Imperial Stout - Back East Brewing Company
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4.51/5 rDev +13.3%
Poured into a 16 oz snifter. Pours pitch black, with a two inch mocha head, that costs the sides of the glass with lacing. Smell is very strait forward chocolate, coffee, caramel, and vanilla. Taste is all of that, a little more roasty than I was expecting, really nice! Body is medium large, plenty of life, a little dry as you would expect, and goes down easily. This was a real surprise, solid price, and a excellent stout!
02-24-2013 03:13:49 | More by SawDog505
4.25/5 rDev +6.8%
Poured from a bomber into a tumbler pint, the beer is a very dark, viscous, black coloring with no highlighting colors. Opaque in appearance, with a thin, frothy, light tan head that starts a solid half an inch. Aromas of bittersweet baker's chocolate, roasty coffee, a touch of toffee, and a bit of booze. Smells rich and tasty. Flavors are very rich and smooth, with a kaluha backbone highlighted with ribbons of fudge, a touch of coffee, and hints of booze. Very smooth and robust in mouth, with a darkly sweet chocolate and booze aftertaste. Smooth, clean finish with a slightly bitter, roasted linger that keeps the mouth warm and toasty.
12-16-2012 04:29:04 | More by GarthDanielson
4.18/5 rDev +5%
Drank from a 1 pint 9.4 fl. oz. bottle purchased at Back East Brewing Company, East Hartford, CT
Served in a snifter
Thanks to my dad for treating me to this bottle.
The beer poured a near pitch black but slightly thin for the style. A dense and creamy, two-finger tall crown of caramel colored froth topped the liquid. Excellent retention. Patchy curtains of lacing trickled down the glass with every sip.
The nose was really enticing. Rich, smooth dark chocolate notes were immediately apparent. Slightly sweet and fudge-like. Lots of black coffee. Deep, dark and earthy. Slightly boozy. Hints of brown sugar were also noticeable. A somewhat dry, powdery, yeasty quality was also detectible.
Unlike the aroma, the flavor profile seemed harsh and acrid initially. The roasty bitterness of the malts was simply overwhelming. Strong espresso notes were present as well. Hints of bakers chocolate. The finish had a charred and ashy flavor that was very off-putting. Some earthy hop bitterness was also detectible. As the beer warmed, some of the harsher flavors really mellowed out. The roasty dryness gave way to semi-sweet chocolate and freshly brewed coffee notes. Touch of molasses. There was also a dry, slightly chalky, yeasty presence. Considering the ABV, the alcohol was very well hidden.
Like the flavor profile, the mouthfeel improved markedly with time. The liquid started out being rather thin and highly over carbonated. It reminded me somewhat of seltzer water. As the beer sat, the carbonation died down substantially and the liquid turned much more creamy and smooth.
I love supporting new, local breweries, and this offering from Central Connecticut's Back East Brewing is proof that they are off to a good start. This bottle had approximately a year of age on it, which seemed like just enough time to temper the earthy hops and the roasty malts and allow the flavors to meld together.
09-20-2013 03:32:30 | More by Damian
4.03/5 rDev +1.3%
750ml bottle: Inaugural Batch! This one pours a dark, inky almost black color. there was a finger of a light brown head on it, but that didn’t linger. It has a nice nose. Chocolate, a bit of roast coffee, also some dark fruits hiding in there. The taste is quite good. It is nicely balance. Milk chocolate, hint of the coffee, caramel, faint dark fruits. A faint amount of sweetness with a somewhat dry finish. A very nice brew from our new local brewery!
12-16-2012 20:36:43 | More by Boto
Imperial Stout from Back East Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 68 ratings.