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 isn’t the most complex or layered beer, it’s pretty solid and the best from Sam Adams that I’ve 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.
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.
rollsrace (59) - - AUG 9, 2014
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Strong alcohol start, bitter aftertaste like dark chocolate. It’s not creamy. Seems rather expensive for what it is
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.