bu11zeye (12256) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - FEB 21, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(12oz. bottle, courtesy of Swalden28) Pours an opaque dark brown (near black) body with a small beige head. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, anise, and light smoke. Flavor of roasted malt, black licorice, chocolate, and toasted grain.
jason (1732) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 21, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Poured a nice black body with a great look in the snifter. Aroma is light cocoa and sweet malt. Flavor is chocolate, sweet malt and at times an odd vanilla taste. Pretty rich and this got better as it warmed. Will be interesting to see how it ages.
dpmeersman (13) - Rochdale, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 21, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours very dark and forms a decent frothy head. Pleasing aroma presents itself upon pouring making it’s presence knwn long before it reaches your mouth. Malty and bitter-sweet going down. Overall a very enjoyable drink.
ilovedarkbeer (2445) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - FEB 21, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle thanks to Swalden28. Pours a reddish black brown color with a creamy light brown fairly large head and moderate lacing. Nose is dark chocolate cherries. Taste is bitter coffee. Medium oily mouthfeel and medium long finish. Not bad.
jkwalking05 (4202) - Arlington, Texas, USA - FEB 21, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle thanks to Swalden28. Black in color with a decent sized tan head. Aroma is of raisin, chocolate, and coffee. Taste is heavy in bitter chocolate with some roasted malt and coffee.
HonkeyBra (3724) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - FEB 21, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark, thick black pour. Aroma of chocolate and some coffee. Flavor is pretty nice, lots of dark chocolate and roastiness. Not a ton there, but it’s acceptable and what is there is good. Thick, sticky mouthfeel . Pretty impressed by Sam Adams’ take on the Imp Stout.
GranvilleTim (1778) - 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 (510) - 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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