ross (2008) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - FEB 16, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. When I see a SA Imperial I usually purchase because their big beers tend to be much better than the lower abv ones. Black colored pour with a huge tan head on it. Smell is roasty, with big notes of vanilla, some coffee and chocolate. Taste is sweet and smooth, very easy to drink; perhaps a session imperial stout. A fair amount of vanilla is present here as well. All in all a good beer, one of the better efforts. I like drinking the better efforts of a mass produced beer company, and this certainly qualifies.
coharahawk (167) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 16, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle. Pours pitch black with tan head that fades to a thin ring. Aroma is roasty with some smoky and fruit notes as well. Flavor has chocolate, roasted malts, smoke, and moderate amount of astringency. Mouthfeel is probably a tiny bit less than I would expect for the style, but not too bad. Overall, itís a pretty good representation of the style and very good for a somewhat mass produced beer.
hophead75 (2008) - Largo, Florida, USA - FEB 15, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle. Opaque black in color with a medium szed brown head that retains well. Great appearance. Aroma of strong chocolate- fudge brownies, with roast, licorice. Taste has a good amount of roast and chocolate, also get some weird spice. Some light dark fruits and licorice. Body is full - medium to full for the style with lingering roast and a light hop bitterness in the finish.
andyhite (308) - Murfreesboro, Tennessee, USA - FEB 15, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
first of all, it should be noted that i judge on a curve, and that sam adams needs a lot to get a good rating on a beer, as with most beer dorks.
aromas of strong dark cacao and semi-sweet baking chocolate, followed by an underlying layer of robusto coffee smores fresh from a campfire. perhaps this isnít the best aroma for an IS, but it certainly brings back memories of childhood. this pitch black brew appears to have a rich, creamy taste based on the "midnight lace...and creamy espresso..." head. the aromas also yield a pleasant toastiness and strong toffee and molasses undertone. on the palate, this chewy chocolate-ey stout shows the versatility of a solid stout. roasted malts reveal the deep character, with layers of dark chocolate, brown sugar, black coffee (perhaps with a hint of tia maria shot in there), and just a note of alcohol. samís stout is almost a great replica of youngís double chocolate with increased noticed alcohol on the palate. itís a defnitely a tasty brew, and one that will definitely remind you that thereís no better time for a stout than in the tail of winter. congrats, sam adams (and the BBC), you have made a quality product. this is a first, aside from the extreme series.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - FEB 14, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured thick and black with a creamy tan head. Aroma of chocolate, dough, and sweet roasted malt. Sweet roasted malt with odd spice to it Fairly warming. Medium-full creamy body.
dutch23mp (245) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - FEB 13, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
pours black with a small tan head. I can taste the strong ABV though the taste of cocoa and vanilla which seem to give it its character. As advertised the malts make this brew different from other IS and are pronounced. The brew finishes better then the start which I prefer in my beers.
egajdzis (5119) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 12, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured an opaque black color with a small, tan head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of vanilla bean, roasted malts, some cocoa, smoke, and light alcohol. Taste of roast, dark chocolate, smoked wood, dark fruits, and light alcohol. A nice beer... I had to get a 4 pack of this, and I hope I make my flight tomorrow morning!
DrHomolka (761) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 12, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12oz. Pours fairly dark black with a fluffy dark brown head. Aroma shows some dark fruitiness and chocolate. Cherries, blackberries, some chalk. Flavor is rich with a silky mouthfeel, sweet and decadent. Full bodied. I think this is pretty good. It could use a little bit of age to open up a bit but I think this is a good attempt.
dogfish120love (830) - Westfield, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 11, 2009
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Only thing I can smell is slightly alcohol The flavor is weird, alittle soy sauce, some caramel. Nothing exciting. From previous review I had high hopes. Oh well. I must have gotten a tainted bottle or something
notalush (4464) - Denver, Colorado, USA - FEB 9, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours fairly viscous and black, with a dark tan head that leaves a thin film behind - bitter, dark roast coffee aroma, with underlying notes of sweet vanilla, and a bit of charred/burnt sugar - medium carbonation, creamy in the mouth - quite bitter and immensely roasty up front - through the middle there is an unusual, artificial sweetener kind of character, but a potent bitterness persists, reminding one of black coffee that has been sitting on the burner for too long - the finish has a bit of chocolate, and rather strong anise/fennel, more so than in a lot of other imperials - I appreciate the fact that this is not as heavy or sweet as other imperial stouts, but it does lack a certain balance and complexity.