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Samuel Adams Imperial Stout - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

Samuel Adams Imperial StoutSamuel Adams Imperial Stout

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very good

1,371 Ratings

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Ratings: 1371
Reviews: 793
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 13.95%

Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams) visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  9.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Imperial in stature and bigger than your average stout. This colossal stout was inspired by those created by 18th century English brewers for the Russian Imperial Court of Catherine II. The special malts in this intense and massive brew delivers rich flavors of dark chocolate, coffee, and anise.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung


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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North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - pitch black with a soft, brown, big head that has great retention

S - licorice, coffee, chocolate, roasted malts

T - chocolate, dark fruit, coffee, faint anise, roasted malts

M - full bodied, smooth, warm

This was a nice, flavorful beer with decent drinkability. It has all of the right flavors and has really nice balance. My only dislike is that this isn't as full flavored as it possibly could be. I would definitely have this again.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2012 01:47:04 | More by tdm168
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New York

4.58/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance- Black as my soul...which is extremely black haha. But no light penetrates through. A thick, caramel colored head formed after the pour to be about 1.5'' strong. Head remained for multiple minutes while slowly seeping back into the beer leaving a nice coat/lacing.

Smell- A coffee-eque aroma with hints of roasted malt and chocolates. A caramel/sweet undertone is a constant as well.

Taste- Surprisingly, the first taste was a smooth chocolate that remains throughout and then a roasted malt and coffee aftertaste will linger. A very warm taste. The ABV of 9.2% is not felt.

Mouthfeel- Medium to full bodied that coats the entire mouth and tongue in a thin coat of love. Quickly dissolves into you with a nice, warming feeling. Again there is no sting from the high ABV but you feel the warming effects.

Overall- A very well done stout. I have no complaints here. High ABV, check. Chocolate and caramel flavoring, check. Roasted malt taste, check. No overwhelming coffee tones, check. Definitely recommend. Another well done brew in the Imperial Series by Sam Adams.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2012 00:13:04 | More by Geegmasta
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3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours inky black with a 2 finger mocha head. Average retention. Leaves a decent lace with fair stick.

Smell - Aroma consists of bitter chocolate, roasted malt, smokiness and a bit of raisin.

Taste - Lots of smokiness from start to finish, hitting on notes of sweet and bitter chocolate up front. Subtle raisin mid-taste, then hits on mocha coffee bitterness near the finish and extends into the aftertaste. Nicely layered.

Mouthfeel - Medium to full body with fair carbonation. A bit sticky on the lips. Smooth; somewhat creamy. goes down nice and easy.

Overall - A very good imperial stout from Sam Adams. I gotta admit, I wasn't expecting much, but was pleasantly surprised by the well-rounded qualities of this RIS. It's not the most aggressive or the smoothest, but it hits on a lot of things well.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2012 03:35:32 | More by TheSixthRing
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4.4/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Into a pint glass (also had in a nonic, a chalice and a snifter all at different times, nothing changed):

A: jet black colored body yields a nice two finger tan head that slowly concaved into the body leaving beautiful spotty spider web lacing. The body was too dark for any carbonation to be seen rising.

S: coffee, chocolate and plums up front and were all powerfully strong.

T: dry in the coffee and chocolate flavorings and added a semi-sweetness that helped to round it out.

M: heavy, this was exceptionally smooth on my tongue, but not watery. I would say this was fairly drinkable.

O: this was good for me and good for its style. I would come back to this again. I'm glad to have another one of these going into Winter.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2012 20:22:07 | More by BeerKangaroo
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4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Samuel Adams perfect pint glass. Pours black with a thick, dark tan head. The head retreats slowly. There are some visible bubbles underneath the head, indicating some mild carbonation in the beer. The beer is completely opaque. There is some lacing left on the side of the glass. I detect chocolate, coffee, and toffee. The alcohol is not detectable in the aroma. There's a nice bitterness from the dark roasted malts in the flavor. There's the chocolate and the coffee notes as well, but the sweetness is very mild. The alcohol is well hidden in the flavor. The body is full with mild carbonation. This is a smooth RIS. This is a very good beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2012 03:12:39 | More by acevenom
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4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured hard, only to conjure a half finger of creamy brown foam. Jet black body, no light gets through. Exceptional looking stout, extremely syrupy, alluring and dark.

