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Joshua Norton Imperial Stout - The Tap Brewing Company

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Joshua Norton Imperial StoutJoshua Norton Imperial Stout

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88
very good

113 Ratings
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Ratings: 113
Reviews: 66
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 10.91%
Wants: 6
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
The Tap Brewing Company visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  9.10% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
You love stouts. Or you love colonial swords and this color scheme. We add just a touch of smoked malt for another layer in an already intensely deep and roasty brew. As far as the name goes: Joshua Norton was the self-proclaimed emperor of the United States in 1859. He was crazy and probably fun to talk to -- like us.

(Beer added by: WanderingFool on 11-02-2008)
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Reviews by jdaelhousen:
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jdaelhousen

Massachusetts

4.43/5  rDev +12.4%

Pour is thick and produces a dark brown head that withstands good disipation. Color of the body is deep black, almost completely opaque with a very mild glow shining though the top of the beer line. Aroma contains smoked malt aromas, coffee, roasted barley, all over a chocolate base. Flavor at the center produces a chocolate and caramel malt flavor. Smokiness of the roasted barley comes out instantly and lasts well into the aftertaste. Other flavors noticed is some very mild cherry at the finish. Mouthfeel is thick, but not too cloying. Balance of the malt sugars and hop bitterness at the finish is relatively perfect, and provides for great drinkability. Aftertaste leaves lingering trails of chocolate malt and roasted barley on the palate, with those mild hints of cherry. Overall, outstanding imperial stout from the The Tap.

11-23-2009 23:03:24 | More by jdaelhousen
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TimBeaulieu

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +1.5%

02-04-2014 00:40:17 | More by TimBeaulieu
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lordofthewiens

Maine

3.78/5  rDev -4.1%

In a tulip glass the beer was black in color with a thin orange/brown head.
Roasted malt/chocolate/coffee aroma, not very fragrant.
Fortunately it tasted much better than the aroma had promised. Espresso coffee, a little bit of chocolate.
A little thin in the mouth.
A decent imperial stout, but not that impressive.

07-27-2010 00:02:15 | More by lordofthewiens
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Doomcifer

Rhode Island

4.03/5  rDev +2.3%

A: Dark, light caramel colored, frothy head, tremendous retention

S: Cocoa powder, milk chocolate, slight roast

T: More milk chocolate, slight roast and cocoa in the finish, bitter finish reminiscent of bittersweet chocolate

M: For the style, comes off thin. Wish it had a bit more body.

D: Very much so!

01-27-2011 23:30:33 | More by Doomcifer
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megamass

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

06-07-2013 04:51:07 | More by megamass
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tigg924

Massachusetts

3.88/5  rDev -1.5%

Appearance: minimal head, dark brown in color, clear

Smell: cream, caramel, burnt malt--smells more like a Baltic porter than a RIS

Taste: Wow--a lot better than the smell, creamy start followed by dark coffee and chocolate, cream at the end with a touch of smoke

Mouthfeel: low carbonation, sweet with a bitter backbone, moderately light body for the style

Drinkability: A very good and solidly layered RIS that tastes better than it smells. I would get this again for its complexity. Another winner from the brewery.

01-23-2010 20:45:51 | More by tigg924
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Mora2000

Texas

4/5  rDev +1.5%

Thanks to Exiled for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a dark brown color with a tan head. The aroma is a mix of cocoa, soy and alcohol. The flavor is chocolate and burnt malt. I also get a little coffee but it is the chocolate and malt that dominate this beer. Medium mouthfeel and low carbonation. Not a bad imperial stout, but not as good as some others I have tried.

05-31-2010 18:33:27 | More by Mora2000
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degerbah

Ohio

4.6/5  rDev +16.8%

This Imperial Stout pours motor oil black with no head at all. The smell is an overwhelming amount of coffee taste. Most coffee I drink doesn't smell as much like coffee as this does. The taste isn't quite as coffeeish as the smell hinted at, but it's still incredibly coffee like. Very light on the palate for such a stong beer. I have to say that I really enjoy this and its amazing drinkability.

