jimmiec (122) - Louisiana, USA - MAR 4, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12-oz bottle Marcello’s, Lafayette, LA - Aroma: sweet, malty, coffee, chocolate, burnt, prune, sweet; Appearance: opaque, jet-black color, tan head (minimal), some laces; Flavor: raisin, coffee, burnt, sweet, salty, bitter, smokey; Mouthfeel: full bodied, thick texture, average carbonation, bitter finish; Overall: a beer of fruit, and burnt aromatics and taste with a smooth bitter finish.
zer0crew (119) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 23, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours black with a very dark tan head. Head is of very fine, homogeneous bubbles. Almost looks like millions of tiny identical beads. Aroma is of malts, with a little bit of chocolate. Lots of alcohol in the aroma. Almost smells like a red wine..? maybe? Taste is mostly the same as the smell. Very strong, almost wine-y.
Beer is a tiny bit thinner than I was expecting.
Not bad, but I probably wouldn’t buy it again.
Flyer (118) - Hartland, Wisconsin, USA - APR 6, 2009
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Surprisingly good. Jim Koch has been edging way too close to mainstream these last couple years, but this makes up for some of that. Not a monster Imperial Stout by any means, but deliciously drinkable. The silky chocolate malt character is very similar to Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout (high praise from me). The Sam has more anise (not bad or good, just different) and a little bit of that hard-to-avoid soy sauce flavor (not a plus). I would buy this again (although that’s mostly because I have to drive to Chicago to get the Brooklyn).
War4soccer (115) - , Nevada, USA - MAR 8, 2009
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle..black color..medium tan head.. aroma is pretty plain.. really a plain imperial..small hints of coffee.. just weak
njbfr (113) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 2, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours an oily black with a thick, creamy brown head. Nose is typical coffee and chocolate. Flavor is malt, chocolate, sort of a soy sauce taste with saltiness, and alcohol, followed by a dry coffee bitter finish. Mouthfeel is extremely oily and viscous.
sharkweek (110) - Statesboro, Georgia, USA - MAY 2, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured into a snifter. The beer is a dark black with a solid three fingers of tan head. It has solid retention and good lacing. The aroma has notes of bread and nuts. This beer has a very roasty nutty taste. You can detect the slight coffee taste as well as the malt characteristics. You can also taste some licorice and alcohol. It has a nice mouth feel though. It is very thick and creamy. This is a solid Stout.
lowgun1212 (109) - Carlstadt, New Jersey, USA - APR 7, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Beer looks awesome. tar with a thin blood orange head. smells like malt, alcohol, hint of cinnamon and licorice. a little like a balloon. Taste is like a chocolate sambuca. sorta sludgey feel. I suppose you drink this with a slice of cheesecake or something.
carlb (107) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAY 14, 2009
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Poured thick, black and dense. Large head of amber-brown foam formed, then settled into about a 1-inch collar. Leaves much lace in the glass. Not as full on the palate as the pour suggested. Lingers nicely. Noticeable forward bitterness. Notes of chocolate and cardamom and dark roast flavors. Reminds me a little of Westphalian dark rye bread. No spicy notes, though. It appears a little short on the palate. Definitely not moreish. Not for sessions! One will be enough.
TKA300 (105) - Carbondale, Illinois, USA - MAY 19, 2009
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From a 12 oz. bottle. Pours a completely opaque dark brown/black with a creamy light brown head. The aroma is very full of toffy, caramel, and hint of terraferma. Served at just cooler than room temperature and the taste was FULL of chocolate and alcohol at first and finished strongly of coffee and oak. An extremely complex beer that will satisfy any stout lover’s hopes.
UriahHeep (105) - Georgia, USA - JUN 25, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Onyx pour with a dark foam head. Texture is thick and syrupy. Aromas of cocoa, toffee and chocolate. Medium roasted malt character. Flavor of coffee beans, boosted by subtleties of anise (taste similar to licorice), dark cocoa and sugar from the sweet malts. Moderately powerful alcohol presence. On the sweet side, only mildly balanced with hoppy bitterness. Overall, very average for a beer of this style, but being such an exciting and flavorful style, it’s good for what it is.