Deryk (5) - Elgin, Alabama, USA - DEC 15, 2012zdk (1917) - New York, New York, USA - JAN 3, 2017
All I can say is wow! Not what I was expecting from Sam Adams. This was more like a shot of bourban in a beer than a hint of bourban flavor. Expect a strong liquor flavor with this one.
dark black/brown pour. Nose is slightly spicey, body is sweet caramel and some toffee malts, toasted bread.. malts that approaches being too sweet. Nice peaty earthiness and black peppercorns. Smooth mouthfeel and full bodied with light carbonation. Almost has a soda pop/cola taste, with more pepper on the finish. Rasmus40 (20338) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - JUL 26, 2016
Bottle @ Monks Café, Wallingatan, Stockholm. Hazy very dark brown with a light brown head. Aroma is sweet, malty, roasted malt and dark fruit. Flavor is quite sweet and moderate bitter. Sweet and moderate bitter finish. 260716 oldrtybastrd (5002) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - APR 24, 2016
Pours a dark red/brown. Aromas of dark roasted malt and fruity aroma(cherries?). Sweet, malty flavors with a hint of smoke. Finishes with a touch of hop bite. tysongillmore (362) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 21, 2015
I didn't take any extra notes when I tried this beer for the first time but I'm gonna try it again and update my comments.
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Bottle sweet nose and dark but not opaque pour. Slightly syrupy palate but not overpowering. Light on the peat but overall a decent beer.
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zvsn (2084) - ISRAEL - JAN 19, 2015
Bottle sample. 2012 bottle, thanks Alex F. Pours dark mahogany-brown with a stable beige head. Aroma of caramel, prunes, raisins and alcohol. Very sweet, dark and roasted malts, caramel, dried fruits, light smoky notes, very boozy. Rather full bodied, slightly syrupy. Very rich but heavy and alcoholic. Beerdedone (3401) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 26, 2014
Bottle. Pours a deep dark brown with a creamy tan head. Aroma of caramel, toffee, smoke and chocolate. Sweet & malty flavor with caramel, chocolate, raisins, toffee, dark fruit and some peaty smokiness.Creamy slick texture, full bodied, average carbonation. slowrunner77 (11930) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 1, 2014
"imperial series beer - THE most smokey beer of 8 in the style tonight. full feel, almost sticky, sweet...almost overly so...not quite, but quite pleasant overall. the peat and smokiness won me over a little. dark and thick." rollsrace (81) - - AUG 24, 2014
Not too syrupy, not as much as the imperial stout. Probably the best of the imperial series. Darkmagus82 (2302) - - AUG 21, 2014
Transfer from BA review on 1-5-13-
Poured from bottle into a snifter glass
Appearance – Pours a deep brown color with highlights of a ruby red shinning through when held up to the light. Upon pouring there is only a fine film on the top of the brew. This fades fast with little lacing. Upon swirling the beer in the glass its thickness can be seen with the brew clinging to the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma is big and sweet. It consists of a load of caramel and toffee with some sweet smells of a dark fruit nature (mainly cherry and plum). Mixed with these aromas are a light chocolate smell and a decent presence of a scotch aroma.
Taste – The taste is not nearly as sweet then you would expect from the nose. The flavor begins with a big malty and bready taste mixed with a lighter caramel sweetness. Other sweet flavors of a buttery toffee and some cocoa come to the tongue more toward the middle of the flavor. Along with the toffee and cocoa also comes the forefront of the alcohol taste. It begins rather mild and of a more rum like nature. As the taste advances toward the end however the boozy taste gets quite a bit stronger and take on a more whisky like flavor with smoky notes and some woody flavors coming to the tongue. The taste is rather dry and boozy at the end, leaving a very warming and smoky and roasty malt flavor to linger in the mouth.
Mouthfeel- The body of the beer is on the thicker side, but for a 10% abv wee heavy it may be a little light to average with a carbonation level that is quite light. Quite appropriate for the style and fitting for the whisky and malty flavors of the brew.
Overall – A nice smoky brew that is good to sit back with and sip slowly while being warmed by all the boozy and roasty flavors.