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Left Hand Imperial Stout - Left Hand Brewing Company

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Left Hand Imperial StoutLeft Hand Imperial Stout

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BA SCORE
86
very good

498 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 498
Reviews: 429
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.6%
Wants: 26
Gots: 13 | 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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comat0se

Colorado

4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Malts: 2-Row, Chocolate, Crystal, Flaked Oats, Munich, Roasted & Black Barley
Hops: East Kent Goldings & Magnum
Original Gravity: 22 Plato ( 1.092 )
IBU's: 65
ABV: 10%

Based on last weekend's tasting at the brewery, I'd be remiss not to re-review this. I had the chance to have this on tap on CO2 as well as Nitro. I'll have to say that I liked the CO2 version better, but it also almost seemed overcarbonated. The beer there was nice, rich, and smooth, not harsh at all, and in fact, you couldn't hardly detect the alcohol. Much different than the bottle I had earlier. I think this beer will definitely benefit from aging given my two experiences. I have readjusted the scores based on the beer I had on tap.

22 oz bottle

Very dark beer with red highlights, pours with a tan creamy head. Mild, unsweetened chocolate aroma. Thick, full mouthfeel, with roasted malt (needs a bit more I think), chocolate, and dark fruit, malt flavors with a fairly harsh alcohol finish. Reading others that say that they feel the alcohol is well hidden is definitely surprising to me. Perhaps since I live rather close to the brewery, I got a very fresh bottle that simply needed to mellow out some. I deducted the taste and drinkability scores here because the alcohol was so harsh in the finish and each sip becoming more and more sharp and harsh. I should get another bottle to age...

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2003 22:34:22 | More by comat0se
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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.

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Left Hand Imperial Stout from Left Hand Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 498 ratings.