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 isn’t 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. sam’s stout is almost a great replica of young’s double chocolate with increased noticed alcohol on the palate. it’s a defnitely a tasty brew, and one that will definitely remind you that there’s 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 (287) - 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 (5456) - Pennsburg, 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 (1020) - 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 (5124) - 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.
SpringsLicker (3193) - Tennessee, USA - FEB 9, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to Butters for sharing this one at his Februmergency Tasting.
Nearly opaque black body with a fleeting tan head.
Malty roasty aroma.
Sweet with some soy sauce on a chalky palate.
tgncc (2956) - Bellmore, New York, USA - FEB 8, 2009
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma is roasted malt, burnt, almost ash-like. Some alcohol comes through, as well as fruit. Brown/black color, tan head, very typical to the style. The flavor is a little more pleasant: coffee, sweet cream, chocolate. The finish is dominated by an alcohol burn, and a slight roastiness. Nice thick, oily mouthfeel. Far from the best in its category (imp stouts happen to be my favorite), but ok. I had expected more.
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - FEB 8, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at our Febmergency tasting. Pours black with ruby edges and a quick tan head. The aroma is roasty coffee, berries, some sweet chocolate, and prunes. The flavor is coffee, some roasty bitterness, berries, mild toffee, a little bit of sweet chocolate, and a soy sauce finish. The aftertaste is slightly ashy. Not mindblowing, but a solid, respectable effort.