One Tun Imperial Stout | Firehouse Grill & Brewery

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One Tun Imperial StoutOne Tun Imperial Stout

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Firehouse Grill & Brewery
California, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.80%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by nickd717 on 02-21-2010

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Ratings: 16 |  Reviews: 10
Reviews by Topher78:
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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.35/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured a thin layer of tan head on a black body.
The aroma is nice: roasted malt, chocolate and bread dough (interestingly enough).
The taste has a bold roasted malt profile with a sharp bitter injection in the middle. The finish has a sour note.
The texture is thick with moderate carbonation.
The flavor profile is abrupt. Drinkable but not great.

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Photo of nickd717
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Rose & Crown.

Pours darkest brown with a nicely formed tan head and good lacing.

Aroma is very nice: roast, chocolate, and anise dominate.

Flavor is somewhat subtle for the style (as opposed to something like Dark Lord) and fairly well-balanced. Roasted malt, caramel, dark chocolate, and licorice blend together pretty seamlessly.

Medium body for the style with a pretty smooth mouthfeel and not much booziness at all.

Drinkable. A very solid imperial stout overall, and I know one when I see one!

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Photo of Zorro
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours thick, and I get a black colored beer with a very tall brown colored head.

Smells strongly of chocolate. Coconut and mild coffee with a hint of smoke. Smells a little sweet and a lot like German Chocolate cake.

Starts out sweet with a solid bitter snap. Warming in the chest as you would expect from a 10% beer. The basic flavor is bittersweet with a slightly over done caramel flavor to it. Chocolate, coffee and patent malt are all in here. Could be a little more complex.

Mouthfeel is thick.

Overall pretty good. Not very expensive for a 10% stout either. I suggest you give this a try.

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Photo of gshak
4.42/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle at around room temperature (~70 degrees) into a delirium tremens tulip glass. No bottled on date noticed, but I wasn't paying much attention to it since this is an imperial stout and freshness isn't a concern.

A - Poured pitch black with a nice inch thick mocha head with very fine bubbles that receded quickly leaving some spotty lacing around the walls of the glass. Impressive stuff.
S - Roastiness above everything else; I then pick up some earthy herbal hops. This beer must be fresh. After some swirling, I pick up some sweetness in the smell, hints of milk chocolate, dark fruits, coffee and burnt grains. Absolutely no indication of alcohol even at room temperature. For a beer at 10% ABV, this is a record of some sort I am sure.
T - Sweet and roasty. Initial hit of sweetness, almost like an uber-sweet espresso that is immediately checked by burnt wood-like roastiness. The roastiness carries well into the finish leaving a slightly dry palate; it provides the necessary balance for a beer of this size. I love roastiness in my stouts and this works well for me, but I can see how this may not be to everyone's liking. If roast isn't your thing, this isn't your beer. The alcohol is extremely well hidden. Wow!
M - While it isn't quite as lush as say a Bell's expedition, it definitely is still full and the carbonation keeps it lively in the mouth, coating it every so slightly.

O - For what it is, an everyday easy drinking, well-crafted beer that gets the job done without any fuss, this is an awesome brew. This could very well end up as my go-to stout along with the black bear stout from Bear republic. Highly recommend getting a bottle.

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Photo of mactrail
3.68/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Really black color in the Leffe chalice with some golden brown highlights. Rather attractive with the light beige head. Aroma of cereal and warm caramel.

Sort of a chalky mouthfeel with something like unsweetened chocolate on the tongue. Bitterness edges in increasingly after some sipping. Lots of blackened barley taste but with a forgiving mellowness of sweet malt. Not too sweet, this is really full bodied but nicely balanced. Winey taste with the robust happiness just adding an intriguing spiciness along with some dark caramel.

Quite a surprisingly good Imperial Stout, and it seems to taste better the more I sipped on this one. From the 22 oz bottle bought at Best Damn in San Diego.

