Samuel Adams Imperial Stout - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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2.93/5 rDev -22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
12 oz bottle poured into a Pint glass.
A: Very dark brown, about as dark as you can get an not be black. Poured with a generous two finger dark brown head that dissipated down to a thin, but solid layer that remains through the glass. Lacing is good with nice rings marking the progress of each sip from the glass.
S: Not a bad smell, but not what I expect from a Russian Imperial Stout. Maybe that is why they left "Russian" out of the name. There is more presence from the hops than usual for the style. This is countered though by the dark chocolate and caramel notes that beckon you. A little alcohol can be detected, but isn't obtrusive.
T: First thing I notice is the roasted malts and the chocolate flavor. While there is a bitterness that some have likened to coffee, I don't think that is right. To me, it still comes from the dark chocolate, like a 90% cacao chocolate leaves that lingering bitterness. All of this combined with the alcohol makes for an interesting taste.
M: The alcohol makes it a bite a bit, but it is not harsh. The carbonation is good and the above mentioned bitterness tinges the tongue.
D: For the style this is a decent beer and worth picking up. I've found it as a good introduction to the Russian Imperial Stout style for those not accustomed. This isn't high enough to be my "go to" for RIS.
Serving type: bottle
01-09-2011 02:16:41 | More by pilotgod
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