Cambridge Brewing Company

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Cambridge Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States
Stout - Russian Imperial
Ranked #249
Ranked #4,484
4.15 | pDev: 10.12%
Jan 21, 2022
Jan 05, 2005
Notes: THE CROWD GOES WILD! A smooth bass line of roasted notes establishes the deep end beneath arpeggios of complex chocolate malt, while power chords of caramelized grain open up to an extended malty jam. Black barley teases treacle character and wades into a velvety sea of oak-derived vanilla and toasted coconut tones. Sustained improvisation of fruitiness modulates to an intense finale, and encores with a rich, espresso-roasted reprise, a capella.
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3.78 by Ristaccia from Nebraska on Jan 21, 2022
3.83 by liquorpig from Massachusetts on May 30, 2021
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4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by mike22ne from Massachusetts

Growler from the brewery, very happy to pick some up!
A really solid, well made imperial stout. Big flavors of roasty, chocolate malts, molasses and deep caramel, black coffee. Smooth yet bitter, full bodied and well balanced.
Overall excellent! Highly recommended, don't pass it by!

Nov 23, 2020
4.5 by dafla67 from Pennsylvania on Apr 30, 2019
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4.49/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
by hreb from Washington

22oz bottle bottled on 11/18/14. Yes, I've cellared this beer (cellar temps, horizontally) for over 4 years. There are definitely some signs of sedimentation on the down side; hopefully that doesn't do too much harm. Served in a curved stout glass. Black and oily, with a very little amount of brown head. Aroma is big and boozy, with bourbon, or maybe rum soaked raisins. The first sip is incredible: milky in texture, but molasses and treacle in flavor, with a huge vanilla oak character. In the finish, the sour side of the bourbon comes out and the corners of my cheeks pucker a little bit. The boozy raisin and fig flavor is what dominates here, besides the bourbon of course. This is not a chocolatey or coffee-ish imperial stout. This a bourbon barrel aged stout to end all bourbon barrel aged stouts. I'm not sure what kind of bourbon barrels they were using in 2014, but that sour note has been prevalent in YEM, at least since they brought it back (many years ago now).

I'm having it just slightly cooled, and it this temperature it is incredibly smooth and flavorful. Carbonation is all but negligible, perhaps it's lost some of what it once had over the years.

CBC executes my favorite style and produces one of my favorite CBC beers.

Feb 07, 2019
3.84 by hopkrid from Florida on Oct 22, 2018
3.75 by brittanylicious from Indiana on Jun 24, 2018
3.75 by heysuz from Indiana on Jun 23, 2018
3.64 by Johncnh from New Hampshire on Dec 24, 2017
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2.83/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75
by jcoleMA66 from Massachusetts

The cork came out with a big pop and, like others, this poured with big frothy head. Much more carb than expected. Overall, though, the pour is black and looks appealing once carb settles. The nose has some roast but is dominated by a sweet cherry aroma with some wet wood and doesn't quite smell right. Taste starts with a bit of roast and sweetness that gives impression of vanilla, but it goes downhill quickly from there as it turns into a tart fruit. Not quite sour but after taste isn't pleasant. I've never had an infected bottle before and can't be sure that's what I have here, but that's my guess.

Oct 29, 2017
3.99 by 22Blue from Kansas on Jul 10, 2017
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4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by ManapuaMan from Massachusetts

Aged ~18 months. Pours like a beer-lion out of the bottle: huge head erupts from the bottom of the glass and lifts straight up. Bubbly, puffy and foamy before it sags and craters above the viscous black body. Gorgeous. The aroma is dark chocolate, oak, bourbon, figs, char, vanilla. The barrel characteristics shine. Although there's a fig-like fruitiness it's less pronounced than when fresh. Seems to be the oak and bourbon have filled the gap, which is right up my alley. Velvety smooth and marshmallow soft - the liquid allocates tastes of chocolate, roasted grains, char, oak, vanilla and toasted coconut. Nice alcohol warmth but a far cry from what the ~11% ABV is capable of. Outstanding brew.

