dpento1 (236) - Virginia, USA - SEP 26, 2010
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours BLACK with a small light brown head. It has a sweet malty aroma with coffee and chocolate. The Flavor has some dried fruits, chocolate, and espresso flavor. The finish is very sweet and full bodied!
Moggman (235) - Columbus, USA - MAR 8, 2009
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours black with brown head. Aroma is sweet malts and coffee and a hint of alcohol. Aroma is coffee, dark roasted malts, and a pronounced alcohol hit in the back of the palette.
finn1918 (233) - Georgia, USA - NOV 20, 2012
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a dark brown with a nice 1-finger cascading brown head that leaves very little lacing. Aroma is caramel and toasted malts. Flavor is bitter roasted malts, some subtle hoppiness, and sweet caramel with hints of liquorice. Has a syrupy mouthfeel with a slightly bitter finish. Not the best stout in the world, but solid and very enjoyable.
sodakotakid (230) - Belle Fourche, South Dakota, USA - JAN 11, 2012
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 8/20
Black with little to no head. Tastes like light sweet dark fruits andbitter coffee with a bit of alcohol and malts!!
leeburg (230) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - AUG 22, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. bottle, black pour, brown head that turned more tan as it diminished. Aromas were of a sweet stout, chocolate milky. Taste is crazily malty. Like Young’s Double Chocolate malty. Can’t believe it’s an imperial stout. Wife insists it has fruity flavors too. It is really, really drinkable (quaffable even!) but not similar to most imperials. Interesting...
fuyajo (229) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 16, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Decent aroma, but nothing amazing (malt, roast). Taste isn’t quite as deep as some Imperial Stouts, but is roasty with some notes of alcohol. Mouthfeel is thinner. Finish lasts moderately. Not my favorite Imperial Stout.
VALIS (229) - Nashua, New Hampshire, USA - APR 1, 2013
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The aroma isn’t mindblowing but certainly solid, typical stout coffee and chocolate notes, along with a little astringency due to the high ABV. Taste is where this excels, very aggressive chocolate and alcohol bite, but goes down smoothly and sweetly. Slightly bitter liquor aftertaste. A big boy’s beer.
Overml01 (227) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - FEB 23, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle sample at work... gosh, just not very impressed with this one.
Aroma was fine, plenty going on but a bit weak.
Appearance was opaque, great creamy head. Hard to take anything away from it.
Taste was a real let down... salty! Bitter but without anything to put it in balance.
Palate redeemed the taste a bit, creamy and smooth.
Overall, it would be a fine Imperial Stout... but something going on in the taste really retracted from the experince. As impressed as I am with the Imperial White, I was really hoping for more here.
soccer290 (225) - Highland Park, Illinois, USA - MAR 22, 2009
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
12 oz bottle. Heard good things from my local beer guy, decided to give one of Sam Adams Imperial’s a shot. Pours a dark black with a tiny tan head that disappates quickly. Smells of dark chocolate, some coffee, brown sugar, and perhaps some black licroice. Very intense smells. Tastes of chocolate, black licorice, and a little bit of coffee. Definitely black licorice, as there is only one thing (that) which can make me cringe like that. Kind of smooth going down, but I can’t stand the taste. Overall, tolerable, if you can stand black licorice.
nefarious (220) - Waterford, Michigan, USA - MAR 11, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Big black pour with a almost non-exsistant tan head. The aroma is huge caramel and malt.....almost like a barley wine. The flavor is very sweet....caramel, roasted malts.....dark fruits and a coffe finish. The mouthfeel is outtta this world.....it so velvety smooth and coats the tounge. sold pour.