Samuel Adams Imperial Stout - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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3.28/5 rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
12 oz bottle into a pint glass.
A: Pours a very dark brown color with good opacity. The head is a one finger light tan color. It fades fairly quick, but leaves a bit of lacing on the glass.
S: Honestly, if Sam Adams called this a chocolate stout, I wouldn't have batted an eyelash. Chocolate (both dry baker's and even a touch of the milk stuff), licorice and bright dark fruits are the most prevalent aromatic notes - even a bit of cherry seems to come through. Not much in the way of roasted malts; this seems like it'll be on the sweet side.
T: There isn't much deviation from the aroma. There's a lot of semi-sweet chocolate, cherries, and licorice to open the flavor profile. It finishes a bit weak, providing only a generic dark fruit and malt character that's far too hard to identify. The biggest problem is that it needs a bit more roasted malt to counteract its sweetness. I notice a slight 'soy' character on the aftertaste which is honestly kind of pleasant. Still, it doesn't alleviate how sweet it is.
M: Any doubts this is a sweet RIS are thrown quickly to the curb with its lingering, sweet, almost syrupy finish and aftertaste. It's also quite thick feeling. While this does a good job of covering the alcohol up, I'd honestly prefer it if were dry but a bit boozier.
O: Given its sweet nature and relative simplicity, I'd recommend this as a dessert beer or to someone who's never had an imperial stout before. All in all, this one is a fine offering, but nowhere near my favorite in the style. I'd pick Old Rasputin, Black Chocolate Stout, or Yeti over this any day.
Serving type: bottle
12-15-2012 21:59:13 | More by ThisWangsChung
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