Samuel Adams Imperial Stout - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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Reviews by Pehlman:
3.83/5 rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
A: How much more black could it be? And the answer is none... none more black. But all Spinal Tap quotes aside, this does have the classic look of a RIS. Bronze head and a pitch black body.
S: The roasted malts are definitely burried in there somewhere! I just know it... But its underneath layers of Molasses, either Vanilla or Butterscotch, Dates and Alcohol. So not quite what one would expect from the style. Not bad either though.
T: Lets work backwards here... The finish is a bite of alcohol and charred sugar... almost reminiscent of a quad. Actually, when I think about it its a lot like one. Its as if somebody just brewed a begian quadrupel with a bunch of black malts. Lots of those dark fruits and molasses with a backbone of dark malt.
M: A bit thin for the style but it makes it a lot more drinkable than a lot of other near 10% abv beers.
D: Overall its very drinkable. I feel like I could easily polish of another bottle fairly quickly. Flavor-wise though, I would probably reach for something else for my 2nd beer. Not because this beer was bad my any means, but theres just a lot goin on with this and makes me think my taste buds need a change.
Serving type: bottle
06-05-2010 23:35:43 | More by Pehlman
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4.25/5 rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25
2011 Vintage, poured into a pint glass
A- pours opaque pitch black color with a small creamy dark tan head that eventually reduces to a small layer floating on top, short lasting lace
S- deep, dark chocolate aroma that smells like a fresh fudge brownie, notes or carob & prune with some coffee on the finish
T- dark roasted chocolate up front gives way to a blast of dark fruit with notes of fig, raisin, and even some dark cherry juice, mid-palate continues sweet with brownie flavors and eventually gives a finish of caramel, butterscotch and day old coffee
M- medium-heavy body with moderate carbonation leads to a super creamy mouthfeel and a silky smooth finish, alcohol is hidden very well
O- this bottle was nearly three years old, and it is drinking wonderful. Alcohol is barely detectable and the chocolate and dark fruits have taken over, making it a sweet sipper. If you take the Sam Adams label off of this beer, I guarantee it would be rated higher
Serving type: bottle
05-24-2014 00:49:46 | More by Treyliff
Samuel Adams Imperial Stout from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
86 out of 100 based on 1,405 ratings.