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Imperiale High Gravity Stout - Ninkasi Brewing Company

Imperiale High Gravity StoutImperiale High Gravity Stout

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128 Ratings
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Ratings: 128
Reviews: 56
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 15.7%


Brewed by:
Ninkasi Brewing Company visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  9.10% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: flexabull on 11-05-2011)
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gleemonger

California

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

06-12-2013 21:58:08 | More by gleemonger
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.51/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, and slight char aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa, char, and slight dark fruit flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of roast bitterness and an alcohol kick on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is strong and has a roast bitterness that lingers long after each sip.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2014 05:29:35 | More by UCLABrewN84
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DarkUnity

California

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

04-06-2014 05:07:49 | More by DarkUnity
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jakecattleco

California

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

04-02-2014 05:35:58 | More by jakecattleco
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emile772

California

3/5  rDev -17.4%

03-30-2014 06:55:49 | More by emile772
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SoCalBeerIdiot

California

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

03-18-2014 00:37:45 | More by SoCalBeerIdiot
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Samuel906

California

3.84/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Pretty straightforward, but solid imperial stout here. Nothing mindblowing but hits all the important points. Interesting pour, jet black beer with a very light colored head. Gives it a cool looking contrast in artificial light. Thin lacing sticks to glass. Smell is sweet, perfumey, chocolate cake, roasted malt, soy sauce. Pretty standard taste, malts, chocolates dark fruits, vanilla. Very sweet, but not sticky. Toasty malts on the aftertaste. Feel was actually fairly thin for the style, low carbonation, doesn't really coat the mouth like some stouts. Overall good stout, not the best from Ninkasi, but not something to pass up either.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2014 06:25:29 | More by Samuel906
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koopathaqwik

Washington

4.75/5  rDev +30.9%

02-07-2014 03:12:24 | More by koopathaqwik
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BierJager89

California

4.25/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Black with a brown ring of head.

S: Dark chocolate and coffee, some roasted malt in the nose.

T: Dark chocolate, coffee and dark fruit.

M: Smooth and full bodied.

O: This beer is really good, if a bit disappointing and boring. Still worth a try, and very tasty.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2014 22:37:23 | More by BierJager89
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shaunofthedead

Oregon

4/5  rDev +10.2%

02-01-2014 04:00:23 | More by shaunofthedead
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augustgarage

California

3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into my Bruery snifter.

Nearly opaque bistre body with faint auburn highlights and a small frothy desert sand crown that recedes to a creamy collar and a messy surface slick. Sandy lacing, viscous legs, decent retention.

Roast barley, coffee, and other dark malt notes greet the nose, followed by some sweeter yeast esters, and a hint of molasses, spice, and a slight herbal note.

Flavors follow the aroma closely with an emphasis on the malts - raw cocoa, toffee, and burnt sugar give a slightly acrid bent to the profile, though it mellows out with a spicy bitterness leading into an herbaceous drying finish. Hop presence is moderate throughout. Well balanced, but not greater than the sum of its parts.

Medium bodied, faintly prickly and moderately warming, though by no means fusel.

A decent stout, though slightly muddled with perhaps an excess of specialty malt or roast barley for my taste. A little goes a long way.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2014 04:54:47 | More by augustgarage
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jds8411

California

4/5  rDev +10.2%

01-30-2014 03:16:10 | More by jds8411
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RJLarse

Washington

3.01/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

I bought a bottle of Ninkasi High Gravity Imperiale Stout in a bottle shop. Poured in to a pint glass.

Pours a black walnut color, opaque, with a chunky beige head.

Smell is sweet with a bite. A molasses and brown sugar aroma, along with a bourbon whiskey scent.

Taste is a lot like the aroma. Sweet molasses upfront with a bourbon flavored finish, and some alcohol heat.

Mouthfeel is thin for the style. Thin, flat and warm.

