Black Rat Imperial Stout - Cellar Rats Brewery

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Black Rat Imperial StoutBlack Rat Imperial Stout

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BA SCORE
88
very good

92 Ratings
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Ratings: 92
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 10.33%
Wants: 9
Gots: 8 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Cellar Rats Brewery visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
Milk / Sweet Stout |  9.20% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: adamette on 12-30-2009)
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Photo of coreyfmcdonald
3.05/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle into a snifter

A: Pours dark brown, a shade from black with a finger of dense light brown foam. Retention is remarkable.

S: Roasted malts, milk chocolate, lactose sweetness, and toffee with light coffee in the background. All fairly faint, though.

T: Sweet lactose and milk chocolate start off with roasted malts in the background. As the beer warms, I get some nuttiness. A bit sweet for me, but not bad.

M: Thick mouthfeel with creamy carbonation.

O: A bit too much lactose sweetness and not enough roast and complexity for an imperial stout, not quite smooth enough for a milk stout. Not really the bests of both worlds, but not bad.

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3.25/5  rDev -18.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -18.1%

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3.43/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle > Pint Glass

A - Pours out head, all head, nothing but head, had to pour this in SIX tries. After the stupid amount of foamy tan head settled down you're left with a ruby black beer.
S - Aroma is very good, lots of chocolate, a little coffee, big sweet roasted malt, a little alcohol at the end.
T - Tastes of sweet dark dried fruit, cherries, apricot, toasted caramel, dark chocolate. Definitely boozy. Its very fizzy from over-carbonation .
M - Thick, sticky, boozy.
O - I'm pissed at how much time i had to wait to drink this beer from over-carbonation. I liked the aroma, but the taste was too much sweet booze.

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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Continuing to clean out the back of the fridge, we find this fine-looking extra from fiver29. A new brewery for me. 12 oz. bottle with, yes, rat-themed artwork. Well. I guess all the better ideas were taken.

The pour is black & the carbonation is enthusiastic. Nose is very milkweed with plenty of coffee/roast. Pretty routine.

Black Rat Imperial Stout hits the bulls-eye of the milk stout style. Roast, malts, lactose, touch of chocolate, creamy, easy to sip.

Absolutely nothing distinguishing about the beer. Good representation of the style, pretty good beer, but nothing to separate it from the pack.

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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

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3.53/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours jet black with a tan head. In the aroma, coffee, and notes of alcohol. In the taste, A small bitterness with some coffee presence. A small bite and a medium bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry coffee and note of alcohol in the aftertaste. Nothing really exciting, decent, but kind of run of the mill.

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3.53/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

No bottling date, but it's a Russian Imperial, so no loss for me. My dad picked up a four pack of this on a whim while we were in Cleveland last week. I know this site and probably the brewery consider it a milk stout, but I don't think it's like one at all.

Appearance: Pours black with some ruby tinges to it. Half a finger of a light tan head on it. Little lacing.

Smell: More roastiness than anything. Not really getting any dark fruits or chocolate, and only a little coffee. Smells like an average Russian Imperial.

Taste/feel: But the taste is a different story... yep, a big ol' Imperial Stout. First thing I notice is the feel, and I'm impressed. Full body with a slight prickly carbonation working itself through. Very nice. For the taste, it's a bit interesting. Deep roastiness like I'd expect, but then there's a lingering roasty nuttiness on my tongue on the finish that I really enjoy. Despite the ABV and style, I don't get the normally to-be-expected dark fruit, or, to a lesser extent, soy sauce kinda flavors in this beer. It's not huge on depth of flavor, but it's really enjoyable, too drinkable for the style (ABV can't be tasted or felt), and a beer I'd recommend.

Dark roasted malts, char, and roasted cashews are the dominant flavors I pick up. Maybe some coffee and chocolate in the background, but it doesn't have the depth many of the style have. At the same time, it also (dangerously) lacks the warmth or alcohol flavor many do as well. Interesting RIS, and an unexpectedly enjoyable one as well. I was teetering between a 3.75 and 4 overall rating, but went up just because it's coming from a brewery I hadn't ever heard of.

SNAP EDIT: I'm drinking my last bottle of this beer, and I've decided that this beer is actually a bit of a letdown. I'm bringing the taste and overall rating down from 4's to 3.5's, because this beer is actually quite a lot sweeter than I even remember it being. Sweet, sweet, sweet and almost like a completely different beer for some reason. Still has that great roast aftertaste, but it's like there was half a cup of sugar poured into this bottle. Not sure why it's tasting so different, but man this is a letdown.

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3.55/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Orange around the edges with an extremely tall tight tan head

S - Very mild roasted malts and a nut like smell. Hint of dark chocolate

T - Roasted malts and a nice nuttiness with a creamy chocolate finish

M - Medium thickness and coating. Major tingle in throat

O - Luke warm. Quite close to being very good, but just a little short

Photo of Morey
3.6/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle with no freshness date.

Pours a very dark brown color (almost black). The head stood about one finger tall following a medium pour, but has since settled to a pretty thin layer of light brown colored foam. Decent head retention, but almost all of it makes it's way back into the beer after a bit.

The aroma was much bolder immediately after the poor with hints of chocolate, coffee, and roasted barley, but it's mellowed some, and is actually pretty clean at this point.

The malts hit you first, but there's a pretty significant sweetness that sweeps over the palate shortly after. I'm getting a bit of chocolate towards the middle with a hint of cola in there as well. There's just a touch of bitterness that surfaces near the back end, but the sweetness and chocolate dominate the finish.

Medium bodied (which is thin for a RIS) with moderate to light carbonation.

I've heard that this is actually a milk stout? It definitely taste like a milk stout that's for sure.

Morey's Bottom Line: If I was rating this as a Milk Stout, I would have probably given it a higher score, but as a RIS, it falls a bit short for me. Still a good beer, but it's on the sweet side.

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3.68/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served from the bottle into a tulip glass

A- Poured black with a two finger frothy mocha head that left no lace

S- Big milk chocolate aroma, some grains

T- Licorice notes up front, coffee in the middle, and milk chocolate on the finish. Some sweet cracker notes. Big coffee like bitterness to the beer. Each sip tastes a little different, some good flavors, but it does not quite blend together. Alcohol presence is there in the taste, not overpowering though.

M- Soft on the front, more highly carbonated through the middle of the tongue and finish, some warming sensation

O- Definitely glad to see a small local brewery bottle a unique beer like an Imperial Milk Stout. It started out more bitter than sweet though, although it eventually became very sweet. The aroma smelled like a milt stout but the taste had a lot of licorice and bitter coffee notes.

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Black Rat Imperial Stout from Cellar Rats Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 92 ratings.