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Imperial Stout - Flat Branch Pub & Brewery

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Reviews: 3
Hads: 5
Avg: 4.2
pDev: 3.57%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  7.30% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Shultzerdugen on 03-13-2005

Our version of the Imperial Stout style uses 5 specialty malts that produce the rich roasted and coffee- like flavors. It is brewed to a rich black color with a full body. Hopping is fairly light and not assertive. The yeast used for fermentation is an authentic English strain. This is a delicious winter dessert beer for those cold winter evenings.

11 IBU
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Reviews: 3 | Hads: 5
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4.04/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark black color. 1/6 inch head of a palt tan color. Slight retention and slight lacing. Smells of roasted malt, sweet malt, and alcohol. Fits the style of a Russian Imperial Stout. Mouth feel is smooth and thick with an average carbonation level. Tastes of alcohol, roasted malt, sweet malt, hint of hops, and slight chocolate. Overall, a good blend, complexity, body, and aroma.

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4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out an opaque, jet black color with hints of brown. It had a two-finger, caramel-colored head of foam with large bubbles. It left behind some soapy residue/lace.

S - It smelled very roasty with notes of chocolate and hints of expresso.

T - Lots of chocolate flavor, a bittersweet chocolate taste. It had a mild coffee taste and some floral hoppiness.

M - It was soft and smooth with a creamy finish. A medium-bodied beer with slightly warm alcohol kick.

D - This is a very nice imperial stout. I'm like to try an aged version sometime.

EDIT: Tried an '04 version - It is even better on tap. A little smoky and hints of leather.

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4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2002 vintage and 2005 sampled, both from 10 oz. brandy snifters, which I thought were a nice touch.

I'm reviewing the 2002 because I had it before I got my food, and it was better, imo.

Black in color, with maybe a hint of brown at the stem. Head resembling an espresso in color and bubble size, only much larger of course.

The smell was mellow and smooth, espresso, caramel, band-aids, vinegar, clove. Oh yeah, also alcohol!

The taste was both assertive and balanced, with burnt toast and espresso in the front, alcohol in the middle, and bittering hops and black malts in the finish. As it warmed piney hops came out. Chunky mouthfeel, with slickness from alcohol and an astringent finish.

Pretty damned good, I was surprised that the newer version was less hoppy. I wasn't surprised that it was less carbonated, with little head to speak of. Try 'em both.

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Imperial Stout from Flat Branch Pub & Brewery
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