Avengedpoet (329) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - JUN 23, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sampled at Made in the Shade 2009. Pours a viscous black with very minimal chocolate lacing - no real head. Roasty aroma, some alcohol, and definite malt sweetness. Taste is mildly roasty, and extremely sweet. Luckily, Sam Adams threw in enough hop bitterness to counteract the cloying sweetness for the most part. Ends up being a rather middle-of-the-road stout.
dogfish120love (1004) - Westfield, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 11, 2009
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Only thing I can smell is slightly alcohol The flavor is weird, alittle soy sauce, some caramel. Nothing exciting. From previous review I had high hopes. Oh well. I must have gotten a tainted bottle or something
soccer290 (225) - Highland Park, Illinois, USA - MAR 22, 2009
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
12 oz bottle. Heard good things from my local beer guy, decided to give one of Sam Adams Imperialís a shot. Pours a dark black with a tiny tan head that disappates quickly. Smells of dark chocolate, some coffee, brown sugar, and perhaps some black licroice. Very intense smells. Tastes of chocolate, black licorice, and a little bit of coffee. Definitely black licorice, as there is only one thing (that) which can make me cringe like that. Kind of smooth going down, but I canít stand the taste. Overall, tolerable, if you can stand black licorice.
thejon375 (410) - Tampa, Florida, USA - APR 5, 2009
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Shared with Steve and Eric. Not a bad stout. Flavors of choc, cherry and oak. Much better than the Imp White.
Ernest (6354) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - APR 8, 2009
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Head is initially average sized, frothy, brown, mostly lasting.
Body is opaque black (flashlight tested).
Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (roasted grain, husks, cocoa powder), with light notes of alcohol and chalk.
Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, moderately bitter, slightly husky, slightly unclean.
Medium to full body, watery/velvety texture, lively carbonation, moderately alcoholic.
A crude, dull example in all ways except in appearance and mouthfeel. It achieves opacity and has an attractive, lasting head, which is an easy 5 for the style in my book. Mouthfeel is sufficiently creamy/rich. But alas, the aroma and flavor are rough (very husky/reedy, somewhat dirty tasting) and very simple. I would say that you get what you pay for, but this isnít even that cheap.
jcwattsrugger (11227) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - MAY 3, 2009
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
12oz bottleĖpours a tight brown head and black color. Aroma is cocoa-dark malt/oat, some acidic earthy hops. Taste is sweet cocoa-dark malt/oat, some acidic earthy hops, ashy, alcohol. Thanks to Joe-jwc215 for picking this out.
DarkBeerReign (10) - Rhode Island, USA - MAY 30, 2009
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 9/20
I was really excited when this poured, it was thick, almost like a syrup, deep black, with an espresso colored head. Unfortunately, the taste didnít match the appearance, I really couldnít get past the sickly sweet quality of this beer. There might have been a lot of good in there somewhere, but I just donít like my stouts to be sweet, especially to this degree.
Frank (3026) - 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 Adamís brews for a while figuring they probably wouldnít be worth much but Iíve 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 Iíd like to see more of in this style. Itís 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.
adnielsen (9474) - 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.