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25th Anniversary Imperial Stout - Lakefront Brewery, Inc.

25th Anniversary Imperial Stout25th Anniversary Imperial Stout

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BA SCORE
87
very good

148 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 148
Reviews: 36
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 11.83%


Brewed by:
Lakefront Brewery, Inc. visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
Imperial stout with cherries, cocoa nibs, and vanilla, aged in used bourbon barrels.

(Beer added by: BeerFMAndy on 01-07-2013)
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mfnmbvp

Illinois

3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, with the label notched at bottled on the first week of March 2013, so this beer is about a year old. Another new beer to me from Lakefront Brewery, the second of their 25th anniversary beers for me. Expectations are good; the premise sounds delicious.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - Pours a beautiful dark mahogany brown color, just a shade away from opaque in the glass. One finger of fluffy bubbly caramel chocolate colored head. Thin scattered lacing. Looks pretty nice.

S - Smell isn't quite on par with what I was expecting, but it's pleasant enough. The cocoa comes through very dry and bitter, with the mildly tart, slightly medicinal cherry puree coming in second. Boozy rum raisin, some woodiness, and some earthy yeast / band-aid presence. I'm not getting much in the way of vanilla or bourbon barrel, though.

T - Taste is a step back up from the aroma. The tart juicy cherry puree is nicely integrated with the cocoa nibs and vanilla, and all three come through nicely. The cocoa finishes very bitter, the cherries tart, and the vanilla creamy. Dark, roasty, & bitter.

M - Feel is smooth, creamy, & silky, with a dry, powdery, bitter, chocolatey finish. Not hot or boozy at all. Perfect carbonation.

Overall, a very nice imperial stout from Lakefront Brewery that has aged gracefully this past year. This has probably been my favorite of their beers, out of the ones I have tried so far. I would have it again, and I might be interested to see how it continues to age. Recommended.

Lakefront Brewery 25th Anniversary Imperial Stout ---4/5.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2014 19:26:19 | More by mfnmbvp
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barnzy78

Illinois

3.96/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Botted 4th week of January (2013 I presume)
A - opaque black body topped with a thin light brown head that dissipates quickly
S - sweet, rich nose with roasted barley, molasses, dark chocolate, burnt sugar, faint piny hops
T - rich and sweet again with burnt sugar, caramel, brown sugar, roasted barley, dark chocolate, sticky piny hops
M - fuller body, resiny, drying and a little harsh even though the alcohol is pretty well concealed. Hoppy, roasty bitterness lingers
O - nice, strong, bold American Imperial Stout

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2013 03:02:48 | More by barnzy78
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IPAdams

Illinois

4.14/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance- Pours a thick black with a 1 finger tan head that lingers for a while and leaves moderate lacing.

Smell- Good notes of vanilla and coffee, bittersweet chocolate mixes in their as well and a bit of caramel in the background. Very good smell, strong but not overpowering.

Taste- Dark chocolate and dark fruits, maybe a bit of cherry tartness. Black coffee that blends well with the other flavors. Vanilla and cream also.

Mouthfeel- Good, creamy body. Carbonation is good for the style, leaves a nice, slick feeling after swallowing.

Overall- Very good imperial stout. Good smell and flavors as well as a nice mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2013 02:11:03 | More by IPAdams
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jlindros

Massachusetts

3.76/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Weird unlabelled bottle, but has the Lakefront 25th cap and I know it's the stout, so has to be this one.

Pours a smaller very dark colored fizzy head covering, fades very quickly and leaves no lacing, but does have nice legs, super dark pitch black thick beer.

Nose is loaded with dark malts, almost syrupy dark malts, molasses, little roast and black malt like, a bit of char but not much, then lots of dark chocolate, baker's, a bit fudgey, some caramel, etc. Also a hint of booze in the aroma.

Taste comes on with lots more dark malts, a little syrupy and thick but somehow feels a bit thin despite a little creamy and chewy like. Dark malts brings a little roast and char but not really acrid, then into chocolate, big dark chocolate and baker's, little fudgey again, some dark chocolate oatmeal, little biscuity and some caramel. Then into a little yeasty character, bready too, and a bit of a stale coffee and shelf like flavor. The booze comes on strong, an alcohol flavor even, almost fusel but not quite there. A touch of earthy hops as well. Finish is sticky and syrupy, lingering chocolate and fudge with more roast and stale coffee, little alcohol still.

Mouth is heavy but not very thick, syrupy, chewy almost, with plenty of tingly booze and lighter but not too bad carbonation.

