Sam Adams – Imperial Stout

Tasting: October 22, 2011
Style: Imperial Stout

Tonight was the last night of the flag football season. To say that my two sons aren’t athletes would be an understatement. Between the two — no touchdowns and one flag. The one flag was taken from a kid that had fallen to the ground at my son’s feet. Any of the bribes didn’t work. You get a touchdown, I’ll take you to Wendy’s — nothing. You get a touchdown — I’ll buy you anything you want — nothing. My youngest son had the closest shot. He got the ball and ran the wrong way. Once the coaches got him going the right way he ran out of bounds and kept running. Three fields over — he did run it into an end zone — just not ours. In his mind, he scored a touchdown and there was no denying it in his mind.

I think it will click at some point — just not this year. I’m glad the season is over — the night games are really getting cold and the fields are a mud pit from all the fall rain. I’m really chilled, but ready to relax. I can’t think of a better beer to warm me up than an imperial stout. This one checks in at 9.2% — so it should do the trick. The label describes the tale of imperial stout — and how English brewers made it for Catherine II and the Russian royal court. They describe those stouts as being filled with rich flavors of dark chocolate, coffee and anise. This pours dark as can be and the coffee colored head does linger a bit before it recedes to a ring that clings to the inside of the glass. Roasted malt in the form of dark chocolate hits my nose. The first sip gives me the same — but follows up with a shot of raisins. Medium to light -bodied stout with a little too much carbonation. Alcohol is nicely concealed. But, I’m going to say that the flavors aren’t as robust as one might expect and this stout lacks any hint of bitterness. I’ll call it an okay 82 points.

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