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Imperiale High Gravity Stout - Ninkasi Brewing Company

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Imperiale High Gravity StoutImperiale High Gravity Stout

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BA SCORE
82
good

130 Ratings
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Ratings: 130
Reviews: 56
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 15.66%
Wants: 2
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
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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Brushkanna

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +9.9%

11-15-2013 20:56:14 | More by Brushkanna
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busternuggz

California

3.84/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a snifter. No freshness date but it came out recently.

Opaque brown-tinged black with a 1/4" coffee color head. Fades to a thick ring. Leaves spotty lacing.

On the nose I get chocolate cake, molasses, carob. Some roasted malt and a little dark fruit, like ripe plum. Just a little bit of pine resin hoppiness. Interesting.

The taste is bold and bitter. Roasted malt, baking chocolate, molasses, piney hops. A kind of dark fruitiness, like the skins of plums. Far more hops than a typical imperial stout. Gets more bitter and less chocolatey as it warms, starts drinking like more of a double black IPA. Good for what it is though.

Soft, smooth texture, full but not thick. Fluffy bodied, if you will. Ends clean.

Not your typical imperial stout. Very hoppy but complex and nicely done. Pairs well with chili. If you're the type that likes a hoppier version of every malty style go ahead and give it a few more points.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2013 23:59:09 | More by busternuggz
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lighthabit

Oregon

3.45/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

dark, hint of garnet, but just barely with a bright light behind it. head dies slowly, leaves a spotty but decent lacing. smell is a bit boring. bitter that others mention is there when chilled, but mellows as it warms, and a hint of something cherry-like begins to whisper. not great, but not bad, either. let it warm a bit for best results. hides abv fairly well

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2013 07:39:27 | More by lighthabit
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RHVC59

Oregon

4.5/5  rDev +23.6%

11-04-2013 05:14:03 | More by RHVC59
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mactrail

Washington

3.76/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

The appearance is quite splendid poured into my giant tall Petrus chalice. Very dark brown that is nearly black but has some amber glints around the edge. Beautiful off-white, fine-grained foam contrasts nicely with the dark brew. Interesting nose of Dutch windmill cookies and hop resins, but you risk being overcome by the alcohol fumes.

The taste is a little too much of a good thing. It's really bitter, right off. The sweet malt is really quite appealing, but it gets elbowed aside by the harsher side. Pleasant sudsy mouthfeel and a full but sprightly body. Winey with a touch of charcoal. Dark grains, burnt sugar, and a hammer on your innocent taste buds. The hops are wearing hoods and wielding whips. I am not worthy!

Chocolate and hot knives of sharp alcoholic beeriness. Here is a beer that is crying out to be watered down with something-- and I have just the anemic Pale Ale to do the job. And that lovely white foam being ravished by the dark body. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at KNB in San Diego.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2013 03:30:32 | More by mactrail
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Sir_Goatman

Oregon

4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

10-26-2013 04:08:54 | More by Sir_Goatman
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Fatehunter

Oregon

3.6/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a then tan head on a black body.
The aroma is good. Big dose of roasted malt, black licorice and coffee.
The taste delivers on the roasted malt and strong pine bitterness. Though the transition through the profile is abrupt.
The texture is smooth with moderate carbonation.
Enjoyable if you like a mixture of roasted maltiness with strong bitter.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2013 00:28:33 | More by Fatehunter
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canucklehead

British Columbia (Canada)

3.48/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Not a great Impy stout but still very drinkable. It seemed to be missing the complexity that I look for in the style . As it warmed up I thought it might really open up but it stayed a little one dimensional. I would have liked a little more of a more luscious mouthfeel but all said and done it still a decent beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2013 03:11:07 | More by canucklehead
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bernat1971

Washington

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

09-15-2013 08:55:19 | More by bernat1971
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woemad

Washington

3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber purchased at Total Wine in Spokane.

Poured a black-ish color that gave up nothing to direct light, with a big, creamy tan-colored head. Lots of lace and excellent head retention.

Roasted dark malt give this one a coffee-like bitter nose. There’s some raisiny-ish dark fruit aromas, but they seem way in the back. There’s also some sharp, bitter hop notes.

Big, roasty coffee bitterness and a sweet, chocolaty flavor are first noted. There’s a little bit of dark fruit, but like in the nose, it’s way low in the mix. Then the hops kick in and provide a big, dry zap to the finish.

While this is not by any stretch a light bodied beer, considering the style, I expected more body. The mouthfeel is coating, but at the same time rather dry.

This is a decent beer, but as far as Impy Stouts go, it’s not firing on all cylinders. A little more of that deep, dark fruit flavor and this could run with the best in the style.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2013 06:31:03 | More by woemad
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GennyCreamAle

New York

4/5  rDev +9.9%

08-07-2013 01:42:37 | More by GennyCreamAle
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Smurf2055

Washington

2.75/5  rDev -24.5%

08-03-2013 05:29:51 | More by Smurf2055
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spark3148857

California

3.75/5  rDev +3%

07-16-2013 06:05:21 | More by spark3148857
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illidurit

California

3/5  rDev -17.6%

07-05-2013 03:59:19 | More by illidurit
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russws

Oregon

4/5  rDev +9.9%

06-30-2013 18:27:32 | More by russws
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shleepy

California

3.51/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Black, with lush, off-white head.

Smell is roasty, with some dark fruit notes.

Taste is fairly bitter, in a roasty way, from start to finish/aftertaste. Light fruitiness provides some balance.

Body is probably lighter than most imperial stouts. No syrupy feeling to it at all.

Overall, it's a relatively drinkable imp stout. Not offensive at all, but not too complex, either.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2013 00:53:28 | More by shleepy
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TheCrowsNest

California

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

06-16-2013 17:08:56 | More by TheCrowsNest
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gleemonger

California

3.75/5  rDev +3%

06-12-2013 21:58:08 | More by gleemonger
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Ilovebeer1549

California

4/5  rDev +9.9%

06-04-2013 03:53:01 | More by Ilovebeer1549
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leftoverburrito

Oregon

1.5/5  rDev -58.8%

05-08-2013 02:44:37 | More by leftoverburrito
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elektronen

Montana

4/5  rDev +9.9%

04-26-2013 04:42:26 | More by elektronen
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OBeerMeGreatOne

California

3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm pretty sure the low price adds to the poorer reviews on here. I'm not quite an imperial stout veteran, but I'm damn close!

Pours out the deepest dark chocolate, almost black. The head stops at a little over an inch, impressive for 9.5% ABV, the lacing is decent.

The smell starts with hot chocolate mix and earthy hops. Slight dark fruit is noticed as well. Simple, but inviting.

Chocolate, plum, earth, slight rye(?) and some vanilla. The booze isn't too noticable. Decently thick and smooth going down, no complaints in the mouth.

Ninkasi did well in my opinion. I think they are a bit underrated. This, like most of their brews was very solid and enjoyable,

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2013 05:06:02 | More by OBeerMeGreatOne
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BESTIALEX

Oregon

3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

04-04-2013 03:33:42 | More by BESTIALEX
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irishgreensoda

Washington

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

03-20-2013 14:44:33 | More by irishgreensoda
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604growler

British Columbia (Canada)

4/5  rDev +9.9%

03-19-2013 22:53:24 | More by 604growler
Imperiale High Gravity Stout from Ninkasi Brewing Company
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