Inebriator Stout | Sonoran Brewing Company

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Inebriator StoutInebriator Stout

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Sonoran Brewing Company
Arizona, United States

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.10%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by xlperro on 03-12-2003

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 41 |  Reviews: 40
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4.5/5  rDev +10%

Photo of Phelps
3.99/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed from the tap at Mellow Mushroom, poured into a frosty shaker pint.

Incredibly dark brown in color, toeing the edge of black. A tiny, fizzy head the color of latte foam pops away, remaining as a thin ring.

The nose: cocoa, bubble gum, medium roast coffee and roasted peanuts. Rich, toasty and sweet.

Each sip brings a wave of sweetness that's slowly but mightily overtaken by roasty bitterness. Milk chocolate, hot cocoa, some peanut, molasses, burnt black malt and a subtle tang.

Thick, velvety medium body with light yet prickly carb. There's some tongue-numbing alcohol, but not much heat in the chest. The chewy thickness matches the heavy flavor.

Inebriator's one of the better stouts made by Arizona brewers. Thick, rich, and above all, inebriating.

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Photo of fattire513
4.23/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: dark as night. Minimal lacing and not much head. On draft at mellow mushroom in tempe az. Place just opene. We have one in columbus really good place. They didn't have a beer on their list. Must be too good.

S: not much apparent right off the bat. chocolate apparent with a roasted flavor. not too strong for the name but good regardless.

T: again roasted taste close to the java stout from bells. Alcohol doesn't jump out right at you but apparent.

Overall a good beer won't be drinkin too many of these in one sitting. first sonoran beer I've had and I'm anxious to try the rest

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Photo of brewcrew76
2.61/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Was surprised to see this on the shelf. especially since I have only seen it at one store in the area. Same label but it says "Beware of Dog" instead of Inebriator.

A - Solid black with a thin mocha head.

S - Roasted malt, chocolate and soy sauce.

T - Roasted malt and chocolate followed by a big lactic sourness. Slightly puckering the slowly lets way into a salty finish.

M - Full body and slightly slick.

D - 2 mysterious Sonoran beers on the shelf and 2 beers that seem like they are way past their prime.

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Photo of Lucklys
4.4/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Lurking in the little glass with a deep, tar black body and a crazy thick head made of dark nutmeg brown cream, it left behind gorgeous thick sheets of sticky lacing and held a nice retention throughout the drink with little complaint. After reviewing a few other imperial stouts, I was slightly less intimidated by the appearance and dove right in with my nose. I gulped down roast coffee, salted toffee, bittersweet bakers chocolate, woody (oak maybe?) smoke, burnt caramel melted over brown sugar, and dark toasted malts. Despite the bold aromas, I didn't find the smell to be overwhelming in the slightest, but rather smooth and slow like molasses. The mouthfeel was suavely smooth as well, carrying a medium-thick body and closely resembling the nose in flavor. There were lots of dark toasted malts, chalky bittersweet chocolate, roast coffee, toffee and caramelized brown sugar. On top of everything was a fine layer of smoke, and resting just beneath everything was a smooth plum molasses. What little carbonation made it through the depths of this brew did little to interfere with the flavors and the beer had a nice warming effect. Quite a solid stout and very easy to drink if dark beers are your thing.

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Photo of arizcards
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed an imperial pint at the Mellow Mushroom last Wednesday for $3.50 - heckuva happy hour price!

The brew poured black with a decent brown head.

Nose was dark roasted malts with coffee and chocolate notes.

Taste has some sweetness but the heavy roast bitterness predominates. Hops are plentilful enough to balance.

This was a full bodied beer, very smooth and satisfying.

Overall drinkability was very good. I have been wanting to try this for a number of years and was very glad to have tried it. At this price it is a great beer for the money.

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Photo of BretSikkink
3.97/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Some of the reviews of this one show the distinct influence of the abv. Here are my opinions:

Nice dark brown-black color, served at a local ale house in a 12-oz. goblet. Head could use some gumption but otherwise a nice look in general - to clarify, it is served tall and appears strong (the head) but lacks the retention to push this up a notch. Legs are present, but skinny and spotty.

The aroma shows off some dark roasted barley notes, with coffee and chocolate coming in for even scrutiny. Some sweetness, some booze. Good power, and in general a very nice nose. Flavors are similar, with a stronger hop-pine note than I was expecting, which makes me happy. Heavy roast bitterness more than dominates the hops though. Alcohol is prevalent and a little overly involved in the tasting process for the size.

Smooth and full mouthfeel, a little slick, and the finish reveals too much alcohol. All the same, Inebriator is a quality stout and if you see it around I would definitely recommend it. That said, don't expect a monster.

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Photo of Sammy
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed at the brewpub's sister restaurant location in North Scottsdale. The best breed beer in the state. A meal in itself. Opaque black, with a dark brown bubbly head. Wafted some chocolate aromas. Flavourful, good roasting. Creamy full mouthfeel. Leaves lots of lace. Coffee and chocolate, good integration. Appropriate carbonation. Not a lot of coffee, and that's also good.

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Photo of xymyl
4.07/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Color: black / dark reddish brown....

