Frank (2302) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 26, 2010
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
I have been avoiding these Imperial Series Sam Adam’s brews for a while figuring they probably wouldn’t be worth much but I’ve had a couple good brews from them, notably the Noble Pils, and so I figured I might as well pick up a single. This imperial stout is black w/ a brown head. It is not that kind of black that absorbs all light and changes the color of your poo the next morning but that, in my book, is something of a good thing as it means that it might be one of those rare imperial stouts were the brewer showed some kind of restraint. Well, in this case the Boston Beer Company might have shown a little too much because this has entirely too little flavor for such a big beer. Coffee and dark chocolate float gingerly across the nose w/ a mild, vinous acidity. This acidity pushes itself more an more to the fore as I work my way through the glass and, along w/ a much too brash alcohol presence, it begins to let this beer meander into less and less pleasant territory. Aside from this, the mouthfeel is something I’d like to see more of in this style. It’s not terribly sweet or sticky and the carbonation helps lighten the body and keep things relatively drinkable for the heavy alcohol content. If they toned down the gravity on this one and could manage to keep the same amount of flavor w/ slightly less acidity, this would be a really good beer. As it is, this is not increasing the likelihood of me picking up another beer from this series any time soon.
502Che (999) - @, CAMBODIA - JUL 19, 2010
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Pours a nice black body with a solid khaki head that holds pretty well. Aroma is one dimensional--roasty with more than a hint of soy... no vanilla, no chocolate, no hops, no vanilla, no coffee, no dark fruits, etc. Flavor... more like a smoked than an IS. Again, none of the characteristics noted above, though a bit of roastyness. Still a tiny bit of soy, but notably less than the aroma. Medium body with medium (over) carbonation (for the style). Overall: if you want an imperial stout, there are COUNTLESS others that are better, cheaper, and just as available as this. Not a " Bad" beer per say, but probably the weakest/worst imperial stout (attempt) that I have ever had.
NielsenRatings (8096) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 1, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle @ home. Deep brown appearance with a fairly small tan head. Very sweet chocolate malty nose with a hint of anise. Incredibly sweet dark malty flavor with just a touch of bitterness on the finish. Too sweet in my opinion.
csaso (1196) - Missouri, USA - MAY 30, 2012
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle - small thick head, black color, roasted malt aroma and flavor, mild coffee taste, some alcohol flavor - not a fan of stouts but this one is OK I guess
WeeHeavySD (3359) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - MAR 4, 2009
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
12oz from a 4 pack from Windmill Farms. I need more impy stout ratings and so I thought it was worth a try. Pour is nice and pretty nice, black with a light brown head. Nose is thin and pretty craptastic. Taste is sweet and semi rich. But overall a damn pour and blechy.
Crosling (1863) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - MAR 6, 2009
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
This ale pours out of the bottle a very dark brown. It appears black in the glass with a average sized light tan head. Nose offers up potent notes of brownie, grape & black licorice. After tasting it seems really out of balance, overly sweet, needs quite a bit more hop. Lacking in body. Seems incomplete. I had higher hopes for the entire Imperial Series line.
nick76 (4140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAR 29, 2009
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
The aroma is almost meaty with touches of bacon and maple syrup, chocolate, and burnt malt. The appearance is black is with a huge head. The flavor is like the aroma. The palate is thin for the style. Overall it’s a well made beer but it does not do anything great.
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
kidmartinek (3213) - austin, Texas, USA - JUN 21, 2009
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
A dark brown, opaque beer with a rasberry tint on the pour. Head is small and volatile. Aroma can be smelt from a foot away! Nose is honey chocolate, coffee, hops and toffee. Pretty sweet aroma overall. sugary sweet i mean. Flavor is strong, with bitter chocolate flavor dominating, hops, alcohol, and a strong coffee finish. It burns on the way down, and leaves the mouth very dry. It doesnt lace well because of the high alcohol content presumably, and this can be seen sheeting on the glass after a sip.
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - OCT 25, 2009
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
You guessed it, it is pitch black with a creamy tan head. It smells like roasted malt, chocolate, and acetone. Flavor is very roasty, kind of like brownies that cooked a bit too long. Palate is medium, too thin for the style. Alcohol invades late. Generally it is acceptable, though in the never ending sea of massive Imperial Stouts this one is just another mat of seaweed.