edward_violet (63) - Michigan, USA - DEC 11, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma hits me first: anise, caramel, coffee.
Pours a bizarre dark color between reddish-brown and purple. Liquid remains that color, darker yet, head lightens up to an off-white.
Taste is rich from every angle... very malty, anise comes in... caramel sweetness blends well with dark coffee tones. Occasional hint of something between citrus and evergreen. Chocolate tones are bitter, like baking chocolate, not candy-bar sweet. Alcohol taste is there, quietly waiting to come out more in the aftertaste.
Carbonation a little lower than average.
braznadian (59) - Washington, USA - DEC 26, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours dark brown/black. One finger of creamy brown head that recedes after a minute leaving a light lace. Aroma is heavy dark chocolate with a light roastiness. Light sweetness of chocolate up front, with a dry roasted coffee finish. Subtle spice aftertaste - the anise perhaps. Smooth lightly carbonated thick body. Alcohol is well masked by the strong chocolate/coffee flavors. Very good beer with excellent body. Will definately have this again sometime.
WallStirctly (57) - - OCT 14, 2012
2.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
It was ok, after taking a tour of worlds best stouts this falls far short of them. Sam adams is slightly better than typical American beer but comes up way short of the top microbrewers. Sam Adams is certainly a jack of all trades producing many styles of beer that are very drinkable, but they have mastered none. This stout is passable at best, try nognes imperial, alesmith, or odins tipple for superior taste.
heynik1885 (56) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - FEB 22, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark pour with a small dark brown head. No lacing. Aroma is Molasses, Cocoa, and a smokey matiness. Taste is Burnt chocolate, vanilla, fruit and a nice balance of bitterness and sweetness. Sits well on tongue good aftertaste. Nice stout from Sam Ad.
FirmButtstone (48) - Cedar Rapids, Iowa, USA - JUN 10, 2009
3.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
very dark with a bit of coffee / dark roast in the nose. Nice rich flavor dominated my black barley it seems to me. pretty well balanced but still a bit thin for an imperial stout. Overall decent attempt and worth checking out.
bryanm18 (48) - Burgettstown, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 29, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Really good. Roasty and a bit creamy.
ironprog (43) - - JUL 30, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz. bottle. Deep caramel aroma. Appearance is black, black, black, with a medium-body, mocha-colored head. Medium-sweet with a slight burnt-coffee flavor. Medium-body with a creamy, soft carbonation sensation.
The combination of creamy and sweet was just a little too much for me, as I prefer my stouts to have a little more bite to them. I would drink this again, just not on a regular basis.
Severian (42) - Saint Charles, Missouri, USA - DEC 17, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours thick, oily black with a smallm mocha head. Aroma is booze, cocoa, coffee, dark malts and chocolates. Taste is more of the same - booze, cocoa, coffee, dark chocolates. Feels slick and oily on the palate. Finishes sour with a strong coffee flavor. Low carbonation. Except for the finish, not bad.
Fulmonte21 (42) - USA - JUN 10, 2009
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
This is a true stout with no extras. Has a dry simple flavor. You can still smell the alcohol, but not as much as the Bock. This one has a high alcohol content as well and I wouldn’t recommend drinking too many in one sitting.
Delsym (41) - Vinton, Virginia, USA - AUG 31, 2010
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle. One of the better (if not best) of SA’s multitude of offerings. I always do the light test when I pour a stout: if no light penetrates through the glass, it’s a good stout in my book. And this one is about as dark and thick as it gets. The licorice notes are prevalent throughout, as is the alcohol presence. I generally tilt towards the coffee/chocolate-like stouts, but the licoricey(?) mouthfeel of this one is not one you’ll find in many imp stouts. Defintley worth the $9-10/four-pack.