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25th Anniversary Imperial Stout - Lakefront Brewery, Inc.

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163 Ratings
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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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2/5  rDev -48.5%

doucmehu, Apr 27, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

xdtfx, Apr 26, 2013
Photo of mdfb79
4.01/5  rDev +3.4%

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.

mdfb79, Apr 22, 2013
Photo of TMoney2591
3.24/5  rDev -16.5%

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...

TMoney2591, Apr 22, 2013
Photo of Mdog
3.96/5  rDev +2.1%

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.

Mdog, Apr 21, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

craft_shannie, Apr 21, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

stpaulsipper07, Apr 19, 2013
Photo of BrownAleMale
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

BrownAleMale, Apr 15, 2013
Photo of ksimons
4.16/5  rDev +7.2%

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.

ksimons, Apr 14, 2013
Photo of wyatt13
4.28/5  rDev +10.3%

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.

wyatt13, Apr 12, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

Pacioli1445, Apr 11, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

sendbeer, Apr 02, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +22.4%

americanjones, Apr 01, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

SuyoonShin, Mar 31, 2013
Photo of Stevedore
3.26/5  rDev -16%

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.

Stevedore, Mar 29, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

jingles, Mar 29, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Ozzie1111, Mar 24, 2013
Photo of nickapalooza86
4.68/5  rDev +20.6%

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!

nickapalooza86, Mar 24, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

BARFLYB, Mar 21, 2013
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2/5  rDev -48.5%

smartassboiler, Mar 16, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

BeerOps, Mar 15, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

zonker17, Mar 15, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Zachtheporter, Mar 12, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

CWhite, Mar 11, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

Devi0us, Mar 11, 2013
25th Anniversary Imperial Stout from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
87 out of 100 based on 163 ratings.