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25th Anniversary Imperial Stout - Lakefront Brewery, Inc.

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BA SCORE
87
very good

163 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 163
Reviews: 36
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 11.6%
Wants: 5
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 bound4er:
Photo of bound4er
4.09/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A. Pours to a near black appearance with a frothy dark tan head that breaks fairly quickly.

S. Quite rich on the nose with chocolate, vanilla, roasted grain and faint cherry.

T. Dark roasted malt and chocolate upon entry. Finishes with good bitterness and a lingering cherry aftertaste.

M. Rich and full bodied with just enough carbonation to keep things from becoming too heavy.

O. This is a strong effort and worth seeking out. The cocoa nibs add a nice flavor dimension with the Door County cherries adding a unique but somewhat odd dimension. I will be buying more of this beer as it goes perfectly with our January weather.

bound4er, Jan 20, 2013
More User Reviews:
Photo of don1481
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

don1481, Sep 11, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

DaftPatrick, Jun 18, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

megamass, Jul 16, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

alienlifeforcecube, Jun 03, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +22.4%

JT_Money, May 26, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

stereosforgeeks, Jun 09, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

weonfire, Jun 30, 2013
Photo of InVinoVeritas
3.55/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.

InVinoVeritas, Jan 22, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

UWBadgerFan4Life, Jun 11, 2013
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4.61/5  rDev +18.8%
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!

cjgator3, Jul 11, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Gonzoillini, Mar 04, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

eliz108, May 17, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

zonker17, Mar 15, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Kevincredible, Jun 14, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

SirNoodle, Oct 18, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

cyrushire, Jul 27, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

jdkitchi, Jun 23, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

beersdmf17, Apr 26, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

tourdot, Mar 01, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

Devi0us, Mar 11, 2013
Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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!

BeerFMAndy, Jan 07, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

KTien, Jan 02, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

enelson, Jul 15, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

cjdun86, Mar 02, 2013
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25th Anniversary Imperial Stout from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
87 out of 100 based on 163 ratings.