Jun 04, 2017
4 by Jlang2012 from South Carolina on Mar 13, 2017
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3.58/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
by frekky from Massachusetts

2015 btl drank 11/3/2016

Nov 03, 2016
4.08 by Mikexw from New York on Oct 03, 2016
4 by Icemann383 from New York on Sep 25, 2016
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2.87/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75
by VetsPackage from Massachusetts

Maybe there's a decent beer underneath it all but couldn't get over the obvious qualities of a lactic infection. Overcarbed, glaringly sweet and pretty tart. Worse than bcbs' issues

Aug 17, 2016
4.04 by Gkruszewski from New York on Jul 20, 2016
4.44 by KensWorld from Florida on Jul 14, 2016
4.25 by BarrelAgedG from California on Jun 01, 2016
3.75 by ADTaber from South Carolina on May 16, 2016
3.85 by ErrandWolfe from Maine on May 13, 2016
4.26 by GregSemenza from Connecticut on Apr 27, 2016
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3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by Hyptochrons from Massachusetts

poured from bottle, couldnt find a date.

black with a kahki head that recedes quickly, leaves a few spots of lacing.

burbon, roasty malt, chocolate, licorice, light vanilla and toasted wood on the nose.

sweet molasses and caramel up front. also getting chocolate and a slightly bitter coffee/espresso flavor. nice touch of the bourbon barrel on the finish. mouthfeel leaves something to be desired, but its not bad. a little much on the carbonation in my opinion, makes it feel kind of watery and light.

overall definitely a nice stout but maybe a little much on the caramel sweetness for me. kind of found the overwhelming caramel flavor to be a bit much by the end of the bottle, and i thought the taste became a bit too sour or funky as it warmed, maybe i was just getting sick of it. I dont necessarily think I had a bad bottle, but especially as the beer warmed, the flavor profile I was getting was not nearly as enjoyable as other examples of BA stouts. however it did have some appealing aspects and ill probably try to get another bottle and hang onto it for a while.

Apr 12, 2016
3.92 by CraftFan5 from New Jersey on Apr 11, 2016
3.91 by bigleague from Michigan on Mar 26, 2016
3.83 by Pearlstreetbrewingco from Florida on Mar 15, 2016
4.25 by Mattymystique from Massachusetts on Mar 09, 2016
4.25 by mikemikemike from Massachusetts on Mar 08, 2016
3.9 by boogerisu from Iowa on Feb 27, 2016
3.57 by user785335 from Florida on Feb 26, 2016
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by lordofthewiens from New Mexico

A dark black beer with a thick light brown head.
Lots of chocolate in the aroma. Vanilla and booze. Something roasted.
Big chocolate taste. Leather. Vanilla and booze.
Big beer, better as it warms.

Feb 22, 2016
4.03 by smi69 from New York on Feb 14, 2016
3.15 by rderedin from Maine on Feb 14, 2016
3.9 by manfromanotherplace from New York on Feb 14, 2016
3.59 by Grackos from Florida on Feb 08, 2016
4.06 by shehateme from Massachusetts on Feb 07, 2016
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4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by BergBeer from Hawaii

2016 cork and cage BA version

Look: Opaque black with a thick mocha head. Moderate carbonation.

Smell: Dark chocolate, vanilla, licorice, brown sugar, more chocolate, and a big boozy bite.

Taste: Rich vanilla and dark chocolate notes greet the tongue. Followed by a strong leathery date, pipe tobacco, raisin, and more rich vanilla. The finish is all bourbon and oak.

Feel: Thick and lush. Coats the palate with an iron grip. Finish is spicy bourbon that dances on the tongue with a deep alcohol warmth on the throat.

Overall: I really enjoy the luscious waves of flavor that coat the palate. The brew is thick and deep. What really stands out for me is right after the attack when the vanilla and chocolate notes intertwine with the deep dates notes. It's delicious. Then to finish it all off with nice bourbon. Excellent. It's a big, deep, and thick beer that's not afraid to show it.

Feb 04, 2016
4.6 by tongbliss from Massachusetts on Feb 02, 2016
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1.54/5  rDev -62.9%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.75
by joberlander from Massachusetts

Must be infected.. too carbonated and sour

Jan 24, 2016
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