Cavie (4043) - 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 (1914) - 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
JaBier (5616) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - MAR 9, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled at the Sam Adams tasting at Blacklick Wine and Spirits on 3.5.09. Black pour with a big light brown chocolate milk head. This looks delicious. Balanced aroma of malt, coffee and alcohol. Malty aroma with a touch of vanilla and then a dry coffee finish. Pretty good.
punkrkr27 (903) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - MAR 9, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black pour with a dense, 1 finger, tan head. Sweet, chocolate, brown sugar and molasses aroma with a fair bit of roasted malt and coffee. There’s also a bit more hop bitterness in the aroma than I expected this would have and there is definitely some alcohol evident in the nose. The flavor is somewhat artificial and cloying with far too munch burnt chocolate and coffee flavor. Nice creamy full body with soft carbonation.
dm9831 (1512) - Monee, Illinois, USA - MAR 9, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
pours black with a quickly dissipating tan head, lots of lace. nose is mostly chocolate, with roasty coffee hints. flavor of roasted malt, chocolate, hint of hops and slight alcohol bite. full body, dry finish. i am beginning to like the biggest american brewery more and more for their attempts to make much more than a macro brew. bottle offered by cornfield.
StFun (567) - Indiana, USA - MAR 8, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Not terrible for Sam Adams. Pours a nice, creamy black. Aroma is nice, lots of chocolate and roasted grain, almost burnt. Flavor is a bit too sweet, over the top sweet chocolate with a balanced grain profile in the background. Just a touch of cream and coffee. Good mouthfeel. Better than I thought it would be, just too sweet.
sthlm (1255) - Minnesota, USA - MAR 8, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
[Bottle] Pours black with an average dark brown head that quickly diminishes to a ring. Aroma is lightly smokey, with anise, alcohol, cocoa, and a touch of vanilla as well. Good, but far from spectacular. The taste is a little hot, but the bottles are young. Not very hoppy at all. Really not impressed with the taste, as there is pretty much just chocolate, very light bitterness, and an afterthought of roasted malt on the finish. Could stand to be thicker. Good length finish that is a little dry. Not a bad beer by any means, but it fell short in a number of ways.
Lowe1983 (1391) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - MAR 8, 2009
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a black color with a brown head. Aroma is kind of light for the style with hints of chocolate, roasted malts, coffee, dark fruits and just a little bit of some alcohol. Flavor is much stronger then the aroma. Decent bitterness coming out from the roasted malts with coffee, chocolate, molasses, and dark fruits dominating the flavor. Finishes with only a hint of some warming. There are parts of the flavor I don’t really care for and there are parts that are well brewed.