Left Hand Imperial Stout - Left Hand Brewing Company
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3.41/5 rDev -10.5%
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.
12-01-2013 01:38:01 | More by dar482
3.86/5 rDev +1.3%
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.
10-22-2013 00:34:41 | More by ryan1788a5
3.09/5 rDev -18.9%
I don't see a date but this has been hanging around the cellar for a while. At least 3 years old, maybe 4.
A: Pours a dark, dark brown, not really black though. Big fizzy light/medium brown head. Head fades out slowly with great retention. Surprisingly halfway decent lacing too.
S: Big roasty character. Smoke, umami and lots of creamy chocolate.
T: Lots of smoke and umami up front. Bitter char in the middle with hints of chocolate. Finish is all bittersweet chocolate with more hints of smoke and umami. Get some hints of old hops maybe?
M: A bit thin for 10.4% but pretty smooth.
O: Meh. Not my favorite style RIS. Very smoky and meaty which is not how I like them. I'm more of a coffee/chocolate lover. This one is borderline a smoked stout it's got so much smoke and umami (despite years of aging).
10-07-2013 03:37:30 | More by Dope
Left Hand Imperial Stout from Left Hand Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 499 ratings.