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Imperial Stout | Peace Tree Brewing Co.

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Peace Tree Brewing Co.
Iowa, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
This Imperial Stout is brewed with over 1-1/2 times the malted barley of a normal stout. High quality Belgian black malt and caramel malt contribute to the wonderful chocolate, coffeem and toffee characteristics. Belgian yeast is used to add flavorful esters and complexity. Three varieties of hops are boiled to balance the malt with medium bitterness and hop aroma.

Added by AmericanGothic on 03-11-2011

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Reviews: 32 | Ratings: 74
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4/5  rDev +9%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of tectactoe
2.62/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

The pour is a very dark brown, nearly black but not quite there yet. Literally almost no head after an aggressive pour. Hell, there's barely even a skin. Just a minor, tan ring that eventually scoots its way around the edge of the beer. Pretty unimpressive looking for an imperial stout, seems kind of thin and uneventful.

Unfortunately the aroma really isn't that much better than the appearance. It's got a nice stroke of lightly roasted coffee beans and some darker malts in the distance, but sadly not much else. After a few minutes, some light cocoa powder comes through, but that's where the variety stops. And not only is the profile just elementary, it's kind of weak and underpowered. I expect much more from beers of this size - it just doesn't live up.

Man, oh man. The flavor really doesn't do much to aid in the redemption of this beer, and things are quickly heading south. Up front, over-acidic and burnt coffee beans strike first; acrid and astringent in character. The astringency hits so hard that it almost feels tart for a second, but not in an enjoyable way. A light dusting of cocoa powder and cola finishes things off, but the high acidity and beyond-astringent bitterness make this beer hard to drink. Not to mention the lackluster, thin body for such a large stout.

Unimpressed is putting it nicely. This beer was not doing it for me at all. Wonder if it was a bad bottle or if that's just how it is. I like bitterness in my stouts. A heavy roast and even a big dose of hops. But the sheer oily acidity of this one made it nearly unpalatable. Thanks to Jeff for the share, but I won't be having this one again.

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Photo of csmartin6
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

Photo of gibgink
3.3/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not your traditional Imperial Stout. The belgian yeast dominates the beer throughout, making it difficult to pull anything else from the beer. If you love belgians, this is right up your alley.

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Photo of pat61
4.35/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Deep black with not much head. S: chocolate and dark dried fruit.T: Very rich and creamy. Mostly a roast palate. Dark and milk Chocolate blend. Some fruit – dark mostly roast but mellow there is a slight espresso blended in with the chocolate. F: Creamy smooth, chewy, medium to above on the carbonation – fine and soft. O: Everything is there – the roast, malt, alcoyhol but nothing is too much. Well balanced and everything you would want in an Imperial Stout. The flavors are well balanced.

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3.78/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Very dark brown/black with a huge billowing milk chocolate brown head with decent lacing--especially considering the style

S: Such rich dark roasted malts: chocolate and coffee especially; some subtle boozy qualities that work nicely underneath the chocolately malts

T: A fairly smooth and balanced imperial stout with pleasant bitterness as well as pleasant semi-sweet chocolate malt base but it doesn't quite finish just right with just a touch of an off-putting sourness

F: Creamy with a medium body but not as full bodied as you would wish

O: This is a nice imperial stout that works pretty well overall; roasty with loads of chocolate and coffee; not the best imperial stout out there by any stretch but it is pretty darn solid nonetheless

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4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

Photo of beersdmf17
3.71/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours very dark and thick. Opaque with tan head. Aroma is full of malt, hints of coffee and dark chocolate. Taste is umami and earthy, plenty of bitterness and hints of the dark chocolate and coffee. Lots of dark and roasted malts in this one for sure. Mouth feel is very full and coats the mouth very well. Good medium carbonation. Overall a very good imperial stout, if anything a little too umami for my likings but not bad.

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Photo of emerge077
3.91/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Frothy tan foam, clusters of larger bubbles forming mountainous colonies here and there, with rivulets throughout breaking up the "topography". Black body with brownish toasted edges.

Smells like woody sweet tobacco, mildly roasty and dry like bakers chocolate. Grape jelly, dry and ashy after the initial mild sweetness passes.

Flavors of plum and dark fruits from the Belgian yeast melding with dark roasted malt, creamy with some mellow coffee elements. Dry and chalky aftertaste. Full bodied with a slightly lactic feel. A pleasant Imperial Stout, true to style with no flaws.

Single from John's Grocery, Iowa City, IA.

