Samuel Adams Imperial Stout - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
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3.55/5 rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
I was eager to try this beer after seeing it advertised. A late evening with a friend gave me the perfect opportunity to taste it and determine if it lived up to my expectations. Sam Adams is to be commended for taking a risk with their new Imperial line. The packaging is well designed--I particularly found the royal purple that dominated the label to attractively support the Imperial theme.
Pouring the beer into a standard Shaker glass yielded a pitch-black ale topped with a modest, very dark brown, head of tight bubbles. Perhaps a more vigorous pour would yield more foam, but I felt the brown ring of foam set off the color of the beer nicely. If there is a black hole of beer, it might be this one, because no light escaped.
As might be expected for this style, alcohol dominated the nose. Once you get past that big hit, hops take over accompanied by resin and nuttiness. There is some pine there and maybe a hint of walnuts.
Like the nose, hops and alcohol dominate the flavor. The bitterness of the hops does a nice job of cutting through the oily, dense, and somewhat metallic mouthfeel. Like many Imperial stouts, there is a lot going on here with punched up alcohol, flavors, and body. Having said that I found the beer to be well balanced.
This is big warming beer better suited for a cold winter night than a warm, late summer, evening. Very filling, I doubt I could do more than one at a sitting.
Serving type: bottle
08-27-2009 01:22:53 | More by ruppert2p
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