leeburg (230) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - AUG 22, 2010
12 oz. bottle, black pour, brown head that turned more tan as it diminished. Aromas were of a sweet stout, chocolate milky. Taste is crazily malty. Like Young’s Double Chocolate malty. Can’t believe it’s an imperial stout. Wife insists it has fruity flavors too. It is really, really drinkable (quaffable even!) but not similar to most imperials. Interesting... VALIS (229) - Nashua, New Hampshire, USA - APR 1, 2013
The aroma isn’t mindblowing but certainly solid, typical stout coffee and chocolate notes, along with a little astringency due to the high ABV. Taste is where this excels, very aggressive chocolate and alcohol bite, but goes down smoothly and sweetly. Slightly bitter liquor aftertaste. A big boy’s beer. fuyajo (229) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 16, 2010
Decent aroma, but nothing amazing (malt, roast). Taste isn’t quite as deep as some Imperial Stouts, but is roasty with some notes of alcohol. Mouthfeel is thinner. Finish lasts moderately. Not my favorite Imperial Stout. Overml01 (227) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - FEB 23, 2010
Bottle sample at work... gosh, just not very impressed with this one.
Aroma was fine, plenty going on but a bit weak.
Appearance was opaque, great creamy head. Hard to take anything away from it.
Taste was a real let down... salty! Bitter but without anything to put it in balance.
Palate redeemed the taste a bit, creamy and smooth.
Overall, it would be a fine Imperial Stout... but something going on in the taste really retracted from the experince. As impressed as I am with the Imperial White, I was really hoping for more here. soccer290 (225) - Highland Park, Illinois, USA - MAR 22, 2009
12 oz bottle. Heard good things from my local beer guy, decided to give one of Sam Adams Imperial’s a shot. Pours a dark black with a tiny tan head that disappates quickly. Smells of dark chocolate, some coffee, brown sugar, and perhaps some black licroice. Very intense smells. Tastes of chocolate, black licorice, and a little bit of coffee. Definitely black licorice, as there is only one thing (that) which can make me cringe like that. Kind of smooth going down, but I can’t stand the taste. Overall, tolerable, if you can stand black licorice.
KawaBomber (225) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 20, 2009
12oz Bottle: Pours black w/ a small dark brown head. Aroma has all the right components: Roasted malt, dark fruit & chocolate. After letting it warm up for tasting...has a nice blend of roasted malt, dark fruit, coffee, chocolate & a slight alcohol burn. A little on the sweet side, but finishes bitter. Not bad, not great, but good none-the-less... jdskinns (220) - South Roxana, Illinois, USA - NOV 4, 2009
Bottle. Poured an average head, brown in color, that slowly dissipates leaving a thin covering. Excellent lacing. Black body with no light getting through. Smell is sweet with coffee and vanilla coming through. Flavor is slightly bitter with roasted malt flavors dominating and some dark fruit flavors showing through. Medium body. Overall a pretty decent brew. AKORN (220) - Virginia, USA - JAN 12, 2014
Black in color with very little head. Sweet, licorice, almost Pepsi aroma. Lite aroma, hard to identify the smells. Bold taste, grapes, raisin, smoke, caramel, bitterness on the end. Good beer. nefarious (220) - Waterford, Michigan, USA - MAR 11, 2009
Big black pour with a almost non-exsistant tan head. The aroma is huge caramel and malt.....almost like a barley wine. The flavor is very sweet....caramel, roasted malts.....dark fruits and a coffe finish. The mouthfeel is outtta this world.....it so velvety smooth and coats the tounge. sold pour. Nimrod979 (212) - Hagerstown, Maryland, USA - JAN 7, 2010
Pours a deep black with a small brown bubbly head. Aroma is caramel, chocolate and coffee. Taste is a bit more bitter and strong alcohol flavor, not balanced very well but still an alright beer. Rather disappointing for the style. Fizzy and thin texture. long finish. I’ve had this awhile though and may need to re-rate when I get beer that is more fresh.