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. tennisjoel (1494) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - MAR 23, 2009
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.
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. MrBunn (2849) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 23, 2009
Bottle. Pours a dark, dark black with little head and aromas of roasted malt, coffee and dark fruit. Flavor has a bit of banana and licorice as well. This is far better than other reviews would have led me to believe. SHANER4 (507) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 23, 2009
12 oz. bottle - poured blackish brown color with medium tan head. DerBiermeister (586) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - MAR 23, 2009
Aroma - dark fruits, soy sauce, chocolate and coffee. I actually liked the scent.
Flavor - hey now, Sam Adams brewing some nice tasting Stout!! Some spice on tongue with dark fruit, coffee and anise on tongue.
Palate - medium mouthfeel with average carbonation. Finish is slightly dry and has nice finish.
Overall - I really liked this beer, easy to drink and very inexpensive. Best beer I’ve had from Sam Adams!!!!
Wow, this is a beautiful beer. Its brownish black head and its dark as oil like slick fluid pour is so seductively tasty of fortified notes of chocolate. Perhaps Sam Adams’ best brew?
punkeedo (499) - Covington, Louisiana, USA - MAR 23, 2009
2009 Bottle from the Imperial Series. I was surprised to find this in the local beer shop and more surprised when I tasted it. Smells of a good imperial stout, dark malts and some hint of cinnamon. Deep, dark appearance with a strong cream head. Tastes of sweet cream and dark malts with an aftertaste of alcohol. Balanced palate, though a little edgy toward the end of the gulp. A great beer overall. michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 22, 2009
12oz. Bottle: Aroma of chocolate, cream, slight malts, slight butter, and a hint of hops. Poured pitch black in color with a medium-sized, dark brown, creamy head that diminished but lasted throughout. Opaque. Lightly sparkling. Small lacing. Flavor is lightly sweet. Tastes of roasted malts, chocolate, soy sauce, light alcohol, light vanilla, light sugar, slight coffee, slight molasses, and a hint of smoke. Medium to full body. Thick, slightly tingly texture. Soft to average carbonation. Malty, lightly sweet, light alcohol, finish is sticky. Magjayran (1379) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAR 22, 2009
Oily black pour with a dense tan head. Great lacing. Dark chocolate and dark roast coffee in the nose. The taste is surprisingly bitter with strong bakers chocolate and espresso notes. Lingering licorice finish is a little rough. Full bodied and not watered-down in the least but not especially complex either. Still a good choice for an affordable impy stout on a night that you’re not feeling to picky. blipp (9783) - La Mesa, California, USA - MAR 22, 2009
Bottle. Pours near black with a tan head. Roasted grain in the aroma, a touch boozy. The flavor is well balanced, with roast, a little bit of bitter chocolate powder, and a hint of dark fruits. Not bad, but I expected way better. TheGuy (920) - Illinois, USA - MAR 22, 2009
I can see the sam bashers have attacked this beer well IMO was a pretty smooth easy drinking rediction of the imperial stout had it side by side with victory,s storm king and a couple of buds we all agreed that is was better tasting and smoother yes its not a big hop uped malted up soy sauced uped mess like some are very clean and refined