mspindler (489) - Alta Loma, California, USA - MAR 21, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz. bottle. Pours black with a light brown head. Aroma is very roasty and sweet with a hint of dark chocolate. Flavor is the same, with a little bit of weird sourness and some grassy hops. Burnt toast on the back of the tongue. Palate is thick and oily, carbonation is creamy. Decent beer but not great for the style. Step in the right direction for Sam Adams though!
branspra (293) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - MAR 20, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a dark brown, almost black, color with large brown head. Lacing is very good. Aromas of chocolate, molasses, roasted malts, and a slight grapefruit. Lively initial mouthfeel but then ends in a creamy, slick palate. Tastes of chocolate and malts, but then into a bitter finish with well-hidden hops. Good beer and one I will be enjoying again.
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAR 20, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours an oily opaque with a thin, spotty-lacing beige head. Aroma of sweet sugary dark malts, some raisins and brown sugar along with mild acetylaldehyde. Starts with good fullness and lots of sweet caramel malt with some brown sugar character and coffee notes with an astringent bittersweet dark chocolate finish. Needs a little more balance and complexity.
gwpom (297) - Akron, New York, USA - MAR 20, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. Pours black, with a small brown head that quickly disappears. Tastes of roasted chocolate. Not overpowering. It’s actually about what I’d expect a SA IS to taste like, and maybe that’s not a good thing. I like a surprise, an unexpected taste, and this is almost too preplanned. Alcohol is a little hot. This is definitely a sippin’ beer.
17thfloor (2443) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 20, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Okay three strikes and you’re out so lets see what happens here... Fantastic pour, obsidian like, large thick frothy cascading tan head. Corse roasted, slightly burnt, malt aroma with noticeable alcohol, notes of varnish, touch of raisins and a bit grassy, maybe some soy. Well, I suppose this is the least evil of the three releases, but still non entirely inoffensive. Floral and fruity first taste over creamy dark chocolate, sour bread, caramel, light anise/herbs, and just a touch of the alcohol is defused. As with the other two brews the finish is really the weak point where the beer starts to fall apart. Odd grainy anise/licorice aftertaste. Body is medium-full, oily and dull, can feel the alcohol on the tongue and the back of the mouth, the carbonation is quite nice, fine and sparkly but disappears way too fast. Leaves a viscous syrupy feeling in the mouth.
Tejas (974) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAR 20, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Lots of aroma which is nice. Grapey flavor, roastiness too. Bit harsh plate though. Not that smooth. To much alcohol flavor too. Not bad but there are far better imp stouts to choose from. Hmmm, now WTF am I gonna do w/ these other 3 bottles????????
alraicercsu (166) - Ft.Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 19, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Poured a nice deep black color with tan head. Smells of roasted malt, coffee anc chocolate. Taste similar with more chocolatly character.
Headbanger (3784) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - MAR 19, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle 3/19/09 (Sam’s Wines & Spirits)-Pours a pitch black body with a small tan ring for a head. Aroma of roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, and soy. Taste begins with coffee, roasted malt, and slight anise. These flavors last throughout and it finishes with a nice dryness. Not too bad if only all their beers were this good.
grimreeser (797) - Minnesota, USA - MAR 19, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours black with a decent size head. Milk chocolate, coffee, roast malt. Solid flavor, drinkable.
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 19, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pour is nearly black with a light brown, fairly small, creamy, fizzy head which is mostly diminishing and leaves some nice lace. Nose is roasted grains, faint coffee beans, milk chocolate, and hints at molasses and anise. Straight forward flavors of milk chocoalate, lightly roasted coffee, anise, light burnt toast notes, and faint currant. Palate is fair for the style, medium to full, nearly lively, and oily/ silky in texture. Finishes fairly long and sweet with milk chocolate, anise, and hints at the currant notes. A fairly unimaginative Imp with not a lot of complexity and the balance towards the sweetness. Not really much hop bitterness to speak of and not enough coffee notes to add some bitterness. Overall it is like an imperial milk stout with the standard SA mediocrity found in most of their beers.