Inebriator Stout
Sonoran Brewing Company

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Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #2,229
Ranked #27,638
3.82 | pDev: 15.45%
Sonoran Brewing Company
Arizona, United States
Very Good
Inebriator StoutInebriator Stout
Notes: This BIG, BOLD, SMOOTH, DARK, DELICIOUS Imperial Stout is simply beautiful. The INEBRIATOR STOUT weighs in at 9.1% alcohol by volume; consider yourself warned.
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Looks this was just called "Sonoran Imperial Stout" before they put the Inebriator on it. This is when it was the silver and black label.

Pours plenty black, with a brown head, 1" in full, looks pretty. All roasted barley going on in the smells, gives you that hint of coffee from the heavily scorched malt.

Has a big roasty, chewy taste and mouth feel, elements of dark fruit bitterness, light smoke charring going on. Plenty of alcohol notes to pick up on. For me its a little weird to have such a big, roasty beer be practically your flagship in Phoenix of all places. I didn't pick up any of the compromised/infected notes that others have spoke of, this was just a big ol pile of roasted barley and a little bit of ashy smoke char notes.

Is this brewery open anymore? Haven't went the last few times in Arizona. Was decently priced for the bomber format. I think I paid like $5 or 6.

Jun 04, 2020
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maximum12 from Minnesota

1.71/5  rDev -55.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

Thanks through the cold & thinning air to the fine trader who shipped this my way as an extra, the last survivor of a fine trade. 22 oz. bottle that's as black as the beer, split with my wife.

Pour is a black that would look good on a Bad Religion flag. Smell is teeming with fruit-soaked malts, & I don't mean that in a good way. Fruity stouts are my kyrptonite. Edgy roast adds to the raised eyebrow.

Inebriator Stout would have a serious fruit-fly problem if left out overnight. Big cherry notes are mingled uncomfortably with a roasted sweetness, & as it warms, the fruitiness takes on a tart, acidic overtone. After about six sips, I have ascertained that this isn't good.

Unfortunate, but this is going to the drain. Not sure what went wrong, but all of the good-sounding stuff on the label is lost in the red fruit mash-up. A bad beer.

Dec 12, 2013
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BMMillsy from Florida

3.86/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bomber from Dak. Thanks! Pours black with a nice big creamy brown head. Big roasty aroma with some definite hops in the background, maybe some chocolate and hints of coffee. Creamy mouthfeel with huge roast flavor. Some lingering bittersweet chocolate left on the palate but mostly roasted roastiness. Some decent bitter. Low to medium carbonation. A bit of lingering alcohol on the end. Overall not bad.

Oct 11, 2013
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ISmith87 from Arizona

3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Good looking beer, nice thick brown head that dissipates down pretty quickly, but leaves a nice lacing on the glass. Cool bottle.

S - Unfortunate. Vinegar is prevalent, I can tell there's coffee, chocolate and roasted malts in there but it's overpowered by the spoiled smell.

T - Same as the smell. There's definitely what would have been coffee/chocolate/roasted malt in there. Vinegar taste is again pretty bad.

M - Light for an imperial stout. Alc covered. Some roasty aftertaste but still the vinegar.

O - Damn, this must have been a bad bottle. I don't remember the vinegar taste when I had it before. Swing and a miss. Drain pour.

Sep 26, 2013
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gleemonger from California

4.73/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Difficult to judge this one, since it appears as though the batch has been infected, or they've over-carbonated - the bottle let out a crazy loud pssshh noise, and immediately started gushing like champagne, and it took me about 30 minutes to pour it into a glass, all the while the foam pouring out of the bottle, even when the bottle was 3/4 empty. Sure did like the taste of the foam I had to suck off as I waited though. All that crazy fluffiness aside, it is the promised opaque dark black color with zero transparancy, and the head is a nice tan color. I have to ding it for the crazy endless fluff though.

Chocolately, coffee, rich aroma. Smells like a nice, complex, huge stout.

Burnt dark malt, followed by a mild dark chocolate, nice balanced bitterness between hops and malt… not too sweet, not too bitter, complex flavor - very nice!

Moderately heavy, smooth, extremely heavy carbonation (at least when it comes to the froth, though it doesn't come across in the actual sips, which is good, so I feel like I can get a good feel for what it's "supposed" to feel like). Not dinging it for the froth - since it doesn't feel that way in the mouth.

It's a bummer about the bad bottle gusher, because I think this is a very good imperial stout. I have to ding it a tad for that, but other than that it's very nice, and I'd have it again for sure.

Jun 13, 2013
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johnnnniee from New Hampshire

3.69/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a solid black color with a huge unwavering tan head. Smells of light roast, dark pitted fruits, chocolate, brown sugar, and a whole lot of molasses. The flavor is a nice mix of burnt sugars and dark fruit. Light earthy hop flavor help provide balance. Medium to thick body with a light level of carbonation and a tart creamy mouthfeel. Nice imperial stout, I'm glad I got to try it.

Jun 10, 2013
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cyde from Texas

3.28/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I acquired a 22oz bottle through trade with a friend. The cap seal leaked during shipping, so I had to drink it on the spot before it became flat. Normally I would let it sit in my fridge at least 24 hours before consuming, so I may not have gotten an accurate impression from this tasting. The cap blew off while unpacking the box.

A: Over carbonated due to shipping complications with heavy head. Pours a bit thin but black and totally opaque. Thin, airy head. Decent lacing.

S: Chocolate, brown sugar, coffee, caramel, figs, and the usual deep flavors found in imperial stouts. Quite the enjoyable aroma.

T: Roasted malt, caramel, molasses, chocolate, followed by bitter-sweet coffee. At room temp no alcohol taste is present.