Aroma: Sweet chocolate, coffee, smoke.

Taste: Very balanced but toward the sweeter side of things, sweet haselnut, chocolate, coffee and burnt notes. Dries out to a reasonable degree toward the end.

Body: Full to Medium full.

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Photo of Crosling
2.66/5  rDev -35%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I don’t know about you, but for me, there is always an eager anticipation when I pour an Imperial Stout. How black is it going to pour and how many onlookers are going to look on in shock? Black. Bittersweet, deep chocolate nose with notes of coffee, dark fruits and roasted malts. In terms of flavor, not exactly what I look for. This has more dark fruit flavors than it does roasted malt and chocolate flavor. Slightly astringent and this is too hoppy.

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Photo of murrayswine
4.9/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I was given this growler from Scott Yarosh, the brewmaster and basically the only dude at Sonoran.
PRECURSE: There are to brew houses, Sonora, and Sonoran, this is Sonoran. Sonora only recently actually obtained a brewery. Both their's Papago's, Pinnacle Peak's and of course Sonoran's are all made by Scott. Thanks for the beer Scott.
That being said...
Pours black as tar, with a surprisingly lighter tan head. This bad boy is 9 malts and all 9 of them are fighting to take the nose. It's all dark fruits, brandy, plum currents, sweet dark chocolate, bitter coffee, toffee, molassis, and peanut brittle. The taste is remarkably smooth. this is so developed and balanced. It's absofuckinlutely intense. The alcohol is so stealthy it's ridiculous. It breaks my heart that this is in Phoenix, and not here. The only reason that this beer isnt perfect is because the alcohol makes it slightly less than quafible.
They serve this at Pinnacle Peak in Scottsdale. Go there just for the beer, and stay for a steak, I guess.
I think that this beer is best when poured by the brewmaster himself.

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Photo of KroMagnon
3.78/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice black color, practically opaque, with a brown head that doesn't last too long but thats probably OK. The aroma is spicy, like a deep licorice and pine note combined with roastiness, simple and not overpowering but nice. The flavor is roasty and a little bittersweet, with some higher alcohol hints. Overall this is nice and tasty but a bit on the rough side.

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Photo of weeare138
3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

It appears black w/ a beige bubbly thick head. Some carbonation comes through as you hold it up to the light. Lots of lacing as I go through this one. The smell is resonating with lots of bitter chocolate and black grapes. Some roasted nuts and malt also comes through. Tastes really nice. It's a complex one for sure. Some dark chocolate, malty sweetness in there. I detect very little hops in this but the alcohol starts to seep through after a couple of sips. Pretty smooth though with a nice finish. I couldn't drink more than one of these in a sitting. It'll leave you inebriated!

Finger licking good!

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Photo of stirgy
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Received this as a gift from nvsblman. Poured motor oil black, with a small head of dark almond foam. The aroma is buttery rich, tannic and has a woody alcohol bite. The taste is thick, dark, roasty and complex. Caramel and dark fruits are prominent in the flavor. The body is light but is full of flavor. As this one warmed, it turned into a quite an enjoyable stout and a good one to sip.

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Photo of mzwolinski
4.47/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aged for at least a year or two...

Motor-oil black pour, with a thin, spotty dark tan head.

Aroma is quite rich and malty. A bit rummy, with what strikes me as some very sharp fruitiness. Spice and alcohol are evident.

Bittersweet chocolate comes through quite heavily in the flavor. There's a bit of tart fruitiness to the mid-palate that I'm having a difficult time placing. This quickly fades, however, and yields to a very well-hopped finish, and a complex roasty character that lingers into the aftertaste and continues to develop well after the beer is swallowed.

Fairly full-bodied and tasty. Kind of a smoked whiskey character to this beer. Not a bit bad.

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Photo of garymuchow
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This sample comes courtesy of Gueuzedude via BIF X. Many thanks.
Rich, rich, rich deep rast malt aroma that takes on asome fruitness, but largely a roasty sweetness. Pleasing!
"Paper thin" head, that moves to a ring only -> but shows outstanding stamina. Black as pitch with a complete absense of color -> beautiful.
Deep heavy somewhat rich (but not sweet or cloy) rast malt flavor. Nice sweetness that adds strong fruity quality without excess (of sweetness). Slight coffee qualities. I really enjoy the blending of burnt and fruit on the finish.
Carbonation is about right, with enough to be present, but still leaving a flat enough feel to enhance smoothness. Rich and heavy. Very nice.
There is something really appealling about this beer. So many good qualities without extremes. Very well balanced. Give me another....please.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.55/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Opaque apperance. Thin chocolate brown head dissipates to a thin collaring in seconds. Lacing is minimal. The nose is beautiful. Chocolate malts and thick tar and tobacco leaf and char. Great aroma. I love the milk chocolate tones on the buds. Some good lactic sweetness provides a little balance to the high bitterness coming from hops and roasted/blackened malts. The charred, burnt quality adds some depth. There's also a titch of acetic acid like sourness. It's minimal and not out of place though. The body is about medium-full. Overall, this is one fantastic tasting Imperial Stout.

