mouse725 (83) - Albany, New York, USA - APR 4, 2009
0.7 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 1/20
Site wouldnít take my rating because it was too low..???
I donít know if I got a bad bottle or what, but Iím hesitant to retry this after the last experience. Poured a small tan head, underwhelming but stout-y front palate, with a back palate overwhelmingly of BACON. Not good!
Lawger (83) - SWEDEN - JUN 11, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Rather muted in the beginning, then a reasonably dense aroma of coffee, japanese soy sauce, dark bread and dark chocolate. The palate is medium bodied, semi-sweet with a light bitterness. Slightly tame and lacking the kick of the best Imps.
suchen (81) - , Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 2, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a thick oily black with a beautiful cinnamon-colored head that hung around for a short while. The aroma was chocolatey with a bit of black coffee as well. Taste was strange/disappointing. There was chocolate mostly with an extremely salty soy sauce type flavor that ruined it for me. A nice dry finish though and not recockulously hopped like some imperial stouts. Decent but ruined by soy sauce : (
BeerBaby (80) - , Florida, USA - MAY 10, 2009
2.6 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottled. Pours a rich chocolate brown with tan head. Lacing is minimal. Smooth, with considerable alcohol flavoring and warmth. Aroma is diminished with some roasted coffee/chocolate type overtones. I had a hard time getting past the alcohol taste. Not first on my list for imperial stouts.
dnlsartin (80) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 15, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark, full-bodied, milky pour with a lasting, frothy, brown sugar head. Not much on the nose, a little caramel and alcohol. Almonds, Sumatra beans, chocolate, hops, and an entire loaf of whole grain wheat bread in the finish.
Grizzle (80) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - DEC 10, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz. -> snifter. Pours a deep, rich mahogany, with midnight highlights. A brown head, with quick dissipation and minimal lacing. Smells of caramelized bananas, chocolate, cherries, and opium resin, with a subtle soy sauce smack. Tastes similar: bananas and cherries, brewed soy, and a nice hoppy balance in the end. No heavy alcohol taste, as could be the case with an imperial. Great beer.
Blaketj80 (78) - Oklahoma, USA - APR 27, 2009
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours with dark brown head and very dark at the seams. Smells sweet and toasty. Great body, but tastes almost like BBQ. It is good and some monster roastiness, but flavor profile is good. This is a good beer, but probably very specific to the individual.
kev1001 (67) - Montana, USA - FEB 21, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours dark brown, almost black like motor oil. Head is medium and brown with a tinge of copper. Aroma is dark roasted coffee and dark chocolate. Taste is dark chocolate, coffee and espresso upfront. Beer seems to get better as it warms slightly. Mouthfeel is somewhat heavy and pretty creamy. Although this isnít the most complex or layered beer, itís pretty solid and the best from Sam Adams that Iíve had so far.
epiphyte707 (66) - eureka, California, USA - NOV 27, 2012
3.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: DEC 4, 2012 12 oz, pours brown black with pillowy brown head, smells of coffee and raisins. Tastes a lot like raisins and candied pecans. Strong chocolate malty flavor.
hollybeery (66) - Texas, USA - OCT 26, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Dark chocolate color. Lots of espresso, very roasty and a hint of some sweet dark fruit...figs maybe? Thick syrupy mouthfeel and a sweet malty finish. Personally this was borderline cloyingly sweet. Good brew but not for me.