Overall not bad but nothing special.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2013 19:09:51 | More by jlindros
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don1481

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 Bottle poured into a Lakefront pint glass.

Appearance: Looks like I took a bottle of dark motor oil and poured it into my glass. Small amount of foam has a slightly brownish, reddish twinge to it. Foam lingers, but not overwhelmingly so.

Smell: I pick up a little bit of the cherries, but otherwise the standard chocolatey smell. More bitter chocolate than sweet.

Taste: Definitely has a bitter chocolate taste to it. Not TOO bitter, but with a little bit of a sweet bit to it that helps to counter the almost powdery-chocolate edge. If this is indeed 10% ABV, they did a GREAT job of covering that up. Goes down pretty easily.

Mouthfeel: Pretty smooth, but does leave an aftertaste that I can't quite put my finger... or tongue... on. Maybe a little bit of the cherry coming through again?

Overall: Decent. I probably won't get another 4 pack of this, but I'll definitely enjoy the other three bottles that I picked up in the 4 pack.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2013 23:43:57 | More by don1481
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Dope

Massachusetts

3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottled week 4 of January 2013.

A: Pitch-black pour with a nice dense dark brown head. Slowly fading head with quite good retention. Decent thin walls of lacing.

S: Roasty chocolate. Dark fruits when swirled, cherries?

T: Milk chocolate and bittersweet cocoa mixed together (if that's possible). Mild cherry flavor especially towards the finish. Decent bit of bitter cocoa in the finish and lingering aftertaste as well. Not really getting any vanilla, if it's here it's subtle. Kinda sweet in the middle, that might be it.

M: Medium-heavy and smooth.

O: Decent stout. The cherry flavor isn't integrated that well and kinda stands on its own. Nice mixture of sweet and bitter chocolates however. Overall pretty good, but nothing stands out as amazing. A little more vanilla would really bring it all together I think. Otherwise it's basically a chocolate stout with an afterthought of cherries. Kinda simple for a 10% stout with multiple adjuncts.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2013 05:18:14 | More by Dope
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Flounder57

Massachusetts

3.99/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle was poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a minimal head that reduced to a ring of foam. It is a pitch black color with no clarity or bubbles seen coming up through the glass.

Smell: Chocolate, molasses, burnt sugar, chocolate, roasted malts, sweet malts, and smoke.

Taste: Burnt and smoky flavors up front with everything else in the rear. Some bitterness in the end from the malted barley or hops. Very tasty.

Mouthfeel: Silky smooth, creamy, full bodied, low to medium carbonation, and a little boozy.

Overall: Pretty solid DIS. It got better flavors and aromas as it warmed. Nice score at a local bottle shop in the make a six pack area. You never know what you are going to find.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2013 04:15:41 | More by Flounder57
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cbutova

Massachusetts

3.59/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Just noticed this in the fridge at the local store, must be at least 6 months old by now.

A- Poured from the 12oz bottle into an oversized tulip with a pitch black, super thick and oily looking body. Dark mocha colored cap forms on the beer to about one finger high with decent retention. Frothy ring around the beer leaves some nice legs but spotty lace at best.

S- Dark roasty cocoa and fruit forward. The fruit must come from both the yeast and additions they make of a "cherry puree," it reminds of me a mix of cherry and raisin. The dark roast aspect comes from some strong roast grains as well as a cocoa note behind that.

T- Cherry flavor comes to be more prevalent here, especially with more sips and warmth. It tastes like real fruit and not artificial or medicinal. The backbone of the beer is of course the big dark roast grain profile with a slightly burnt, coffee, cocoa and nutty feel. They add cocoa nibs but it is not over the top and blends in with the malts.

MF- Super big and rich body with medium-light carbonation. Smooth and creamy, oily feel with some slight alcohol warming. Fairly bitter in the finish.

Smooth and enjoyable roasty base Imperial Stout with a pretty nice fruit flavor throughout.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2013 03:00:17 | More by cbutova
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cjgator3

Florida

4.61/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

12oz bottle

Poured into a snifter. Pours a dark black color with a light tan head. The aroma is dark roasted malts and cocoa. The taste like the aroma is starts out smooth with roasted malts and chocolate with a touch if espresso. Overall, this is a fantastic imperial stout. At 10%, it is incredibly smooth and drinkable. I can't imagine how well this beer will be with a little age. Happy 25th Lakefront! Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2013 02:49:53 | More by cjgator3
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homebrew311

