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Smokestack Lightning Imperial Stout - Magnolia Pub & Brewery

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Smokestack Lightning Imperial Stout
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BA SCORE
85
very good

14 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 14
Reviews: 4
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 13.79%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Magnolia Pub & Brewery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  7.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-24-2005)
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

RBassSFHOPit2ME, Jun 08, 2013
More User Reviews:
Photo of kdoc8
2.73/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I had this on tap at Magnolia brew pub in San Francisco, CA. It was listed at the time with a 10.0% ABV which is not what is listed on BA, but they may have beefed it up for Strong Beer Month (February). It poured with a huge (more than an inch) thick brown and foaming head. The smell - holy smell of alcohol! Alcohol! I'm a bit afraid to drink it, but here it goes...roasty flavor at the front...which then just turns into a huge wallop of alcohol. ouch. wow. lots of alcohol and not much else. And it looked so good!

kdoc8, Mar 13, 2007
Photo of bwyu
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

bwyu, Feb 22, 2012
Photo of MaltyGoodness
4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes taken @ the brewpub on 3/3/06. Listed as 9.1% ABV and 50 IBUs.

Pours a dark black color with a thin tan head. No lacing to speak of.

Aroma is sweet and malty with strong roasty and fruity smells. Plums, raisins, and cherries dance about.

Taste is sweet and malty upfront with dark roasted malts. This is followed by a complex fruitiness with plums, raisins, and cherries. Finishes quite sweet with a mild alcohol aftertaste.

Body is rich and full with solid cabonation. A meal in a glass.

Easily drinkable for the high ABV. A very nice RIS.

MaltyGoodness, Mar 07, 2006
Photo of KevMo84
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

KevMo84, Jun 16, 2014
Photo of MisterClean
3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Alembic SF beer week.

A - Pours black with 1 finger of mocha head. Dissipates fast and leaves little lacing.

S/T - Chocolate and light caramel. That's it?

M - Full-bodied, well-balanced, and sweet.

D - Not bad. This beer had no distinguishing characteristics, no style. It fails to stand out.

MisterClean, Feb 16, 2010
Photo of Beerenauslese
3.33/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had on tap at Magnolia's strong beer month in February.

Body is jet black. Small tan head dissipates quickly to a fine ring. Some trace lacing on the glass.

Nose is roasted malt and brown sugar.

Tastes of roasted malt, chocolate.

Body is light with fizzy carbonation.

I though this was tasty and drinkable, but way on the light side for an RIS. The 11.1% ABV is matched by the flavor, but can hit you quickly.

Beerenauslese, Mar 17, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

mhaugo, May 18, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

spycow, Oct 26, 2014
Photo of Stefan1234
4.4/5  rDev +16.7%

Stefan1234, Sep 13, 2014
Photo of rvisgaitis
3/5  rDev -20.4%

rvisgaitis, Nov 09, 2014
Photo of t0rin0
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

t0rin0, Oct 23, 2012
Photo of glf60
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

glf60, Sep 06, 2014
Photo of MRgnar
3.52/5  rDev -6.6%

MRgnar, Oct 26, 2014
Smokestack Lightning Imperial Stout from Magnolia Pub & Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 14 ratings.