sfontain (830) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 4, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle, Andersons, $2.99. Pours nearly opaque black; smaller tan head turns to a tiny ring; very light lacing. Aroma heavy chocolate, along with lighter licorice, coffee, roast, prune, and maybe barely vanilla; some slightly unappealing sourness here. Flavor is heavy on the chocolate and the vanilla is easier to detect here; the sourness is significantly worse here; some alcohol warmth. Medium-heavy body, super sticky; not quite fizzy but not far off and certainly not that smooth. Not terrible but the lesser of the Sam Imperial series beers.
tricksta_p (1671) - Steenwijk, NETHERLANDS - APR 9, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Aroma of roasted malt, liquorice, dark chocolate, dark fruity notes, coffee, creamy notes. Flavour is moderate sweet with a moderate roasty bitter finish. Smooth and creamy, fairly enjoyable, but Iíve had far better Imperial Stouts.
MikeKeller (906) - Kemi, FINLAND - APR 2, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Systembolaget. Black beer with a nice beige head. Roasted malts, sherry and lots of licorice. Flavour is very malty, licorice, vanilla and some hops. Oily and smooth with some alcohol. Nice.
sic1314 (4413) - Leiden, NETHERLANDS - MAR 15, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured a very deep dark brown with a frothy beige head. Aroma of roast malt, liquorice, slightly vinous and some coffee. Medium to full body, flavour id light liquorice, sweet berries and some roast malt.
konungen (125) - - FEB 2, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Mörk nästan svart öl med beige/brun krona. Doftar och smakar gott av rostad malt, kaffe, choklad och en bra dos sötma. Bra balanserad öl där alkoholen är lagom dold. Gillas!
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gsmitty80 (1937) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 27, 2015
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pretty standard IS and nothing jumped out at me but it was still well done and enjoyable.
chinchill (2631) - South Carolina, USA - JAN 27, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle poured into a Belgian snifter.
Appearance: This beer, rather gently poured, raised only a thin layer of head that soon reduced to a thin ring and small island. It is a pitch black in the glass, and opaque, but with dark brown edges visible in the pour.
Smell: Dark roasted grains, chocolate, molasses, roasted coffee, a hint of sherry and a trace of smoke.
Taste: Black light-roasted coffee, molasses, dark toast, burnt caramel, chocolate, raisins, dried plums, vanilla, and faint smoke. Lingering aftertaste features dark roasted grains and black coffee but is only mildy bitter. Excellent flavor integration.
Mouthfeel: Very smooth and full bodied; good, light carbonation.
Overall: Excellent RIS with moderate complexity.
Obfuscate (224) - Minneapolis, - JAN 22, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 8, 2015 Excellent Imperial Stout. Doesnít quite stand out like some of the best stouts but $10 a four pack compared to many that are $10+ a bomber you canít go wrong. Dark black with dark khaki head. Smells of dark chocolate a little licorice/candy/anise and cappuccino. Taste is the same and goes down pretty easy for an imperial. Very slight warming but not boozy at all.
TEJA (1520) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - NOV 30, 2014
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from systembolaget sweden. Solid brown head. Caramell aroma with some dark malts. Nice taste with both caramell, bitterness and roasted malt. Medium body.
Hopmaestro (351) - ÷rebro, SWEDEN - NOV 6, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Aroma is roasted malts, coffee and chocolate. The taste mirror the aroma and also adds some faint liquorice and lead you to a semi-dry and bitter finish. Thereís nothing wrong with this one, even if itís not really "up there". A decent Imperial Stout.
slowrunner77 (6545) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 14, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
"i agree with Brettís review almost word for word, but i guess i liked the beer just a bit more. a solid contribution, if not one of the bestter Imperial Stouts out there. The aroma, while on the sweet side, was quite appealing. Needs a little more IBUs to be balanced, but itís choclatey, malty, raisiny good. The abv is masked well at first, but not as it warms. Starts quite good at 53 degrees...becomes a little overly sweet as it warms, but still ok and smooth. One of Boston Beer Coís better offerings. I may revisit once my 4-pk is gone, but Storm King and Rasputin are better for the same price. Definitely worth a shot, though...glad I tried it. 4/09-when tasted against other (better) impyís, the shortcomings are more obvious, but still an enjoyable brew. 11/09-not aging well...not bad, but getting less complex...just kinda sweet and overpowering. Hmmmm."