Westchesterco (683) - mclean, Virginia, USA - MAY 14, 2013
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Aroma chocolate with overtones of fruit. Appearance dark opaque brown with a slight tan head taste taste of chocolate and long slight bitter palate
Iphonephan (2265) - McLean, Virginia, USA - MAY 14, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
From a 12 oz bottle. Pours black with a tan head. Aroma of caramel and chocolate. Rich and creamy mouthfeel. Flavors of roasted malt, coffee notes and ash. Bitter finish.
Emeister84 (636) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - MAY 12, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark chocolate, espresso, anise, and hints of soy on the nose. Black with a lasting, dark tan head. Dry, roasty, earthy, and savory, with flavors of earthy cocoa, molasses, and subtle licorice. Full bodied with low carbonation, sticky, and finishes with lingering earthy roastiness.
sfontain (736) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 4, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle, Andersons, $2.99. Pours nearly opaque black; smaller tan head turns to a tiny ring; very light lacing. Aroma heavy chocolate, along with lighter licorice, coffee, roast, prune, and maybe barely vanilla; some slightly unappealing sourness here. Flavor is heavy on the chocolate and the vanilla is easier to detect here; the sourness is significantly worse here; some alcohol warmth. Medium-heavy body, super sticky; not quite fizzy but not far off and certainly not that smooth. Not terrible but the lesser of the Sam Imperial series beers.
mtwhitney (168) - Maui, Hawaii, USA - MAY 2, 2013
2.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
I don’t think that I have ever had a beer start with so much promise and then....Very good aroma. Good head. Nice dark appearance. BUT too cloying. Too much dried fruit taste. Not balanced. Nice try, but back to the drawing board. Guinness is too widely available to substitute this for.
CpyNPrnT (58) - Indiana, USA - MAY 1, 2013
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Very thick and chewy, hints if plums, coffee, molasses, musty to flat taste from the age. Full taste after a second or two. Okay aftertaste. Try for the record, but nothing to go out of the way for.
Tinco (514) - Linköping, SWEDEN - APR 21, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A nice and creamy IS. Nice and well crafted. (Short review due to bad notes)
JK54B (1535) - Helsinki, FINLAND - APR 10, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Mild nose of vanilla and syrup. Pale brown espresso like head. Dark brown black color. Soft coffee and chocolate taste with licorice and syrup. Also some syrup and licorice. Dark prunes.
RedCloud (128) - Rhode Island, USA - APR 6, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a very dark oil black that thins out to a very dark brown color. Dark-tan head is fairly minimal, but with some sticky lacing. Smell is of milk chocolate, light caramel, and very light pipe tobacco. Taste starts with lightly bittersweet chocolate, and only a slight hint of anise, before opening up into dark roast coffee, bitter toffee, and mild cigar tobacco. Finish has a lingering roastiness and bitterness. More hearty than robust. Mouthfeel is full and fairly chewy.
wmubronco1992 (565) - Coldwater, Michigan, USA - APR 4, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours black. Dark brown head. Aroma is dark and roasty. Very thick and rich. Thick lacing. Big bitter dark roast flavor with a smooth chocolate finish. Hearty palate. Bitter mouthfeel. I’ve enjoyed the Sam Adams Imperials, but this one has been my favorite. Excelent beer, very well done.