Imperial Stout - Peace Tree Brewing Co.
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2.58/5 rDev -29.7%
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.
05-09-2013 15:51:07 | More by tectactoe
3.75/5 rDev +2.2%
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
08-02-2011 16:35:33 | More by dbossman
3.93/5 rDev +7.1%
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.
06-30-2011 04:31:38 | More by emerge077
4.65/5 rDev +26.7%
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
07-30-2011 01:55:53 | More by mikesgroove
3.73/5 rDev +1.6%
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.
03-12-2011 04:43:30 | More by FreshHawk
3.5/5 rDev -4.6%
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.
03-25-2011 19:20:33 | More by mdwalsh
4.05/5 rDev +10.4%
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.
09-05-2011 05:23:04 | More by DoubleSimcoe
4.53/5 rDev +23.4%
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.
06-26-2011 00:50:29 | More by metaltec15
3.98/5 rDev +8.4%
A - Poured out a jet black color with a small, light brown head of foam. It left very little lacing.
S - It smelled very roasty with some nice chocolate notes. Mild floral aromas, too.
T - It tasted of rich roasted malt with burnt molasses and dark chocolate. Nice bitterness on top of all the roasted malts.
M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A full bodied ale with an insanely dry finish.
O - This is really good. Peace Tree does very well with their Brewer's Special Release Series.
12-23-2011 02:14:09 | More by zeff80
3.03/5 rDev -17.4%
Appearance: The body is dark and opaque, very appropriate for the style. The one finger head is quite bubbly and not quite as thick as a good imperial stout could be. It is a nice cocoa powder color though.
Smell: There is a sweet brandy like smell that mixes with the dark malts. The finish is something bordering on leather and bready malts. It is definitely queer, and not very appealing.
Still, these are stout flavors in the nose, just a strange mix, and that brandy alcohol is really throwing things off.
Taste: This is really quite the amalgamation of flavors, and they do not really fit well together. The first flavors out of the gate are defintely the musty leather and sweet raisin flavors. Then mid tongue the charcoal and coffee start to come through.
Finally, the finish incorporates some of that boozy brandy flavor and apple, with slight coffee bitterness. Again, these are definitely stout flavors, but man is it unbalanced. It seems like it is the way the alcohol that is incorporated that is throwing things off. Too sweet for an Imperial Stout.
Mouth feel: Despite the disappointing, disjointed flavor, it is not a hard imperial to drink. Not much alcohol burn, and it is full bodied, also quite smooth.
Overall: Again, something about that booze choice that is giving this thing a bock like quality with a stout like finish. Not a great combo if you think about it. I will stick to other offerings, still glad I tried it.
08-29-2011 22:04:05 | More by Pintofbrown
3.93/5 rDev +7.1%
The Imperial Stout is a dark blackish beer, with very slight head when poured. The malt and alcohol are both pretty present in the nose and when tasted. Generally light mouthfeel, with clear presence of alcohol, roasted malt. Some coffee-ish notes, and a little tartness. Overall pretty good.
04-22-2012 20:35:26 | More by deepseacatfish
3.75/5 rDev +2.2%
A - Pours motor oil black and looks viscous. No head to speak of but a few laces of deep brown foam swirl across the surface after a rough pour.
S - Roasty, slightly tangy coffee aroma hits first and a very slight hint of rasins and maple along with it. Some spicy, estery notes are also present from the belgian yeast. Interesting fusion of aromas.
T - Sharp, bitter roasted grains and toffee-like caramel flavors are most noticeable. Balanced hop bitterness. For the most part the 10% alcohol is well hidden, but some pleasant boozy warmth can be felt in the chest after each sip.
M - Thick and chewy like an Imperial Stout should be! Slightly dry, astringent finish but the malt sticks around afterwards. Despite the complete lack of head, the light carbonation is persistent and balanced.
04-21-2011 23:28:07 | More by rundocrun
4.33/5 rDev +18%
Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Unibroue tulip.
A: Deep chocolate brown color, medium-dark 1 finger head, decent retention, fairly little lace.
S: Smooth chocolate and sweet floral aromas.
T: Nice complexity. Chocolate and roasted flavors balance well, with some supporting sweet malts and molasses. A tad vinous. Some coffee notes emerge in the finish. Sarsaparilla? More coffee and chocolate. Caramel and spices follow as the beer warms.
M: Pleasantly smooth and full-bodied. Carbonation is mild but more than adequate. Creaminess develops over time-- dessert is served.
D: Definitely one to linger over, but no complaints-- it's a very good one. Alcohol is present but doesn't get out of control through the course of the glass.
Overall, a fine showing indeed. Bears a resemblance to their Black River Gumbo Stout, but with a lot more balance and interest. Will be a very good thing if they make this again! Would also be nice to see this one influence its lower-alcohol sibling into developing some more complexity.
03-11-2011 00:37:31 | More by AmericanGothic
Imperial Stout from Peace Tree Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 54 ratings.