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).
Shot (78) - Westerville, USA - FEB 28, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
From a bottle. Pours thick and black, like used motor oil. Thick dark beige head. Aromas of chocolate, vanilla, coffee and gypsum. Flavors of dark chocolate, coffee, raisin, biscuit and vanilla. Finishes with vanilla and a sturdy hop bite. Surprisingly good for a Sam Adams offering.
gendv138 (232) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - FEB 15, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at Meridian Pint poured into a tasting glass. Pours black with tan head. Aromas of dark fruit, caramel, chocolate, roast. Tasting notes of dark fruit, butterscotch, caramel, vanilla, chocolate. Medium body with a dry finish.
stouby (3486) - Holbæk, DENMARK - FEB 2, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at home. Clear black. Aroma heavy malty (roasted, burnt, chocolate). Flavor light sweet, medium bitter of dark malts and US hops, notes of chocolate. Medium body.
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jookos (1451) - FINLAND - JAN 31, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle@ahven. Black tan head. Roasted intense nose. Pretty neutral though, sort of the average joe of risses- not overly salty, chocolately, oaky or anything, has jus a little of everything. Full body medium dry. Dark chocolate, bitters. Ok, easiky forgot though.
smcolw (529) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 29, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Impressive three finger head; leaves huge chunks of "lace" on the glass. The color near black where no light shines through.
Smell of freshly ground coffee. Attractive.
More creamy tasting than the smell would indicate. Still, this could be a coffee stout. No notable alcohol taste or feel. The body is lower than most stouts, but not dramatically so. Great and lasting aftertaste of dark chocolate and coffee. Touch of chalk.
AKORN (77) - Virginia, USA - JAN 12, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black in color with very little head. Sweet, licorice, almost Pepsi aroma. Lite aroma, hard to identify the smells. Bold taste, grapes, raisin, smoke, caramel, bitterness on the end. Good beer.
BiffNilsson (161) - Perstorp, SWEDEN - JAN 4, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Svart med ljusbrunt litet huvud. Inte jätteintensiv doft för att vara en stout, men den doftar sött med toner av choklad och kaffe. Smaken är frisk och syrlig med tydlig smak av kaffe och choklad. God men inte fantastisk
mstrcrwly (142) - New York, USA - DEC 30, 2013
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Thick imperial stout..Chocolate, coffee, molasses..just ok..nothing special..wouldn’t buy again.
peral2 (559) - SWEDEN - DEC 26, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Flaska från Systembolaget ! Oväntat god! Sam Adams kan om dom vill. Bravo!!!
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Scrapersnbeer (1380) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 22, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Aroma of spiked Mocha latte with hints of licorice and vanilla. Pitch black with brown head that settles quickly. Monster chocolate and coffee flavor that tastes closer than 12% than 9 and change. Thick although not particularly heavy body. Not as subtle as most Samuel Adams’, and not better off for it.