Ackerman's Imperial Double Stout (Indiana Replicale 2011) | Upland Brewing Company

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Upland Brewing Company
Indiana, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
The Indiana Replicale is an ongoing project by the Brewers of Indiana Guild.

Every brewery in the state is invited to participate and brew a singular recipe, thus allowing each brewery to showcase their own unique style and character. This particular Replicale is a recreation from Ackerman's Brewery.

Ackerman's operated from 1933 to 1935 in New Albany. The Imperial Double Stout was brewed only once each year, at Easter, as an early springtime treat for the brewery's loyal customers.

Added by robwestcott on 02-06-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 7 |  Reviews: 6
Reviews by alleykatking:
Photo of alleykatking
3.78/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap...

A- Pours a blackish color which when held to the light shows brown highlights. One finger mocha colored head shows good retention. Some streaks of lace on the sides of the glass.

S- This is one of the ReplicAle's this year that I can smell the cherrywood loud and clear. Roasted malts come through the front of the aroma which I expected. A light caramel malt is well hidden for the most part helping the aroma build off of it. Darker chocolate hitns over the roasted malts. There is a light darker fruit tone toward the middle of the nose which is overtaken by the cherrywood. Light smoked aroma toward the backend with coffee like hints and light bitter hops.

T- Roasted malts in the front of the beer. There is a nice semi-sweet chocolate in the front as well with maybe a little bitterness to it. Middle of the beer is lightly toasted with dakrer fruits which come and go but never really make much of a impression. Backend of the beer is light coffee notes with a hint of smoke but not much to really call home about. The coffee turns into more of a burnt caramel flavor. Balancing bitter hops bring forth little effort in the end to throw this back into a mild beer.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the beer. There is a lot of coffee roast left on the palate. Aftertaste is light alcohol, burnt caramel, and fading bitter hops. This beer is balanced for the most part with at times this leaning to more of a darker malt. No real off flavors but I thought the hops used should have been a little different. Medium alcohol drying on the palate.

D- This was a nice and easy drinker. The ABV didn't show at all in the beer which made it dangerous at times. I didn't mind this beer at all but others that were with me when I was trying it didn't feel the same. Overall I think a good stab at this ReplicAle.

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Photo of weatherdog
3.41/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap served at the Bloomington brewpub. Served in a snifter

Pours a pitch black with a 1 finger cappuccino colored head. Retention is medium low with medium lacing.

Aroma is slightly bitter chocolate and a mild roasted coffee. Slight dark fruit esters finish out the aroma.

The flavor has a firm hop earthy, grassiness with complimenting medium bitterness. That transitions into a slight dark chocolate tones. Finish is a little heavy on the dark fruit esters and the bitterness is a bit lasting.

Mouthfeel is medium, which for a beer this big comes across as a touch too thin. Alcohol is well hidden and carbonation is a bit on the high side. Overall a just a decent higher gravity stout, the lasting bitterness takes away from the chocolate flavors.

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Photo of robwestcott
3.78/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

hmmm... grabbed at the brewery the saturday before the super bowl and cracked it open last night, leaving the remainder for this evening. after a night sitting in the frig in a 2/3 full growler, its interesting that the aroma and taste have a it of smoke i had not detected either from tap or the full growler last night.

poured cold and black from the growler to a surly darkness 10oz goblet with a single finger, relatively long lasting mocha head with a bit of lace to the rim.

aroma espresso roast, dark chocolate and a bit of smoke.

first sip is smoky, followed by dark coffee and hints of chocolate. the smoke stays around for a bit after each sip.

medium carbonation, a bit thin for the style, but smooth and creamy all the same.

drinkable - this is a very drinkable double stout.

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Photo of JamesS
4.05/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

(Served in a snifter, at Upland Bloomington, Saturday, April 2nd). Poured a very nice deep black color with nice tan head, although very little lacing. Nice deep and malty scent with good roasted grain aromas and a hint of plum; not as deep as I like, but still nice. Good flavors, with excellent thick and rich roasted grains, a nice little bit of raisin and plum, and a decent earthy hop coming in under it all at the end; not quite as deep and thick as I like my imperial stouts to be, but it's still quite good. Goes down quite smoothly for a high abv brew, with almost no alcohol heat.

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Photo of hoosier3334
4.2/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this in an Upland sampler at the tap room. Out of all the beers, it was the only one I had never tasted. Had really good coffee/chocolate hints to it and masked the high-ish ABV very well. Reminded me of FBS with the coffee notes turned down considerably. It's not the beer that I would buy if I had to choose just one or even two Upland brews, but as part of the ReplicAle project, it's a good one.

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Photo of meatyard
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of dmfrench
2.15/5  rDev -40.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A thin and artificial tasting spiced D̶o̶u̶b̶l̶e Half Stout


A: Opaque black with feint brown highlights... fleeting one finger khaki head.

S: A bit of dark fruit, and hints of acrid hops and spices... not very aromatic. No malt armoa to be had.

T: Highly spiced dark fruit, little burnt malt with no backbone, dry hop finish with an unpleasant lingering saccharine sweetness. Overall, it gave the impression of an artificially flavored beverage.

M: Creamy, but at the same time very thin.

D: Won't order again.

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Ackerman's Imperial Double Stout (Indiana Replicale 2011) from Upland Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.59 out of 5 with 7 ratings