djd07 (15341) - Houston, Texas, USA - APR 16, 2009
Bottle. Pours a very dark brown with a medium frothy light tan head that diminshes quickly. The aroma is a roasted malt with smoke and coffee. Good sticky lacing along the glass. Thin mouthfeel with a sweet chocolate malt in the taste with a nice bitter finish. Hides the alcohol decently making it easy to drink. A good imperial stout from Sam Adams. IrishBoy (4228) - Bakersfield, California, USA - APR 15, 2009
12 oz bottle from Belmont Station. Nose is toasty and very chocolate. Extremely black with a very dark cinnamon tan head. Flavor is not bad with chocolate and a coffee note and a touch of bitterness in the finish. This is decent and I would not be afraid to try it again! Beautiful appearance! Nejhleader (1574) - Lemoyne, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 14, 2009
um not too bad, had a nice dark chocolate taste, creamy body, I thought the aftertaste was a little off, but not bad overall. dchmela (3078) - Orlando, Florida, USA - APR 14, 2009
12 oz bottle. Pours thick and black with a thick rocky head. Dark fruit sweetness, Roasted grain and a little tangy aroma. Thick sweet raisin, dark fruit, roasted grain and anise taste. Thick and chewy and a little overly sweet. Good attempt, but not great. BREWMUSKCLES (2727) - New Jersey, USA - APR 14, 2009
strong and appropriately put togeather this is a nice loking dark brew with an appropriate rolling brown head. flavors are well constructed but off balance. alcohol is evident and taste of metal as well. anise taste is a touch too strong with the alcohol and metal it is somewhat uneventful. hardly any coffee or chocolate this beer is a bit of a miss saved by good looks and a classic cremy mouthfeel.
trokini (1025) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 14, 2009
Poured a very dark brown, nearly black, with a nice thick tan head that stuck around for a while. Good lacing. Good start. Strong licorice aroma with burnt barley and wood. Molasses and mocha with dried fruits round it out. Not the most appealing, but still good. Then, the first sip... ehhh, what happened? Weak mouthfeel, some may say even "watery" for the style, considering this is an Imperial Stout. Noticeable carbonation gives it a harsher feel as well. As for the taste, the molasses and burnt barley are most prevalent. Second-place is the alcohol and raisin flavors. Some soy sauce in the finish. Its not awful, just unbalanced.
CheersMate (1343) - Portland (Sellhood), Oregon, USA - APR 14, 2009
Actually, a very good looking beer. A nice viscous pour with a nice thick chocolate head that doesn’t fade away quickly. I am fairly impressed. The head eventually fades away into a thin head mainly around the edge of the beer. Nice smooth palate as well. A light sweet malt aroma. Not as aromatic/pungent as I would like it to be, but decent. Definitely get that sweet licorice, but other than that the roast, chocolate, and coffee flavors are a bit too light for me. Sweet licorice is followed in the flavor by a subtle coffee roast. Overall, decent beer. They could put a little more of the roast and coffee into it, but for Sam Adams this beer is pretty good. craftbeerdesign (2254) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 12, 2009
bottle poured into a snifter... based on their Imperial Pilsner (which is a hop bomb), I was anxious to try this new beer from Boston Beer Co.... and it is quite good... this pours a thick oil like pitch black and settles with a thin tan head... if this had a thicker head, it would be an easy 5/5 in appearance. nice sweet roasted malt, chocolate and licorice aromas. really thick and chewy body that is extremely smooth over the tongue. fairly even throughout in flavor and texture. the chocolate carries through the most with a touch of alcohol on top. solid finish with the sweet malts hitting the back of the mouth. there is also some lingering alcohol in the finish. I am curious how this will age... need to get some more first. Maddog (528) - Kettering, Ohio, USA - APR 12, 2009
I applaud Sam for attempting better beers. After almost single-handedly starting the micro beer craze, they rested on their laurels and got left behind. But now, with this Imperial series (and of course Utopia et al) they are throwing their hat back into the ring. This Imperial Stout was a beautiful sight to behold, opaque black with a chunky dark tan head. The flavors were roated malts and coffee complimented by the sweet beginnings of malt and the dry hoppiness of the finish. A delicious IS, just not in the same league as Stone RIS or Great Lakes Blackout. But keep ’em coming Sam. jujubeast6000 (854) - Houston, Texas, USA - APR 12, 2009
Reviewed 4/6/2009 (Bottle, served with spicy chili):
Pours an inky dark brown, nearly black, colored body, with a big brown colored head, lasting. Good lacing too. Chocolately roasted aroma, alcohol too. Some good chocolate and toffee aroma. Not an overly strong aroma. Nice chocolate taste, creamy mouthfeel. Reminds me of Stone RIS. Some alcohol on the backend. A good chocolate milk taste but with some bite to it. Wow, this is pretty good. I’m interested in seeing how this ages. Very tasty. Definitely will buy again.