Rutkiller (12) - USA - MAR 25, 2009
12 oz. bottle. This is a thick beer which pours like motor oil. Small, light brown head which fades quickly, but leaves a nice lace. Smells of coffee, chocolate, caramel and toffee and tastes the same. Great feel in the mouth...silky smooth. High ABV at 9.2%. Overall, a very, very good beer from Sam Adams.
argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 25, 2009
(12oz bottle) Small brown head atop brown-black body. Aroma is moderately sweet, coffee/roast, dark chocolate, some burnt. Taste is moderately sweet, bittersweet chocolate, roast/coffee, some alcohol, burnt. Creamy full body with light burn. MrBeerFanatic (1064) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - MAR 24, 2009
Pours a mighty dark brown with an ever glowing brown frothy yet subtle head. Big aromas here of chocolate, coffee, toffee, caramel, and burnt malts. Flavors here are in fact complex but in the wrong balance. Alcohol is more than a little noticeable. Starts out a little creamy with notes of coffee, burnt malts, and chocolate. Then goes into a caramel/ faint anise note. Semi sweet and bitter. Leaves a burnt aftertaste. One of the best beers I’ve tried from Sam Adams, but then again Imp stouts are my favorite type a brew. LtDan (1806) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - MAR 24, 2009
Appearance: Pours a dark brown with a fizzy 1/4 inch brown head. The brown head subsides rather quickly.
Aroma: Roasted malts and dark fruits are very apparent in the intial smell. I get aromas I would associate with an Abbey Dubbel or Belgian Strong Dark ale.
Taste: Roasted malts, licorice, chocolate and dark fruit. Finishes with a moderate twang of sour cherry.
Mouthfeel: Perfect thickness. Not goopy thick, no watery leaning towards a heavy porter, just right.
Overall: I dare any Imperial Stout fans to put this in a blind taste test with a handful of other Imperial Stouts. This beer is smooth, bold, and easy to drink at 9.2% abv. Congrats to Boston Beer Co. for engineering such a great beer. djaeon (15) - Chula Vista, California, USA - MAR 24, 2009
Pours thick and black, with a minimal, milk chocolate colored head. This dissipates quickly, and leaves no lacing.
Smells of black coffee with a hint of dark chocolate.
Tasted of black coffee and bittersweet chocolate. High alcohol content for a Sam Adams beer is masked well. A little bit of a bitter aftertaste.
Thick and smooth.
Tastes great to me. I think I have a new favorite Sam Adams brand beer.
LearninBeer (604) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - MAR 24, 2009
Pours black, big creamy carmel brown head, excellent lacing. The aroma is roasted coffee, chocolate, molasses.The mouthfeel is thick, rich, creamy. The flavor is chocolate, coffee, some roasted nuttiness. 00cobraR (1103) - Greensboro, North Carolina, USA - MAR 24, 2009
a solid impy. pours out black with a smaller brown head. aroma is big on roasted malt, coffee, and dark choco. flavor is very much the same with a nice balance of coffee in the finish. TearsforBeers (183) - Ohio, USA - MAR 24, 2009
Pours black with darkest head this side of the Dark Lord himself. The edges are dark brown, very nice and imperial, makes me feel like a Czar. There are some nice odours wafting from this puppy - lots of sweet malt smells mixed with dark roastyness, that classic tar-esque smell, some wood maybe, coffee, alcohol. As I hoped, this beer tastes good. It’s sweet with good balancing roasted barley bitterness and maybe some hops. I also get impressions of chocolate, tiny bit of coffee, roastiness, tar, alcohol. Good to the bitter end. The mouthfeel is a pretty thick, creamy, and warming, just about right for a standard RIS. Overall, a very nice offering from Sam Adams that ain’t revolutionary or mega exciting, but is a very fine representative example. CptGreencoat (95) - Kettering, Ohio, USA - MAR 23, 2009
My favorite brewer finally makes my favorite style of beer. I’m pretty excited to see how this turns out. Pours to a thick black mess, with a nicely lacing, brown head. Nose is thinner than I would have expected for the style and color. Roasted malts dominate with hints of dry fruit in the background. As indicated by it’s scent, this is a very roasted tasting brew. Chocolate is in there, a decent alcoholic bite, and a nice blend of malt and hops on the finish.
This is a good beer. This is *not* a great beer. Hopefully, with Sam Adam’s size and distribution, this will invite newcomers to the wild world of craft beer. But to those of us who are familiar Old Rasputin and Breakfast Stout, this beer has nothing new to offer. tennisjoel (1465) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - MAR 23, 2009
Bought as a single at Blue Max. Motor oil appearance. Dense opaque black body with an average tan head. Aromas of chocolate and vanilla. Flavor is rich lactose, licorice, chocolate, and slight bittering hops. Not a bad effort, though it seems like I’ve had many in the style similar to this and I guess I want to see some element that would set it apart from others brewed in this style.