S - Strong anise character, mild coffee and chocolate right behind. Tasty smelling, but not very powerful.

T - Dry, roasted character splashes on the palate. Mild raisin notes, everything seems wrapped in bitter chocolate or dark coffee. Sweetness is faint and mostly dominated by the mildly bitter roast character. As it warms, develops a moderate biscuit touch on the afterswallow. Very faint hop profile but enough to offer a crisp balance. Very good RIS flavors.

M - Thick and syrupy, but smooth. No alcohol burn, mild carbonation, mostly feels like a thin syrup. Not oatmeal stout thick but close. Still, the smooth way it slides down is refreshing.

O - Very good stout. Impressive beer by boston brewing, and my favorite of the Imperial Series. I've said it frequently, Sam Adams has a common failing which is the distinctive aftertaste of leather, Fortunately they are so prolific that they make plenty of beers that either hide this well, or completely lack it. And those beers are always amazing, which is why Sam Adams, when on point, can make an extremely enjoyable, unique beer. This is one of those.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2012 15:54:20 | More by BigBarley
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2.65/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Looks a bit syrupy as it sloshes around in the glass. Poured with no head but a thin layer of foam.

S: Dark chocolatey but with an odd tinny background.

T: Sweet Chocolate and caramel with a very noticeable alcohol burn. A little ashey with a bitter char finish and an increasing odd, plasticky flavor as it warms.

M: Bit of alcy burn. Thick but surprisingly highly carbonated.

O: Maybe I got a bad bottle? There were a lot of off notes in this one that I'd assume others didn't get, judging by the scores. Oh well, plenty of other good stouts out there.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2012 23:47:51 | More by DirtyPenny
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3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into stemless wineglass at mellow mushroom covington, la.
Pours a deep black with lingering tan head and lacing. Looks really good. Smell is very smokey scotch, some roasted and chocolate malts as well. Taste is of scotch, roasted malts, some chocolcate and booze. Its creamy but bitter and a nice brew. I'd get again when the budget doesn't call for a "whale" RIS. Nicely priced for the flavor.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2012 00:49:40 | More by DrinkSlurm
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New York

3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a finger high dense and dark tan colored head that took a long time to die down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface, a collar around the edge of the glass and some lacing down the sides.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of licorice in the nose along with some notes of roasted malts.
T: The taste is similar to the smell, except that the flavors of roasted malts are more assertive and there are additional hints of chocolate and dark fruits. A slight amount of bitterness is also present.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. The roasted malts result in some dryness.
O: I found this beer to be an enjoyable and well-rounded Russian Imperial Stout. It packs in a good amount of flavors and also hides its alcohol very well from the taste.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2012 02:45:37 | More by metter98
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3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into my CCB snifter. I have been aging this bottle since I picked it up on a trip to Las Vegas in November of 2011.

Appearance: A pitch black beer with a one finger mocha head. The head sheets but does not lace, leaving spots instead.

Smell: Roast, char, and molasses. This one has a nice somewhat spicy quality to it.

Taste: This tasty beer starts out with a sudden molasses sweetness that gives way to a slightly bitter char note with chocolate and a general fruity notes. A hint of coffee and the spiciness reminds me of anise.

Mouthfeel: The body is rich and thick as an imperial stout should be. The carbonation may be a bit too strong for the style. Obviously the flavors coat the mouth really well.

Overall: This is a reddily available imperial stout, not too expensive. Even though it is flavors, other examples have more character. Solid, but nothing too special.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2012 03:01:11 | More by kagent777
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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

Bottle poured into a snifter glass

Pours a dark black with a decent chocolate colored head.

Smell is slightly chocolate with a heavy sweetness that overpowers anything else that may be there.

Taste is heavy in dark fruits and sweetness. Slight alcohol presence on the finish.

A very average beer for the style. Not one I would reach for again.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2012 02:58:49 | More by jsulko
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3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Tulip Glass

Appearance - Pitch Black with a thin filmy dark brown head. Leaves behind some sparse lacing on the sides.

