Samuel Adams Hallertau Imperial Pilsner - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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2.35/5 rDev -42.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2
Very old bottle picked up at Universal Liquors in Holiday, FL.
Best by January 2008? I was in so much shock after seeing this on the label that I asked my wife "Are you sure it's already been January 2008?". 3 months past it's prime... oh well.
Beer pours to a very cloudy, rich honey-colored beer with a thick heavy foam - settling quickly to a soapy lace that barely clings to the glass.
Smell is aggressively hoppy upfront with a cloying caramel and rum raisin sweet odor and a sharp alcoholic nose.
Tasting: Thick and powerful noble hops come out immediately with a thick, rich caramel and toasted bready malt character... heavy laden with strong phenolic notes, lots of "plum and rum". Hint of burnt caramel at the end, finished with the everlasting nasal alcoholic burn.
The thickness of this beer would be perfect, if the beer wasn't so cloying and alcoholic.
I need a fresher bottle - I can tell that this beer could potentially be a favorite if it weren't so "hot". I've seen similar reviews down the line, leaving me to wonder "What the hell is wrong with the distributors? How long have we been getting stale beers?"
Next time I'll have the wife check for "best by" dates.
Serving type: bottle
05-03-2008 00:07:23 | More by hooligan
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