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Left Hand Imperial Stout - Left Hand Brewing Company

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very good

505 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 505
Reviews: 429
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.34%
Wants: 30
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Left Hand Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  10.40% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: UncleJimbo on 01-27-2002)
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

A - thick dark ruddy Dr. Pepper brown. Lots of fine nitro bubbles. Brown head sluggish lacing. Higher clarity than I'd prefer.4

S - tobacco, fresh tree roots. Faint anise. Black Swedish fish. Pumpernickel toast crumbs.4

T - Sweet + hoppy extract. Molasses and bitter hops. Nice blend of sweet sour bitter. Initially sugary but finishes a bit bitter. Some in clearly defined malts in there too.3.5

M - Happy. Syrupy. Sour hoppy after-tang is almost unwelcome. Silky.4

O - a fine beer. In the same league but perhaps slightly below Old Rasputen and such. I did enjoy the nitro take on the style. 3.5

Overall 3.75

jeranbrews, Sep 16, 2014
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3.41/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

The beer comes in a black/dark brown color.

The aroma has roasty stout character, some chocolate, a bit of umami.

The flavor has that roasty malt in the front, a bit of bitter chocolate, a dark fruitiness, then it moves onto tons of bitterness on the end. Almost like molasses, but with tons of herbal, licorice. Quite bitter.

A good mouthfeel and not much booze, but the bitterness is not really something I'm looking for.

dar482, Dec 01, 2013
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3.86/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle poured into a snifter. No date anywhere on this, but I've had it cellared for at least three years. At 10.4% abv, I would expect it to be able to handle some age.

A: Dark red-brown color. Tan colored head does not retain well, but this can be forgiven somewhat due to the strength. A thin, broken ring of lacing traces the glass.

S: Fruity esters of raisin, fig, and blackberry. Concord grape. Vinous. Jab of alcohol. Traces of sherry and cardboard. Plenty of cocoa. Oatmeal raisin cookies.

T: Cocoa and milk chocolate build on the attack. Lots of bakers chocolate and chocolate truffles. Drizzle of caramel. Fruity esters of raisin and concord grape. Alcohol really flexes some muscle. Some oxidation is present in the form of cardboard-like flavors, but this is normal with the age on the bottle. Spicy sherry too. Long lingering finish of cocoa and bakers chocolate.

M: Medium-thick body. Very full on the palate, and silky smooth. Low carbonation. Very high attenuation takes the sludgy, weighty feel out of the equation and creates a whipped, airy texture. Big alcohol warmth all the way through, though it never feels hot.

O: This is a beast of a beer, but time in the cellar has helped to tame it and round it out. The alcohol character is not off-putting, but it does make this one a slow sipper. The thorough fermentation and dryness of the beer has turned it into something a little more elegant than the sludgy, fudgy monsters that tend to dominate the Imperial Russian Stout landscape. Good stuff.

ryan1788a5, Oct 22, 2013
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Left Hand Imperial Stout from Left Hand Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 505 ratings.