bierslaaf (105) - Cape Town, SOUTH AFRICA - FEB 5, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours 1/2 fizzy tan that separates out into pitch black stout and medium creamy tan head. Burnt caramel chocolate and roasted malt aroma. Medium sweet taste with a full body and just the faintest hint of carbonation. Lasting malt finish. Almost no detectable alcohol.
sjolles85 (104) - Tampa, Florida, USA - APR 5, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Overall Decent Stout... Oak cherry and Chocolate. Not as bad as I thought it was going to be.
thefrutigers (104) - , Arizona, USA - AUG 8, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
poured opaque black with medium diminishing head. Smelled of brown sugar and toffee with hints of cocoa and some coffee. Flavor is sweet burnt malt with coffee and molasses. Alcohol was present and welcome. I thought it was a pretty good imperial stout.
GoBlue (104) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - OCT 24, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Deep black color with brown head. Chocolaty aroma with malt, brown sugar and some alcohol. Full bodied and moderately sweet with bitter chocolate finish. Not a lot of complexity but OK
beergod (103) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAY 6, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This stout pours black with a nice tan head. The nose is very nice. Dark chocolate, elegant coffee roast, and well balanced nose.Taste is the same, very rich and with a little age this stout will only get better. Great Imp Stout.
iNBe (100) - USA - JUL 24, 2010
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very, very rich stout. Lots of body. Definitely a sipping beer. I’ve only had this in bottles.
Studentofbrrs (98) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 19, 2012
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
has a distinct chocolate scent, goes down smooth, is quite malty but combines well the taste of chocolate and coffee, an enjoyable stout
CptGreencoat (95) - Kettering, Ohio, USA - MAR 23, 2009
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
My favorite brewer finally makes my favorite style of beer. I’m pretty excited to see how this turns out. Pours to a thick black mess, with a nicely lacing, brown head. Nose is thinner than I would have expected for the style and color. Roasted malts dominate with hints of dry fruit in the background. As indicated by it’s scent, this is a very roasted tasting brew. Chocolate is in there, a decent alcoholic bite, and a nice blend of malt and hops on the finish.
This is a good beer. This is *not* a great beer. Hopefully, with Sam Adam’s size and distribution, this will invite newcomers to the wild world of craft beer. But to those of us who are familiar Old Rasputin and Breakfast Stout, this beer has nothing new to offer.
elektrikjester (90) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - NOV 6, 2010
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark brown, near black, with a thin tan head tha quickly dissipates. Aroma of chocolate dominates. Sweet flavor of burnt, roasted malts. Chocolate is noticeable, as is a strong aftertaste of alcohol. Mouthfeel is oily, though not quite as thick as I might have expected. In sum, a good but not necessarily great imperial stout, but one of the few where chocolate flavors actually come through. Worth a try.
rodzilla79 (90) - Maryland, USA - DEC 16, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nutty, Molasses, earthy. I like this beer. It needs to be served in a goblet type glass to really get the flavors and aromas, but it’s good and on par with more expensive stouts.