Samuel Adams Imperial Stout - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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Reviews by Foxtrot:
4.33/5 rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Weather turns cold, and out come the Stouts! I always seem to find 4 packs of this everywhere I go and finally took the plunge and got some.
Pours a inky black with no light shading. Head was big, tan and long in retention.
Aroma is nice and distinctive with robust notes of dark chocolate, toffee, some caramel, and a very light dose of coffee towards the finish. Also to note, the yeast is a bit more prominent in this RIS, but is still quite enjoyable.
Taste was good, and took a different direction than I had anticipated. Began with big roasted malts, black currant, some sticky molasses, and moves onto a nice spicy/earthy bitterness that sticks around to the finish. I really loved how earthy this beer actually is. Too often RIS's can become too sweet for my taste.
Mouthfeel is superb medium-full body, modest carbonation and a nice creamy texture as it warms up.
Drinkability is good. I really enjoyed this beer, and glad to see that Boston Beer Company put out a high quality RIS. Cheers!
Serving type: bottle
11-10-2009 08:10:16 | More by Foxtrot
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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.