M: A bit too thin for an imperial stout, and it leaves me wanting that chewiness the style is known for. Crisp, light, and refreshing on the tongue. It's an easy stout to drink even on the hottest summer days.

O: Despite having a broken seal and over-carbonated beer, it was an enjoyable stout with flavors I enjoy. If it was more viscous, thicker, with a heavier and sticky head, it would be much more memorable. If you're looking for a high alcohol imperial stout that drinks like a regular stout, Inebriator is a solid choice.

I wouldn't mind revisiting this beer under better conditions.

May 23, 2013
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AnotherImperial from Arizona

4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a great overall imperial stout and can be found at a fairly decent price. Well balanced. This is the best bottled beer I've had from an Arizona brewery.

I find it to be slightly better on tap, but the bottled version is a very solid offering.

Jan 27, 2013
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thagr81us from South Carolina

3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks goes out to micstache for this one as an extra in a recent trade! Thanks man! Served from bottle into a Green Man snifter. Poured basically black with a one and a half finger light brown head that subsided to one finger very slowly. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, roasted malt, dark fruit, wood, peanut, and dark chocolate. The flavor was of sweet malt, roasted malt, dark fruit, raisin, sweet alcohol, vanilla, and dark chocolate. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a pretty decent brew. I used this as a night-cap after a long day at work and a few new beers also sent by micstache. That could have been a mistake as this brew definitely lived up to its name. Made for a rough day afterward. However, this was a really nicely balanced and flavored brew. I just wish the rest of the brew had followed suit. So close on this one as it had the makings to be really great.

Sep 04, 2012
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kawilliams81 from Illinois

3.48/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a Alesmith Horny Devil snifter.

A- Pours black with a 2 finger dark brown head. Small ring of lacing rests on the surface of the beer.

S- Sweet dark fruits, licorice, chocolate and some bitter coffee.

T- Dark chocolate, licorice, roasted dark malts, and some bitter coffee near the finish.

M- Medium body and carbonation. This beer is a little thin for a RIS. Has a a slight creaminess to it.

O- Nice beer but the thinness takes away from this beer some. Flavor and nose is just a bit lacking overall for a RIS.

Jul 14, 2012
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UCLABrewN84 from California

3.08/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle pour sampled at mrbubbler's tasting courtesy of Retsinis.

2011 vintage.

Pours an opaque black with a dark khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt and tart fruit aromas. Taste is also of dark roasted malt with a sour/tart fruity finish. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty average beer that seems like it could be slightly infected at this point.

Apr 09, 2012
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arizcards from North Carolina

4.32/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bomber at BevMo in early February for $7.99.

Beer poured jet black with a huge brown head, carbonation was a bit excessive. Leaving lacing behind as i sip on the pint.

Nose is mocha and cocoa, with a hint of roasted malts.

Taste is dark cocoa, mocha, roasted coffee, with a nice hop balance to keep the sweetness at bay.

Mouthfeel is perfect, everything i want in an impy stout. Body is full, smooth, and chewy - definitely makes this beer!

Overall this is a very good beer, definitely the best impy stout i have had from an Arizona brewer!

Apr 08, 2012
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DonDirkA from Arizona

4.53/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a mad creamy head. Real nice. Leaves behind a lot of lacing and sticks around about an inch thick. The first really strong smell you get is dark roasted coffee. There's a very slight hint of dark chocolate in the back but just barely. Tastes like a dark, heavy mocha. Like high quality black coffee with dark chocolate blended into it. Everything you expect from an imperial stout. The 9.1% ABV gives a slight warmth down in the bottom of your stomach after the swallow but is otherwise very well hidden. This is a stout that makes me proud of Arizona brewers.

Jan 17, 2012
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SpeedwayJim from New York

3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. bottle poured into a Surly Darkness snifter. Shared with schen9303.

Pours a 1 finger fine, chocolate colored head with moderate to low retention. Beer is a dense, opaque black. Lacing is stringy and spotty with good cling and oily legs. Slightly above average.

Nose is chocolate yogurt, brownie, cocoa powder, and a lingering roasted malt presence. Lactose is very prominent. Aromatic. Decent though a bit strange.

Opens lactic. Milky and slightly tart. Brownie and chocolate at the start to middle. Some cocoa powder and roasted malt graininess. Prunes and grape sweetness with more fudge at the end. Finish is chocolatey with a sticky, sweet, brownie aftertaste. Like an imperial milk stout. Pretty good.

Medium bodied with low carbonation. Oily and viscous in the mouth and smooth going down. Thick and sticky going down with a lingering, syrupy aftertaste. Nice.

A surprisingly good beer that's different than I'm used to from the style but nevertheless very solid. Flavor is decently complex and the feel is really spot on. Definitely worth a try.

Dec 31, 2011
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keanex from New Jersey

4.26/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 22 ounce bottle with no freshness date, bottle has a Day of the Dead limited edition artwork with a 2011 date on it. Poured into a Duvel tulip.

A: Pitch black with a thin brown head, this is how a RIS should look.

S: Very complex, I’m picking up a lot here. Overall this is very sweet with coffee, chocolate, light floral hops, toffee and caramel around.

T: Very sweet upfront with a nice roasty bitter finish, though mellow throughout. Tastes of sweet creamer and chocolate up front with some toffee hints and finishes with a nice mellow bitterness of roasted coffee and light hops.

M: This is very thick, whole milk thick and then some with almost no carbonation.

O: I like this a lot, it’s very sweet though making it more of a desert beer. I would love this with some cheesecake.

Dec 27, 2011
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murrayswine from Arizona

4.9/5  rDev +28.3%
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.

Aug 15, 2006
Inebriator Stout from Sonoran Brewing Company
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