Smell - Rich & Sweet Chocolate, Coffee/Mocha, Yeasts and Burnt Malts. It smells just like an Imperial Stout should.

Taste - Chocolate, Cocoa, Coffee, and Burnt Malts. While it tastes quite good, the finish is a strong burnt/ashy aftertaste. It gets better the more you drink, but it's there.

Mouthfeel - Thick bodied with moderate carbonation. It's slightly crisp, but I'm used to my stouts being creamy and smooth. This body feel just seems...off for some reason

Overall - It's got some great flavor, but the aftertaste does need some work before it can be an outstanding beer..

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2012 01:26:34 | More by NuclearDolphin
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4.45/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Imperial Stout pours a black color, with a small lacey tan head. There is a a strong roasted malt aroma with a bitter coffee. Strong smokey malt backbone, with a robust coffee flavor, with hints of chocolates, and just a bit warm from the alcohol. Great full bodied flavor. Overall this stout comes together very nicely, great blend of of the strong malts with strong coffee flavors, and I really enjoy the subtle warming from the alcohol.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2012 03:39:18 | More by vette2006c5r
Photo of Arborescence


4.48/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pitch black, very dense, heavy head with a chocolate tint.

Aroma: Chocolate, alcohol. Sweet, but with some barley wine characteristics which bring some tart to the aroma.

Taste: Burnt sugar, molasses, alcohol, intense dark chocolate, espresso.

Mouthfeel: Heavy bodied, lingering. A little oily.

Overall: Excellent representative of an imperial stout, Sam Adams has done a good job with this. A little sweeter than some of its peers, but the alcohol masks it, in a good way! Will have to get a couple of bottles when I next come across this.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2012 18:46:32 | More by Arborescence
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3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours black with tan head in snifter. Head dissipates quickly to a ring around edges of glass.

Smell is all molasses and malt. Very sweet smelling.

Taste is heavy with sickingly sweet molasses. Too sweet for me. Some toasted malt but not very complex.

Mouthfeel is fullbodied.

Overall this was o.k.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2012 02:44:10 | More by TrappistJohnMD
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New Jersey

3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a syrupy black color with a smallish creamy mocha head that leaves strands of lacing along the glass.

Aroms begin quite dark fruit forward with raisin and then the mocha enters and begins to take over. As it warms you get some burnt toast and vanilla.

The tastes begin with dark chocolate initially but then the raisin, mocha and smokey elements add further complexity to the flavor profile. A touch of hops appears by mid-palate; but the sweeter flavors push it to the back and leave a lingering sense of anise in the finish.

The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation. Finish is roasty, semi-sweet and on the drier side with emerging alcohol dryness.

Overall this is a decent example of the style and one, that because of the brand, might be attractive to a craft beer fan. It is by no means stellar or really worth seeking out but there are worse example that is for sure. As far as Imperial Stouts go it is fairly drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2012 15:31:11 | More by claspada
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3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from 10/2010 notes. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours black with a thin dark brown head and nice lacing. Dark malt and slight chocolate and coffee aroma. Dark malt, dark fruit, mild chocolate. Alcohol seeps in at the finish to diminish the other flavors, finishes somewhat dry and thin for the style. Medium body. Tastes fine, but somewhat underwhelming against other RIS.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2012 20:14:35 | More by LiquidAmber
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3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Obtained in my latest liquor store run kind of as a side note. Sam Adams products are typically pretty good, so I don't see why this should be any different. Side poured vigorously from a bottle into a Chimay goblet.

Appearance - Pours jet black, just like you would expect from an imperial stout. Has a fairly flimsy one finger mocha head that dissipates quickly and leaves fair lacing. Kinda neat packaging on the bottle. Nothing real special.

Smell - There are several scents, but nothing I would get too excited about. There was certainly a booze smell, as well as a strong scent of dark fruits. I detected a bit of a medicinal, antiseptic smell in there, but I think it is just the booze. As the brew warms, the alcohol becomes more prominent.

Taste - Much like the nose, the palate is good but nothing spectacular. The dark fruits are very prominent as well as the booze, whose intensity increases as the beer warms. Char, a bit of chocolate, and char are the rest of the taste. Kind of disappointing.