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Photo of GClarkage
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of Durge
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beauty is as black as ink, with a decent light brown head and streaky lacing throughout. The aroma brings a nice medley of chocolate coffee and some licorice backbone, very nice. The first mouthful is smooth and full bodied with much of the same blended flavor noted in the aroma. Some charcoal malt and coffee licorice. It has a bit of a resinous quality, a little thin in feel but it coats the mouth nicely just the same. Mildly carbonated and very drinkable for an imperial, very little alcohol noted actually. Just easy drinking and quite flavorful. I think I did pick up on some degree of oatmeal and some herbal hops sort of an idea. Just a nice combination that tends toward the sweet malt with coffee bitterness to balance. A very enjoyable, drinkable stout.

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Photo of gleemonger
5/5  rDev +25.3%

Photo of Arbitrator
2.56/5  rDev -35.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

On tap at the Rose & Crown.

A: Pours a dark, opaque brown (nearly black) in the snifter. It has a nice finger of light mocha head that retains pretty well, collapsing in big sections until it leaves a light film on top of the brew.

S: Roasted malt, chocolate, coffee. Very balanced aroma. Hints of anise.

T: Roasted malt/coffee and chocolate in equal portions up front. A grainy flavor in mid-taste that I suppose is the oat contribution. The finish pulls out anise that pulls into the finish. Pretty solid.

M: Very smooth and creamy. The carbonation is a little high for the style, but it's quite flavorful.

D: I'd have this again, but it's questionable as to whether I'd have this over another oatmeal stout, such as Velvet Merkin. Even though this is an imperial, it doesn't bring a lot of flavor to the table to justify the extra ABV and calories. Like I said above, it's solid... Passable.

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Photo of chrisjws
3.69/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ngeunit1
4.45/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a deep thick black-brown with a finger of frothy chocolate colored head atop. The head fades down fairly slowly leaving behind some thick lace.

S - Aroma is full of deep roasted chocolate and bitter dark chocolate with some coffee , a touch of milk chocolate sweetness, a bit of earthiness, and some light alcohol.

T - Starts off with a mix of big roasted chocolate malts with some coffee and licorice and just a touch of dark fruit sweetness. Through the middle, more rich dark and milk chocolate flavors come through with a touch of earthiness. The finish is a mix of more dark chocolate and bitter coffee flavor with just a bit of alcohol coming though. Chocolate lingers on the tongue for a while.

M - Full bodied with mild carbonation. Fairly thick and almost syrupy but very smooth with a lingering warming and roasted chocolate finish.

D - Very drinkable. Really nice Imperial Stout. The flavors are very rich and bold and this is a pretty big beer, but everything feels very well balanced from start to end.

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Photo of axeman9182
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber, an extra from a recent trade. It was allowed to warm before being poured into my Duvel tulip.

One Tun Imperial Stout pours a solid black. Three plus fingers of mocha foam rise up to the top of the roomy tulip glass, and show impressive staying power. The lacing is very sticky as well. The nose is pretty nice, with a healthy dose of dark chocolate balanced by a nice earthy hop aroma, but could stand to have a little bit more intensity. The flavor has some more roasty chocolate notes, with just a little bit of a coffee edge. A flash of figgy fruity esters then leads into the earthy hop finish. I do wish the roasted grain flavors were just a little more bold though. The body is full, and the carbonation on the subdued side, but the mouthfeel just isn't as rich or chewy as I'd ideally like in a big stout. One Tun Imperial Stout has definitely been a pleasant surprise, one of the more enjoyable extras I've received recently.

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Photo of b-one
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of popery
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours black with a light brown head. Brown highlights around the edges. Foam lace sticks to the glass. The aroma might be a bit weak compared to the taste, but it's still quite nice. Sweet chocolate and caramel on a bed of roasted coffee. Light vegetal hoppiness. The taste adds a bunch more roast and dark chocolate. It's strong and a tad harsh. The beer starts sweet and rich but quickly gets bitter with roast and hop notes. Lasting aftertaste. Mouthfeel is very full and soft. Thick stuff, even for the style. This is a very good imperial stout. It's a bit bitter for my taste, but there's not much I can really criticize about it. Firehouse has done some good work.

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Photo of nickfl
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

One Tun Imperial Stout from Firehouse Grill & Brewery
Beer rating: 3.99 out of 5 with 16 ratings