rocbyter (1898) - Waterbury, Connecticut, USA - MAR 11, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Strong barley aroma similar to bourbon with lots of robust malts. Black color with a medium light brown head. Sweet and silky beginning quickly forming a burning bitter taste that last into the finish.
nefarious (220) - Waterford, Michigan, USA - MAR 11, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Big black pour with a almost non-exsistant tan head. The aroma is huge caramel and malt.....almost like a barley wine. The flavor is very sweet....caramel, roasted malts.....dark fruits and a coffe finish. The mouthfeel is outtta this world.....it so velvety smooth and coats the tounge. sold pour.
aplusbreaks (330) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 11, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle, sample out of a plastic cup. Pours dark brown/black with a decent mocha colored head. Aromas of coffee, chocolate, roasted malts and a hint of licorice. Flavors of sweet smokey roasted malts up front, with a nice bitter finish. Palate is smooth. A little to sweet, but a great effort.
thegreenrooster (3215) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 11, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pour is a black with a thin tan head. Aroma is some roasted malts, dark chocolate and alcohol. Flavor is a very big roasted malt with a bitter coffee aftertaste. The alcohol is not as strong as in the aroma. A well crafted beer and better than the impy wit imo.
Rastacouere (6130) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 11, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Initially beautiful black pour covered by a large, frothy dark brown head. Straightforward anisey nose where you encounter little of the usual chocolate/coffee richness. Heavy sweetness intrudes on the palate, leaving little room for the otherwise considerable roastiness. Sweet bready and fruit concentrate flavours reminds of plums, blue grapes. Little bitterness to compensate the anise/sugar onslaught. Moderate carbonation leaves a slick oily feel. Alcohol is relatively subdued at 9.2%, but the malt’s complexity is not so impressive while the balance leans heavily towards sweetness.
crondonik (32) - California, USA - MAR 11, 2009
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 oz bottle. esspresso colored with a dark tan head that stays but is small. smells of coffee, burnt chocolate, vanilla, a little lactic thing, and molasses. Tastes of very dark coffee with a surprising sweet almost oatmeal stout type of thing with chocolate and a lttle bit of banana bread maybe. better than i thought it would be and an easy drinking stout.
Cavie (3795) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - MAR 10, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very dark pour. Very dark. Tall brown head, like a dark bread. Light burnt aroma, lots of alcohol on the nose. Oily and thick over the palate. Roasted flavor, not much more as far as coffee or chocolate. Some sweet flavors are detectable. Soft finish, no linger of flavor. A noble attempt at a difficult style to mass produce.
thenick (766) - North Bellmore, New York, USA - MAR 10, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sample @ EBF ’09. Pours a deep brown to almost black with a tan head and considerable lacing. Aroma is roasted barley and caramel, with detectable chocolate and cream as well. Taste is roughly the same, with the palate being a tad too watery for my taste. Finish is smooth. They gave it their all here, but it doesn’t quite measure up to some of the best. I like the other 2 in the Imperial Series much better.
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAR 9, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
From the bottle pours a virtually pitch black body with a dense, creamy, mocha colored head that shows good retention. Delicate tapestry lace coats the glass almost entirely. The only thing holding this back from a perfect appearance score is that is looks a little watery for the style as the glass is disturbed. The nose shows alot of barley roast and darkly scorched caramel, with notes of dark chocolate, cream, and anise. Earthen hops work well with hints of smoked malts that border on rauchbier intensity. Flavors are strong on coffee, the roasted beans working nicely with the earthen hop notes and burnt grains. Chocolate and anise go hand in hand, and a little vanilla creeps in as well. The mouthfeel is a little thin for the style, as the appearance hinted. There’s also a touch of alcohol burn on the back end, though the carbonation level is nice. Finishes semi-dry and quite roasty. Nice effort from Sam Adams. It’s nowhere near the top of the genre, but it is a fine brew and I applaud them for trying.
Arayaga2 (1783) - portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 9, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Oily black and viscous looking with 4 mm of nice brown head which quickly fades. Aroma is sweet and a bit grapey. Taste is a bit like smoked prunes dipped in coffee and bittersweet chocolate. Sweet, but obviously carries some alcohol. Mouthfeel is pretty viscous as well. $2.50/12 oz