Laitilan Imperiaali | Laitilan Wirvoitusjuomatehdas

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Laitilan Wirvoitusjuomatehdas

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by stcules on 10-01-2011

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3.15/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

As "Kievari Imperiaali." Reviewed from notes taken in Summer 2014 in Helsinki.

9.20% ABV. 2013 vintage. Stout / imperial stout per the label. EBU 82.

33cl brown glass bottle purchased at Oluthuone Kaisla in Helsinki and served into a stem snifter. Best before: 27 02 2017.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: Half a finger in height. Mocha-tan colour. Lovely creaminess and thickness. Leaves some limited lacing on the sides of the glass as it recedes. Retention is poor - ~1 minute - but that's acceptable at this high an ABV.

BODY: Opaque solid jet black. No yeast/lees/sediment is visible within.

Appears adequately carbonated. Looks pretty good for an imperial stout. There are no egregious flaws.

AROMA: Cream, chocolate malts, dark malts/schwarz malt sweetness, a kiss of fennel, and some raisin.

It's very inviting, and has the deep bold sweetness it should without suffering from any concomitant cloying characteristics.

Alcohol definitely lurks behind the malts. It's quite a malt bomb, but it does have a kiss of piney character from the hops. I think I find a hint of sticky dark fruit as well? It's a decadent and fairly intimidating aroma of mild aromatic intensity.

I detect no overt yeasty notes or off-notes.

TASTE: Not as sweet as anticipated given the aroma. Has a dark/schwarz malt core with some lovely hints of fruit buried in there - chocolate covered cherry, raisin, maybe plum.

Unfortunately, some fennel does sneak in, which doesn't work in this build. Some faint piney character from hops.

I hoped for more complexity/intricacy to the build, but it ends up being an imbalanced imperial stout without much going on. There is some nice subtlety (the pine, the fruit), though.

Average flavour duration and intensity. Average depth of flavour. Lacks adequate cohesion; it's certainly not a gestalt or harmonious build.

TEXTURE: The beer is crippled by some unbecoming dryness and coarseness without any accompanying roasty flavours in the late third act and on the finish. It's a bit rough or even stale there. Really dries out the palate. Ugh.

Well-carbonated, though, and aptly full-bodied. Unfortunately, overall presence on the palate is quite poor, and this mouthfeel drags the beer down.

OVERALL: A promising brew ruined by its sloppily executed texture. I wouldn't buy it again, but its potential makes it all the more disappointing. With revisions in future batches, this could be superb. I'll finish the bottle, but this was far from worth its 9.90 euro pricetag (not that price ever affects my ratings).


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Photo of BenBreeg
3.81/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JTuomi
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of stcules
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Black, with a light brown colored foam, quite good.
Strong and intense smell, full, toasted malts, burned caramel, light rhubarb.
At the taste again strong and intense, roast notes, almost liquerish, strong bitterness, rhubarb, almost liquorice inthe back.
82 EBU.
Full but not tiring body, a very long aftertaste bitterness, with liquorice and again intense hoppiness.

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Laitilan Imperiaali from Laitilan Wirvoitusjuomatehdas
Beer rating: 3.63 out of 5 with 4 ratings