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Imperiale - Ninkasi Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
83
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78 Reviews
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Reviews: 78
Hads: 228
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 11.44%
Wants: 7
Gots: 30 | 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:
Beer added by: flexabull on 11-05-2011

Formerly Imperiale High Gravity Stout

Rich, full bodied and surprisingly smooth, Imperiale Stout has a big roast hit up front, and rich, dark malt flavors balanced with ample hop bitterness to finish.
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Photo of jdanyeur
3.92/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bottle. Ninkasi has always had higher alcohol beers but this is a big step for them.

It pours a very dark brown, almost black. It has a short khaki head, typical of the style.

I smell hops, sweet malts, and a little bit of alcohol, something hard to hide in beers with a higher alcohol content.

The taste is almost like if you poured a shot of bourbon into your stout, but not too intense. Some beers cannot hide the alcohol flavor, but this one does it better than others. Apart from that, it tastes similar to the Oatis but still the lingering alcohol flavor which isn't too bad.

The mouthfeel is nice, the carbonation is a little high but it probably adds to hiding the alcohol flavor.

Overall, it is not a terrible high gravity stout, they definitely pumped it up with a lot of malt, that's for sure. I would get it again but I don't look for it when browsing. (891 characters)

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.03/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 picked up today at Brewforia... Poured into my new CBS snifter... damn this is a big glass. Short lasting 1 finger brownish head... only okay lacing.. the brew is the expected black.

Nose is a bit odd... roasty, but a dark dried fruitiness seems pretty high for the style... dark cherries and some milk chocolate.. not nearly enough "big stout" qualities for my liking.

Flavor begins with mild roasty qualites... again fruity esters come in quickly and hang on to the finish.. light coffee and chocolate.. okay... needs more heft for sure.

Body is sorta thin for such a big stout...

This is an okay brew.. I doubt it will get better with more time in the bottle.

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Photo of flexabull
3.48/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle from the mixed winter pack.

Pours a dark black color with a nice white head.

Aromas are kind of faint, but pleasant, light cream, cocoa, and mild coffee notes.

Taste is pretty hoppy up front, with pine like bitterness. Beer then settles into some malty notes, but they take a back seat. Some cocoa, a bit vegetal, with coffee, and light sweetness. Finish is bitter, with hints of warmth and booze, but they aren't as strong as the ABV suggests.

Mouthfeel is ok, but too thin for the style in my opinion.

Overall, I think this beer is a bit better than my score suggests, but still not great. With a label that suggests that this "full bodied... And a big roast hit..." I thought this would be thick and full bodied, but sadly it's not. This tastes more like a regular robust stout. Pretty good, but one of the more disappointing Ninkasi beers I have had so far. (882 characters)

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Imperiale from Ninkasi Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 78 ratings.