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American Imperial Stout
Ranked #2,108
Ranked #38,984
3.67 | pDev: 13.08%
Scotland, United Kingdom
Reviews: 229 | Ratings: 339 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by jhhollier:
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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Photo of irishkyle21
3.97/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a small tanned head. Not much retention or lacing. Has a dark black color. This is one of the middle of the pack stouts as far as looks go.

Smells of roasted malts, some smokiness, coffee and dark fruits.

Tastes of roasted malts, chocolate, a bit of coffee and a faint fruitiness.

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Photo of deapokid
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of OKCNittany
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

Photo of elgiacomo
3.44/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle, batch 94, best by Dec 12, 2009. Served at cellar temperature.

Pours dark brown to black with a very bubbly small weak head, maintains a lot of big bubbles and leaves some small spots of lacing.

Aroma is burnt malts, dark fruit, anise, smoke, a bit of chocolate. Moderate strength at best.

Flavor is some chocolate, cola, molasses, figs, fair sweetness.

Mouthfeel is thin to medium, oily, low carbonation.

Not sure if this was at its best...OK as it is.

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Photo of colts9016
2.95/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Got this beer from Mandy, thank you.

Poured into a pint glass at 51 degrees.

Appearance: A very dark brown color. There was a quarter inch light tan head that only last a few seconds. There are couple of bubbles on the bottom of the beer. The clarity of beer is like the black hole.

Nose: A roasted malt with espresso, chocolate, the burnt character, molasses, phenols and a solvent like aroma. There are some floral, caramel, alcohol, and woody notes.

Taste: Roasted malt, light chocolate, phenols, molasses, woody, and solvent. The background flavors are coffee, caramel and floral.

Overall: The mouth feel is slick and slightly flat. The body of the beer is medium and finish is light. This beer presents an odd flavor to it. It is not like a imperial double beer but more like a porter. I really didn't care for it.

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Photo of philipquarles
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with a fluffy tan head that dissipates rather quickly to leave a spotty film and decent lacing. Very dark roasted malt aromas with quite a bit of coffee and some hints of cherry. Bitter notes hit the nose toward the end. Huge roasty, slightly smoky taste with a some dark, bitter cocoa. Lighter feel for the style. Nice, straightforward stout.

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Photo of champ103
3.37/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours an opaque dark brown color. Almost pitch black. A bubbly tan head forms. At first rises to about two fingers, but recedes to a small ring. Some lace is left behind.
S: A nice aroma of roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, and peat. Some smoky wood as well. Very enjoyable.
T: Nothing much here. Light roasted malt. Sweet bitter chocolate. A metallic twang with a lingering very light dry charcoal flavor.
M/D: A medium, almost light and thin body. A bit under carbonated. The alcohol does not overpower. Something I can sip on with no problem.

After Storm, I was a little worried about trying another Brewdog. This is not bad though. There are other Impy Stouts I will take before this however.

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Photo of JamesS
3.81/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a wonderful deep black color with excellent head and some nice lacing. Deep malt scent, but more alcohol on the nose than anything else; slight burnt grain aroma. Good taste; warming; nice and malty with some nice roasted malt flavors, but the alcohol tinge overtook a lot of other flavors I enjoy in strong stouts. Goes down smooth, regardless of the alcohol hit. A nice stout, I would definitely have more of it, but there are just as good/better strong stouts that are less expensive out there.

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Photo of armock
2.69/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Bottle from Specs Smith St in Houston, TX

A - Poured a black color with no head or lace

S - Is of roasted malt with a good bit of coffee

T - Like the nose the flavor is dominated by coffee

M - This beer has a thin watery body with light carbonation to it

O - This was a very disappointing beer from pour to finish the flavor was even average at best to me its not worth the money or time spent with this one don't bother

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Photo of wedge421
4.42/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Black as night with very very slight hues of brown in there. Not the darkest Imp stout I have witnessed but its up there.

