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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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very good

165 Ratings
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Ratings: 165
Reviews: 36
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.63%
Wants: 5
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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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.

drpimento, Mar 03, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

cjdun86, Mar 02, 2013
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4/5  rDev +3.4%

tourdot, Mar 01, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

BRD14, Feb 24, 2013
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3.69/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle purchased as part of a four pack at Willy St. Co op Middleton.

Nice inky black pour with a heady cinnamon puff that bubbles to the surface and moderate sticky lace. Honestly was a bit taken aback by how nice this looked in the glass. A pleasant greeting.

Rather soft on the nose with some dark malt, molasses, and the whisper of cherry purée. Upon vigorous swirling, the cherry flashes.

Molasses and dark malts seem to dominate the base. The cherry never really dominates, but seems just ever present, from front to back. Touch of vanilla is light but complimentary, which is welcomed considering I find vanilla a fickle bitch that can overwhelm a beer and taste extracts and artificial. This avoids that particular pitfall. My biggest complaint, if you can call it that, is that the cherry purée seems to mask many of the base stout favors, making it good but somewhat non descript. It seems to ride atop the base and strangle out any real nuances while not really integrating itself.

Medium bodied and appropriately carbonated. Actually, it quite oily.

Overall, this is a nice effort from Lakefront and I look forward to their other Anniversary beers. I would like to see if time allows the flavors to mesh. Love affordable experimental four packs though. Keep it up Lakefront.

BarrytheBear, Feb 24, 2013
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3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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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.

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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.

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