GranvilleTim (1759) - Granville, Illinois, USA - FEB 21, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark black with a nice brown head. Nice aroma of malt, a little sweetness to it. Nice mouthfeel with a tinge of alcohol in the aftertaste. Another great beer for Jim Koch and Company.
screigh (494) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - FEB 21, 2009
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a dark black. No light shines through. Small tan or milk-chocolate head. Aroma is subtle. Slight sweetness and some roast. It took me 3 sips to find the alcohol. First taste seems aggressive but it mellows quickly to almost nothing. Some sweetness and some roast in the flavor. While a great attempt from the USA’s now largest brewer it is far from amazing.
jvmiller (558) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - FEB 20, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 21, 2009 Not a whole lot of aroma, but a nice thick pour. Dark, good prospects so far. The flavor is not super strong, and there is nothing wowing about, but it is not weak. Smooth and thick, it has a slight roasted character, and a slight tart-dark fruit component to it. It is quite drinkable. The general flavor is sweet, with backgrounds of roasted. Has a nice smooth dark chocolate flavor. Body is very creamy. Dangerously drinkable for 9.2%. I like this very much.
lemasney (398) - Trenton, New Jersey, USA - FEB 20, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Style; glass: Imperial Stout; snifter
12 fl oz x 9.2% ABV = 110.4 / 60 = 1.84 beers * 150 C = 276 calories (est.)
Purchased at: Canal’s Lawrenceville, NJ for $2.24Aroma: chocolate taffy, tootsie roll, roasted malts, caramel, cocoa, licorice, burning, smoke, wood.
Visuals: Beautiful and elegant packaging. Well done sub branding. Pitch black body beneath a respectable tan head than thins, but stays. Lacing is beautiful.
Taste: starts with wholly roasted malt flavor, middles to earthy hoppiness, and begins a lingering licorice and spice finish. Delicious.
Palate: Starts carbonated and crisp, quickly middles to a wet roundness, and finish is a slow hoppy burn through the rear palate.
Overall: An amazing offering from the micro producer of macro brews. I hope they continue this trend. Very well done.
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blutt59 (6142) - Dallas, Texas, USA - FEB 20, 2009
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
bottle thanks to swalden28, dark brown color, no head shown, aroma of banana and chocolate, good coffee, chocolate and some raisins, nice even finish
BMan1113VR (7897) - Los Angeles, California, USA - FEB 20, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle thanks to Swalden28. Pours thick with a dark brown head and a black body. When swirled it leaves a film on the glass. Aroma of fruits, tootsie roll, fusel alcohol, and chocolate. Taste is chocolate, alcohol fruity pebbles and coffee. Mouthfeel is syrupy with alcohol on the palate and light carbonation. This beer needs some time to condition. Nice work Boston Beer!
SphinxTX (2876) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - FEB 19, 2009
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Metzlers in Denton, TX. Pours a Black with creamy tan-copper head. Aroma isn’t as good as I would like, not very strong....The aroma is of dark roast and chocolat. Flavor is very nice, dark roast and chocolate. Mouthfeel is full body, silky, low carbonation. Overall, very enjoyable beer.
PilsnerPeter (3029) - Flushing, New York, USA - FEB 18, 2009
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle: Nearly opaque, oily pour with a brown film of head. The aroma is tarry, salty, metallic (iron oxide like most Sam Adams beers), some anise, char, and lots of vegetal. Viscous, not quite cloying. Salty flavor with apparent ethanol, vegetal- fennel, licorice, later peppery ethanol and deep roast on the back. Lacking nuance and subtlety, as well as hard to drink.
fredandboboflo (1570) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 18, 2009
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle. A boozy, medicinal mess of a beer with some odd milky and vegetal notes. I much prefer the BBC reflected in the Boston Lager and many of their other session beers.
basewars (169) - Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 17, 2009
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours deep black with viscous motor oil consistency. Fluffy dark head. Aroma is surprisingly muted. Some chocolate and coffee but nothing overpowering. Flavor is mostly chocolate with some bitterness and a bit of hops. Very smooth with hidden alcohol. Pretty good.