Imperiale
Ninkasi Brewing Company

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Style:
American Imperial Stout
Ranked #2,015
ABV:
9.1%
Score:
86
Ranked #28,029
Avg:
3.77 | pDev: 13%
Reviews:
83
Ratings:
242
From:
Ninkasi Brewing Company
 
Oregon, United States
Avail:
Winter
Wants
  7
Gots
  31
SCORE
86
Very Good
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Notes: Formerly Imperiale High Gravity Stout

Rich, full bodied and surprisingly smooth, Imperiale Stout has a big roast hit up front, and rich, dark malt flavors balanced with ample hop bitterness to finish.
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Reviews: 83 | Ratings: 242
Reviews by ClavisAurea:
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4.26/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from 03/2014 served in a tulip glass

Nice pour. Thick and black with a massive brown head that had real staying power. Even when this beer warmed up t was still like motor oil. Immediately the massive hops pounced in the nose and was a dominant force. There is some ripe fruit in there as well, raisin. The bittersweet chocolate and coffee flavored are intense and the roasted character in all over. The mouthfeel is creamy and thick like a fine hot cocoa. All of the components that were in the nose easily carried over in to the taste. Raisin was the dominant fruit character but I found the hop bitterness and malty astringency a bit too high. This is still an excellent beer and a perfect example of a Russin Imperial Stout.

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3.8/5  rDev +0.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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4.47/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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3.45/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great value for the price

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Photo of Merks
3.67/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of AaronDio
3.39/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Young_John
3.34/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Hayes86
3.94/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of VictorsValiant
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of demon
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Strong alcohol taste. Not very bitter, though very sweet. Nicely roasty, though missing some of the complexity I was looking for. Nice and sticky-sweet mouthfeel. Leaves a kind of lingering, lightly stinging malty characteristic in a way that I didn't particularly desire.

Good, worth a try if you are into imperial stouts, but I'd personally pass on this a second time around.

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Photo of aeric_7734
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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4.28/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Cvbrandon
4.52/5  rDev +19.9%

Photo of Harvest06
3.63/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Fresh this is not a stout I care for. Too hot and hoppy.

I tried one cellar-ed 1 year and it has improved but now had a sweet finish that the hops had hidden when fresh.

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Photo of Jermaine44
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Overall a well made stout. Smells sweet like Carmel, vanilla.. Taste is roast up front followed by sweetness from the malt finished with a bitterness to balance the beer. Medium mouthfeel just the way I like my beers

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Photo of GeorgeAKeim
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.61/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Champ82
4.27/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Well balanced stout. 9.1% abv with a smooth rich finish

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3/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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Imperiale from Ninkasi Brewing Company
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 242 ratings