Bighuge Congrats to Sonora for brewing this and Bighuge thanks the Beach Comber in Long Beach for sending it my way.

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Photo of abents
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cool looking label and what's inside is even better.
Pours a dark black with small dark brown head. Laces the glass very well. Smells of dark roasted coffee with a slightly sweet hint to it. A touch of alcohol is also there. Taste is overwhelmingly a sweet malty stout. Nice roasted coffee and chocolate notes. Not much hops, but very pleasant. This is however a very big stout, nice alcohol warming in the beer. Very smooth with the nice sweet finish. Very nice stout with pleasant flavors abounding. Great sipping stout one is pleantly nice for me.
Big thanks to nvsblman for another great brew.

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Photo of silenius
3.55/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

One of the beers I bought while in AZ.

The beer pours really dark brown black like you might expect. Only a hint of reddish brown at the edges. Head was nil after about 10 seconds.

I smell earthy tarry chocolate and coffee with an odd plastic smell mixed in. Hmm.

Taste is exactly as it smells, but the plasticy taste is back and very noticeable. Not completely unlike the plastic taste I get from Hennepin or Ommegang.

Mouthfeel is thick, but not creamy. Almost exactly like Storm King.

The plastic taste and smell really got to me by the end of the glass. I think it is something in the yeast they use because other brews get the same reaction from me on a consistent basis.

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Photo of PSUDREW
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another from nvsblman.

Wow, I was impressed. Combines (almost) the power of storm king, and has a very nice flavor profile

Pours a dark, rich, black color, with a light bown color. It posses a thick, rich, bubble head. Smells of coco and coffee. Very very nice.

The tase is a thick, rich, deep coffee. Oh so nice. there is a hop presence (not that of SK, but then again, nothing is SK) but it is only slight. the sweet malts mix nicely with the roasted coffe preence, it is oh so delgihtful. The after taste has a nice dry, roasted feel to it.

Very nice, very drinkable, go for it if you can

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Photo of Dukeofearl
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Split a bottle with a friend last night, and this was an experience! Pours a deeep dark blackish brown like tar, with the most brown-colored head I have ever seen. A real beauty. Aroma was of malt and roasting and chocolate and maybe a bit of cocoanut. The flavor was the real winner here. My first taste made me think of a rich chocolate cake, creamy and delicious. After a few more sips, the sharper flavors (I can't say they were hoppy, they weren't) reminded me of a double espresso with a lot of sugar mixed in. A hard sharp bite that is really good once you are used to it.

My warning though is that this is well named. We had tasted a few much lower alcohol brews earlier in the evening, and this was to be the last of the night- and the alcohol from a half bottle dropped on me hard. Other than that, a very enjoyable beer.

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Photo of francisweizen
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A dark black brew with a tan head of foam that stays for a while. Aromas are sweet and consist of milk chocolate, milk, caramel, coffee, and roasted malts. The taste is very matly, roasty, and sweetly lactic with a nice chocolate flavor, but a definate lack of hops. The mouthfeel is creamy and smooth and the drinkability is good. A good sweetish stout, but I would not call this an imperial..

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Photo of RonfromJersey
4.53/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

An absolutely black, not a ruby highlight to be found, body topped by a creamy dark tan head, which I momentarily coaxed above the rim of the glass before it stablized into a finger-and-a-half table top. Hearty lacing.

Aroma is a hearty mix of expresso coffee and licorice, a hint of alcohol.

A rich chocolate and coffee mix rolls across the tongue, and leaves a spicy hop trail in it's wake. It tingles and coats at the same time, no small feat. A mild sense of alcohol along for the ride. A warmth mixed with a tingle in the lingering afterglow.

The mouthfeel is rich, oily, full. Drinkability is frightening.

An imperial stout this good from the desert? I'm impressed.

Thanks to Gusler for the recommendation, and to my wife for bringing it home.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.87/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle obtained via trade with nvsblman. Thanks for the opportunity...

Hard-poured into an imperial pint glass, formed 1/4" of dark tan head, and what there was didn't last long. Very slight lacing, most likely due to lack of head to begin with, and brew in an opaque dark brown/black in color. Strong aroma of dark malts, with chocolate, coffee and rauch smells all present and accounted for, according to my nose. Flavor is actually a lot smoother than the scent led me to believe, still heavy and strong with dark malts, but the often accompanying bitterness seems in relative check. The abv seems relatively well hidden, except for the smoothness and warming effect. Liked this one better than the previous reviews led me to believe...

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Photo of lou91
3.03/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Imperial Stout week continues. The beer pour still and black and then developed a nice 1/2 inch light brown head. No nose. The taste is bitter and not in a good way with a strong alcohol taste and not in a good way either. There are some interesting cocoa and coffee notes but the brew is out of balance. The mouthfeel is also thin despite the style. Warming does not help. Not so bad to dump but will not buy again. The good part is that it was cheap at trader joe’s.

I'm drinking this same batch in 5/05 and it is at least a full point better than my original review. A true testament to bottle conditioning.

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Inebriator Stout from Sonoran Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.09 out of 5 with 41 ratings