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American Imperial Stout
Ranked #2,071
Ranked #20,005
3.85 | pDev: 12.47%
Philadelphia Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States
Very Good
Notes: This is a rich, dark brew made with chocolate and Munich malts and aged on French oak.
Reviews: 92 | Ratings: 179 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by bryanboova:
Photo of bryanboova
4.58/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Best PBC beer by far.

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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 Houser
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of skaboom420
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JMartin
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

Photo of Jason1337
3/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of Travcofarms
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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

Photo of jl2414
4.75/5  rDev +23.4%

Photo of scottDC
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of chooch5
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of little_star
4.37/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Lambdon
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of FrancisM12
3.81/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Photo of Stevenloures0
4.7/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Fantastic beer one of my favorites.. Flavors come out perfectly just a tad heavy

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Photo of CharlesK
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CorkandCageAllentown
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Tre1994
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 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 weeare138
4.6/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at TND...
Appears a dense black with a fluffy tan head that slowly fades. Scattered streaks of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of ripe fruit, cocoa, espresso, caramel, and nuts.
Taste is of mentioned aromas with major flavor jumping out. I love the complexities.
Mouthfeel is chewy, spritzy, sugary, n bitter at the same time. This is clearly the best Philadelphia brewing beer ive had.

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

Appearance: pour a black color with a 2" head that lasts a while.

Smell: milk chocolate, rosted malts, and a hint of vanilla create a pleasant aroma.

Taste: roasted malt, milk chocolate, a hint of licorice, prunes, and some warming alcohol tones are the main flavor components.

Mouthfeel: heavy in body. Smooth from start to finish. Aftertaste is long.

Drinkability: despite the high alcohol level this beer is nicely drinkable. Overall a tasty and well baloanced beer.

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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 emericanchaos
2.64/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

The darkest of ruby red pours from this 12oz bottle. In casual lighting it would appear black as day. Thin head of milk chocolate brown caps this brew before quickly subsiding.

Smells of dark cocoa nibs and some dark coffee. Alcoholic. Grainy.

Asserts itself full force up front. Suggestions of big coffee and roasty chocolate flavors. Quickly subsides into an alcoholic tinge on the outsides of the tongue. Somewhat bitter but nothing tremendous for an "Imperial Stout".

Moves easily in the mouth. Seems slick and thin. Doesn't coat the palette well.

In all this is a miserable example of this style. More an imperial porter than any type of stout. There's an obvious lack of coffee, chocolate, lactose and hops which beers of this style and body almost always offer as a consolation to the large amount of two row or six row used to boost the ABV. This beer presents itself as a very thin stout lacking the richness and depth that this style has become known for. At least where American brewers are concerned. If you can get this in 22oz or six packs it may be good as a a stout to cook with. I can picture it as a steak marinade with black pepper, soy sauce some onion and mushroom and a touch of something sweet or spicy depending on taste. As a drinking beer there's better options in the price range.

If you're looking for a good imperial porter or a session imperial stout (wtf is a session imperial stout?) this is your drink. If you're looking for a competitor to stand against stormking, old heathen and other imperial stouts in the philly area it's best to consider other options. I consider both suggested alternatives very good representations of the style so Your Mileage May Vary...

Not recommended at all.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

At Local 44, it was Kick the Christmas Beers, here at Memphis Taproom, it was Caskafternoon and they had been alerted, I mean, warned, no, advised of my pending arrival.

I had successfully navigated their test of my sobriety with a nice gravity pour and having deemed worthy of my pick, I opted for the strongest thing going as it was getting late, the snow was continuing to fall, unabated and I needed to wrap up and head for the barn.

It was given to me with a finger of deep-brown, soapy head with decent retention. Nose smelled like dried, dark fruit - prunes and raisins, plus a bit of chocolate. Color was a deep, dark brown with limited light penetration. Mouthfeel reminded me of why I love cask ale - it simply melted like a chunk of chocolate on my tongue. My uncle imparts a tale of the Haight-Ashbury in the late-1960's when a hippie came up to him, stuck out his tongue and said, "Acid, man. LSD, dig? It melts in your mind, not in your hand." Har! The taste of the beer was also very chocolaty. Finish was more toward cocoa than fudge, if that helps to quantify things. Great lacing throughout. Overall, it was another dessert bee and one that could be used for cooking or baking. Gadzooks, if only I liked chocolate ...

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