adnielsen (10028) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 1, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle @ home. Deep brown appearance with a fairly small tan head. Very sweet chocolate malty nose with a hint of anise. Incredibly sweet dark malty flavor with just a touch of bitterness on the finish. Too sweet in my opinion.
hopscotch (10015) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - FEB 25, 2009
2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Bottle… Pitch black ale with a small, creamy, light brown head. Good retention. The aroma is too throttled to address, even when warmed to room temperature – maybe a hint of licorice or anise. No real espresso or chocolate notes… maybe some soy sauce. Medium to full-bodied with lively carbonation. The flavor is pretty unpleasant – anise, acrid and salty. Finishes much the same. Just a train wreck of a beer. I’ll give this one another chance at some point in the future; but for now, I couldn’t be more disappointed. I hope I simply happened upon a bad bottle - an anomoly.
Drake (9999) - 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 (9642) - 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.
Sammy (9350) - 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 (9199) - 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.
DJMonarch (9162) - 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.
JoeMcPhee (8837) - 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.
shrubber85 (8787) - 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.
mcberko (8738) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 18, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz. bottle, pours black with a tan head. Aroma of dark roasted espresso, roasted malt, dark chocolate and a slight hop bitterness. Flavour of coffee, dark chocolate and roasted malt - slight bitter finish, with the chocolate really settling in as a lingering aftertaste. Impressive.