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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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Ratings: 178
Reviews: 64
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 14.02%
Wants: 5
Gots: 19 | 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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Photo of artoolemomo
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance- Pours up a decent amount of head which has pretty good retention. The head is a medium beige while the body is a dark, chocolate brown which shows hints of garnet and ruby when held up to the light. Substantial lacing at the moment.

Nose- Simplistic but nice. Dominated by roasted notes, a hint of chocolate, light coffee. A little bit of creaminess. Maybe a little bit of burnt toast from the bottle. Slight nuttiness. Lacks presence and complexity but still above average. Slight hint of cherry. Swirling shows a slightly sour note from the coffee.

Taste- Starts off with the roasted notes and shows a glimmer of mint (maybe even anise) and then moves back to the roasted notes which have thick but elementary coffee taste to them. The roasted malts are strong and pretty much overwhelm anything else though there is a nice hop backbone of pine and resin to push back against the malt. Light mint, menthol, even peppermint hangs around the edges and gives the beer a clean taste, especially on the finish. Lacks complexity but makes up for it (a bit) by being consistent. Some nuttiness and light notes of cream and milk. Above average to good beer. Pretty average in comparison in regard to the many imperial stouts that I've had. A fairly solid beer that doesn't require you to think too much. Tiny bit of cherry.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied with maybe too much carbonation. Little bit of a dry finish as well. Could definitely be thicker but the thinness somehow works with simplicity of the flavor profile.

Drinkability- Very drinkable but slightly boring. No heat at all. 5 bucks isn't bad at all for a bomber and this is something I would probably buy again.

Overall- Above average to good. Don't expect a life changing imperial but it is pretty easy going. I would give it a try. It seems a little underrated.

Photo of AnEscapedMind
4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

Photo of rrock44
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of Brushkanna
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of busternuggz
3.84/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

Photo of lighthabit
3.45/5  rDev -7%
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

Photo of RHVC59
4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

Photo of mactrail
3.76/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Photo of Sir_Goatman
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of Fatehunter
3.6/5  rDev -3%
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.

Photo of canucklehead
3.48/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

Photo of bernat1971
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of woemad
3.55/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

Photo of GennyCreamAle
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of Smurf2055
2.75/5  rDev -25.9%

Photo of spark3148857
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of illidurit
3/5  rDev -19.1%

Photo of russws
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of shleepy
3.51/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

Photo of TheCrowsNest
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of gleemonger
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of Ilovebeer1549
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of leftoverburrito
1.5/5  rDev -59.6%

Photo of elektronen
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
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,

Imperiale High Gravity Stout from Ninkasi Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 178 ratings.