Men's Room Black Imperial Ale - Elysian Brewing Company
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Ratings: 42 | Reviews: 11 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by hreb:
3.65/5 rDev -7.8%
22oz bottle served in pint glass, beer pours dark brown, not really black. Looks like a nut brown ale, not a porter or schwarzbier. Smells similarly roasty. Some coffee in the nose, even. Flavor, however, is straight up CDA. Big C-hops up front, dry finish.
This is a prototypical Cascadian Dark Ale. If that's what you're looking for, this delivers a solid product, if not so remarkable otherwise.
12-21-2012 04:25:34 | More by hreb
More User Reviews:
4.2/5 rDev +6.1%
Hmm the label says it's an imperial red ale...no 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.
12-22-2013 21:26:03 | More by oberon
British Columbia (Canada)
4.2/5 rDev +6.1%
Appearance. Pours a deep brown with half a finger of pale tan head.
Smell. Nice citrusy hops with some caramel malts. Smells like a hop bomb, wasn't expecting that!
Taste. Big citrusy hops with some nice chocolate and a little pine. There are some darker toasty malts there, but the chocolate is really standing out besides the hops. Bitterness creeps up in the finish. Great stuff.
Mouthfeel. Medium+ body with medium-low carbonation.
Overall. Wasn't sure what to expect with this one, didn't even read the label. Very pleasantly surprised with a high quality Cascadian (don't sue me, Steamworks) dark ale.
12-14-2012 04:42:21 | More by Rutager
4.05/5 rDev +2.3%
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.
11-19-2013 02:44:19 | More by sergeantstogie
4/5 rDev +1%
Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a very dark mahogany brown with a half finger light brown head with good retention and lots of lacing. Aroma of piney and citrus hops with slight dark malt. Taste is spicy pine and citrus hops supported by a pleasant moderate toasted malt body. Ends with great long lasting piney hop finish with a hint of charred coffee. The hops are very nicely on display here. Medium bodied with light creaminess. A very well made Cascadian Dark Ale and one I hope Elysian puts into regular rotation.
11-27-2012 03:43:36 | More by LiquidAmber
4.24/5 rDev +7.1%
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.
05-05-2014 01:57:35 | More by Hubatch
4.2/5 rDev +6.1%
Was lucky enough to find this limited edition ale at Dan's Belltown market
Poured slowly into a snifter leaving a nice fingertip length of head, dirty-white in color. Color of the ale of dark coffee brown.
Nice hoppy bouquet, that didn't overpower.
Taste was a stronger pale grain malt and with a little of the red ale taste prevailing in the finish. Never a dry aftertaste, the backbone of alcoholic esters was present though. Hoppy but more floral than citrus-y.
Great mouthfeel. More than enough carbonation to match with the higher ABV.
Great ale, and agree with the below reviewer, "hope they put this in regular produciton". I think I like it more than their regular Men's Room Red..? But we'll see about that.
11-27-2012 07:51:27 | More by martino_cappachino
3.78/5 rDev -4.5%
Bottle opened on 11.26.12
A - Pours a dark caramel brown with a two inch tan head with good retention.
S - Citrusy hops and some sweet carmel malts. Also a touch of grass.
T - Hoppy grass and leaves mostly. Slight malty finish and some bitterness in the end.
D - Good carbonation and a medium body.
O - Hoppy and dark. Lots of grass and leaves.
11-28-2012 07:35:37 | More by HuskyinPDX
3.45/5 rDev -12.9%
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.
12-05-2013 02:40:29 | More by flagmantho
Men's Room Black Imperial Ale from Elysian Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 42 ratings.