Illinois

3.49/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into NB globe. Apperance is pitch black with brown cocoa head. The nose starts with a sharp acidic note of cherry which seems to have a touch of metallic character. This is followed by deep roasted malts and cacao nibs. The taste is free of any metallic flavors as the fruit shines through in a much tastier way than the nose suggested. Dark chocolate and dark fruits intertwine and finish with a rich cocoa dryness. Mouthfeel is sturdy with somewhat high carbonation. Overall, this beer is a decent value and has a bit of depth in its flavor, but I have trouble getting past the nose on this one.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2013 07:23:41 | More by homebrew311
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WolfsbaneBloom

Illinois

4.44/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a black-brown with reddish highlights and over three fingers of bubbly tan foam that sticks to the sides of the glass. A beautiful looking stout.

Smell: Semi-tart cherries, coffee, oak, vanilla, and dark chocolate.

Taste: Follows the nose almost exactly with lots of semi-tart cherries, coffee, oak, roasted malt, and cocoa powder. Absolutely no alcohol present in the flavor, even after it warms up substantially.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, creamy and smooth, with a nice tart bite that mellows out as the beer warms.

Overall, this is a really enjoyable and unique imperial stout. The addition of cocoa nibs, vanilla beans, and pureed cherries were quite interesting and added a nice complexity to the aroma and taste. I loved that this was strong and flavorful but also very easy to drink with no heat whatsoever from the 10% ABV.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2013 19:56:11 | More by WolfsbaneBloom
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guityler83

Wisconsin

3.99/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

A: Motoroil black, not a speck of light shines through when held to a lamp. Dark chocolate head that pours a meager half finger in size and quickly falls away only leaving a ring around the edge of my snifter.

S: A subtle sweet mocha and gingerbread aroma comes first as the beer warms sour cherry comes out

T: Cocoa nibs, gram cracker and sweet cherry on my first impression. A small amount of spicy hop bitterness as well. Warming up the beer becomes more complex and the cherry becomes mellower. There is a roastyness in the beer aswell but with so much going on in the malt profile in this beer its hard to distinguish the flavors im tasting.

M: Very low carbonation with a big body and a wee bit of warming alcohol. Lingering cherry driven astringancy that comes of almost chalky (subtle however).

O: I think this beer will age well and the harsher flavors will mellow out even more then it did after warming it up. As is, the cherry vibe i'm getting is dominating my pallet and coming through as a bit astringant.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2013 02:19:21 | More by guityler83
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JerzDevl2000

New Jersey

3.86/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Picked this up at Top Hops a few weeks back, hoping that this would be as good as the Wisconsinite or the Local Acre Lager. Although there are so many beers in this category that stand out from the pack, this wasn't one of those particularly worth seeking out. With that being said, this was a good offering to enjoy if the high alcoholic content wasn't enough to seem offsetting!

The pour to this was dark with a pretty dark with a head that was present but not strong and hardly any lacing to be seen. Not much of an aroma here, which was odd given the prevalence of alcohol and espresso in the taste. That was backed up by a lot of dark fruit like cherry and fig, currant, pumpernickel-like spice, and grainy, powdery chocolate. The carbonation was present and light and the strong, boozy licorice-like mouthfeel stuck around for quite a while in the aftertaste. There was a lot here but it all worked together with the alcohol tying everything in together pretty nicely.

I only bought one bottle of this and that was enough for a sitting. It didn't have anything to do with the taste, but just with the overt strength of this beer. While it's not as roasted or thick as other American Double/Imperial Stouts, I was pleased with how this turned out and enjoyed sipping on it. It was creamy enough to be smooth and go down easily, even though there was quite a bit to ponder as I slowly sipped it. Worth a try for anyone who likes a dark beer with good Belgian notes to it.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2013 20:38:21 | More by JerzDevl2000
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sweemzander

Illinois

4.24/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Thanks for sharing Chris!

(A)- Pours practically pitch black in color with some good tan froth and minimal lacing behind it.

(S)- A nice and rich chocolatey and raisin profile. Ever so slight hints at roasted caramel.

(T)- A nicely rich raisin and piney citrus meets bitter cocoa and subtle sweet caramel.

(M)- A good carbonation level. A nice bittering effect meets roasted but sweet malts.

(O)- A really nice balance of bitterness meets sweet roasted malts with a nice carbonation level. Always been a fan of Lakefront and this definitely works for me!

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2013 17:32:08 | More by sweemzander
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corby112

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours viscous, jet black and completely opaque with a half finger mocha head that immediately settles into a thin, lasting ring. Minimal spotty lacing left behind.

