Samuel Adams Imperial Stout - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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Reviews by Buschyfor3:
3.8/5 rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
12oz bottle served in a tulip at Rich O's Public House/Sportstime Pizza, New Albany.
A: A sluggish pour produces a deep, opaque, inky black body with a thin, khaki head that quickly sinks to just a ring of foamy lacing. Only small spots and half-rings of lacing cling to the glass. Looks like your typical RIS but nothing really stands out beyond the rest of the pack.
S: Surprisingly big nose - to be honest I wasn't sure what to expect from the aroma and I was slightly afraid of a letdown before I took the plunge and ordered this one. Alot of anise, licorise and dark fruits at the top - figs and raisins come to mind. Then there is a layer of warm, roasted coffee and dark chocolate sweetness - reminding me of a mocha latte from Starbucks. The end of the nose delivers some big, spicy booziness, bordering what I would call medicinal (i.e. getting that rubbing alcohol-like sting in the nostril).
T: Flavor profile starts with anise and chocolate covered espresso beans. The chocolate and roast coffee note is followed quickly by a huge boozy blast that is peppery and again slightly medicinal. But the quick, warming blast of alcohol is soon moderated by a soothing dose of roasted malty sweetness and just a faint touch of hop bitterness to offset and balance this RIS. Overall, the flavors blend together in a fairly smooth, enjoyable imperial stout, even if the bottle might be a touch "hot" with the alcohol fumes stinging my nose and tongue. Not overly complex but the flavors that are there are a nice treat.
M: Not alot of carbonation, but just enough to induce the smooth, slightly oily mouthfeel. Would be hard pressed to call this RIS "creamy" or "chewy" like many others I have tried, but this one definitely has some body to it.
D: You can definitely taste the booze in this one, and that probably knocks the drinkability down a notch - one and done, at least when fresh. Maybe with some age on the bottles it might smooth out?
I've heard alot of ups and downs about the Sam Adams Imperial Series and I was slightly wary of trying this beer, but I love most stouts so I thought "What the hell? I'll give it a fair shot!" I was pleasantly surprised. A good, middle of the road RIS in my book - not mind blowing, but not a bad alternative either. Some time in the cellar might be beneficial for this RIS by allowing the alcohol blast to mellow while drawing out some of the other flavor complexities, especially with the anise and dark fruits.
Serving type: bottle
07-31-2009 16:04:31 | More by Buschyfor3
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4/5 rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
A: Black with a brown head. Like motor oil.
M: Dark chocolate, roasted malt and dark roast coffee in the nose.
T: Dark bittersweet chocolate, dark roast coffee, roasted malt, a little dark fruit.
M: Full bodied, not smooth enough to my taste.
O: Typical of the style. If you like imperial stouts, I recommend it.
Serving type: bottle
02-07-2014 05:26:43 | More by BierJager89
Samuel Adams Imperial Stout from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
86 out of 100 based on 1,362 ratings.