Samuel Adams Imperial Stout - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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Reviews by CrystalShipMS3:
4.22/5 rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Beautiful black and rich foamy head.
Smells of licorice and dark fruits (figs and cherries?) and dark caramel. Also some coffee and cocoa. The alcohol is very noticeable.
The flavor is well balanced and has many dimensions. Tastes like black licorice and star anise mainly. Some caramel comes is second and bitter chocolate and a dark malt linger on your palate. The alcohol is noticeable but not overpowering. The initial sweetness helps to offset the bitter bitter flavors. Perfect balance.
Mouthfeel is heavy and somewhat syrupy. Coats your palate and sticks around for a while.
It's another one of those brews that are really planned out. They had a specific flavor in mind and obviously went thorough a lot of testing to get it just right. I'll be buying a six pack of this anytime I come across it.
Serving type: bottle
10-24-2011 01:11:28 | More by CrystalShipMS3
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3.84/5 rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Samuel Adams' Imperial Stout. 9.2% ABV.
A: Just over a finger of chocolate milk brown head. Lacing forms almost immediately, thin, yet able to form multiple rings. Beer is black, with extremely dark brown in the dimple, and just the thinnest dark golden brown line at the very bottom.
S: Dry, bittersweet, powdery cocoa up front, with a bit of light coffee/dark toffee in the back. Just a faint bit of char and licorice. Fairly sweet aroma. Slight grassy note.
T/MF: Decent smoothness of texture. Grassy coffee dominates. Fairly crisp for a darker beer. A flare up of very dark toffee on the back end. I'm not getting any chocolate notes on the palate. A bit of char. Overall, though it has darker flavors, they are nice and light. A good beer for people newer to stouts, but still wanting a stronger beer. Not overly impressive, though.
Poured from a 12 oz. bottle, into a Belgian tulip glass.
Serving type: bottle
07-30-2014 05:40:24 | More by TruePerception
Samuel Adams Imperial Stout from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
86 out of 100 based on 1,413 ratings.