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Men's Room Black Imperial Ale - Elysian Brewing Company

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Men's Room Black Imperial Ale
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88
very good

52 Ratings
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Ratings: 52
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 12.15%
Wants: 0
Gots: 9 | 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:
Beer added by: LiquidAmber on 11-27-2012

Re-released in 2014 labeled as "Vintage 2014"
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Photo of oberon
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

Photo of DrunkinYogi
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of LiquidAmber
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of flagmantho
3.46/5  rDev -12.4%
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.

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of twelveinches
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of tommyguz
1.75/5  rDev -55.7%

Photo of strongaf
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of Rutager
4.17/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of WanderingFool
3.6/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of Hopmodium
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of NickThePyro
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of Braz
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of RichH55
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of johnnyboy76
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of 510a
3.92/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Birdlegs
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of Asics
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of irishgreensoda
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of philbertk
3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. Bottle purchased @ Fremont, Seattle PCC for $10.00 + tax. Quarter inch thin light tan mild lace head. Cloudy dark brown color. Floral toasted mild fruit aromatic delicate hop front. Medium bodied slightly creamy delicately cloying sweet toasted mild fruit lightly caramelized body. Clean balanced mildly hot hop end. Touch of fruity sediment at bottom of bottle. Overall rich, tasty, easy to drink, balanced Imperial Red Ale.

Photo of DaveRinn
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of hreb
3.67/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Kevlee722
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of Zach122
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of casapy
4/5  rDev +1.3%

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Men's Room Black Imperial Ale from Elysian Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 52 ratings.