mihalis (24) - Irving, Texas, USA - NOV 17, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, 12 oz. Purchased about a week ago. Pours dark brown, opaque (I am drinking from a wide mouth glass, though). Dark tan head that thins quickly. Faint aroma of coffee with a hint of nuts and raisins--reminds me of trail mix. Bubbly mouthfeel. A little more carbonation than I expected. Tastes lightly sweet at first, then of alcohol, then goes bitter quickly. The bitter lingers for 15-30 seconds after each sip. Compared to other beers in general, I would say this is a good beer. However, compared to other imperial stouts, this one is mediocre at best.
Beyond (23) - Minnesota, USA - APR 27, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours almost black with a medium tan head. Rich aroma and thick smooth palate feel. Tastes of burnt malt, molasses, dark chocolate, coffee, with a distinct anise aftertaste. This is a rich, complex imperial that can hold its own with the best. A definite win.
Edtorrey (22) - Alabama, USA - MAR 18, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Who would have thought Sam would make such a fine Imperial Stout!
Malty chocolate and dominant anise aroma and favors. Smooth mouthfeel and no hop bitterness (1 year cellared) during or aftertaste.
I rated this nice beer higher than the average and after 1 year in the cellar moved it from "tasted" to "favorites".
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
dreambrother (19) - Bemidji, Minnesota, USA - MAY 12, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours black with a very dark brown head. Chocolate on the nose, as well as malt. Malt, chocolate, and some alcohol flavors; very sweet. Finishes bitter.
Andbrewer (18) - St. Joseph, Missouri, USA - JUL 10, 2009
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from bottle. Typical stout, pitch black in color and little to no head. Smoky/chocolate/coffee in aroma and in flavor. Not a bad beer, actually very good. It just seems so..... typical. Nothing really jumps out at me. It is very smoky, but thats really not its highlight. I’ve had "smoky" beer thats not what this beer is all about. Don’t get me wrong this is a good beer, it just doesn’t jump out as me as unique.
stephenbush (17) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUN 1, 2009
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
chocolate, coffee, resin, black, cloudy, a minimal head, brown foam, medium sweetness, lightly bitter, medium sourness, medium body, thick feel, soft carbonation, astringent
big_boss (17) - helotes, USA - NOV 19, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
one of the best drinkable stouts. great nutty flavor and aroma. thin cream head with a lively to average carbonation. all around one of the best Samuel Adame brews.
TGL0782 (15) - Illinois, USA - JAN 7, 2011
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Apperance- Very dark brown/black with a tan colored head that doesn’t stick around long.
Aroma- Dark fruits and alcohol.
Taste- Follows the aroma
Mouthfeel- Medium bodied
djaeon (15) - Chula Vista, California, USA - MAR 24, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours thick and black, with a minimal, milk chocolate colored head. This dissipates quickly, and leaves no lacing.
Smells of black coffee with a hint of dark chocolate.
Tasted of black coffee and bittersweet chocolate. High alcohol content for a Sam Adams beer is masked well. A little bit of a bitter aftertaste.
Thick and smooth.
Tastes great to me. I think I have a new favorite Sam Adams brand beer.
adayale (14) - Texas, USA - MAY 3, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Samuel Adams Imperial Stout: Drank out of a snifter
Pour: It pours a nice motor oil black straight out of the bottle. There is a creamy two finger milk chocolate head that forms but it dissipates quickly. As the head falls away it leaves some pretty nice lacing even before starting to drink.
Aroma: There is a nice chocolate and roasted malt forefront to the aroma. Some licorice and sweet molasses can be sensed. There is a scent of alcohol in the core of the aroma but nothing too over the top. This beer is a 9.2% abv so it isn’t too big of a beer and hopefully won’t taste really alcoholic.
First taste: I mostly get a like a deep dark chocolate taste that really matches well with its creaminess. It actually has the tastes of a dark chocolate milk shake with just a tiny additive of bitterness. There is a nice velvety mouth feel to it that just creates this lovely creamy body. Most of the flavor is actually in the finish of the beer. I suppose the taste starts off with kind of a bland forefront then as it goes further back in your mouth you pick up more chocolate flavors then on the finish there is only a slight short lived bitterness.
Overall it is a nice beer, which surprised me. Mostly I am not a fan of the Sam Adams beer lines, I appreciate what they seem like they are doing but most of what they produce is not my cup of tea. This was an exception it was a very nice balanced beer but in no way complex. The flavors were all very straight forward and mostly the beer relied on its body in my opinion.