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Imperial Stout - Back East Brewing Company

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Ratings: 73
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 10.3%
Wants: 3
Gots: 9 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Back East Brewing Company visit their website
Connecticut, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: LtCracker20 on 09-20-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Back East’s Imperial Stout is a full-bodied ale brewed with several varieties of dark roasted malt. It has a complex malt character with underlying hints of coffee and chocolate. A generous amount of English hops gives this ale a pronounced hop profile. This robust ale is unfiltered and bottle conditioned.
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4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

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3.87/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

sampling a 750 bottle poured at cellar temp into a snifter.
The beer pours a jet black hue with creamy tan head of 3 cm foaming up with a gradual pour.
The aroma is roasted malt, dark chocolate, and coffee bean. I also get some earthy hops mixed in the background. NOt really boozy or heat on the nose.
First sip reveals a fairly thick and chewy body with mild rolling carbonation.
Flavor is roasted malt, black coffee, and dark chocolate. I also get a little burnt molasses and a slightly astringent bitter coffee on the finish. Beer is fairly easy to drink considering the ABV.
This is a sneaky big beer and it catches me off guard a bit at the end of the bottle.
Well made Imp Stout, kind of a roasted malt bomb, but certainly no flaws and very enjoyable.

Worth a pickup when you see these bottles floating around.

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3.84/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a nearly opaque black body underneath the mocha colored head, which quickly dissolves to leave just a thin layer of lacing atop the beer.

Rich roasted malt and sweet milk chocolate aromas highlight the nose.

The flavor offers generous amounts of roasted malt, toasted notes, sweet milk chocolate, hints of char and smoky goodness.

Medium to fuller in body with carbonation on the lighter side for the style and a palate coating finish.

A very nice RIS from a new brewery. Great for the Stout enthusiast who enjoys the more roasted and charred aspects of the style.

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3.96/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Had this on tap when Back East did a tap takeover at Pies and Pints last night. Bartender served it in a pint glass which was a little much for such a big beer, but I can't complain.

A- very rich dark brown almost black color to it. Nice creamy, tan oatmeal-looking head.

S- coffee, dark chocolate, oatmeal, roasted malts.

T- RIch. Delicious coffee notes along with some dark fruits and dark chocolate as well. Light hop bitterness, caramel roasted malts. The 10.5% ABV isn't noticeable at all.

M- Thick, smooth, creamy, very rich.

O- First offering from Back East and I am pretty impressed. Big, tasty stout for sure and I will definitely be buying some in the future.

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3.86/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Shared at at the Tree House bottle share back in December. Reviewed from my notes.

Creamy dark head nice lacing, pitch black beer with nice legs.

Nose chalky powdered cocoa, lactose and milk choc, light dark caramel, hint roast.

Taste creamy dark choc, powdered cocoa, light milk choc and lactose, chewy oats, some earthy hops light spicy hops, chewy and lighter bitterness, etc. A faint metallic acrid burnt roast like thing too. A bit of clean booze warmth. Long bitter earthy hop finish.

Mouth is thicker bodied but not very, decent carb, light booze.

Overall not bad, it gets a little a bit of dark malt acrid like, otherwise a pretty decent RIS, light cocoa and milk chocolate, decent spicy hops, tasty.

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Imperial Stout from Back East Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 73 ratings.