Slightly smokey, roasted dark malt aroma with strong chocolate and coffee character. Hints of ash, charcoal and burnt toast followed by dark chocolate powder, used coffee grinds, oatmeal and licorice. I usually like smokey aroma but this smells more burnt than anything with a bit of chocolate.

On the lighter end of medium body with a blend of smoke, deeply roasted malt and sweet chocolate. Very dry and bitter but never becomes overly acrid with ash, burnt toast, oatmeal and stale coffee beans. This is countered by a much sweeter chocolate presence than anticipated. Hints of caramel, toffee, silky dessert like chocolate and lactose sugar. There's also some licorice, dark fruit and boozy sweetness rounding things out in the finish. The high ABV is nicely masked and the sweetness in the finish make it easier to drink but its still a little heavy on the smoked/burnt malt for my liking.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2013 08:32:58 | More by corby112
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Ego

New Jersey

4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

eyes...
pours like oil, black with no foreseeable exit for light, epic black hole of a hue, dark tan head fades rather quickly converting into the familiar o ring, lacing is a bit spotty but this does leave a leggy trail of booze along the glass, not much else to report here

nose...
dark rum, sweet molasses, dry cocoa , vanilla extract, pretty subdued but very together, nice

taste etc...
moderately heavy mouthfeel with a nice kiss of carbonation spank, it motions in to coat your mouth in the after hours, slightly slick and oily, light booze infiltrates, slightly chocolate infused raisins and dry cocoa powder, very easy drinking, the real flavor seems to kick in on the aftertaste, a real feel of chocolate candy bar residue, this gets better by the sip

verdict?
damn tasty, sort of lulls you into non appreciation but then delivers in a stealth manner, really nice finish on this

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2013 04:14:11 | More by Ego
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sleuthdog

Illinois

4.04/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into Bruery tulip

Pour: Black beer with a two finger frothy light brown head. Lacing seems modest and alcohol legs are definitely visible.

Smell: Roast malts, dark fruits, some char, bitter dark chocolate like bakers chocolate. A faint whiff of vanilla and some molasses.

Taste: Up front I get the roasted malts, bitter chocolate with some bitter coffee and almost a hop like bitterness. There is some of the molasses and vanilla noted in the nose but what gives this a twist is the tartness that is tart cherry like. Finish is more bitterness with the roasted malts following through. This is almost like a chocolate covered cherry.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and creamy. Somewhat oily and slick.

Overall: I love me BA stouts but this is interesting and well done. Really find the tartness to make it more complex.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2013 01:02:52 | More by sleuthdog
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smooth_aleing

New York

4.14/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Didn't know what to expect from this, but was pleasantly surprised. Pours a great coffee-copper head, settling down with good lacing. Right away the nose is strong with cherries, brandy, and a hint of vanilla. Dried fruits and plums open up when tasted, with a nice, drawn-out espresso and dark chocolate finish. Beautiful deep black color, complimented nicely by the mocha froth. Good mouthfeel, nice carbonation. Overall a very good imperial stout, well worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2013 18:50:28 | More by smooth_aleing
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mdfb79

New York

4.01/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 04/21/13 notes. 8 oz. pour on tap at Pony Bar in NYC on the UES.

a - Pours a pitch black color with one inch of dark tan head and moderate carbonation evident. Looks very nice.

s - Smells of chocolate, roasted malts, coffee, dark chocolate, light vanilla, and some toasted malts. Nice nose.

t - Tastes of dark chocolate, roasted malts, sweet dark fruits, cherries, caramel malts, burnt malts, toasted malts, and some light vanilla notes. Slight step up from the nose for me.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Very light alcohol present, would have liked it to be a little bit thicker.

o - Overall a pretty nice stout, and definitely the best beer I've had from Lakefront. The description sounded great and it is very good, though the cherries and vanilla are pretty light, though they are present. Worth checking out and would have it again.

Serving type: on-tap

04-22-2013 14:45:22 | More by mdfb79
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.24/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

No one at my local haunt knew much of anything about this beer, so I knew I had to take on the mantle of the guinea pig. It's a dirty job... This stuff pours a very deep black-brown topped by a finger of brown foam. The nose comprises perfume-y dark cocoa, a kiss of coffee, and a melange of raisin, Port, and plum that seems to wash o'er all in perpetual waves, allowing the usual stout notes only pockets of airy freedom. The taste starts off on a dash with the cocoa, some roasted malts, and a hint of vanilla. Still, with the heft of the beer, the taste is more of a marathon, with the prune-y and Port-y flavors holding tight with the early leaders near the finish line. It's better, but it's still odd, resulting in me thinking "It's just...lacking..." The body is a hefty medium, with a light carbonation and a thickly-creamy feel. Overall, this one just didn't do it for me. The weird fruity notes detract from what seems like something that could have been a pretty solid stout. This must be the liquid equivalent of those awkward anniversaries we often see on sitcoms and in classic comedy routines...