04-25-2010 23:33:14 | More by degerbah
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BrittQ

Texas

4/5  rDev +1.5%

11-16-2012 18:08:09 | More by BrittQ
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jmerloni

Massachusetts

3.1/5  rDev -21.3%

A - purple/black in coloration. Medium beige head that is uncommitted toward any retention or lacing,

S - Tootsie Roll Chocolate, hops, molasses malt.

T - Unpleasant chocolate laced with a girl. There's nothing good here.

M - Thick but over carbonated and boring.

D - Wouldn't get this again. In fact, this it's so poor that I wouldn't get anything from Haverhill Brewing Co. again.

10-14-2012 04:06:00 | More by jmerloni
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Kevincredible

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

03-30-2013 11:33:27 | More by Kevincredible
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angusblackheart

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Dark brown, medium head, good lacing.

This beer smells like winter to me. Tree bark, pine, cold earth. Roasty coffee. Fire smoke.

The roasty smoky qualities make it into the taste, but a molasses sweetness balances out the dark and bitter edges.

Great beer for a great price!!

12-16-2011 17:23:44 | More by angusblackheart
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puboflyons

New Hampshire

4.43/5  rDev +12.4%

From the 22 ouncer with a bottling date of October 2009. Sampled on February 1, 2010. The pour is dark evergreen brown with an inch of foamy tan head that fizzles down to nothing in short order. The aroma cannot wait to escape from the bottle as it emits a nice strong aura of chocolate malts, smokiness, and light Northwestern hops. The mouthfeel is a bit thinner than I expected but I would still put it in the medium range with a kind of resiny feel to it. The taste is a nice smoked coffee and chocolate mix with a a pleasing background of hops the warms the insides. It has a 9.3% ABV but you would never know it. The alcohol is well-masked. This was excellent.

02-02-2010 00:14:58 | More by puboflyons
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u2carew

Massachusetts

3.98/5  rDev +1%

22oz Bomber. Consumed 12/06/09

A) Opaque. Quick thin head then settles. Lacing is thin and weak.
S) Dark chocolate. Coffee. Mild smoky notes. Hints of alcohol.
T) Roasted grain. Chocolate. Coffee. Notes of alcohol but not overpowering. Some spicy black pepper tones.
M) Thick. Chewy. Full bodied.
D) A delicious imperial stout. I'd drink another!

12-29-2009 15:06:38 | More by u2carew
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MisterSH

Massachusetts

4.38/5  rDev +11.2%

Poured into a Duvel tulip.

a harsh pour comes up jet black with a finger thick frothy, caramel colored head.

Aroma is coffee, dark biscuity malt, and strong chocolate notes. Also a bourbon-like subtlety here. Some vanilla.

Flavor is deep and almost exclusively malty. Some roasty notes, prevalent but not overwhelming. A hint of coffee. Easy on the fruitiness, a slight dark sugary note but very minimal. Strong roasty finish. Bitter finish, but not particularly hoppy - bitterness does not seem linked to any citrusy flavor at all. This is a dark, deep beer. Some subtle bits of chocolate and creme in the exceptionally deep finish.

Mouthfeel is perfect. Very heavy and thick but not quite syrupy. Carbonation is pretty low but just enough to let it stay active on your tongue.

This is a malt-bomb no doubt, but doesn't let itself wallow in roasty or smoky flavors. Instead, it takes a more subtle route,
letting no particular flavor hijack the overall experience. Subtly hopped and not nearly as sweet as many of it's counterparts, fruitiness is kept to an absolute minimum. This is smooth and easy to drink, an excellent offering from haverhill.

01-15-2010 02:41:45 | More by MisterSH
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richbrew

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

11-15-2011 20:34:22 | More by richbrew
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Justinlikesbeer

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

12-17-2013 23:11:53 | More by Justinlikesbeer
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kirkpjr

Alabama

4.03/5  rDev +2.3%

Thanks to jmu500 for this one.

Poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a pitch black dark with one finger of caramel colored head. Pours a little more thin than I would expect, but a nice stout nonetheless.

S: Roasted malts, chocolate, and a very subtle hop that I can't discern. A few dark fruits barely make it through. Also a vinegarish hint in the nose.

T: The roasted, and smoked (from what I read on the bottle and taste too) come through strongly. A nice strong chocolate finish. Alcohol is well hidden.

M: Thick and mildly creamy. Chocolate leaves a pleasant aftertaste and feel. Moderate to low carbonation.

D: Nice dessert for a meal on a Friday night. A little strong for a session beer of course.

04-10-2010 02:05:23 | More by kirkpjr
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deltatauhobbit

Maine

4/5  rDev +1.5%

Pours a dark brown almost black color with a thin bubbly tan head, fades and leaves no lacing, not very viscous for a RIS.

Smell has a huge amount of roasted coffee aroma, roasted malt also a big contributor, other thn that its fairly two note but that coffee is surprising.

Taste starts out with a coffee bitterness which adds a depth of flavor, roasted malt is a solid backing, unfortunately the body is severely lacking, the body is much too thin to pass as an imperial stout with carbonation too high as well, fortunately it drinks like a regular stout with the alcohol very well hidden, I would guess this to be closer to 5% than 9.1%.

03-17-2013 21:08:13 | More by deltatauhobbit
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doopiedoopiedoo

Netherlands

3.23/5  rDev -18%

A 22 oz bottle of this was brought to me by Steve when he came over from MA. Shared with Jeffo after we decided low abv stouts weren't cutting it for a Thursdaynight.

Not the blackest, nor the thickest of stouts I've seen. Coca Cola comes to mind especially after hearing the lively carbonation. Came with a minimal tan head that went away quickly. Move on nothing special to see here.

Smells are of roasted dark malts and chocolate and a hint of hops. Nothing huge but still pleasant on the nose.

Taste is iniatially bland and things aren't really happening untill after the swallow. There is chocolate, there is some sweetnes and there is a nice bitterness after the swallow. Sit, sip and enjoy.

A rather light to medium body witha dry finish. A bit too light for my liking.

Nothing mindblowing. The strong suit of this one are the pleasant bitter flavors that linger for a while after the swallow. Would I seek this out to have again. No. Would I drink another glass? Sure...

11-18-2011 13:11:35 | More by doopiedoopiedoo
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oline73

Maryland

4/5  rDev +1.5%

11-16-2011 04:30:05 | More by oline73
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dreis

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +1.5%

12-23-2013 00:04:18 | More by dreis
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MACO

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

02-27-2014 11:12:12 | More by MACO
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boothbeer

Illinois

3.65/5  rDev -7.4%

Thanks to JusDrinkIt for hooking me up with this bottle.

A: Pours a dark black with 2 fingers of light tan head. good retention that goes down to a thick film as it is consumed.

S: Lots of coffee and roasty malts. Hint of vanilla. Some sweet chocolate is picked up as well.

T: first impression-tastes like an oatmeal/milk stout. Kind of sweet with a roasty finish. Coffee and a little bitterness in the finish as well.

M: Kind of thin and a little too carbonated for the style. If this were less carbonated, I think it would work well with the sweetness of this beer.

D: Overall, this is a good beer. Mouthfeel is off, and I like the taste but not sure it is typical for Imperial Stout taste.

05-11-2010 02:12:12 | More by boothbeer
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ppoitras

Massachusetts

3.63/5  rDev -7.9%

22oz bottle purchased as a single at Julio's, Westboro, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/4" dark brown head over the dark brown/black head. Head quickly fell to a thin swirl, with leggy, lasting lace. Aroma is roasty coffee and alcohol. Taste is sweet to start, slightly acrid coffee in the middle, and closes with bitterness and a moderate warming. Mouthfeel is slickery, not really in a good way, and drinkability is okay as well. Maybe some more carbonation or something would help.

01-28-2010 00:17:11 | More by ppoitras
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Joshua Norton Imperial Stout from The Tap Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 113 ratings.