Shackamaximum | Philadelphia Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Philadelphia Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
This is a rich, dark brew made with chocolate and Munich malts and aged on French oak.

Added by ffejherb on 03-09-2009

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Ratings: 178 |  Reviews: 92
Reviews by IronLover:
Photo of IronLover
3.89/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Black in color with dark brownish hues on the edges. Poured with a short dark beige foam that reduced to a steady, wispy cap. Sweet chocolate and dark roasted malt aromas. Aromas are earthy and slightly musty with s hint of freshly ground coffee at the back end. Slightly thick, smooth, delicate, oily feel with soft carbonation from the middle to the end. Dark chocolate flavors up front followed by roasted malt into the middle. A slow moving hoppy bitterness grows through the middle followed by bitter roasted coffee flavors and lightly charred malt. Finished dryly with a combined dark roasted malt and hop bitterness. Definitely on the sweeter side. Glad to see that this is available in the 12oz format.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of JPowell712
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This imperial stout was very decent and easy to sip on. You get the chocolate and sweet aromas right off the pour. The taste is very smooth and very sweet. The alcohol is definitely noticeable in the warming feel, but it is hidden well. I like this stout very much and would recommend a try.

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Photo of DWolf
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of warriorsoul
3.72/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Damico for picking me up one of these.
Black in color, not overly viscous with a thin layer of tan head and spotty lacing that disappears quickly.
Dark chocolate in the nose, floral notes and a hint of alcohol.
Taste is quite green for the style. A nice hoppy RIS that has a boatload of chocolate malt to add some balance. Hops are more fruity in the taste but the roasted quality of this offering takes over in the end...making it the only thing remaining on the palate. The alcohol is also more subdued in the taste, making this one dangerously drinkable for its ABV.
Mouthfeel is thicker than I was anticipating after the initial pour and the carbonation is perfect for the style.
Call me impressed here.

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Photo of ryser2k
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.6/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Great price at D'z, around six bucks. Pours a pitch black letting absolutely no light through the glass. Head is creamy dark tan khaki hued with a nice fine speckled lacing pattern around my entire chalice. Smells great every beer I've tried from French staves has been excellent. Dark chocolate, hints of cocoa and coffee with a toasted wood finish in there well meshed. Herbal pine hops in the background as well this is very nice with creamy milk chocolate notes flooding the hops out. Flavor is excellent creamy milk chocolate drinks so smooth, this beer changes my opinion about Philadelphia brewing, actually the coffee porter was excellent on tap as well. Maybe they are dark beer specialists? Dark roasted malts and dark chocolate with hints of strong coffee a bit of soy sauce a tad of 10% booziness making it through the cracks. Mouthfeel is full bodied luscious big dark beer, in all of it's beauty. Carbonation is expressive carrying the big heavy beer with ease. Drinkability is dangerous I'm downing a bomber without even thinking about it one of the most drinkable imperial stouts I've come across, again I will try every Philly Brewing beer from this point foreward without hesitation, this Indian Chief is rockin' it to the max.

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Photo of richkrull
3.91/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a motor oil black with a good inch of dark beige head on it with some ok lacing as well.

Smell is full of rich roasted malt, chocolate and some alcohol tinge to it as well.

Taste is malty throughout with a slight bitter coffee finish.

Mouthfeel is medium-full. Smooth beer going down.

Overall a pretty good imperial stout. Glad I got a chance to try those one. And of course the name is awesome.

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Photo of acurtis
2.5/5  rDev -35.1%

Photo of mdaschaf
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to ShanePB for sending this my way. Love the name. Review from notes:

A: Pours a deep brown, pretty much black with a solid one finger tan head with great retention. The beer left behind solid rings of lacing.

S: Lightly roasted malt, cocoa, chocolate, a touch of coffee, and good bit of hops, which caught my by surprise.

T: Similar to the aroma with some lightly roasted malt and hints of coffee. The chocolate comes through much stronger with a little bit of vanilla mixed in.

M: Medium bodied, but drinks slightly lighter than I thought it would. Moderate carbonation and has a slight grainy texture to it.

O: Quite good, not overly complex. The 10% is hidden very well and it drinks very easily. Really enjoyed this one.

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Photo of cclark67789
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Photo of Sammy
3.71/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hits the style. Black bodied and thick looking, with a generous beige head. Good mostly milk chocolate taste, some licorice and cola, pine hops. Would like more hops. A tad of smoke but could use more. Caramel but not as thick mouthfeel as the top reps of the style

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.47/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow! What a great beer! I'm a big fan of the Imperial stout style, and I have to say, this one is right up there with the best. It's rich and flavorful, loaded with chocolate and roastiness, and it has just the right amount of alcohol within the malt... it lurks there, right under the surface, not really making an appearance, but definitely having a presence. And it has a great roasty edge but it's still in balance; and it doesn't have too much dark malt acidity that can sometimes cut through. The bitterness, like the alcohol, is there but not overdone. It's really nicely rounded, and surprisingly complex. Quite drinkable despite its girth! Worth seeking out!

