Sam Adams breaks no new ground but a sound interpretation of the Imperial variety just the same
Apr 26, 2009
Sam Adams can no longer be called a micro brewery but has maintained a high standard and occasionally attempts to break the mold of its ordinary and some would say pedestrian line up. While beers such as Millennium do in fact push a stylistic envelope, they often fail to satisfy in the most integral way a good beer should. Along comes the Imperial Series which boasts an effort towards replicating classic big beers. The first one I've tried is the Imperial Stout. This beer pours opaque black with a dense tan head. A firm roasty malt nose emanates from the glass and while the head fades (typical of a beer of this strength: 8%) it lingers in a diminished state till you drink your last drop. The body is full and is a sipper to be respected, not quaffed. A huge malty palate greats you with ample roast bitterness and a fair hop presence drying out what could be an overly sweet beer. It is well balanced to say the least and while not a beer to bowl you over, it is well constructed and very much true to form. Now, a true to form dry stout that is nothing special might be something to pass over but an Imperial Stout that manages to fill the mold shouldn't be. A good beer of a great variety is one to seek out every time. Unfortunately, the brewery has tagged a four pack at $10 which is perhaps too bold a move in this weak economy.