trokini (1025) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 14, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured a very dark brown, nearly black, with a nice thick tan head that stuck around for a while. Good lacing. Good start. Strong licorice aroma with burnt barley and wood. Molasses and mocha with dried fruits round it out. Not the most appealing, but still good. Then, the first sip... ehhh, what happened? Weak mouthfeel, some may say even "watery" for the style, considering this is an Imperial Stout. Noticeable carbonation gives it a harsher feel as well. As for the taste, the molasses and burnt barley are most prevalent. Second-place is the alcohol and raisin flavors. Some soy sauce in the finish. Its not awful, just unbalanced.
CheersMate (1340) - Portland (Sellhood), Oregon, USA - APR 14, 2009
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Actually, a very good looking beer. A nice viscous pour with a nice thick chocolate head that doesnít fade away quickly. I am fairly impressed. The head eventually fades away into a thin head mainly around the edge of the beer. Nice smooth palate as well. A light sweet malt aroma. Not as aromatic/pungent as I would like it to be, but decent. Definitely get that sweet licorice, but other than that the roast, chocolate, and coffee flavors are a bit too light for me. Sweet licorice is followed in the flavor by a subtle coffee roast. Overall, decent beer. They could put a little more of the roast and coffee into it, but for Sam Adams this beer is pretty good.
craftbeerdesign (2254) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 12, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
bottle poured into a snifter... based on their Imperial Pilsner (which is a hop bomb), I was anxious to try this new beer from Boston Beer Co.... and it is quite good... this pours a thick oil like pitch black and settles with a thin tan head... if this had a thicker head, it would be an easy 5/5 in appearance. nice sweet roasted malt, chocolate and licorice aromas. really thick and chewy body that is extremely smooth over the tongue. fairly even throughout in flavor and texture. the chocolate carries through the most with a touch of alcohol on top. solid finish with the sweet malts hitting the back of the mouth. there is also some lingering alcohol in the finish. I am curious how this will age... need to get some more first.
Maddog (523) - Kettering, Ohio, USA - APR 12, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
I applaud Sam for attempting better beers. After almost single-handedly starting the micro beer craze, they rested on their laurels and got left behind. But now, with this Imperial series (and of course Utopia et al) they are throwing their hat back into the ring. This Imperial Stout was a beautiful sight to behold, opaque black with a chunky dark tan head. The flavors were roated malts and coffee complimented by the sweet beginnings of malt and the dry hoppiness of the finish. A delicious IS, just not in the same league as Stone RIS or Great Lakes Blackout. But keep íem coming Sam.
jujubeast6000 (854) - Houston, Texas, USA - APR 12, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Reviewed 4/6/2009 (Bottle, served with spicy chili):
Pours an inky dark brown, nearly black, colored body, with a big brown colored head, lasting. Good lacing too. Chocolately roasted aroma, alcohol too. Some good chocolate and toffee aroma. Not an overly strong aroma. Nice chocolate taste, creamy mouthfeel. Reminds me of Stone RIS. Some alcohol on the backend. A good chocolate milk taste but with some bite to it. Wow, this is pretty good. Iím interested in seeing how this ages. Very tasty. Definitely will buy again.
lb4lb (2587) - Austin, Texas, USA - APR 12, 2009
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours dark black with short lived tan head. Smell is dark fruit, sweet chocolatey malt. Taste is of licorice, charred chocolate and some hoppy bitterness and light alcohol. Medium to full body and slightly oily with soft to medium carbonation. Kind of a chalky burnt bitterness that lasts. Wasnít too crazy about this one.
zeke626 (460) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 12, 2009
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: AUG 3, 2009 Bottle. Pours an opaque black body with a quickly disappearing, thin brown head. Nice aroma of sweet, dark malts along with hints of chocolate and coffee. Flavor is not as impressive as the aroma, and is more of the same with an odd metallic or mineral taste. Medium bodied with a light carbonation. Charred malt finish with a slight metallic tone.
milljam (682) - Norman, Oklahoma, USA - APR 12, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: OCT 10, 2009 I would definitely include this in my top Imp stouts. Deep black pour with a dark brown/beige head. Aroma is very roasted with coffee, nut, and chocolate prevalent, as well as some notes of dark toffee and spice. Flavor is complex and full, big notes of chocolate and coffee, followed by roasted malt, toffee and anise. Bitterness is moderate, but does not linger. Alcohol is well-hidden. Mouthfeel is smooth if not a bit watery. Overall, a very well done Imp stout.
haddon90 (1619) - Newport Beach, California, USA - APR 11, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a deep black color with a nice, tan head. Roasted chocolate aroma with a sense of sweet toffee. Some caramel as well. Nice, sweet taste. You can kind of sense the alcohol. But a sweet, chocolate taste. Hint of raisinís too. Very sweet. Pretty decent stout from Sam Adamís!
jumpjet2k (314) - Houston, Texas, USA - APR 11, 2009
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Jet black with a brown head thatís slow to form and fades fairly quickly. Aromaís a little roasty, a little chocolate. Flavor of dark fruits, some chocolate, but far too sweet to be balanced. Fairly smooth. Okay, but certainly not exceptional. I wonít be buying this one again.