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25th Anniversary Imperial Stout - Lakefront Brewery, Inc.

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25th Anniversary Imperial Stout25th Anniversary Imperial Stout

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BA SCORE
87
very good

162 Ratings
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Ratings: 162
Reviews: 36
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 11.6%
Wants: 4
Gots: 22 | FT: 1
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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Reviews by Dope:
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Dope

Massachusetts

3.85/5  rDev -0.8%

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.

08-13-2013 05:18:14 | More by Dope
More User Reviews:
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don1481

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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.

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

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +3.1%

06-17-2014 23:31:46 | More by DaftPatrick
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megamass

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

07-16-2014 14:39:04 | More by megamass
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alienlifeforcecube

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

06-03-2013 03:44:00 | More by alienlifeforcecube
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JT_Money

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +22.4%

05-26-2013 15:12:45 | More by JT_Money
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stereosforgeeks

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

06-09-2013 05:29:58 | More by stereosforgeeks
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weonfire

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

06-30-2013 05:50:17 | More by weonfire
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InVinoVeritas

Wisconsin

3.55/5  rDev -8.5%

A: Appearance was also rather good, dark nearly opaque. If I recall right, reasonability good head, tan with appropriate thickness.

S: It had a great smell, with a lot going on. You pick up roasted malts, toffee, and some dark fruit, plum being what I remember most.

T: Pretty complex. Leads with the toffee / roasted malts and finishes with the dark fruits. I didn't particularly like the finish, the cherries / plum on the finish wasn't pleasing to me and was why I didn't order a glass. It's by no means bad, don't get me wrong; just wasn't for me.

M: Mouthfeel was good, with a medium to heavy, as is typical for the style.

O: Overall pretty good. The taste would keep me from really falling in love with this. I would certainly try a full pour to be fair. Also bringing in price point, I'd say this offers a pretty good value.

01-22-2013 04:11:44 | More by InVinoVeritas
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UWBadgerFan4Life

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

06-11-2013 17:49:03 | More by UWBadgerFan4Life
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cjgator3

Florida

4.61/5  rDev +18.8%

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!

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

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

03-04-2013 03:27:32 | More by Gonzoillini
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eliz108

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

05-17-2013 15:14:53 | More by eliz108
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zonker17

Texas

4/5  rDev +3.1%

03-15-2013 22:58:32 | More by zonker17
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Kevincredible

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

06-14-2013 01:45:20 | More by Kevincredible
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SirNoodle

Colorado

3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

10-18-2013 00:44:25 | More by SirNoodle
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cyrushire

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

07-27-2013 04:53:16 | More by cyrushire
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jdkitchi

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +3.1%

06-23-2013 03:00:04 | More by jdkitchi
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beersdmf17

Illinois

4/5  rDev +3.1%

04-26-2014 02:18:25 | More by beersdmf17
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tourdot

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +3.1%

03-01-2013 16:28:59 | More by tourdot
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Devi0us

California

4/5  rDev +3.1%

03-11-2013 01:42:50 | More by Devi0us
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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

4.33/5  rDev +11.6%

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter.
10% ABV, Bottled on 12/26/12 on shoulder.

A - Clarity is visible through the pour but this beer is a rich dark chocolate black in the glass. Creamy, thick dark mocha foam tops the beer and resides there for quite a while before deflating to a thin skim leaving lace clutching the glass in it's wake.

S - Lakefront's 25th Anniversary imperial stout has a big nose of dark malt but is by no means overly roasted. Mellow milk chocolate and cocoa flourish with a smooth, voluptuous creamy aroma that's trailed by notes of tart Door County cherries. Smooth notes of alcohol barely seem to poke through, aiding in the beers rich and creamy appeal.

T - A near perfect reflection of the beer's aroma, the flavor showcases cocoa nibs and chocolate flavor first and foremost with smooth caramel sweetness balanced by a touch of coffee roast bitterness on the finish. Tart cherries peek though but seem a bit disjointed from the rest of the beer, almost like an afterthought.

M - If I had to describe the feel of this beer in one word; heavenly. Rich and smooth, almost throat-coating but supple carbonation keeps this voluptuous beer lively. Bold malt sweetness meets balance with a touch of roasted bitterness and tart cherry skins on the finish.

O - Besides the somewhat odd and faint use of tart cherries in this beer, this first installment of Lakefront's Anniversary Series beers is a smash hit! Wonderful chocolate maltiness is soothing with suggestions of coffee, all wrapped up in one full-bodied and rich package, surprisingly void of alcohol perception!

01-07-2013 00:39:58 | More by BeerFMAndy
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KTien

New York

3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

01-02-2014 03:52:39 | More by KTien
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enelson

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

07-15-2013 02:52:45 | More by enelson
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cjdun86

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +3.1%

03-02-2013 22:29:37 | More by cjdun86
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25th Anniversary Imperial Stout from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
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