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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

165 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 165
Reviews: 36
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.63%
Wants: 6
Gots: 21 | 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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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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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...

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3.25/5  rDev -16%
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.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

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.

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25th Anniversary Imperial Stout from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
87 out of 100 based on 165 ratings.