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Left Hand Imperial Stout - Left Hand Brewing Company

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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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Reviews by philipt:
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philipt

North Carolina

4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had a decision to make today -- faithfully good beers or a new beer (Left Hand Imp Stout). I was close to going with a beer that I've had before and enjoyed, but then I suddenly stopped and said, "NO! Do some thing new and different." So I did, and am rather happy with the result -- Left Hand Imperial Stout.

A very dark red-amber in color with a small or large head, depending on pouring style and preference. This beer would have gained substantial appearance points if it was abysmally black. Maly aroma, with some expresso and chocolate hints but not easily distinguishable. The taste is initially sweet followed quickly by a roasted malt/coffee flavor. The alcohol is present but not prominent. This beer is quite drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2003 15:02:14 | More by philipt
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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.

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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.

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.

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