Imperiale High Gravity Stout - Ninkasi Brewing Company
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4.04/5 rDev +10.7%
Poured from a bomber into a shaker pint glass. A moderate pour produces about a one inch bubbly, frothy and somewhat sticky head that settles down to a solid 1/8 inch pale tan coating of froth. Lacey rings linger as the glass is emptied. The beer is a deep ruby brown that requires a strong flashlight to see light through.
A very light toasted malt aroma with a little bit of herbal hops. The flavor is semi-sweet, with definite notes of chocolate, coffee, licorice, and dark fruit (cherry, chokecherry, plum), and a touch of citrus. A little alcoholic spice and some port-like flavors become more apparent with warming. A lingering bittersweetness lasts from sip to sip. The body is perhaps on the light side for a stout, which makes it somewhat dangerous in terms of quaffability.
This was an excellent deal at $4.79 for the bomber, purchased at Front Street Market in Butte, Montana. At this price, I would always seek this out.
08-03-2014 05:36:02 | More by archyquaffer
3.51/5 rDev -3.8%
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.
04-12-2014 05:29:35 | More by UCLABrewN84
3.84/5 rDev +5.2%
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.
02-17-2014 06:25:29 | More by Samuel906
4.25/5 rDev +16.4%
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.
02-04-2014 22:37:23 | More by BierJager89
3.7/5 rDev +1.4%
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.
01-31-2014 04:54:47 | More by augustgarage
3.01/5 rDev -17.5%
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.
01-26-2014 23:52:43 | More by RJLarse
4.01/5 rDev +9.9%
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.
01-12-2014 01:22:59 | More by Zorro
4.38/5 rDev +20%
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.
01-10-2014 04:47:46 | More by Hoptometrist
3.85/5 rDev +5.5%
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.
12-21-2013 02:18:37 | More by BastardKing24
Imperiale High Gravity Stout from Ninkasi Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 133 ratings.