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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

170 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 170
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:
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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Ratings: 170 | Reviews: 36
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2.75/5  rDev -28.9%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

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3.24/5  rDev -16.3%
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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3.77/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

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4.02/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -16%

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3.22/5  rDev -16.8%
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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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.6/5  rDev +18.9%
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!

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4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
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!

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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
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

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2/5  rDev -48.3%

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4.24/5  rDev +9.6%
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!

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4/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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3.25/5  rDev -16%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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3.59/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

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25th Anniversary Imperial Stout from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
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