S - CHOCOLATE!!!! Roasted espresso beans and a slight bready malt character. But the chocolate dominates on this one

T - Chocolate, espresso bean and alcohol. Bitterness from the malts dominates the first sip followed by a mellow chocolate flavor that evens everything out. Great stuff!

M - Coats the mouth in a dance of that a word?

D - At 8% this is a very drinkable Imp stout, huge notes of chocolate and espresso beans are carried evenly throughout this very drinkable beer. This is a beer geeks session beer easily.

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Photo of Nickls
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(From notes)

A - Poured with a very thin white head; deep, dense dark brown color

S - Peaty; roasted malts; bit of booze; bittersweetness

T - Bittersweet chocolate; light roastiness; some whisky notes; hint of vanilla and peat smoke

M - Medium to thicker MF; no carbonation really (cask); a little viscous and slick

D - Nice enough for a sipping brew and I though the cask did the brew justice, if not giving a better drinking experience.

Overall, though I haven't tried this in bottled form, I enjoyed it on cask pretty well actually.

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Photo of jlindros
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this as part of the Central New England BA meetup #1.

A: No head, just a few large bubbles on the sides. Dark brown color that almost makes it to black.

N: Some sweet malts, molasses, brown sugar, and a little smoked malt.

T: Semi rich, with some creamy stout flavors, a little roasty porter flavor, little dark chocolate, some fruit and smoked malts, more maple syrup and brown sugar.

M: Smooth and creamy with a medium body and almost no carbonation.

F: Slightly dry with a lingering smoke, fruit, and sweet malts, as well as maple. A little oak seems to come out here as well.

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Photo of DoubleJ
2.71/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Friday night... sports on the tube, a freshly cooked pizza, and a 22.6 ounce bottle of Rip Tide. On to the beer:

Doesn't form much of a head initially. It forms decently, but falls to a patchy thin one. Color is cola brown with reddish hues showing at the bottom of the glass. Surprisingly, there is a lot of stringy lacing on the glass. Aroma...a little booze, rubber, faint chocolate liqueur. The taste brings up my overall impression of this beer. Although it's a bit boozy and thinnish in the mouth, it has a solid flavor. Ethanol, roasted grain, charcoal, smoke, bitter chocolate...but it's quite smokey, charred, and boozy.

This beer was a mixed bag. There was some good, and there were some aspects which could be improved. If the ethanol-like alcohol is controlled better, then this might be a good stout.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.2/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The name and the similarly-themed poem on the label make for interesting and entertaining packaging...

This beer pours a very dark, inky black, with slight brown edges when held to the light. The light brown head is fairly sparse, and takes some time to settle, leaving a bit of lacing. The smell is roasted malt, with bitter chocolate and coffee notes, and is quite enticing. The taste is of bitter chocolate malt, but nice and smooth, the carbonation barely noticeable. I served this about 15 minutes after taking it out of the fridge, and the warmer texture made this very easy to drink, the elevated alcohol only evidenced by the warm sensation in my belly, not on the way down. Nice that the attitude on the packaging is backed up by a very decent, and actually 'merciful' stout inside.

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Photo of Bung
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A dark brown pour, but not the thickest of appearances. Some cream colored head, disappated pretty quickly. Sweet malt, caramel, some vanilla aromas, not a lot of roast. Taste has a little more roast, but really has that English brown or dark tinge to it. Some chocolate, caramel and malt, but not a lot of roast again. Some light hops present. Maybe medium bodied. Not bad on a warm summer night, but this seems like a pretty light double. Still not terrible, worth trying, price is all right by current standards.

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Photo of Duhast500
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22oz. bottle into a stemmed glass.

The color is a dark black with some slight brownish head. Some nice lacing.

The smell is a bit bitter chocolate with some slight vanilla and some oak.

The taste is dark chocolate and a bit of a milky flavor with a bit of a brandy flavored burn. Some slight malt flavor as well.

The feel of this beer is a little heavy. It goes down well but does have a bit of a kick and does burn a little going down. A serious hard beer.

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Photo of glid02
3.84/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased from Green's on Ponce in Atlanta.

