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22nd Anniversary Vanilla Imperial Stout - Karl Strauss Brewing Company

22nd Anniversary Vanilla Imperial Stout22nd Anniversary Vanilla Imperial Stout

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BA SCORE
86
very good

95 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

(view ratings)
Ratings: 95
Reviews: 63
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.98%


Brewed by:
Karl Strauss Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: HopHead84 on 02-03-2011)
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Reviews by the Alström Bros:
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Jason

Massachusetts

3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz brown bomber with a vintage date on the label.

LOOK: Big head, stout black.

SMELL: Vanilla, charcoal, ripe dark fruit, faint oak, burnt sugar, alcohol.

TASTE: Silky smooth, roasted grain, soft charcoal, mellow vanilla, hint of oak, modest hopping, burnt bread.

9% where art thou? Yeah, it is there but super mellow. Beer is playful with some interested flavors thrown at the palate. Perhaps the earth does not shake but the palate wants another sip. Great job guys!

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2011 03:03:54 | More by Jason
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BillRoth

Maryland

4/5  rDev +4.2%

12-16-2013 04:00:38 | More by BillRoth
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LoveStout

New York

4/5  rDev +4.2%

07-07-2013 17:41:25 | More by LoveStout
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danwho

California

4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

02-24-2013 17:24:04 | More by danwho
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SeaOfShells

California

4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

01-15-2013 02:32:10 | More by SeaOfShells
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jdmandel

California

4.75/5  rDev +23.7%

12-04-2012 06:43:13 | More by jdmandel
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xnicknj

Pennsylvania

3.55/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2012 13:50:38 | More by xnicknj
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marine1975

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

10-20-2012 03:44:00 | More by marine1975
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BrewTasting

Nevada

4.8/5  rDev +25%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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!

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2012 07:01:34 | More by BrewTasting
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t0rin0

California

4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

10-17-2012 02:41:41 | More by t0rin0
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abeerdude

California

4/5  rDev +4.2%

08-14-2012 20:25:24 | More by abeerdude
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draheim

Washington

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2012 05:01:51 | More by draheim
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Zaphog

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

05-27-2012 19:24:06 | More by Zaphog
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev +4.2%

05-12-2012 21:50:15 | More by acurtis
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djrn2

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

05-12-2012 21:18:28 | More by djrn2
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

03-04-2012 04:41:47 | More by Jparkanzky
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jmarsh123

Indiana

3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2012 00:53:04 | More by jmarsh123
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codynevels

California

3/5  rDev -21.9%

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California

4/5  rDev +4.2%

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3/5  rDev -21.9%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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22nd Anniversary Vanilla Imperial Stout from Karl Strauss Brewing Company
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