harbuck76 (134) - El Cajon, California, USA - APR 22, 2009
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle Pours dark brown almost black with medium brown creamy head. aroma is chocolate roasted malt , coffee.
taste is espresso some chocolate . finishes smooth with slight hop bitterness. decent .lacks a little in the flavor department..
ajwilliams (132) - , Indiana, USA - AUG 9, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a deep black with a thick dark brown head that settles quickly. Aroma of dark sweet chocolate, dark fruit, coffee, and roasted malt. Flavor starts with bitter black coffee, followed by chocolaty smoothness, and finishes dry. Smooth, almost chalky feel. Pretty good, and nice to sip.
drewaha (129) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 22, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a dark, dark brown with a half-inch head into a snifter. Typical chocolate and roasted coffee notes. Taste is more bitter than sweet. I prefer my IS more balanced than this. So so beer
RedCloud (129) - Rhode Island, USA - APR 6, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a very dark oil black that thins out to a very dark brown color. Dark-tan head is fairly minimal, but with some sticky lacing. Smell is of milk chocolate, light caramel, and very light pipe tobacco. Taste starts with lightly bittersweet chocolate, and only a slight hint of anise, before opening up into dark roast coffee, bitter toffee, and mild cigar tobacco. Finish has a lingering roastiness and bitterness. More hearty than robust. Mouthfeel is full and fairly chewy.
jimmiec (122) - Louisiana, USA - MAR 4, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12-oz bottle Marcello’s, Lafayette, LA - Aroma: sweet, malty, coffee, chocolate, burnt, prune, sweet; Appearance: opaque, jet-black color, tan head (minimal), some laces; Flavor: raisin, coffee, burnt, sweet, salty, bitter, smokey; Mouthfeel: full bodied, thick texture, average carbonation, bitter finish; Overall: a beer of fruit, and burnt aromatics and taste with a smooth bitter finish.
MissouriBrent (122) - Missouri, USA - NOV 8, 2010
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Smells of alcohol and rich dark malt. Hints of sherry and cognac aromas. Deep brown color with dense creamy brown head that lasts and lasts. Delicious malt flavor. Some smoky flavors from the roast malt. Hints of coffee and vanilla in the aftertaste. Full bodied and smooth, the mouthfeel is perfect. Damn this is good! Exceedingly drinkable, amazingly tasty, and definitely fit for a Czar!
sharkweek (119) - Statesboro, Georgia, USA - MAY 2, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured into a snifter. The beer is a dark black with a solid three fingers of tan head. It has solid retention and good lacing. The aroma has notes of bread and nuts. This beer has a very roasty nutty taste. You can detect the slight coffee taste as well as the malt characteristics. You can also taste some licorice and alcohol. It has a nice mouth feel though. It is very thick and creamy. This is a solid Stout.
zer0crew (119) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 23, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours black with a very dark tan head. Head is of very fine, homogeneous bubbles. Almost looks like millions of tiny identical beads. Aroma is of malts, with a little bit of chocolate. Lots of alcohol in the aroma. Almost smells like a red wine..? maybe? Taste is mostly the same as the smell. Very strong, almost wine-y.
Beer is a tiny bit thinner than I was expecting.
Not bad, but I probably wouldn’t buy it again.
Flyer (118) - Hartland, Wisconsin, USA - APR 6, 2009
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Surprisingly good. Jim Koch has been edging way too close to mainstream these last couple years, but this makes up for some of that. Not a monster Imperial Stout by any means, but deliciously drinkable. The silky chocolate malt character is very similar to Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout (high praise from me). The Sam has more anise (not bad or good, just different) and a little bit of that hard-to-avoid soy sauce flavor (not a plus). I would buy this again (although that’s mostly because I have to drive to Chicago to get the Brooklyn).
War4soccer (115) - , Nevada, USA - MAR 8, 2009
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle..black color..medium tan head.. aroma is pretty plain.. really a plain imperial..small hints of coffee.. just weak