Panzuriel (2446) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - DEC 1, 2012
Thirteenth hour pours out of a very unique bottle Opaque black with hints of red. The head is a quickly disappearing mass of small bubbles mocha in color. Nose is sweet red fruit and chocolate liqueur. Thin body with some small lively bubbles. Taste is restrained red fruit with medium malt middle that has hints of bittersweet dark chocolate. I understand the rancor over this not being a typical stout. it is definitely in the belgian style. Still a good beer though. Ibrew2or3 (8913) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - DEC 1, 2012
Cool looking 750mL corked and caged bottle pours mahogany with thin tan head of foam. The aroma offers up modest levels of sour and wild yeast notes with a faint sense of malt roastiness in the background. The taste at first seemed odd and not what I was expecting. After only the second quaff it grew on me with a mix of chocolate, modest red wine tartness and a mild sense of sour notes and spicy oak. This is really coming together for me. Cool stuff. RollinHard (1024) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - NOV 30, 2012
Pours brown with a light brown head. Aroma of toffee, raisin, chocolate, port, and licorice. Flavor follows suit with a balance of dark berry and raisin flavors with dark chocolate, subtle coffee, and toffee malt. It’s held together by a spicy, fruity yeast character. Finishes with only a subtle roastiness, mild bitterness, but there’s a nice vanilla oaky flavor that envelopes the throat like many barrel aged beers do, just more subtle. Medium-heavy bodied with carbonation on the higher side. Good beer, I’m pleased with the flavor balance and use of Belgian yeast. There arent too many "Belgian stouts" that I really love, but this one strikes a nice balance to me. hopdog (13258) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 30, 2012
750ml caged and corked bottle. Poured a brown color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of earthy, chocolate, some dark fruits and I’m getting a trace of cinnamon. Tastes of chocolate, vanilla, roast, and the same trace of cinnamon. ejh8 (118) - Massachusetts, USA - NOV 30, 2012
Disappointed. Sam Adams is the consistent failure of microbrews and this one is no different. Bland and dry. Almost gross. Like the color and it looked good on the label but I hate this one. Sam Adams always disappoints me.
glenD (31) - - NOV 29, 2012
This beer is not a stout. If you get this expecting a stout it will dissapoint you. However, it is very fruity with a coffee aftertaste. The alcohol is well hidden. Also, the beer has a very tart feel to it. I drank another one of the barrel age collections that was fruity and tart, and it seems like this batch of stout came from the same barrel. This has a very similar tart experience as the other but not as strong. Decent brew, but I wouldn’t buy it again for the price. I will keep the bottle and brew my own imperial stout and enjoy that. ccex (1391) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 25, 2012
Fancy 750ml bottle pours a very dark ruby brown with small tan head and no lacing. Aroma is an interesting mix of dark cherries, cinammon, prunes, chocolate, vanilla and perhaps oak. Taste is sweet and slightly spicy with some alcohol in the finish. Mouthfeel is sticky, body is full, and carbonation is minimal. Not what I was expecting from an Imperial Stout, but actually quite good. jkwalking05 (4745) - Arlington, Texas, USA - NOV 24, 2012
Black in color with a decent beige head. Aroma is cinnamon, prune, vanilla, chocolate, oak. Taste is of prune, molasses, chocolate, cinnamon, vanilla, tart cherry. travita (5008) - Dallas, Texas, USA - NOV 24, 2012
Bottle. The look is brownish dark color, ok beige colored head, and somewhat dark but clear look. The smell is spiced, heavy, cinnamon, chocolate, coffee, and too spiced. The taste is spiced, sweet, yeast, tart, fruit, and chocolate. CaptainCougar (7634) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - NOV 23, 2012
750ml bottle: pours a mostly opaque black with a creamy froth of beige head. Has a sweet dark chocolate and biscuity malty nose with a hint of dark fruits. Body starts with pretty good fullness and light carbonation with plenty of sweet dark caramel and notes of milk chocolate and bittering hop balance. Finishes smooth and bittersweet. Could be a little more complex, but is dangerously drinkable.