powered (131) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - DEC 13, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Chocolate and malt aromas. Smooth and balanced. Still a far cry from the true European Double Bocks, but a nice American Seasonal. Not sure if it was worth the $11 for a 4 pack but I figured Iíd give it a shot.