ScoWRee (422) - Perkiomen, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 22, 2009
Pours a deep dark browm almost black with no head. Aroma of roasted malt. Taste is bitter, roasted malt. coffee. Almost seems to have a little carbonation. I don’t know if it’s the anise but, there is something off the mark here. LinusStick (3460) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 8, 2009
A so so impy. Aroma was OK. Dark chocolate and a hint of coffee, but very weak. Pour was a dark brown with a thin tan ring for a head. Taste was like a subdued thin Expedition (or any other good impy). The flavor was there but was just very weak and boring. Not a bad beer for Sam Adams though. StefanSD (2451) - 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. ben4321 (6504) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - MAR 16, 2009
Location: Picked up a 12 oz. bottle at Gilly’s, drank it 3/16/09
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAR 20, 2009
Aroma: Smells like alcohol and chocolate mostly, some smokiness too
Appearance: Dark black color, almost no head (thin brown), really nice looking beer in the glass.
Flavor: Smokey coco/coffee flavor, not too bitter, smoke dominates this one. You can hardly tell its at 9.2%
Palate: Kind of full/thick mouth feel
Decent, but not spectacular beer here. Out of the Imperials, this was probably my least favorite. It was alright, certainly worth a drink, but not something I’d rush out to get again.
Pours an oily opaque with a thin, spotty-lacing beige head. Aroma of sweet sugary dark malts, some raisins and brown sugar along with mild acetylaldehyde. Starts with good fullness and lots of sweet caramel malt with some brown sugar character and coffee notes with an astringent bittersweet dark chocolate finish. Needs a little more balance and complexity.
ganache (5899) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 28, 2009
Bottle. Coffee, chocolate, roast, faint mocha nose, with touch of stale air. Murky motor oil pour with a dark brown, fluffy head, though a little too sudsy. Taste is dry and lightly bitter, some alcohol warmth in the jowls and cheeks with late onrushing sweetness. Licorice and anise in with the aromatic components. Medium body, relatively silken feel, dries out to that ol’ Sammy stale grain house character that I so despise, but not so much as to spoil the effort, which is average at worst, and enjoyable this time out. beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - MAR 29, 2009
Dark brown pour, almost black, smooth beige head. Milky body, overly sweet, with lingering chocolate into the finish. Sort of lactose sweetness to it. Roastiness is softer, small charred notes come through. efrumtheidiot (190) - Colorado, USA - APR 9, 2009
pours opaque dark brown with a thin, frothy, cafe-colored head. aroma is strong sweet dark chocolate, gentle notes of espresso, grass. taste is mocha (emphasis on the chocolate), not as sweet as expected, milk, and a bit acidic. alcohol is nicely blended, though it does leave a light desensitizing cast on the palate. full bodied with a slippery mouthfeel. prickly carbonation disappears quickly on the tongue. not bad for sam adams. absolute shit for an imperial stout. overpriced. would be a gem if it were cheap. just nowhere near other more ’worthy’ imperial stouts. DrDavid (957) - Johnson, Vermont, USA - APR 9, 2009
Bottle. Sweet-ish chocolate malt aroma, and some ripe fruit. Black body, brown head. Flavor is moderately sweet, vaguely fruity with chocolate. Not much roastiness or other complex character to speak of. Watery finish. JB175 (1665) - Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 22, 2009
Darker brown with a creamy, nutty, chocolate aroma. Flavor has some roast, chocolate and cream - starts OK, but the aftertaste and finish go downhill quite a bit. I think Sam Adams could certainly do a better job at Imperial Stout making if they tried.