Mouthfeel - A little watery for a stout. Most big imperial stouts who receive high ratings are smooth and creamy, but this is a little watery and carbonated. Its' good, but not great.

Overall - Good but not great. A little above average. Recommended to try once, but nothing spectacular. There are many other good RIS's out there to try before we reach for this one.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2012 01:27:00 | More by TheCondor
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3.43/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

I bought a four-pack of this about 10 or 11 months ago for about $12, and wasn't at all impressed with it -- as a matter of fact, I drank half of one and drain poured, finished another, gave another to my dad, and cellared another one. Well, here I am about a year later trying to give this beer another shot.

Appearance: Pitch black with some serious chunk action going on -- so chunky, in fact, that the particles don't even move... it's almost like a sludge. Tan head goes away pretty quickly and sticks to the side of the glass as a ring. Lacing is patching and decent. Looks alright.

Smell: The soy sauce that I got the first few times I had this beer is still there, but it's FAR less pronounced. That soy sauce smell is much more woody this time around with essence of chocolate and coffee. There may be a bit of charcoal there as well, as well as alcohol.

Taste/feel: Quite a bit different than I remember it, to be honest with you. The alcohol burn is almost not there at all (VERY slight warmth on the finish, which is pleasing), and the flavor has changed quite drastically. The taste starts with that odd soy sauce flavor for a split second, then quickly goes into a woody, slightly chocolate flavor, with a lot of malty charcoal tastes as well. The alcohol in this makes the finish very dry, and the aftertaste is a very slight, heavy roasted malt flavor. Far better than I thought it was the first time I had it -- not syrupy, and easier on the palate. The feel of it is still as smooth as it was before, with a pretty low carbonation. Like I said, there's a slight warmth on the back of the throat, but you know this isn't one of those *HUGE* RIS's.

Really, I'm kind of shocked. I don't know if my preferences have changed drastically (I'm not too sure of that) or if this beer just changed quite a lot (It sure seems like it), but this beer seems far better than I thought originally. While I'm still not a BIG fan of this, it's still solid. I've had a few better RIS's at the same price or even cheaper, but this is, like most other Sam Adams beers, a respectable option.

Original 7-14-12 Review: 12oz bottle poured into Samuel Adams pint glass.

This beer was NOTHING like how I expected it, or as how others have explained it in their reviews.

First, the appearance... I'm new. This is my first RIS, so I didn't know what to expect. Pouring it into a glass, it was pitch black. After pouring, I noticed yeast particles floating around -- which I wasn't at all expecting, but they were there. I guess it's my ignorance not knowing this beer was unfiltered. Whoops. Regardless, it's a neat beer. Pitch black. As for the head, there wasn't one for me. Not any at all ... not even during the pour. And the amount of lacing was so minimal, it was almost nonexistent. (3/5)

The smell of the beer immediately threw me off. I was confused and didn't know what to think. I looked at a review on here and it hit the nail on the head for me -- SOY SAUCE. That's almost ALL I get out of this beer. It smells like woody steak sauce or soy sauce. I didn't get ANY coffee or chocolate aromatics out of this at all. (2/5)

For the taste, luckily, it didn't taste THAT much like soy sauce. It was really smooth, with a woody and hard booze taste. This didn't taste much like beer to me. Chocolate and coffee tastes may be there, but I didn't taste them too much at all, to be honest. (1.5/5)

The mouth feel is the best part of this beer. As said, really smooth, with very little carbonation... almost zero to speak of. (4/5)

Overall, I'm HUGELY disappointed by this beer. I was expecting some awesome stuff after reading that it had hints of licorice and all of that. Instead I got a beer that smelled like soy sauce, and tasted mostly like wood water. I bought a four pack, and I'm not sure how I'll finish it. Hopefully maybe the flavor will change for me the second time around, but my first impression of this one isn't good. The fact that it seemed to get more bitter with every sip towards the bottom didn't help much either. (2.5/5)

As much as I disliked Whitewater IPA by Sam Adams, I think I MAY like this one a little less. Call me crazy, but this beer just doesn't taste very good.

