DrnkMcDermott (2961) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - JUL 12, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A nearby Jewel store was remodeling the liquor department, and apparently you can’t take stock back to the back once it’s been on the shelves, so they were clearing 4-pack of the Sam Imperials (+90 Min IPA, Goose Vintage, etc.) for $3. So I can finally forget about cellaring a bit. Use a probably inappropriate Sam Lager glass, but the continuous bubbling keeps up a nice tan head over a muddy brown body. smell is caramel malt with notes of Christmas figs. Taste: Ah, there’s that "wee heaviness" I’ve been expecting. The peat smoked malt is right up front, almost to slap down any pale thing Bamburg can muster. No bacon, but the taste gets too close to a plastic Band-Aid at times. Perhaps I should have expected that. Keeping fizzy to the end helps mitigate the intense phenols.
tysongillmore (361) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 21, 2015
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I didn't take any extra notes when I tried this beer for the first time but I'm gonna try it again and update my comments.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
climberbob (335) - Virginia, USA - FEB 3, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle sweet nose and dark but not opaque pour. Slightly syrupy palate but not overpowering. Light on the peat but overall a decent beer.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
zvsn (1287) - 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 (3112) - 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 (8395) - 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 (75) - - 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 (2129) - - 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 (4532) - Oulu/Helsinki, 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 (1088) - - 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 (573) - 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.