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Photo of ajaxivan
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of GimmeGumballHead
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Kegatron
4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle into a couple of tulip glasses.

Pours a pitch black, with a finger of foamy dark mocha head. This fizzles down pretty quickly, leaving back some wisps in the center and a thin foaminess around the edges of the glass that puts up some light spotty lacing. The aroma has a nice smelling fullness to it, with notes of chocolate, vanilla, smoky roast, coffee, and citric fruit, which is all wrapped up in a floral and woody feel. Nice!

The taste follows the same route, being thick with chocolate fudge and a smooth vanilla sweetness. Some fruity citrus flavors and leafy bitter hops pull up the middle of the profile before diving into a dark backend of brunt and blackened malts. This finishes deeply charred with lingering notes of espresso and dry wood. The mouthfeel is full bodied with a nice thick chewiness to it and just enough sharpness to make all of that roast and hops pop in the mouth. There is an EXTREMELY well hid 9% ABV on this that contributes to an overall great drinkibility for such large Stout. Color me impressed!

I haven't had a whole lot of experience yet with the PBC offerings but this one really left a good impression on me. Lots of aggressive flavors here but I like the aging on the French oak, as it added a creamy vanilla character that helped smooth things out a bit. This is just a really solid Stout and fairly affordable to. I think I only paid around $5 for this bomber.

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Photo of Travcofarms
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of kwa357
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of PatDreadful
3.89/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a Victory Tulip.
Served at 54 degrees

Appearance: Huge tan head that is insanely tight. The bubbles were so small and dense that it looked like cream. This gives way to a rocky head and some beautiful sticky lacing. The beer is a standard stout brown with lighter edges.

Smell: Hmm, this has me a bit puzzled. I get the wonderful toasted malts with hints of chocolate and dark fruits but there is something slightly boozy and metallic there too. The aroma is not nearly as balanced as the taste.

Taste: The big malt flavor shines through here and that strange metallic smell translates into a welcome warmness from the ABV. The booze is hidden very well as the aftertaste leaves me with those delicious dark fruit notes. Very nice and smooth.

Mouthfeel: I think this is the only real drawback of the beer. The body is just too thin for my liking. I'm all for a thin bodied stout but when we are talking 10% ABV, I just want a little more to chew on, so to speak.

This is a beer that will be in heavy rotation during the winter months. The price is perfect ($4.99) and I love seeing a local brewery produce such a classy product.

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Photo of waddellc2
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of tone77
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 22 oz. bottle. Has a black color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of chocolate, coffee, smoke. Taste is the same, chocolate coming through first, followed by some alcohol, coffee and malts. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall is an enjoyable beer.

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Photo of PCampbell
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a tulip glass. Saved this about 3 months after purchasing it. Pours a nice dark near-black color with a 1" dark tan head with fine lacing on the edges.

Smells of dark roasted malts, chocolate, cocoa and some coffee. A little bit of tobacco ad molasses is evident as well. It tastes just as it smells with chocolate and roastiness up front with some bitterness and a bit of sweetness as well. Has a medium-thin mouthfeel to it with mild carbonation.

A good imperial stout with some great flavors and smells to it.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.66/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: A rich milky chocolate pour appears the deepest of black in the glass. The head is mocha in color, frothy, and stood about a finger high. Nice coverage on the lace providing a solid thin film coating after a good stand retention wise.

S: Roasty cocoa beans with some chocolate malt on the open. The strength was a bit light with some alcohol but void of any French oak notes thus far.

T: Roasted cocoa beans, dark and rich mixes with some alcohol laced chocolate. The French oakiness is evident in the flavor, woody with dried vanilla notes mixes with a yeastiness of bananas and fresh dough. Coffee roast appears on the finish with a bit of roasted barley, wheat, dark fruit and a bit of dark licorice.

M: tight and bubbly from the carbonation. Heavy handed malt rests on the tongue wit a thick and viscose nature that finishes off with a bit of licorice and roasty sweet finish.

D: A hearty drink that satisfies by the bomber. Goes down fairly well per style.

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Photo of psulovesbeer
4.23/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap
Typical imp stout it's thick dark and light head with lacing
The smell is of roasted grain very potent
The taste is delicously roasted with a hint of citrus
The mouthfeel is very smooth for 10 percent exceptional balance

A very drinkable stout great flavor and smoothness

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Photo of mdillon86
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of buzzy
4.21/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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Shackamaximum from Philadelphia Brewing Company
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