jdskinns (220) - South Roxana, Illinois, USA - NOV 4, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Poured an average head, brown in color, that slowly dissipates leaving a thin covering. Excellent lacing. Black body with no light getting through. Smell is sweet with coffee and vanilla coming through. Flavor is slightly bitter with roasted malt flavors dominating and some dark fruit flavors showing through. Medium body. Overall a pretty decent brew.
AKORN (220) - Virginia, USA - JAN 12, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black in color with very little head. Sweet, licorice, almost Pepsi aroma. Lite aroma, hard to identify the smells. Bold taste, grapes, raisin, smoke, caramel, bitterness on the end. Good beer.
KawaBomber (218) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 20, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz Bottle: Pours black w/ a small dark brown head. Aroma has all the right components: Roasted malt, dark fruit & chocolate. After letting it warm up for tasting...has a nice blend of roasted malt, dark fruit, coffee, chocolate & a slight alcohol burn. A little on the sweet side, but finishes bitter. Not bad, not great, but good none-the-less...
BeeriedEyed (211) - USA - DEC 23, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Excellent, excellent stout beer. A trusted brewery who makes commitment to making flavorful beers at a great price does it again with this imperial stout. A must for any fan of Sam Adams.
foundmd (210) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 27, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle. Pitch black with a small tan head. Aroma of dark chocolate and alcohol. Taste is bittersweet chocolate with dark fruits, licorice, and alcohol. Minimal malt and hop flavor presence. Medium-thin body for the style. Not as complex as most Imperials. A good beer for a good price.
brew4fun (209) - West Virginia, USA - AUG 30, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pitch black pour, fluffy dark tan head. Head diminishes slowly, lots of lacing. Aroma of anise, dark fruit, chocolate. Aggressively flavorful, anise, chocolate, dark fruit, old leather, roasted malt. Full mouthfeel, rich oily texture, mild alcohol warmth. Wonderful brew!
Nimrod979 (206) - Hagerstown, Maryland, USA - JAN 7, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a deep black with a small brown bubbly head. Aroma is caramel, chocolate and coffee. Taste is a bit more bitter and strong alcohol flavor, not balanced very well but still an alright beer. Rather disappointing for the style. Fizzy and thin texture. long finish. I’ve had this awhile though and may need to re-rate when I get beer that is more fresh.
BlackWarrior (203) - Spartanburg, South Carolina, USA - APR 15, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours black and thick with a large milk chocolate head that lingers. Smells of dark chocolate and coffee. Nicely carbonated with medium body and and some creaminess. The taste opens with chocolate sweetness from malts and ends with some bitterness. Like most Sam Adams beers, this is a quality beer that is a solid entry for the style, is easy to drink, but nothing outstanding or unique.
gabbama (203) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - OCT 22, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a very deep, opaque brown with a light brown head. Aroma of chocolate and toffee with a bit of toast. Flavor is chocolate, hops, and licorice, with a bit of coffee and a hint of saltiness. Has a pleasent lingering bitter finish. The main place where this one could use some help is on the mouthfeel. Seems a bit thin for an Imperial Stout. Overall, exactly what I would expect from a Sam Adams Imperial Stout: definitely an enjoyable example of the style, but nothing too exciting.
WLG423 (201) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 8, 2009
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours out a dark brown but a little thinly for an imperial stout, zero head. Strong roasty aroma with toasty caramel notes. Body is a little thin but with a nice flavor. Tons of malt with a little boozy finish. A little light for an imperial stout, but a great beer for Sam Adams