Pours a dark brown color with lighter brown highlights and a creamy one-finger tan head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving thick lacing.

Smells of smooth roasted malts and not much else - it reminds me of a Dry Irish Stout.

Tastes better than it smells. While relatively cold there are loads of roasted and black malt flavors up front with a bit of tobacco that comes in near the end of the sip before a big bitterness. As it warms a good deal of pine and citrus hop flavors come out midway through the sip but manage to stay in the background.

Mouthfeel is very good. It has a nice thickness with soft carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I finished the bottle without much problem and could have another.

Overall this was a good beer and one that doesn't fit neatly into any categories. Worth a shot.

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Photo of dolemite77
4.01/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Almost no carbonation in this one for me... pours a semi-opaque and thin (was expecting motor oil)... head is more of a sudsy type head than a thick creamy head. Thinner and lighter than I expected or would have liked... more like a porter in some aspects... flavor was great, with heavy roastieness, hops that were unexpected, and not the usual cloying sweetness that can creep into an imp stout... strange beer, but good... just wish the appearance and the feel had been better.

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Photo of jera1350
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pours into a snifter the darkest of brown, almost black. Thin and creamy head reduces after a minute.

Pleasant smell of chocolate malt, cocoa, vanilla bean and molasses.

The flavors match the nose, but they feel a bit watered down. Nice flavor, but not as full as it should be. Some cola coming through. There is a bit of coffee present as well.

Here's where this beer suffers. The body is not even close to where it should be for the style. In my opinion, if the body was full, this beer would be really, really good. I would still call it medium bodied at best. Smooth.

As stated before, this is a good beer, but it's not in the category of imperial as far as I'm concerned. The thin body does allow it to be quite drinkable though. Not sure if I would have this again, but it's a decent beer overall.

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Photo of MisterClean
4.09/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased at total wine.

A - Pours a murky black, 1/2 finger of capuccino colored head and dissipates near immediately. Little to no carbonation.

S - Notes of chocolate, lots of chocolate, oak, vanilla, a hint of brandy maybe. Bittering hops not present in aroma.

T - A deep fried chocolate beer bomb. Notes of roasted caramel, hints of vanilla, and a brandy-esque sweetness. There is a hint of bittering hoppiness.

M - Malt dominated, moderate bodied, very sweet and finishes mercilessly dry.

D - Good overall, but not very stoutlike. This is more or less a barrel aged porter. There is some carafa malts with no roasted barley or black patent. Could have used some carbonation.

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Photo of DousedInStout
2.87/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Wow, was initially excited to try this beer - but it let me down hard. Poured a dark, ruby color - not much head nor carbonation. The nose was sweet, roasty and had some fig-like esters. The alcohol comes out a little in the nose. The taste is incredibly thin and watery - not much flavor. It kind of tastes like an undercarbonated cola, sweet and syrupy. The finish lingers, somewhat medicinal and roasted. Calling this a "stout" is an empty promise, and I hope this brewery makes some adjustments to their malt bill.

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Photo of RomanW70
4.15/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with a thick tan head.Aroma of cocoa, dark fruits, coffee and alcohol. Wow, this is tasty, Comes on smooth with chocolate, dark fruits and coffee, sliding very nicely into a lasting bitter coffee finish. Med-thick mouthfeel. Very nicely done! Moves fluidly from sweet start to bitter finish. Welcome to the US Brewdog!!! I'm going to a Brewdog tasting tomorrow night, and this definitely has whet my appetite.

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Photo of babaracas
3.07/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear dark brown with zero head and a few dots of lace. Hmm, I wonder if it will be undercarbonated? Smell: leafy hops, a little caramel, a good dose of diacetyl, black plum. Taste: fairly sweet, plum is a big component, some caramel, a quick flash of mild burnt flavor at the end of the sip. Complexity is nil. Mouthfeel: it turned out to not be horribly undercarbonated, but definitely is. The feel is just way to thin and watery for this style. I'm being generous with this rating, but it's not a bad beer by any means, it's just garbage for the style.

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Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev +9%

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