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 thatís mostly because I have to drive to Chicago to get the Brooklyn).
TEJA (1372) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - NOV 30, 2014
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from systembolaget sweden. Solid brown head. Caramell aroma with some dark malts. Nice taste with both caramell, bitterness and roasted malt. Medium body.
Hopmaestro (194) - ÷rebro, SWEDEN - NOV 6, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Aroma is roasted malts, coffee and chocolate. The taste mirror the aroma and also adds some faint liquorice and lead you to a semi-dry and bitter finish. Thereís nothing wrong with this one, even if itís not really "up there". A decent Imperial Stout.
slowrunner77 (6084) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 14, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
"i agree with Brettís review almost word for word, but i guess i liked the beer just a bit more. a solid contribution, if not one of the bestter Imperial Stouts out there. The aroma, while on the sweet side, was quite appealing. Needs a little more IBUs to be balanced, but itís choclatey, malty, raisiny good. The abv is masked well at first, but not as it warms. Starts quite good at 53 degrees...becomes a little overly sweet as it warms, but still ok and smooth. One of Boston Beer Coís better offerings. I may revisit once my 4-pk is gone, but Storm King and Rasputin are better for the same price. Definitely worth a shot, though...glad I tried it. 4/09-when tasted against other (better) impyís, the shortcomings are more obvious, but still an enjoyable brew. 11/09-not aging well...not bad, but getting less complex...just kinda sweet and overpowering. Hmmmm."
Funknmilla (693) - Wayne, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 10, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle...pours black w/ a cocoa colored head....*smell* roasted malts-molasses-dark chocolate(bakers).....*flavor* coffee-molasses-toasty roasted malt-touch of brown sugar-dark chocolate-sweet yet hearty-a pretty solid imperial stout-as it sits, I get a little raisin/prune tasty....sticky on the lips...I would drink this again...rating from 3-2-2010
RickFifty (441) - Fredrikstad, NORWAY - OCT 7, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Jet black color, light brown head. Roasted coffee nose, nuts, licorice, dried fruit. Dark chocolate taste, coffee, sweet licorice, roasted malt, nicely balanced. Full body, soft carbonation, thick texture.
Darkmagus82 (1823) - - OCT 1, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Transfer from BA review on 10-31-13-
Poured from bottle into a snifter
Appearance Ė The beer pours a black color with a small foamy brown head. The head fades rather fast leaving a light level of sticky and streaky lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell- The aroma of the beer is big of dark chocolate with a nice big smell of caramel and vanilla. They are joined by some other aromas of a roasted espresso and some light dark fruit smells. With a mild warming boozy aroma the mix of smells gives a very nice chocolaty and sweet dessert like aroma.
Taste Ė The taste begins with some milk chocolate and a nice roasted malt taste. Right from the start, there are some sweeter flavors of vanilla and caramel mixed with some lighter dark fruit flavors. As the flavor advances some of the sweeter flavors dwindle, transitioning the milk chocolate flavors to a more dark chocolate nature. Along with these changes, so too comes some coffee flavors to the tongue. They start out more mild in the middle, but as the flavor advances to the end they become more bitter and roasted taking on a more espresso like nature. Some sweetness seems to return to the tongue at the end, and is joined by a light char and boozy taste to leave a nice mix of chocolate, sweet, coffee, dark malts and booze to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel Ė The body of the beer is thick and creamy with a carbonation level that is average. While a slightly lower carbonation may have been a bit better for the style, the thick body is quite fantastic for the flavors coating the mouth in all the nice dark and sweet flavors.
Overall ĖOverall the brew had a nice blend of chocolate, coffee, sweet, roasty and malty. A quite tasty and enjoyable imperial.
Lemke10 (826) - Waukesha, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 28, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Finally drinking a bottle Iíve have in the fridge for a few years. This pours a pitch black color with a slight brown head. The aroma is filled with coffee, toffee, and robust tones. The flavor is big, bold, and full of flavors. This is a sweet, robust beer that delivers in the flavor category. This brew has really held up over the years Iíve had it. Maybe a little bourbon aging with help this beer *hint hint Jim Koch*
klas (313) - SWEDEN - SEP 5, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black with brown rather big head.Aroma and taste of roasted coffe, chocolate and malts. Some sweetness and a bit alcoholic. Powerful and smooth at the same time.
alex_alkis (336) - SWEDEN - SEP 2, 2014
3.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Itís sad that a beer that smells so strong and beautiful didnít had more to offer in the taste.
VastActiv (3075) - Oulu, FINLAND - AUG 13, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at Janoinen Lohi, Helsinki. Originally rated 26052012. Colour is black with small head. Aromas and flavours: Chocolate, coffee and roasted malts.