douglas88 (6850) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 8, 2009
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by footbalm. Pours a very nice dark black color with a medium brown head. The aroma is very light; some alcohol, light brown sugar and roasted notes. The flavor was pretty nice; sugars, sweet roasted malts, a light alcohol warmth and some dark fruit. A pretty nice Impy.
Juelze (1141) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 7, 2009
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
i did not care for this one. Pours a black color with thick and frothy light brown head. Aroma is not what I expected. It seems that it lacks the punch that I expect with any impy stout. The malt, chocolate or dark fruit aspects were not there. Instead it had this dusty grain and cocoa feel with a bit of a chalking taste. Nothing wooed me with this one.
emacgee (4289) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - MAR 7, 2009
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours an inky black brew with a two finger creamy chestnut head. Looks about as good as it can look. The nose is sweet, fruity, some coffee, roasty, chocolate, some molasses. Not too awesome on the nose. The flavor is roasty, grainy, alcohol comes through in a less than great way, grain, chocolate, coffee. Tasty in general but not super well done.
NomDeBeer (414) - Maryland, USA - MAR 7, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours black with a small but remarkably dark head. Taste is raisins, plums, dark fruit and caramel rather than roasted flavors and bitterness. It’s a good beer, but I prefer stouts with a heavy roasted flavor.
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 6, 2009
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
This ale pours out of the bottle a very dark brown. It appears black in the glass with a average sized light tan head. Nose offers up potent notes of brownie, grape & black licorice. After tasting it seems really out of balance, overly sweet, needs quite a bit more hop. Lacking in body. Seems incomplete. I had higher hopes for the entire Imperial Series line.
hopdog (9580) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 6, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle. Poured a dark black color with a large sized brown head. Nice lacing left on the glass. Aromas of chocolate, roastiness, anise, and licorice. Tastes of roast, chocolate, caramel, licorice, some dark fruitiness, and anise. Alcohol content well hidden.
VTHopHead (1511) - Barre, Vermont, USA - MAR 6, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle - Poured a very dark black/brown in color with a small tan head that faded to a thin rim around the top of the beer. Aroma is slightly sweet with dark roasted malts and some chocolate. Flavor fairly strong of chocolate, espresso and dark malts. Flavor of dark fruits comes through near the end. Chewy palate. Not much of the alcohol... although some does filter up through the nose at the end. Finish is lingering, medium bitter and warming. Good, easy drinking ("dangerous", given its ABV) and enjoyable, though not a great imperial stout. I wonder how it would age??
jimhilt (2452) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 5, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a four finger brown head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Totally black color. Chocolate nose. Light-medium carbonation and heavy bodied. Flavor is sweet chocolate and hints of anise, lingering anise aftertaste. Decent stout. $10.49 for a 4-pak of 12oz bottles from Northend Superette Manchester, NH.
bigrond (1499) - factoryville, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 5, 2009
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
This beer was okay. Poured as dark as night. I was a little tough to drink. Not very smooth and a little harsh on the palate. It took a while to finish this beer. Not the best intrepretation of the Russian stout I’ve had.
BeerBunker (807) - Burbank, Illinois, USA - MAR 5, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Single from Archer Liquors. Pours black with a foamy brown head. Heavy carbonation. Aroma is of roasted malt, caramel, mild coffee, and cinnamon. taste is of roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, caramel, and alcohol. Lingering chocolate and medicine taste. Why the hell do I get medicine flavors out of all these Imperial Series beers? Goes down very easy due to the carbonation. Mouthfeel is creamy. One of the few Sam Adams beers that I have really enjoyed.