jtw (1170) - farmington, Michigan, USA - MAR 15, 2009
12 oz bottle - i didn’t even know sam adams made an imperial stout! raisin, molasses, licorice strong in the aroma, and chocolate and some dark red wine as well. some sweet malt and roasted barley as well, with a tiny bit of hops apparent to balance the sweetness. similar profile in the flavor, as the licorice/anise and dark fruit flavors dominate. a little thin and slightly alcoholic, more of a combination of sugar and alcohol than i would hope from a great imperial stout. overall a good beer and very affordable, a good effort from Sam Adams and i would drink it again if expedition stout weren’t readily available for the same price. Taverner (1103) - San Ramon, California, USA - MAR 15, 2009
It’s "s’ok." Pours black with a charcoal/brown head. Bubbles aren’t the frothy kind, but the big kind. Flavor is somewhere between molasses and chocolate. Not horrible, but not great either. Compared to their other Imperials, this one needs some work. Odeed (1806) - Bakersfield, California, USA - MAR 14, 2009
black body with a brown head.(nice lacing on the glass)aroma is sugar,and some roasted malts.flavor is heavy on the smoke,with some roasted malts,and a slight chocolate finish. phiconners (152) - Massachusetts, USA - MAR 14, 2009
Pours a dark black. Malt comes through, smooth mouthfeel. Overall it was good, but maybe not as complex as some other top stouts. Maybe storing it for a while will bring out more complexity. Aurelius (5662) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAR 14, 2009
Milk and chicory roast aroma. Pours a silky, oily black-brown. Bleh on the label. Thin, thin, tan head. Be prepared for the first sip - that was the rudest awakening that I’ve had recently -- akin to when I tasted my beer, my first stout or my first Belgian. Dark, dark roast and booze initial impact, when slightly cold. Burnt patent malt flavors. Not that sweet, bitter cocoa. If I could isolate the mouthfeel from the aftertaste, then the palate would have maxed out. As it is, not being a coffee drinker, the char gets to be a little clingy. A big beer, it grows on you as you get closer to the bottom and the brew warms and it starts effecting your body chemistry. Market Square Liquors.
danielcurtis81 (1519) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 13, 2009
12 oz bottle. Pours a rich beep dark chocolate color with a small head. Very nice roasted malt nose with some good chocolate tones and molasses. Very nice malt, and dark chocolate flavors. Definitely some chocolate on the aftertaste. Anise and a slight coffee flavor too. Brew is a little on the hot with more of an alcohol finish. Worth the try, this would be a nice one to show up at the bars that only sell large scale beers. Sparky (2244) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - MAR 13, 2009
Bottle courtesy of BOLTZ7555 – thanks J! Pours deep black with a 3 finger tan head that leaves great lacing. The nose is milk chocolate and roasted malt. The taste is molasses, light dark fruits, burnt chocolate and light coffee. Medium bodied. Not bad – good effort by SA! mcjay (463) - Neenah, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 13, 2009
Pours very dark with a thick brown head. Sweet roasted coffee aroma. Rich, malty and bitter taste with a mildly silky body. Hints of dark chocolate and coffee with a slightly sweet finish. DrBayern (1140) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - MAR 12, 2009
Bottle from CelticBrew. Pours out black with a large tan head evolving slowly, showing excellent durability, and leaving thick bands of lace with each tilt of the glass. Roasted Colombian coffee, dark chocolate, and hints of licorice in an inviting aroma. Full body, gently carbonated, chewy and rich with slight astringency, Burnt sugar and roasted barley flavors which have their own bitterness, but also an underlying sweetness. Some peppery hops add to the dry finish. This is a very good impy stout, the best thing Sam Adams has done in a while. StefanSD (2468) - Ouray, Colorado, USA - MAR 12, 2009
12 oz bottle from Freddy. Pours an opaque black color with a small tan head. The aroma is moderate in strength with soy sauce, roasted malts, raisins and alcohol. The taste is dominated by licorice, sweet dark fruits and more alcohol. The mouthfeel is smooth and malty. The finish is long with lingering alcohol and licorice. Overall: This would be much better if the hard alcohol was better hidden.