Elwood (3336) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - MAR 26, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz. bottle. Pours a pitch black with very little head. The first note I get in the nose is the alcohol. Raisin, black coffee, currant, and earth quickly follow. Medium carbonation with a rich, thick, oily mouthfeel. Tastes of nuts, black cherry, earth, almond, a touch of walnut, dark roasted malt, vanilla, anise, and a bit of raisin. There are a lot of flavors going on here! They aren’t always in perfect harmony, but it still proves to be a very good beer. The alcohol isn’t hidden all that well, but that too is okay. I think this one may be their best offering in the Imperial series. Definitely worth a try.
Rusty (1537) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - MAR 26, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a deep viscous black with a nice ligh brown head. Aroma is chocolate malt, coffe, roast, caramel. Flavor is chocolate, coffee, caramel, malts, dark fruits. creamy slick mouthfeel with a touch of bitterness in the finish. Solid offering from Sam Adams.
OD40oz (774) - Box Elder, South Dakota, USA - MAR 26, 2009
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice pour, dark as used motor oil. Nice and thick with a small dark tan head. Chocolatey aroma with noticeable alcohol. Creamy smooth taste with a nice roasted coffee finish. Top shelf.
Rutkiller (12) - USA - MAR 25, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. bottle. This is a thick beer which pours like motor oil. Small, light brown head which fades quickly, but leaves a nice lace. Smells of coffee, chocolate, caramel and toffee and tastes the same. Great feel in the mouth...silky smooth. High ABV at 9.2%. Overall, a very, very good beer from Sam Adams.
argo0 (11863) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 25, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(12oz bottle) Small brown head atop brown-black body. Aroma is moderately sweet, coffee/roast, dark chocolate, some burnt. Taste is moderately sweet, bittersweet chocolate, roast/coffee, some alcohol, burnt. Creamy full body with light burn.
MrBeerFanatic (900) - Friona, Texas, USA - MAR 24, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a mighty dark brown with an ever glowing brown frothy yet subtle head. Big aromas here of chocolate, coffee, toffee, caramel, and burnt malts. Flavors here are in fact complex but in the wrong balance. Alcohol is more than a little noticeable. Starts out a little creamy with notes of coffee, burnt malts, and chocolate. Then goes into a caramel/ faint anise note. Semi sweet and bitter. Leaves a burnt aftertaste. One of the best beers I’ve tried from Sam Adams, but then again Imp stouts are my favorite type a brew.
LtDan (1805) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - MAR 24, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Appearance: Pours a dark brown with a fizzy 1/4 inch brown head. The brown head subsides rather quickly.
Aroma: Roasted malts and dark fruits are very apparent in the intial smell. I get aromas I would associate with an Abbey Dubbel or Belgian Strong Dark ale.
Taste: Roasted malts, licorice, chocolate and dark fruit. Finishes with a moderate twang of sour cherry.
Mouthfeel: Perfect thickness. Not goopy thick, no watery leaning towards a heavy porter, just right.
Overall: I dare any Imperial Stout fans to put this in a blind taste test with a handful of other Imperial Stouts. This beer is smooth, bold, and easy to drink at 9.2% abv. Congrats to Boston Beer Co. for engineering such a great beer.
djaeon (15) - Chula Vista, California, USA - MAR 24, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours thick and black, with a minimal, milk chocolate colored head. This dissipates quickly, and leaves no lacing.
Smells of black coffee with a hint of dark chocolate.
Tasted of black coffee and bittersweet chocolate. High alcohol content for a Sam Adams beer is masked well. A little bit of a bitter aftertaste.
Thick and smooth.
Tastes great to me. I think I have a new favorite Sam Adams brand beer.
LearninBeer (409) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - MAR 24, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours black, big creamy carmel brown head, excellent lacing. The aroma is roasted coffee, chocolate, molasses.The mouthfeel is thick, rich, creamy. The flavor is chocolate, coffee, some roasted nuttiness.
00cobraR (1103) - Greensboro, North Carolina, USA - MAR 24, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
a solid impy. pours out black with a smaller brown head. aroma is big on roasted malt, coffee, and dark choco. flavor is very much the same with a nice balance of coffee in the finish.