bstroh707 (13) - West Virginia, USA - JAN 3, 2012
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: JAN 5, 2013 I have to say, I didn’t realize ol’ Sam could pack this much of a punch into a beer. I am a huge fan of this style, but I fear that they may have went a little overboard on trying to stuff 10.0% ABV into this beer because it really lacks smoothness that I would expect. Instead of malt, I taste booze. The smell of the beer is not bad and actually invites you to gulp. But after you do, be prepared for a strong bite. Very bitter aftertaste. I was hoping for a more well-rounded flavor, but those with a taste for peat and straight metallic booze will like this.
zvsn (759) - ISRAEL - JAN 19, 2015
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle sample. 2012 bottle, thanks Alex F. Pours dark mahogany-brown with a stable beige head. Aroma of caramel, prunes, raisins and alcohol. Very sweet, dark and roasted malts, caramel, dried fruits, light smoky notes, very boozy. Rather full bodied, slightly syrupy. Very rich but heavy and alcoholic.
Beerdedone (2786) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 26, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a deep dark brown with a creamy tan head. Aroma of caramel, toffee, smoke and chocolate. Sweet & malty flavor with caramel, chocolate, raisins, toffee, dark fruit and some peaty smokiness.Creamy slick texture, full bodied, average carbonation.
slowrunner77 (6165) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 1, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
"imperial series beer - THE most smokey beer of 8 in the style tonight. full feel, almost sticky, sweet...almost overly so...not quite, but quite pleasant overall. the peat and smokiness won me over a little. dark and thick."
rollsrace (61) - - AUG 24, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Not too syrupy, not as much as the imperial stout. Probably the best of the imperial series.
Darkmagus82 (1864) - - AUG 21, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Transfer from BA review on 1-5-13-
Poured from bottle into a snifter glass
Appearance – Pours a deep brown color with highlights of a ruby red shinning through when held up to the light. Upon pouring there is only a fine film on the top of the brew. This fades fast with little lacing. Upon swirling the beer in the glass its thickness can be seen with the brew clinging to the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma is big and sweet. It consists of a load of caramel and toffee with some sweet smells of a dark fruit nature (mainly cherry and plum). Mixed with these aromas are a light chocolate smell and a decent presence of a scotch aroma.
Taste – The taste is not nearly as sweet then you would expect from the nose. The flavor begins with a big malty and bready taste mixed with a lighter caramel sweetness. Other sweet flavors of a buttery toffee and some cocoa come to the tongue more toward the middle of the flavor. Along with the toffee and cocoa also comes the forefront of the alcohol taste. It begins rather mild and of a more rum like nature. As the taste advances toward the end however the boozy taste gets quite a bit stronger and take on a more whisky like flavor with smoky notes and some woody flavors coming to the tongue. The taste is rather dry and boozy at the end, leaving a very warming and smoky and roasty malt flavor to linger in the mouth.
Mouthfeel- The body of the beer is on the thicker side, but for a 10% abv wee heavy it may be a little light to average with a carbonation level that is quite light. Quite appropriate for the style and fitting for the whisky and malty flavors of the brew.
Overall – A nice smoky brew that is good to sit back with and sip slowly while being warmed by all the boozy and roasty flavors.
VastActiv (3155) - Oulu, FINLAND - AUG 13, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at Punavuoren Ahven, Helsinki. Originally rated 02062012. Colour is dark brown with small head. Aromas and flavours: Sweetness, caramel and roasted malts.
zoucrew102 (666) - - JUL 6, 2014
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle, thanks sevenhokie! Caramel and roasted malt aroma with just a hint of peaty smoke. Pours dark coke colored tinged with a bit of ruby. Started off with one finger of light brown head that mostly dissipated, but thin layer is still hanging around and good lacing. Starts with sweet caramel and roasted malts to start. Finishes smooth with a strong peaty smoke that sticks on the palate for quite a while. Solid wee heavy, but I thought it a little too smoky for my tastes.
cmacklin (317) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 10, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 fl oz bottle. Deep orange brown colour with small beige head. Aroma is roasted malt, caramel and fruit. Flavor is sweet with notes of caramel, malt, prunes and light smoke in the finish.
hotstuff (4303) - Indiana, USA - APR 10, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Rated on 4-17-2011 (Bottle) The appearance is a medium sized semi-fizzy tan head that mostly diminishes, reddish brown transparent body, very little carbonation observed, and one ring of lacing. The aroma is caramel malt, lightly smokey and lightly fruity. The taste is dark fruits, caramel malt, lightly smokey, and some alcohol. The mouthfeel is lightly tingly and this beer is medium bodied. Overall, this beer is easy to drink at 10%ABV and a sipping beer. It has a very good flavor, worth trying and a beer I would drink again.
superspak (2922) - Michigan, USA - FEB 22, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 9/25/2012. Pours clear nearly opaque dark brown color with a 1-2 finger dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big raisin, plum, fig, caramel, molasses, toast, toffee, brown bread, light smoke, light chocolate, herbal, and toasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready malt and fruity yeast ester notes; with good strength. Taste of big raisin, plum, fig, caramel, molasses, toast, toffee, chocolate, brown bread, light smoke, herbal, and toasted/yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of raisin, plum, caramel, toast, toffee, molasses, chocolate, brown bread, herbal, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice balance, robustness, and complexity of dark/bready malt and fruity yeast ester flavors; with zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a very creamy and moderately slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent Scotch ale style! All around great balance, robustness, and complexity of dark/bready malt and fruity yeast ester flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A very enjoyable offering.