Samuel Adams Imperial Stout - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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3.85/5 rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3
I was totally shocked to see this on the beer list at Brewhaus here in town. I must be out of the loop or something, 'cause I had no idea that SA was releasing an Imerial series of brews! I scanned the menu and sort of just read past "Sam Adams" but then my wife pointed these new 'uns out and I did a double take. Gotta try it!
A - Thick viscous black liquid that gurgles slowly out of the bottle like its been thickened up with something vile. The head is small, but dark-brown-cocoa in color, and the quality of the foam looks pretty good. This definitely looks the part!
S - The first thing I thought was "charcoal grill." This has some of the dark chocolate and coffee that you'd expect from the style, but there is also an almost too-powerful smokyness to it that reminds me of that liquid smoke stuff my mom keeps in the fridge. Beef jerky notes are there, along with wood smoke and a dank basement aroma that I actually really like.
T - A little too smoky and not quite enough substance for me to really like this one. Its really good, and I love smoke/rauchbiers but the combination of bitter dark chocolate and oily smoke is not quite right. Still really good stuff though! I'm just being picky.
M - THICK. This junk is really THICK and almost slick. I like its heft, but like the smoke notes its almost too much. Nice and unique, but a little flabby IMHO.
D - This is a good beer from a good brewer. Sam Adams never really does anything super-stellar, but they do almost everything they do quite well. I've always thought of brewers like DFH or Rouge to be innovators and arteeests, while Sam Adams is like that musician or band that never really has a hit but has been around forever and just writes damn good songs. This is a beer worth drinking, but I probably wouldn't go out of my way to pick up a six pack or a four pack (I don't know how they are packaging this stuff since I tried it at a bar).
Serving type: bottle
07-19-2009 00:27:30 | More by pmcadamis
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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)
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