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 (6236) - 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 (7904) - 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.
Botnik (142) - Fall River, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 17, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours Black with a thin brown head. Roasted Malt background. A bit tangy and dry for my taste. Alcohol is sufficiently masked.
RomanW70 (296) - Providence, Rhode Island, USA - FEB 16, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours jet black w/no head and minimal lacing. Looks super thick. Nose is cocoa, bourbon, vanilla, and coffee. Taste comes on a little hot, with a strong roast flavor with strong amounts of licorice. Is fairly thick, but not as thick as it looks. Loses some heat as it warms up and gives additional notes of vanilla and wood. A good Impy stout..
ross (2125) - 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.