And the fact that I paid $3 a bottle ($12 for a four pack) here in Michigan sort of cheeses me off, but it was my own fault.

Not a fan, but I hope it grows on me.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2012 03:52:34 | More by Alextricity
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3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Great looking stout. Pours super dark with a tan head. Nice retention and lacing.

Dark fruits are most prominent on the nose. There is also licorice, chocolate, and alcohol.

Dark fruits are prominent in the taste as well. When warmed up the alcohol is quite prevalent. There is some chocolate. Leaves a roasty coffee aftertaste.

Medium body and has some alcohol dryness to it.

Saw this in the refrigerator over the 4th and had to try Sam Adams take on an imperial stout. It's traditional and reminds me of Samuel Smith, but with more alcohol.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2012 06:26:43 | More by MattSweatshirt
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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pretty great. Tastes much bigger than its 9% abv. And that's when sampled next to an 11.8% imperial stout in Weyerbacher "Tiny".

Sweet, roasty, huge. I'm enthrallled by the aroma of caramel and smoke. Pours a tan tiny-bubble head, w/ truly remarkable lacing.

Then there's the chocolate-mocha on the palate. Possibly over-sweet. The one drawback for me is the dominance of molasses flavor.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2012 04:55:57 | More by martyl1000
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3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours black with a nice brown head that dissipates, leaving a bit of lacing behind. Smells of roasted barley, dark chocolate and anise. The alcohol is apparent too. The taste follows the smell. There's a bit of a sweetness up front. The roasted barley comes, but then is quickly overshadowed by the anise/licorice flavor. It tastes a bit like smokey wood too, which I really like. I still don't taste any coffee in this. Maybe people just think every dark beer tastes like coffee. A bit of alcohol in the finish. Very warming. Feels rich and viscous in the mouth with light carbonation.

Samuel Adams may be one of the biggest craft breweries (probably the biggest,) but they still make some good beers. It isn't the best imperial stout in the world, but I quite enjoyed it.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2012 04:13:43 | More by Danny1217
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4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a snifter glass. From notes.

Woah truly pitch black body on this, with a fluffy caramel tan head that keeps a solid finger althroughout, there is even some red hints here just barely. This is very impressive.

Nose seems carbonated and fizzy, but manages some good scents. Fruity strawberry and other red berry, candied white sugar.

A mild charing roast sense hits the palate mixing with a nice sweetness. Wonderful lingering roast character, with dark bitter chocolate. Feel is slightly silky but very light bodied and noticeably fizzy.

Overall I am actually quite impressed with this one, I would easily have this again, and even take it over many other Russian Imperial Stouts as well.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2012 20:44:45 | More by smakawhat
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New York

3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black color with a massive foamy 3 finger tan head that was full of bubbles and faded very slowly and left very good sticky lacing clinging to the sides.

Smells of chocolate, raisin, dark fruit, rum, coffee, molasses, maple syrup, cocoa powder, caramel, burnt wood, roasted grains and a sweetness like licorice or vanilla. The alcohol is present, but the roasted notes and chocolate malts cover it up so that the nose is enjoyable.

Tastes like it smells, with of chocolate, burnt coffee, raisin, dates or plum or some other dark fruit, rum, molasses, cocoa powder, caramel, dark fruit, burnt wood, roasted grains, herbs, pepper, light floral hops, anise and a sweetness like licorice or vanilla; the sweetness may have even resembled a liquor like Sambuca. It almost tastes like this was aged in a barrel, which gives nice boozy notes and complex, roasty flavor. Like the nose, the alcohol is present and this is a slow sipper that brings mild heat as it goes down.

Mouthfeel is creamy, thick and chewy, with very mild carbonation, a heavy body and a sweetness that makes this brew seem viscous and dense. The finish was slightly bitter and sweet at the same time.

This beer was aged a few months and mellowed a little bit as the other bottles were a little more in your face with the booze when they were fresher. Overall I liked this beer as it makes a nice nightcap and is tasty and worth a try. Only knock is that it borders on being too boozy.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2012 04:07:57 | More by CHickman
Samuel Adams Imperial Stout from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
86 out of 100 based on 1,371 ratings.