Glouglouburp (5883) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 15, 2013
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
In short: A roasty milky imperial stout with strong herbal and anise sensation Messy beer. Bad bottle?
How: Bottle 12oz. Consumed approximately one year after purchase, not sure about exact age.
The look: Black body topped by a small tan head.
In long: Nose is milk chocolate spiced up with anise and burnt rubber. Taste is very roasted grainy cereals, milky notes, bittersweet black chocolate, too much of an anise sensation, burnt toffee, notes of charcoal, surprising dry herbal bitterness. Dry roasty finish leaving an ashy coal and spicy herbal sensation in the mouth. To me this wasnít a cohesive beer, the lactic and anise flavors clashed with each other, the dry herbal bitterness was awkward. Surprisingly unfocussed coming from Samuel Adams. Tasty for sure, this is not a boring beer, but it didnít work for me at all. Another beer I didnít need to drink, but itís not gonna happen again, starting tomorrow Iím cutting down on my beer drinking, Iím getting good at it, Iíve been cutting down on my beer drinking tomorrow for 6 years now.
CpyNPrnT (58) - Indiana, USA - MAY 1, 2013
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Very thick and chewy, hints if plums, coffee, molasses, musty to flat taste from the age. Full taste after a second or two. Okay aftertaste. Try for the record, but nothing to go out of the way for.
mtwhitney (168) - Maui, Hawaii, USA - MAY 2, 2013
2.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
I donít think that I have ever had a beer start with so much promise and then....Very good aroma. Good head. Nice dark appearance. BUT too cloying. Too much dried fruit taste. Not balanced. Nice try, but back to the drawing board. Guinness is too widely available to substitute this for.
BeerBaby (80) - , Florida, USA - MAY 10, 2009
2.6 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottled. Pours a rich chocolate brown with tan head. Lacing is minimal. Smooth, with considerable alcohol flavoring and warmth. Aroma is diminished with some roasted coffee/chocolate type overtones. I had a hard time getting past the alcohol taste. Not first on my list for imperial stouts.
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - JUL 18, 2009
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
12oz bottle. Pretty much black, but with dark brown edges and a small tan head that dies relatively quickly. Faint aroma of charred fruit and alcohol. The flavor is sweet and alcoholic with some dried fruit, burnt grain, soy sauce, and astringent bitterness in the finish. Sticky and thin feeling at the same time. I couldnít even finish a whole bottle of this stuff. I tried this side by side with Rasputin to see who the better lower-priced 4-pack was, and it was not even close. This beer is so bad in comparison that its almost embarrassing that the most successful craft brewer in the country put it out.
Sonicdescent (384) - Donora, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 18, 2009
2.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 4/20
Let me preface this by saying I have never before this one had a drink completely ruined by carbonation. Reading over some other reviews, there is a chance this was a bad bottle and I will give it another shot.
Appears with a healthy froth of mocha head over a completely black liquid, very nice.
Scent is light chocolate malt but heavy earthy scents.
Taste is good, but I have a hard time sensing it over the massive amounts of bubble. I prefer my stouts to be near flat, but this isnít even a preference issue, it actually burns because of the amount of carbonation.
Mouth as stated before overshadows everything as this beer is a carbonation bomb. Overall drinkability suffers because of this. Will be re-reviewed if in the event this isnít a problem again.
13mikey (503) - New Hope, Minnesota, USA - SEP 6, 2009
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: SEP 7, 2009 12oz bottle from the Crystal Liquor Barrel. Poured deep black color, not too thick. Quickly fading light brown head. Aromas arenít too powerful, slight chocolate and coffee notes. The malted barley really comes through in the taste as does the coffee and chocolate, again in a non aggressive way.
sucker (27) - Illinois, USA - MAY 23, 2011
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Roasty and black with a surprising amount of carbonation. Oily, but not that thick and mainly bitter. Its not terrible, but not great.
GL2814 (322) - New York, New York, USA - SEP 29, 2012
2.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
The malts offer flavors of burnt caramel and dark chocolate. Not a bad beer, but not my favorite.
DiarmaidBHK (3077) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 31, 2011
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle at Bandito Southside. Only Sam Adams could fuck up an imperial stout. Pours black with a thin khaki head that leaves no lacing. Not much on the nose. Notes of wood but somehow, and Iím not sure how this is possible, which taste like splinters with a hint of licorice. That which doesnít taste like splinters tastes like alcohol. Finishes clean.Meh!