mcjay (463) - Neenah, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 13, 2009
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours very dark with a thick brown head. Sweet roasted coffee aroma. Rich, malty and bitter taste with a mildly silky body. Hints of dark chocolate and coffee with a slightly sweet finish.
DrBayern (1139) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - MAR 12, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from CelticBrew. Pours out black with a large tan head evolving slowly, showing excellent durability, and leaving thick bands of lace with each tilt of the glass. Roasted Colombian coffee, dark chocolate, and hints of licorice in an inviting aroma. Full body, gently carbonated, chewy and rich with slight astringency, Burnt sugar and roasted barley flavors which have their own bitterness, but also an underlying sweetness. Some peppery hops add to the dry finish. This is a very good impy stout, the best thing Sam Adams has done in a while.
StefanSD (2387) - Ouray, Colorado, USA - MAR 12, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz bottle from Freddy. Pours an opaque black color with a small tan head. The aroma is moderate in strength with soy sauce, roasted malts, raisins and alcohol. The taste is dominated by licorice, sweet dark fruits and more alcohol. The mouthfeel is smooth and malty. The finish is long with lingering alcohol and licorice. Overall: This would be much better if the hard alcohol was better hidden.
IlanMan (1015) - Appleton, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 12, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Dark pour with a medium tan head. Aroma of sweet malt and roasted characters. Body was a bit thin and could have used a bit more of a malt background. Really not bad for a commercial Imperial stout but not great.
nqualls (1452) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 12, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz bottle purchased from Frugal MacDoogal’s in Nashville. Poured a dark brown color with a one finger brown head. The aroma was caramel malt. The flavor was caramel and roasted malt with a bit of a coffee finish. The palate was silky smooth. I’m not sure if this stacks up from a flavor standpoint to a lot of the impys out there, but it was still very drinkable and enjoyable.
rocbyter (2079) - Waterbury, Connecticut, USA - MAR 11, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Strong barley aroma similar to bourbon with lots of robust malts. Black color with a medium light brown head. Sweet and silky beginning quickly forming a burning bitter taste that last into the finish.
nefarious (220) - Waterford, Michigan, USA - MAR 11, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Big black pour with a almost non-exsistant tan head. The aroma is huge caramel and malt.....almost like a barley wine. The flavor is very sweet....caramel, roasted malts.....dark fruits and a coffe finish. The mouthfeel is outtta this world.....it so velvety smooth and coats the tounge. sold pour.
aplusbreaks (330) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 11, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle, sample out of a plastic cup. Pours dark brown/black with a decent mocha colored head. Aromas of coffee, chocolate, roasted malts and a hint of licorice. Flavors of sweet smokey roasted malts up front, with a nice bitter finish. Palate is smooth. A little to sweet, but a great effort.
thegreenrooster (4034) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 11, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pour is a black with a thin tan head. Aroma is some roasted malts, dark chocolate and alcohol. Flavor is a very big roasted malt with a bitter coffee aftertaste. The alcohol is not as strong as in the aroma. A well crafted beer and better than the impy wit imo.
Rastacouere (6174) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 11, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Initially beautiful black pour covered by a large, frothy dark brown head. Straightforward anisey nose where you encounter little of the usual chocolate/coffee richness. Heavy sweetness intrudes on the palate, leaving little room for the otherwise considerable roastiness. Sweet bready and fruit concentrate flavours reminds of plums, blue grapes. Little bitterness to compensate the anise/sugar onslaught. Moderate carbonation leaves a slick oily feel. Alcohol is relatively subdued at 9.2%, but the malt’s complexity is not so impressive while the balance leans heavily towards sweetness.