Men's Room Black Imperial Ale - Elysian Brewing Company

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Men's Room Black Imperial Ale
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Ratings: 50
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 12.12%
Wants: 0
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Elysian Brewing Company visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Re-released in 2014 labeled as "Vintage 2014"

(Beer added by: LiquidAmber on 11-27-2012)
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4.19/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Beardo
3.58/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of johnnyboy76
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of mr-jj
4.19/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a snifter from a 22 oz bottle.

Color is deep brown with a thick tan head. Good retention and lacing. Smell is more like a black IPA than a red. Citrus fruit and roasted malt along with some tropical fruit. Flavor is really good - I'm surprised by how much I like this. It has a very rich balance of citrus fruits, chicory and a touch of caramel. Body is medium with moderate carbonation.

Overall, this really works. I liked this beer a lot.

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4.24/5  rDev +7.1%

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5/5  rDev +26.3%

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3.52/5  rDev -11.1%

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3.6/5  rDev -9.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of Hubatch
4.24/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I am going to edit this review after I have the 22 I recently bought. I had this a few weeks ago and was blown away by how full, yet unoffensive the flavor was. It is also extremely hard to find. I'll be sure to give a more detailed review in the near future.

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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

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4/5  rDev +1%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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4/5  rDev +1%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of oberon
4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Hmm the label says it's an imperial red mention of a black ale.Pours a somewhat murky looking chesnut brown with a tinge of red,a thinner lacey off white head atop,not black that's for sure.Aromas of spicy Chinook hops along with some pine from the cascades,a bit of caramel and brown sugar lends sweetness up againt the nice hop profile.Those Chinook hops hit ya up front with a good spicy/herbal smack along with resinous and citrusy Cascades wich makes quite a nice blast of complex hoppy goodness,there is a somewhat sweet caramel base along with a bit of brown bread.Everything just comes together really well in this beer wich is an imperial red...I think?The flavor profile is much more hopped up red than ABA in my opinion.

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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.9%

Photo of flagmantho
3.45/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from 22oz bomber into a pint glass. The bottle calls this an "Imperial Red Ale".

Appearance: deep, ruddy brown hue with a moderate haze and light effervescence. Head is two thick fingers of frothy tan foam. A good look for an imperial red ale.

Smell: very sweet and caramelly with a little bit of raspy hop aroma. Not terribly biscuity, which is nice.

Taste: quite sweet indeed. Caramelly, bready and a little bit biscuity. Hops are light in intensity and a bit raspy in character; bitterness is relatively high for the style. It's a bit sweet for my taste.

Mouthfeel: medium-thick body with a low level of carbonation. It doesn't really come together well.

Overall: not my favorite beer. Not awful, just not at all suited to my palate.

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of sergeantstogie
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 2 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

22 0z bomber into my DFH IPA glass that is supposed to make beers smell better. Ok the beer is called Black. It's not black. It's dark a ruby sorta brown. If your gonna call a beer Black then it better be back. Knocked the appearance to 2. It's kind of a bitch move but hey, I didn't name it. It looks nice aside from being a different color than its namesake.

The smell is Good! Having a hard time nailing it down. Sort of a peachy-dank-pine thing going on with a little alcohol coming through. I like it! Not what I expected but huge aroma. Well done! Should also add that no roast is coming through in the aroma.

Surprisingly clean taste for all that is going on here. I think that's a good / great thing! Some mild alcohol, piney hops, and a little roast coming through in the flavor on top of a sweet-ish malt backbone. No sweetness lingers. The alcohol while not really all that high, rinses off any lingering flavors and makes you want to drink more of it.

Mouthfeel is spot on. Not watery, not slick or thick.

Some pretty low previous score here. I call bullshit. It's not a hoppy stout. It's not a black IPA. It's just a damn good black (see note above) ale with a very interesting hop bill and for an 8% beer it's really easy drinking.

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Men's Room Black Imperial Ale from Elysian Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 50 ratings.