Drake (9276) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - FEB 24, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 ounce bottle courtesy of Alraomon. Thanks! Pours very dark brown with a medium head. Fair head retention and good lacing. Aroma of roasted malts, chocolate, anise, tobacco. Taste is intense roasted malts, bitter coffee, tobacco and green apple. Full bodied. Some alcohol is noticeable.
hopdog (9270) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 6, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle. Poured a dark black color with a large sized brown head. Nice lacing left on the glass. Aromas of chocolate, roastiness, anise, and licorice. Tastes of roast, chocolate, caramel, licorice, some dark fruitiness, and anise. Alcohol content well hidden.
DJMonarch (9163) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - NOV 23, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 22, 2010 1. From the Bottle at the GABF, Colorado Convention Center 26/09/2009
Big hop aroma. Small beige head. Black smooth on the palate and strong in alcohol with a little dryness in a crisp and bitter chocolate roast finish.
2. From the Bottle at Chris O’s pre GBBF tasting, Kensal Rise 31/07/2010
Roast and hop aromas. Black strong in alcohol and a little rich on the palate with a hint of bitterness in a coffee roast finish.
jtclockwork (9076) - , New Jersey, USA - MAY 11, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours black. Tan head. Nose/taste of molasses, roast chocolate, coffee and vanilla. Touch of lactose. Body is on the thin side for an imperial. Decent all around brew.
Sammy (9064) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 19, 2011
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A very good RIS because of its mouthfeel, and it stops short of being astringent in bitterness. Good drinkability and satisfying.
Dogbrick (8813) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 3, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours an opaque black color with a medium khaki head that recedes steadily. Clingy patches of lacing on the glass. Aroma of toasted malt and coffee. Medium to full body, with flavors of dark chocolate, coffee and sweet malt. Some mildly bitter hops are present too. The finish is dry and roasty with coffee and muted chocolate left behind. A decent introductory type of Imperial Stout overall.
JoeMcPhee (8746) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 29, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Very deep dark black beer with a thick sticky brown head. Nice looking brew really. Aroma is sort of sweet with a strong note of industrial pale malt. I really think that Sam Adams has one of the most distinct house characters of any brewery out there, but unfortunately that character sucks. Peppery booziness and a bit of berryish fruitiness. Black licorice, anise, and cocoa/coffee nose. Flavour is sweet and sticky but it isn’t all that good. Meh, I can’t really say I’m a fan.
3fourths (8298) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - AUG 20, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: AUG 21, 2009 Nose: fudge, cake, soy sauce, acetone. Texture: chalky, mildly abrasive, turning soft/pillowy across the back. Body: medium to light. Flavor: dark chocolate, roast, soy sauce, burnt fudge brownies. Middle of the sweet/dry spectrum. Lacks depth, lacks distinction, flavors fade quickly, dissolves into a flavorless syrup in the finish. Passable.
shrubber85 (8116) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - DEC 23, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Dark chocolate, licorice, cinnamon, and cafe latte aroma. Oil black with minimal head - pours like oil. Initial flavor of creamy chocolate then light licorice and sharp grassy hops finish. Not as complex as some Imperial Stouts but still very nice.
DocLock (8103) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 13, 2009
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours onyx with 1-finger brown head that dissipates quickly. Nose is dark malt, dark choc, cacao, molasses, anise, hops. Tastes rich, smooth, malty and chocolatey, with a complex papate that gives cacao, backup hops, molasses, and prune flavors. This is a very goos beer. Not a world beater, but a nice style.