Samuel Adams Imperial Stout - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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Reviews by RidiculedDisplay:
3.73/5 rDev -1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Have been curious to try this for some time. This and maybe the Imperial Wheat were the only things within the Imperial Series that had much pull for me. Here we go:
Appearance: As to be expected, Sam Adams has incredibly tight quality control, and as such I expect them to pay attention to something other brewers may put on the backburner in order to concentrate on aroma or flavor: the appearance. I wasn't disappointed, in that regard. Poured with a really large, two finger coffee color/caramel color head, which settled only after about 3 to 5 minutes (quite a while, really) to a half-finger. Still pretty robust looking head, though, at a half-finger. Body is complete night black, totally opaque, and what you'd hope for in an RIS. Lacing is exceptional - lasts until you take a sip or swirl again, patterns all over the place, mountainous, arms, and spots. A+ job on the appearance.
Smell: On the front end is some hints of nutmeg, very weak coffee, bittersweet chocolate, black licorice, and mild butterscotch or caramel. After that, the alcohol hits, which, as others have noted, is a downer, since this, while 9.2% is by no means a low ABV, IS, after all, an RIS. RIS's with 12% ABV's I've tried don't have quite as much of a ethanol kick as this one does in the nose. Back end is grain and yeast.
Taste: Metallic quality that others have mentioned is definitely there, right away, intermixing in and out with the bittersweet chocolate and mild coffee flavors. Not too much roastiness, and some caramel follow. Upon swallowing, the coffee flavor peaks through more than in either the beginning of the taste or in the nose, which was encouraging, and saved me from demoting this to a 3.0 for the metallic flavor and the very much still-perceptible alcohol.
Mouthfeel: Adequately carbonated, and even though you can taste and smell the alcohol, it isn't "hot," really, at all.
Drinkability: Surprisingly drinkable for an RIS, but really only something I'd buy if I had no other RIS options, which, given Boston Brewing's distrib., might end up being the case at some point - if they keep brewing this.
Serving type: bottle
06-10-2009 05:35:40 | More by RidiculedDisplay
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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.