25th Anniversary Imperial Stout - Lakefront Brewery, Inc.

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Reviews: 36
Hads: 171
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 3.78%
Wants: 5
Gots: 23 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerFMAndy on 01-07-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Imperial stout with cherries, cocoa nibs, and vanilla, aged in used bourbon barrels.
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Photo of nickapalooza86
4.67/5  rDev +17.6%
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! (555 characters)

Photo of cjgator3
4.6/5  rDev +15.9%
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! (415 characters)

Photo of WolfsbaneBloom
4.43/5  rDev +11.6%
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. (853 characters)

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
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! (1,605 characters)

Photo of brewcrew76
4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Black with ruby edges and a mocha head. Little lacing.

S - Starts big and roasty with almost burnt malt that slowly gives way to bittersweet cocoa nibs. As it warms the burnt goes away and leaves raw cocoa nibs and cherry. Some vanilla is also noticeable.

T - Cocoa nibs and chocolate followed by roasty malt and a toffee, caramel sweetness. The burnt like malt and chocolate create coffee and tobacco notes that are quickly smoothed out with tart cherry.

M - Medium to full bodied, smooth, sweet malt fighting with roasted bitterness and raw cocoa.

D - I very nice 25th anniversary beer. I can't wait to try the other beers in the 25th anniversary release. This one disappeared quick off the shelves. I hope to see more of it. (735 characters)

Photo of Ri0
4.29/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A – A nice deep almost obsidian hue with no light coming through. A nice rich dark almond head sits atop and dissipates into a thin ring around my snifter. No noticeable amount of lacing.

S – A good wiff gives me baker’s chocolate, cocoa nibs, and a very faint fruit smell. Hints of vanilla and malts also present.

T – The taste surprised me as I wasn’t expecting it to be so rich with chocolate cover cherry flavor. I really enjoyed drinking this and the cherry became even more noticeable as the beer warmed and calmed the chocolate bitterness. It is not dominate cherry flavor, but it tastes great with the chocolate.

M – A nice rich creamy mouth feel. I didn’t find it too thin for a stout. I did not pick up any booze for a 10% ABV beer.

O – This was a very nice surprise from LFB, and is a very nice attempt at a stout. I wish they would make this a winter seasonal as another beer I would buy from them. (932 characters)

Photo of wyatt13
4.26/5  rDev +7.3%
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. (1,206 characters)

Photo of sweemzander
4.24/5  rDev +6.8%
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! (594 characters)

Photo of ksimons
4.16/5  rDev +4.8%
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. (552 characters)

Photo of IPAdams
4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
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. (633 characters)

Photo of Ego
4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
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 (890 characters)

Photo of smooth_aleing
4.13/5  rDev +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. (468 characters)

Photo of bound4er
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
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. (636 characters)

Photo of kawilliams81
4.07/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into. 8 oz snifter.

A- pours black with a 1 finger dark cola head. Blotches and some trails of lacing remain on the glass.

S- roast, chocolate, molasses and dark fruits.

T- chocolate, roasted malts, molasses with just some bitterness, and dark fruits near the finish.

M- full body and medium carbonation. Very smooth and creamy, and drinks amazing at 10%

O- very solid RIS. Body of this beer is great and has nice roast and molasses notes. (471 characters)

Photo of Diotima
4.07/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle, purchased in a 4-pack from Whole Foods.

Pours jet black with ruby edges. This beer has a modest but thick head, with a dark color that reminds me of Ten Fidy. There isn't too much of an aroma to speak of. Traces of fruit and roasted malt come through upon closer inspection. The first thing I noticed upon sipping the beer was how highly carbonated it was. Cherries and faint vanilla make themselves apparent at first, leading to the backbone of dark chocolate. As I said, this beer is highly carbonated for the style, but the carbonation becomes less apparent with every sip. The mouthfeel is very full, not incredibly thick, but it coats the mouth nicely. As the beer warms cherries become more apparent throughout. Finishes clean, with some of that semi-bitter chocolate flavor hanging around. Alcohol is hidden incredibly well. Overall a very good effort from Lakefront. (897 characters)

Photo of sleuthdog
4.04/5  rDev +1.8%
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. (825 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
4.02/5  rDev +1.3%
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. (859 characters)

Photo of drpimento
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big beer. Poured at a good temperature with a light brown, thick, foamy head that settle to an island and ring and a little lace. Aroma is malt, roast, molasses, old leather. Color is an opaque black brown. Flavor's like nose with more going on. Cocoa really comes out and sits on the fence between bitter and bittersweet. Also is a little soy, licorice, and medicine. Body is good; ditto carbonation. Finish is very long, a little boozy, and memorable. (453 characters)

Photo of guityler83
4/5  rDev +0.8%
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. (1,023 characters)

Photo of Mdog
4/5  rDev +0.8%
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. (596 characters)

Photo of Flounder57
3.99/5  rDev +0.5%
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. (720 characters)

Photo of barnzy78
3.97/5  rDev 0%
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 (517 characters)

Photo of mfnmbvp
3.93/5  rDev -1%
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. (1,582 characters)

Photo of mjpolzin
3.91/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I picked up a single bottle of this in Madison and my friend who lives in Milwaukee was surprised I was able to find it as he had struck out in his search. I split the bottle between myself and two other people so I only got a few ounces. I will most likely pick up another to get a better feel for this.

The beer was very dark and looked like an impressive imperial stout. It smelled like cherries, chocolate along with some of the typical smells from an imperial stout (liquorice, fruits) but the smell wasn't overly powerful. The taste was much the same and I also got some vanilla when I took a sip.

Comparing this to the other other cherry stout I have had (Central Waters Bourbon Barrel Cherry), this was better but still not as great as some other imperial stouts. But like I said, I want to try this again and it was definitely a good enough beer to warrant another buy.

EDIT-I found a 4 pack in the Madison area so I was able to have this beer again. On second thought, this isn't quite as good as I thought it was. The cherry taste doesn't come through as much as I'd like and overall I thought the beer was rather bitter masking some of the good Imperial Stout flavors. I initially thought that I liked this better than CW Cherry Stout but I think I am changing my mind. (1,285 characters)

Photo of TheSSG
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a HUGE, dense, dark tan head that collapses into a nice, persistent head, with a touch of lacing. Nice, soft, coffee-like aroma is toasted and floral, and a touch tart. Black. Flavor is intense, deep, roasted, slightly tart, and a flash of booze. There are notes of cocoa early in. The hops build to a medium, floral bitterness, then the finish becomes very toasty and roasted where the floral hops linger, and the warming alcohol eminates from it. As the finish lingers, it takes on a black olive flavor which is very enjoyable!

A nice, medium-thick body. This is really good. The aroma is surprisingly subtle. There is a nice acidity to this (and I'm not a fan of acidic brews) that enhances the coffee-like character of it as the floral hops blend with cocoa. Really nice. (782 characters)

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25th Anniversary Imperial Stout from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
88 out of 100 based on 36 ratings.