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Black Rat Imperial Stout - Cellar Rats Brewery

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BA SCORE
89
very good

90 Ratings
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Ratings: 90
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 10.33%
Wants: 9
Gots: 7 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: adamette on 12-30-2009)
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Photo of FosterJM
4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

1467th Review on BA
Bottle to Great Lakes Snifter
12oz

No bottle date
CA Gang Bang BIF

App- Pours out a dark brown with a good density. A small 1/2 finger brown head was there and gone. A few good dots of cling.

Smell- Chocolate milk with malts and sweetness kicked up and a smattering of booze on the nose. Quite enjoyable and lush.

Taste- Let's see? Booze, chocolate, creme, malts and blend. Voila! This beer. A little one dimensional but creamy and flavorful and a hidden ABV. Lush and rich.

Mouth- A solid medium body with a medium creamy carbonation. Residual chocolate and a little bit of cream.

Drink- I really enjoyed this. 1 of our 2 bottles was infected but the one I had tasted great. Smooth, rich and quite good.

FosterJM, Aug 19, 2012
Photo of Bonis
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Bonis, Jul 23, 2012
Photo of TheHoppiest
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

TheHoppiest, Jul 11, 2012
Photo of marine1975
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

marine1975, Jul 10, 2012
Photo of Stinger80OH
4.75/5  rDev +19.6%

Stinger80OH, Jul 08, 2012
Photo of goblue3509
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a dark cola color with a dark one finger khaki colored head. The head stays around and leaves decent lace on the glass. The aroma is of coffee at the start and then a big milk chocolate aroma with hints of cream at the end. The taste follows suit with a big milk chocolate taste up front before giving way to a coffee and cream like back end. The mouthfeel is well carbonated and seemed to be a little off. Overall it was a very good beer.

goblue3509, Jun 25, 2012
Photo of biglite351
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

biglite351, Jun 25, 2012
Photo of furthurgone
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

furthurgone, Jun 25, 2012
Photo of thebouch01
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

thebouch01, Jun 04, 2012
Photo of OWSLEY069
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.

OWSLEY069, Jun 01, 2012
Photo of Stinkypuss
3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Black Rat Imperial Stout
Cellar Rats Brewery
Style: Milk / Sweet Stout
ABV: 9.20 %

LOOK: Dark brown bordering on black. Light brown foam looking very dark and beckons everything roasted and oily. Leaves a nice ring of lace as the sips go by.

SMELL: Roasted malt, milk chocolate, espresso coffee. You can call me the undertaker because I am digging this nose.

TASTE: Sweet malts, big time milk chocolate flavor, lactose sugar, cream, coffee (in a mocha sense) and little to no bitterness. As there is very little bitterness from hops or the roast, the beer ends up being pretty sweet. For a sweet stout its about on point but it does cloy.

FEEL: Full bodied, well carbonated, a bit slick. Smooth overall feel and very easy to imbibe in.

OVERALL: Not a bad stout from Cellar Rats. Cloying sweetness, but the flavor is pretty solid otherwise. Perhaps a few spare hops in the brew kettle and we'd have a world class stout on our hands.

Stinkypuss, May 31, 2012
Photo of JRod1969
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

JRod1969, May 24, 2012
Photo of brianplatt
4.75/5  rDev +19.6%

brianplatt, May 24, 2012
Photo of VncentLIFE
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

late find from a box from Jason (dakkon54).

This thing gushed like crazy. I actually gav eup and poured off about an inch of head containing huge bubbles. Body is pitch black.

Smells like dark roasted coffee with a bit of caramel creamer. Balance of coffee, bitter malt, thick cream, and a bit of caramel.

Oooo, now this is better than I remember. It wants so badly to have the thick presence of Founders Imperial Stout (its got the same type of thick roasty leathery malt), but just subdued a bit. what differentiates it from FIS is the flavors. Its much lighter, slicker, and sweeter. Theres the lactose for a nice smoothness, some caramel notes for flavor, and a somewhat light body to set it up for success.

Sits somewhat light on the mouth, leaving those ever so amazing FIS flavors (in moderation naturally) floating .

Overall, I like it.

VncentLIFE, May 17, 2012
Photo of WesM63
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

WesM63, May 15, 2012
Photo of adamg8504
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

adamg8504, May 05, 2012
Photo of huskermike12
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

huskermike12, May 04, 2012
Photo of lpotter
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

lpotter, Apr 22, 2012
Photo of ONUMello
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass
A: A very dark brown with a thin head that quickly dissipates. A fair amount of carbonation.
S: Very aromatic; espresso, roasted malt, dark chocolate and a hint of hops.
T: Predominantly dark chocolate but background notes of cream and coffee. A touch on the sweet side but has a richness that balances the sweetness. Medium finish and no discernible heat from the 9.2% abv.
M: Medium to full bodied, smooth as can be yet with a nice kick from the carbonation. Pleasant on the tongue.
O: A well made beer from a brewery only a few miles from me. It's attached to a winery that was there first and to be honest their beers may be better than their wines. I have not tried this on tap but agree with others that in bottle it shows more like a milk stout as listed here than an imperial stout as the bottle says. That being said, it certainly is tasty.

ONUMello, Apr 09, 2012
Photo of jaidenjb
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

jaidenjb, Apr 03, 2012
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.

coreyfmcdonald, Mar 31, 2012
Photo of Bung
3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. Picked up in Columbus OH. Descently thick looking black pour. Just a ring of cream colored bubbles.

Aroma, roast malt, dark chocolate, quite a bit of mocha latte. Some cocoa.

Taste, quite a bit of strong flavors. Milk sugar, milk chocolate up front. Some roast malt, solid dose of coffee. Kind of tastes like one if those Starbucks coffee drinks.

A little thin, but it drinks quite easy. Fairly active carbonation helps the lighter feel as well. Maybe just a tad sweet.
Actually reminded me a bit of Williamsburg Alewirks Coffeehouse.
Worth trying one.

Bung, Mar 25, 2012
Photo of BigFatMike
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

BigFatMike, Mar 22, 2012
Photo of Hoptometrist
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.

Hoptometrist, Mar 20, 2012
Photo of johnnnniee
3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received in trade from barak316, thanks for the opportunity.
Pours a solid black with a small creamy tan head that shows some retention. Smells of milk chocolate, lactose, coffee, and roasted grains. The bottle says Imperial stout, but this smells like a sweet stout. Taste is creamy with milk chocolate and caramel and bits of roast and coffee. Tastes like a sweet stout as well. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet coffee milk kind of mouthfeel. This is a nice milk stout that doesn't show one bit of its 9.2% abv.

johnnnniee, Mar 13, 2012
Black Rat Imperial Stout from Cellar Rats Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 90 ratings.