Overall I don't think I would go out of my way to have this again. I'd prefer more coffee and chocolate flavors in my stouts.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2014 23:52:43 | More by RJLarse
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JasonLovesBeer

British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev +10.2%

01-23-2014 04:40:55 | More by JasonLovesBeer
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Syracuse12

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

01-19-2014 01:32:44 | More by Syracuse12
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dertyd

California

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

01-18-2014 08:54:06 | More by dertyd
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Zorro

California

4.01/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Clear dark brown colored ale with a small brown colored head.

Smells sweet and a lot like German chocolate cake. Strong chocolate and caramel. Slight Kahlua scent. Smells quite tame.

Starts out bittersweet with a emphasis on the sweet. Sweet with bitter chocolate flavor. Strong caramel and a hint of coconut, I'm reminded of German Chocolate Cake again. Slight amount of char but this is mainly bittersweet in flavor.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall a good stout.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2014 01:22:59 | More by Zorro
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Hoptometrist

Oregon

4.38/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap into a shaker glass.

A- Poured dark brown with some ruby highlights shining through, soapy mocha head that left some splashy lace.

S- Big roasted malt, roasted coffee, and rich dark chocolate in the aroma.

T- Big rich and decadent dark chocolate notes, fudgy brownie notes, some vanilla, pretty big roasted malt and coffee, moderate alcohol taste and bitterness.

M- Very smooth, prickly carbonation, fuller bodied, dry finish, big warming, and light burn. Easily one of the most drinkable imperial stouts I have ever had.

O- This is my favorite Ninkasi beer I have had, aside from a sample of the blended Imperiale Stout and Oatis Oatmeal Stout infused with Stumptown Coffee I had a few weeks ago. Very rich and chocolate forward with nice roasted malt notes and a great mouthfeel.

Serving type: on-tap

01-10-2014 04:47:46 | More by Hoptometrist
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trocketsauced

New York

4/5  rDev +10.2%

12-24-2013 21:09:51 | More by trocketsauced
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hickmancase

California

4.5/5  rDev +24%

12-24-2013 03:27:58 | More by hickmancase
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BastardKing24

Oregon

3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

5.99 a bomber. decent price for imperial stout, but considering I can get lagunitas IS at 4.25, this was a curiosity purchase.

Pours a dark brown, almost black with 2 finger head that held up for a while.

Smell is a yeasty fruity sweet roasted malt, with chocolate, vanilla, not alot of coffee going on in this.

Taste is kind of like the smell with roasted notes, some chocolate, vanilla, dark fruits, and oak.
Pretty good really, not quite like lagunitas though.

Mouthfeel is medium carbonated, middle of the road feel, not very thick.

Overall a decent offering from the biggest brewery near me, I'll buy this again.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2013 02:18:37 | More by BastardKing24
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Asics

Washington

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

12-16-2013 10:29:29 | More by Asics
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TheosTheories

Florida

3.26/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A- dark brown, shows some red when put up against the light, nice finger and a half of tan brown head

S- chocolate, dark fruits, light coffee, little hoppiness,

T- light chocolate, light roastiness, light coffee, pretty much light everything, nothing stands out to me, there is a little pine in there from the hops though

M- medium to full body, carbinated and dry

O- your average stout, nothing stands out really, nice flavors that blend together pretty nicely but nothing crazy, good stout for someone that doesn't like dark beers too much.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2013 03:14:24 | More by TheosTheories
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LampertLand

British Columbia (Canada)

3.93/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Ninkasi Brewing 'Imperiale Stout' @ 9.1% , served from a 'special release' 650 ml bottle purchased for $7.25

A-pour is a dark brown from the bottle to near black in the glass with some crimsom red peeking thru along the glass edge , with a small tan head leaving a spotty lace along the pint

S-ripe dark fruits , boozey

T-sweet tasting start , not so smooth , slight bitter bite before the swallow

MF-ok/good carbonation , full body , yet it is a bit thin tasting , needs some more ?

Ov-ok beer , ok Imperial Stout , lacks something

prost LampertLand

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2013 04:46:33 | More by LampertLand
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zestar

California

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

12-07-2013 08:24:01 | More by zestar
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Imperiale High Gravity Stout from Ninkasi Brewing Company
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