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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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BA SCORE
88
very good

112 Ratings
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Ratings: 112
Reviews: 66
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 10.94%
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 mmmbeer:
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mmmbeer

Massachusetts

3.48/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

From a 22 oz. bomber, courtesy of Andy at the brewery. Brewed with 2-row, wheat, chocolate, smoked and cara-munich malts; hopped with Cascade and Newport; cellared three months at the brewery and bottled November 2010. Pours pretty much black, with a finger of fine mocha head that retains a small collar and leaves decent lacing. Smells sweet and resinous, with notes of chocolate, toffee, dark berries and stone fruits, cherries, plums, coffee?, a dash of smoke, and piney/citric hops. On the palate it's heavily roasted/burnt malts, dark roast coffee, bitter malts and hops, a little sweetness and some notes of citrus. It has a moderate overall bitterness, but it starts sharply and lingers. Hints of ethanol. The body is somewhat light for the style, chalky and drying, with low carbonation and a medium to long finish. Almost tastes more like a big American stout, but it becomes more "imperial" as it warms. It is cleanly-fermented, with well-hidden alcohol and is very roasty, but still easy to drink. Definitely worth a try and a big thanks to Andy for the sample.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2011 20:30:11 | More by mmmbeer
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A: Pours a nice pitch black with a tall, dense and frothy medium brown head. Head fades out slowly with moderate little touches of lacing. Decent retention though.

S: A little smoke and char backed up with a little sweet chocolate. Not bad.

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Joshua Norton Imperial Stout from The Tap Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 112 ratings.