User42649 (209) - - AUG 30, 2009
Pitch black pour, fluffy dark tan head. Head diminishes slowly, lots of lacing. Aroma of anise, dark fruit, chocolate. Aggressively flavorful, anise, chocolate, dark fruit, old leather, roasted malt. Full mouthfeel, rich oily texture, mild alcohol warmth. Wonderful brew! williamherbert (1541) - Syracuse, New York, USA - AUG 31, 2009
The appearance is two fingers of fudgy brown head. Thick jet black body; looks like solid matter rather than liquid. Pure black.
The smell is heavy mocha and coffee beans. Raisins and grape skins. Dark but not burnt. Sweet and also roasted. Rich and great. Some chocolate and red wine. Brown sugar, nutty.
Severely burnt flavor, but also sweet. Major dry red wine vibe. Some nutty brown sugar flavors. Heavy raisin and plum at the end as it warms up.
The feel is smooth and oily and viscous. Really dark but bitter and sweet. Balanced, strong, delicious. Beerdrinker79 (2188) - Idaho, USA - MAR 11, 2010
12 oz. bottle- Pours black with a decent head and lacing, aroma is raisins and bourbon. The flavor is a wonderful creamy coffee flavor, my favorite flavors in Imperial Stouts, the only flaw is about halfway through the flavors and the complexity goes downhill. I enjoyed this better than Bourbon County and North Coast Old Rasputen 12 Anniversary Imp. Stout, and it is a hell of alot cheaper. BeeriedEyed (211) - USA - DEC 23, 2010
Excellent, excellent stout beer. A trusted brewery who makes commitment to making flavorful beers at a great price does it again with this imperial stout. A must for any fan of Sam Adams. Edtorrey (26) - Maryland, USA - MAR 18, 2012
Who would have thought Sam would make such a fine Imperial Stout!
Malty chocolate and dominant anise aroma and favors. Smooth mouthfeel and no hop bitterness (1 year cellared) during or aftertaste.
I rated this nice beer higher than the average and after 1 year in the cellar moved it from "tasted" to "favorites".
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finn1918 (234) - Georgia, USA - NOV 20, 2012
Pours a dark brown with a nice 1-finger cascading brown head that leaves very little lacing. Aroma is caramel and toasted malts. Flavor is bitter roasted malts, some subtle hoppiness, and sweet caramel with hints of liquorice. Has a syrupy mouthfeel with a slightly bitter finish. Not the best stout in the world, but solid and very enjoyable. DrnkMcDermott (3096) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - JUN 18, 2013
2009 bottle. Big nose of raisins, sherry and a bit of mocha right under the cap. Solid black body with a slightly lacy brown head. Sherry in the taste, too. Here’s a bit of roast coffee I couldn’t find in the nose. A bit cheesy, like a Belgian with stale hops. Could there be a Belgian yeast to make this beast? Yeah, some licorice, and a sip of vanilla. Taste stays strong. Alcohol makes itself felt pretty early on, not in the taste but in me. A big beer that ages very well. 1guywith_aboat (254) - phenix city, Alabama, USA - JUN 20, 2013
Pours rich black with deep dense khaki head. The whole glass is lacy. Aroma is generously roasted with chocolate and almond coffee. Taste is bitter chocolate and black coffee with a malty sweetness to balance. Alcohol is good at hide and seek. Thick, creamy and smooth in the mouth. Very rich beer. Nicely done. Seffle (461) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - MAR 28, 2016
Bottle from SB 160328.
Pitch black body with brown head. Dark roasted coffee, brown molasses and dried prunes in the nose. Dark chocopresso taste with a spicy bitterness and a warming alcohol sweetness. Well balanced and an excellent RIS.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone Stefano (2004) - Thisted, DENMARK - JUL 15, 2016
UPDATED: AUG 7, 2016 Black coloured beer with an huge brownish head. Aroma is roasted malt and dried fruit. Taste with notes of licorice, coffee and chocolate. Heavy palate and long finish. Nice one.