Strykzone (6224) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - MAR 16, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Almost black pour with red evident only during the pour. Two tone tan head is rich and creamy. Aroma is sweet malt with dark fruit. Anise flavor with rich milk chocolate and cherry. Alcohol flavor seeps in through the bigger tastes. Feel is rich and thick, with a nice amount of zing on the tip of the tongue. Sam Adams’ biggest and, in my opinion, best beer.
BOLTZ7555 (3014) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - MAR 16, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pretty solid offering from Sam...creamy ebony pour with a burnt caramel colored head. Dark roasted malt, bitter chocolate, and coffee in the nose. Flavor is latte, espresso, cocoa, and a little sourness. The tart flavor works its way into the finish, particularly. Pretty creamy and a definitely a notch above their traditional line-up.
ben4321 (5425) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - MAR 16, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Location: Picked up a 12 oz. bottle at Gilly’s, drank it 3/16/09
Aroma: Smells like alcohol and chocolate mostly, some smokiness too
Appearance: Dark black color, almost no head (thin brown), really nice looking beer in the glass.
Flavor: Smokey coco/coffee flavor, not too bitter, smoke dominates this one. You can hardly tell its at 9.2%
Palate: Kind of full/thick mouth feel
Decent, but not spectacular beer here. Out of the Imperials, this was probably my least favorite. It was alright, certainly worth a drink, but not something I’d rush out to get again.
jimmack34 (640) - Lancaster, Ohio, USA - MAR 16, 2009
3.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz bottle. Pours jet black with a thin brown head. Smells of smoked apple wood, fruit, roasted malt. Tastes of sweet alcohol, red wine, smokey cocoa, and cough syrup. Lightly carbonated. Not very impressive. Not a bad beer, just not thet great.
ApisAles (1575) - Greenbelt, Maryland, USA - MAR 16, 2009
2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Pours a beautiful thick viscous black with a bit of a dark brown head. Everything positive about this beer stops there though. Smells like wet dog and coffee. The guys I was drinking this with came up with flavor descriptions like "wet burned clothes" and "overripe armpit smell covered in soy sauce." There was a lot going on in this beer. To be fair, if you like smoked beers, or really bitter coffee beers, this might be a bit more up your alley, but between the liquid smoke smell/flavor overwhelming everything and the sheer lack of balance, you might want to look elsewhere for your Imperial Stout fix.
RedSox2004 (1587) - Pacific Palisades, California, USA - MAR 16, 2009
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pour deep black with a frothy mocha colored head, good retention and great lacing. Strong espresso coffee aroma with lots of chocolate malts as well. Outstanding dark chocolate flavor takes over the palate, with the espresso moving into the background. The slightest hops bitterness enhances the semisweet baking choclate sensation. Silky smooth mouthfeel, little carbonation, and I loved the dark chocolate that lingered long after. Alcohol is not apparent, so be careful. I loved this.
PorterPounder (6987) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAR 15, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tallahassee, Fl. - Liquor Loft - 12 oz bottle. Very dark black pour with a mocha colored head that is a bit thin and dissipating. Aroma has some vanilla notes as well as some marshmallow. Flavor finds a bit of mild coffee - not dark espresso by any means, some bittersweet dark chocolate, a hint of black dirt to round it out. Mouthfeel is thick enough. Decent - but not outstanding,
jtw (1150) - farmington, Michigan, USA - MAR 15, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle - i didn’t even know sam adams made an imperial stout! raisin, molasses, licorice strong in the aroma, and chocolate and some dark red wine as well. some sweet malt and roasted barley as well, with a tiny bit of hops apparent to balance the sweetness. similar profile in the flavor, as the licorice/anise and dark fruit flavors dominate. a little thin and slightly alcoholic, more of a combination of sugar and alcohol than i would hope from a great imperial stout. overall a good beer and very affordable, a good effort from Sam Adams and i would drink it again if expedition stout weren’t readily available for the same price.
Taverner (1100) - San Ramon, California, USA - MAR 15, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
It’s "s’ok." Pours black with a charcoal/brown head. Bubbles aren’t the frothy kind, but the big kind. Flavor is somewhere between molasses and chocolate. Not horrible, but not great either. Compared to their other Imperials, this one needs some work.
Odeed (1799) - Bakersfield, California, USA - MAR 14, 2009
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
black body with a brown head.(nice lacing on the glass)aroma is sugar,and some roasted malts.flavor is heavy on the smoke,with some roasted malts,and a slight chocolate finish.