JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - MAR 17, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle - Pours an opaque black color with small fairly dark brown head. Aroma is mildly roasty, fairly smokey, notes of anise, roasted coffee, toasted caramel, subtle burbon, vanilla bean. Flavor is fairly malty, roasty, faintly smokey, notes of caramel and charred oak. Finish is balanced. Overall this is pretty decent. Not the best impy stout ever, but still not bad at all.
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - MAR 17, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Viscous dark pour and a thick cascading beige head. Drippy lace. Roast, metal, and coffee on the nose. Chalk, chocolate, and heavy roast flavor. I was pleasantly surprised by this beer
zapprentice (316) - East Setauket, New York, USA - MAR 17, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Surprisingly a nice buy. Wasn’t sure I was going to enjoy this with all the great stouts out there, but this was actually a decent buy. Some chocolate flavors, mild coffee. Aroma has more coffee than the flavor.
Pwn3d (1962) - Manhattan, New York, USA - MAR 16, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled from New Beer, nyc. Pour is near black. Mouth was espresso, alcohol, and dark chocolate. Mouthfeel is full. No doubt this is pretty good.. but the style is capable of a bit more. So far Sam has done an awesome job with there new Imperial Series. 3.65
Strykzone (6717) - 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 (5684) - 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 (1665) - 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.