22nd Anniversary Vanilla Imperial Stout - Karl Strauss Brewing Company
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3.55/5 rDev -7.3%
22oz bottle poured into tulip - thanks pat
Pours a viscous, opaque blacked out color with a layering of tanned head. Slowly fades into a coating of filmy retention with some spotty lacing left behind on the glass.
A nice marriage of chocolate and vanilla in the nose, followed by undertones of oak, bourbon and warmth. Roasted malts, leather and sweetness with cocoa.
Plenty of vanilla right up front, matched with dark chocolate and cocoa. Sweet, but not cloying, riding a wave of roasted malts with a hint of roasted coffee beans. Continuing layers of dark malt with vanilla, oak and soft bourbon notes. Finishes a bit sweet and warm.
Fuller body, slightly lower carbonation, creamy and slick on the tongue. Drinks pretty nice considering the age, and the 25% barrel aged portion of the blend adds a decent depth of flavor.
11-06-2012 13:50:38 | More by xnicknj
4.8/5 rDev +25.3%
Opened on 10/17/12 WOW, this is what I have been waiting for!
Open it up and enjoy! I've had this beer a couple times now, once last Christmas, and just shared this bottle at my local beer store.
Like you, I was scared to open it... afterall it's been about 2 years. Last Christrmas was good, but right now, whoa.. so perfect.
-Poured a very smooth black, with a khaki head
-The nose brings you in immediately, the vanilla is tremendous now! SO glad I waited.
-The flavor is spot on now, just the perfect ammount of oak, with loads of vanilla. Little bit of chocolate. It is poetic, I hate you Strauss, ha ha. We tasted Bourbon Boris, Lady in the Woods, and Pelican Tsunami tonight... All great beers... 22nd Strauss won our vote.
-Overall - Fantastic beer. I've rested it on its side for a good year, and also stood it for a year.. It's flawless right now. Enjoy!
10-18-2012 07:01:34 | More by BrewTasting
3.75/5 rDev -2.1%
22oz bottle into a snifter. Pours a pretty thin cola brown w/ a fizzy mocha head that settles to a thin film.
Aroma is very faint - and this beer is not cold. Subtle hints of vanilla and bourbon, but even that is almost a guess. Let it warm & give it a swirl - a nice earthiness emerges, but overall aroma is still less powerful than expected or desired.
Taste is roasty and sweet - again though, both bourbon and vanilla are weak. Some cocoa too.
Mouthfeel is smooth and light. A little thin.
Overall, everything is there - just less of it than I was expecting or hoping for. Almost feel like this was watered down.
06-08-2012 05:01:51 | More by draheim
3.83/5 rDev 0%
Waaay too much wax. I thought I was going to sever a finger trying to get it off. I understand it's special and everything, but consumers actually need to be able to access the product inside.
Pours a deep brown almost black with a big 3 finger off-white head fading into a ring after a minute or so. Spotty lacing down the glass.
Smells of sweet malts with a heavy dose of vanilla obviously and some bourbon characteristics but they are muted. Chocolate and cream also. This one smells sweet.
Flavor starts out with a rich chocolate creaminess. Vanilla is present, but not overpowering. A little bit of roasted malt, but then a touch of bourbon pulls at the back end with just a subtle hint of booze.
Fairly creamy mouthfeel although it is a bit too carbonated for the style.
I have a lot of issues with this beer. Taste is absolutely not one of them though. I really dig the flavors and thought the bourbon was well done. Had it not been for the slight overcarbonation, this one would've probably been a 4.5. Very drinkable and enjoyable.
02-28-2012 00:53:04 | More by jmarsh123
22nd Anniversary Vanilla Imperial Stout from Karl Strauss Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 97 ratings.