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4/5  rDev +9%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of jadenmiller
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

Photo of jaydoc
3.69/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mikesgroove
4.67/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

thick dark black, pretty much opague oil looking liquid with a small tan colored head on the top. Copious side lace was present. The aroma was thick, fll of coffee, rich dark coffee and a good amount of sugar. Nice back of some lighter hoppiness maybe and a touch of brandy like alcohol. Very robust smell. The taste was awesome, simply awesome. A super smooth blend of rich coffee and chocolate, mixed in with just enough hoppiness to get you to notice. This was defintly top notch. I really loved the way it was all blended together. Nothing really overpowering, but the whole mix was just soo smooth. Rich creamy full bodied feel, very thick. I could easily have one on any cold night, this was just a super nightcap. Defintly lived up to its hype, one of the best coffee stouts I have ever tasted and I would love to have it again

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4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

Photo of bismarksays
3.94/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of FreshHawk
3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Dark black with a medium sized, thick, creamy, cafe colored head. Decent retention leaving some patchy lace.

S - Nice mix of dark, burnt malt and barley, coffee, chocolate, etc. with a dark fruit aroma from the Belgian yeast. A touch of floral and tobacco notes. Some sweet roasted caramel.

T - Follows the nose closely. Chocolate, burnt barley, coffee mix with dark fruity Belgian yeast flavors. Slight spice toward the finish with a cinnamon and clove flavor. Bitter kick at the end but a faint sweetness throughout.

M - Medium to full body with a nice touch of carbonation. Quite smooth, creamy, and velvety.

D - Goes down easy and only the faintest hint of ABV at the finish. A tweener in regard to a sipper but I would gladly have another.

Notes: A nice Belgian stout with good amount of coffee/chocolate and Belgian yeast. Very creamy and easy to drink. Tasty stout.

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Photo of mdwalsh
3.57/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Really fills the room with dark roasted fruit aromas right away.

A: Tall, dark brown head on a black bodied beer. The head is all small, tightly packed bubbles and very smooth on top, not a lot of relief. It's alright, but what Imperial Stout isn't really?

S: Again, dark, sweet roasted fruits. Plums, raisin, molasses, a little maple syrup. As I adjust to it, I get more roasted grain and coffee/chocolate notes. As I drink, the olfactory sensation becomes even better.

T: The taste I'm not so fond of. I get very strong metallic notes that I'm disappointed in, and not enough roast. Patently average.

M: Thin, too thin, but with good carbonation.

D: Meh, not something I'm going to look for again.

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Photo of ryan33iowa
4.09/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of spoonhawk
3/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of Ohiovania
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.05/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Excited to find bottles of this at Benz Beverage Depot in Cedar Rapids, Iowa ($2.50 a piece). Bottled in November '10 and enjoyed in early September '11. Sweet!

Appearance: The stubby bottle delivers a classically pitch-black pour with a thick and carbonated coffee-colored that lasts. Sizable lacing and a very solid look all around.

Smell: I get currant and port-like aromas, even some cherry. Sort of unusual for an imperial stout but damn nice. Roasty-toastiness and some oak/barrel/age. Candy, sugar babies (milk-caramel drops).

Taste: More dark fruit (juiced, crashed) plus coffee and mellow chocolate (in powder form). A nice hoppy bitterness at the end of the sip. Goes down with a bizarre-but-delicious hint of boozed-up strawberry syrup.

Mouthfeel: A bit of a let-down here... sort of a thin body and feel all around, despite the great carbonation and good flavor. Stings with booze at the end, almost giving me heartburn, but sip it and it is fine.

Overall: The drinkability here is ridiculously high and mighty. 10%? I could chug this. Goes down soooo easy and nice. Not the most complicated imperial stout I've had (you could expect s lil' more from a nine-month-old bottle), but damn nice! And outstanding when you think this comes from Knoxville, Iowa.

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Photo of metaltec15
4.53/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was a very good Imperial Stout! I actually bought 2 of them 1 I drank tonight and the other I am going to lay down for about a year.

A- I poured from bottle into a tulip glass. It poured a very thick and very little brown head.

S - At first smell it had the smell of dark and roasted malts(chocolate), but also had a little funky almost grape smell to it. It was a good funk not a bad one.

T - The taste was very good, not much of an alcohol taste to it. Very drinkable very chocolaty with a little influence from the Belgian yeast.

M- Thought it might be a little more grainy being it poured thick. Very smooth and viscous feel to it very silky smooth.

O- A great interpretation of an Imperial Stout. I would highly recommend this if you are lucky to get your hands on it. I will be very curious how this one will taste in a year.

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Imperial Stout from Peace Tree Brewing Co.
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