Leini (588) - SWEDEN - DEC 7, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
355ml bottle. Nearly pitch black with a big nice mocca coloured crown. Notes of roasted malt, coffee, dark chocolate and hops. The alcohol punches through quite clearly.
csbosox (1216) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - NOV 27, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I have had this bottle for a while, possibly it is 3-4 years old? Purple label with a red banner. No date on it. It’s been in the fridge for most of that time. Licorice, roast, prunes and dark caramel in the nose. Thick bodied with a somewhat balanced, slightly warm finish. Flavor of raisins, prunes, dates, roasted barley and lesser notes of dark chocolate melted into sweetened, condensed milk. Once again, a quality beer from BBC.
hackobock (899) - SWEDEN - NOV 25, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Systembolaget. Pours black with a dense brown head. Aroma has chocolate, coffee, caramel, light milky notes, licorice, light alcohol and ash. Taste is bitter chocolate, with some roasted coffee and sweet caramel, finish is bitter chocolate and ash. Medium body
_angst_ (2361) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - NOV 19, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle bought @ Systembolaget. Pours oily black with a creamy dark mocha head that slowly dissipates while leaving a thick creamy trace on the glass. Smell is malty and balanced with roasted malts, high quality dark chocolate, brown sugar sweetened dark roast coffee, tar, charred wood, caramel, burnt cookies, hay and sweet dark bread. Taste is sweet, bitter and malty with roasted malts, high quality dark chocolate, dark roast coffee, charred wood, alcohol, moist soil, sweet liquorice candy, caramel, hay, burnt cookies and toffee. Mouthfeel is round, oily, boozy, tiny roasted astringent and near full bodied. Finish is bitter and malty with roasted malts, charred wood, toffee, caramel, dark roast coffee, bitter chocolate and hay. A nice surprise! Very good simple Imperial Stout...
GarrettB (914) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 13, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
January 28th, 2012 - The Samuel Adams Imperial Stout is a different beast from the small bottles lining the grocery store beer shelves around town. The distinction is emphasized right from the beginning with the first smell: a thick beefy and pot roast smell, and the creamy richness of cream of mushroom soup, all ladled over a tough and powerful core of roasted malt. It’s powerful, and even a little tasty. The flavor is also strong. Booze infects the system on the first sip, and immerses the drinker’s palate in a thick, raisin-filled concoction, laced with fig and brown sugar. This is a punchy, powerful brew, and its stout quality leans towards the sweeter side, pushing a nice balance between raisin and the almost-cloying fig aftertaste that resonates at the end of each sip. Could I have a box full of this instead of Fezziwig’s for the holidays?
HULK777 (286) - - NOV 5, 2013
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Creamy crown. Dark roasted malt and mineral aroma. Smoky taste of charcuteries, with hints of red berries and cocoa. Nice aftertaste.
rarbring (1085) - Linköping, SWEDEN - NOV 5, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma: Smelling of bread, apple, chocolate and egg.
Appearance: A dark brown colored beer. A brown head with some lacing and good curtains.
Taste: Tasting sweet bread, dark chocolate and vanilla.
Palate: Medium carbonation, a soft and oily texture. A good body with a slightly dry finish.
Overall: Balanced, fresh, porterlike.
Note: Bottle 355 ml. Reviewed 2013-10-30.
gyllenbock (4083) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - OCT 31, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Systembolaget Jakobsberg.
Black with a medium, firm tan head. Aroma and taste of licorice, dark chocolate, roasted malt, some notes of fruit and toffee. On the sweet side and relatively easy to drink. A descent one.
hotstuff (3912) - Indiana, USA - OCT 21, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Rated on 5-20-2009 (Bottle) This beer pours a medium sized fizzy light brown head, opaque dark brown body, fair amount of lacing, and very little carbonation. The Aroma is malty, chocolate, coffee, and alcohol. The Taste is bittere, malty, coffee, chocolate, boozy, and this beer has a dry finish. The Palate is tingly and this beer is medium bodied. Overall, the ABV comes through in the Aroma and the Taste, but not over-the-top. A beer worth trying.
JFParnell (41) - Washington, USA - OCT 12, 2013
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
One of my favorites, and the cheapest Imperial Stout that you are bound to find. Great taste of licorice dominates, and this one is for sipping like fine brandy.