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2013 07:04:49 | More by TMoney2591
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Mdog

Minnesota

3.96/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Black, ok head.

Smell: Dark fruit, molasses, roasted notes, bit of chocolate. Lots going on, good smell.

Taste: Very fruity-dark fruits at first, then some sweetened chocolate, then back to fruity with a moderately dry chocolate finish. The fruit notes definitely take charge over chocolate and roasted notes in this beer.

Overall: Picked up one of these to try. It's probably the most dark fruit-forward imperial stout (that wasn't Belgian-inspired) that I've had. Chocolate covered cherries with very mild chocolate and strongly flavored cherries. Pretty good, interesting stuff.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2013 16:33:23 | More by Mdog
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ksimons

New York

4.16/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-almost black in color with a very thin layer of tan head that disappears quickly to leave a bit of lace around the top

S-roasted malt, dark chocolate, roasted coffee, and caramel and vanilla sweetness as the beer warms

T-roasted bitter coffee, roasted malt, caramel, and then finishes with an interesting dark chocolate covered cherry tartness

M-medium body, light to medium carbonation, dry roasty finish

Overall a pretty good Imperial Stout that I am glad I got to try. Cherry tartness makes this beer different from most other IS's out there.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2013 19:30:19 | More by ksimons
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wyatt13

Illinois

4.28/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottled on date of 12/26/12. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into my Half Acre snifter.

A - Pours a deep, dark black, utterly impenetrable by any light whatsoever. A dark mocha head erupts instantly, but then dissipates to form a small ring around the outside of the glass. Substantial alcohol legs, but negligible lacing.

S - Lots of roasted coffee and bitter chocolate aromas. Vanilla and caramel begin to emerge as it continues to warm in the glass.

T - Starts with a much milder chocolate note than what I was expecting with a bit of hop bitterness. Transitions into a really interesting bit of tart fruit, with cherries asserting a presence. Finishes with a toasty espresso note that really lingers in a great way. Plenty of sweetness and vanilla on the finish, which makes up for the lack of it on the front and really helps to balance everything.

M - Disappointingly thin for a 10% imperial stout. A good amount of carbonation, but I would really prefer a big chewy presence that makes me take more time with this beer.

O - This definitely surpassed my expectations -- certainly an underrated beer, since I had never even heard of it until my dad gave me this bottle a couple weeks ago. Very tasty.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2013 02:15:27 | More by wyatt13
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Stevedore

Wisconsin

3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, poured into an unlabeled snifter today, 3/28/2014.

App- Dark black, pretty much opaque body with a minimal <1 finger tan head that dissipates quickly. No lacing to speak of. For the most part, typical of imperial stouts.

Smell- Smells chocolate fudgey, bitter dark chocolate, some espresso and a bit of tart cherry sweetness. Not particularly interesting how it comes together, but at least it's different.

Flavour- Not quite as good as it smells, not quite as fudgey but with a decent bit of dark chocolate, coffee and cherry tartness. It seems like a decent match made in heaven from the description, but it just doesn't work exceptionally well. But it does work fairly well to make a different kind of stout.

Mouthfeel- Can't complain here- fuller bodied, good carbonation. Still a sipper, not a bad beer and comes with no heat.

Overall- Decent stout, nothing to write home about but the cherry puree adds a decent bit to make this more interesting than the typical shelf imperial stout. But not necessarily better.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2013 04:49:04 | More by Stevedore
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nickapalooza86

Wisconsin

4.68/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours almost black, not quite FIS black but close, half finger of a deep brown head

Smell is bitter chocolate, roasted malt, a sweet dark fruit.

Taste is bitter bakers chocolate all over the front of this one, dark chocolate cover cherry, roasty in the finish,

Mouthfeel is medium full, creamy and coating with a light carbonation

Wow this caught me off gaurd!, really good stuff here, for 10% I got no alcohol.

Very unique, chocolate lovers dream, I hated Souther Tiers Chocolate beers but Lakefront nailed this one with the bakers chocolate flavor!

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2013 00:46:36 | More by nickapalooza86
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25th Anniversary Imperial Stout from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
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