lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 23, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
decaturstevo’s Febmergency Tasting. Sample from a bottle thanks to Butters. Thin black with a ring of off white head. Soy sauce, roasted malt and chocolate aroma. Taste is big roast, lots of soy sauce and some chocolate sweetness.
Petrucci914 (910) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 8, 2009
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks for sharing, bro! Pours a black color with a medium tannish head. Aroma is almost like Guiness....somewhat lactic or sour. Taste was much like a Guiness, and was missing all characteristics of a traditional impy.
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
Moggman (235) - Columbus, USA - MAR 8, 2009
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours black with brown head. Aroma is sweet malts and coffee and a hint of alcohol. Aroma is coffee, dark roasted malts, and a pronounced alcohol hit in the back of the palette.
Rastacouere (6166) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 11, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Initially beautiful black pour covered by a large, frothy dark brown head. Straightforward anisey nose where you encounter little of the usual chocolate/coffee richness. Heavy sweetness intrudes on the palate, leaving little room for the otherwise considerable roastiness. Sweet bready and fruit concentrate flavours reminds of plums, blue grapes. Little bitterness to compensate the anise/sugar onslaught. Moderate carbonation leaves a slick oily feel. Alcohol is relatively subdued at 9.2%, but the malt’s complexity is not so impressive while the balance leans heavily towards sweetness.
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - MAR 21, 2009
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
What the hell, I was feeling adventurous. Maybe Sam Adams can turn out something that’s worth getting again. Rough pour gave it a pretty good sized mocha head. The aroma is a roasted chocolate scent, but it is a little off if you ask me. I get the black licorice scent here, but it doesn’t work for me. It takes the roasted and chocolaty flavors back a little bit, and makes it end rather sour and less-than-tasty. Not horrible, but doesn’t stand up to a repeat buy. Please, not more anise beer.
fidelis83 (2270) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - MAR 29, 2009
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours black with thin dark brown highlights and a 4 finger creamy mocha head that is slow to fade to 1/4 inch or so and stays leaving some specks of lacing and liquid clinging to the glass. Aroma starts out with some roast, chocolate and caramel, then some graininess, planty hops, hints of caramel and toffee as it warms. Flavor is roast, cocoa, planty hops, a bit of anise, stale espresso, musty grain sack, dirt road dust, anise, some mutes date notes and a little cinamon toast. Finish is sweet and slightly hoppy with relatively low bitterness and a roasty stale bread aftertaste. Palate is thick and slippery with a slightly overdone carbonation moderately wet finish and a dusty feel. This stuff is not undrinkable but it is far too thick for it’s flavor profile which seems a little stale and dusty while still being overly sweet.
BVery (9222) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - MAR 29, 2009
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
BOTTLE: aroma is coffee, roast, and wood. Jet black pour, with a brown/red thin head. A little oily on texture, flavor is carbonation up front (too much), then a heavy oily roasty taste with some cocoa, maybe licorice. Decent effort, but not fantastic.
GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - APR 4, 2009
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours dark with a decent head. Strong roasted aroma. I like the bacon bits. Full nectar with creamy residual effers. A fruity style with a high roast component. Too much fruit. Not balanced. No bittering component. This concludes my run of the S.A. Imperial series and I have to say I am not in the least bit impressed. They are below average. These beers seemingly have what it takes. All the nuts and bolts hold them together but like my ex wife they have no soul.
BREWMUSKCLES (2516) - New Jersey, USA - APR 14, 2009
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
strong and appropriately put togeather this is a nice loking dark brew with an appropriate rolling brown head. flavors are well constructed but off balance. alcohol is evident and taste of metal as well. anise taste is a touch too strong with the alcohol and metal it is somewhat uneventful. hardly any coffee or chocolate this beer is a bit of a miss saved by good looks and a classic cremy mouthfeel.