(512) Imperial Stout
(512) Brewing Company

(512) Imperial Stout(512) Imperial Stout
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American Imperial Stout
Ranked #1,806
Ranked #10,738
3.98 | pDev: 11.56%
(512) Brewing Company
Texas, United States
(512) Imperial Stout(512) Imperial Stout
Notes: Formerly 2008-2013 Anniversary Imperial Stout
Reviews: 8 | Ratings: 77
Photo of TX-Badger
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown almost black with khaki colored head, very viscous as well. Roasted malts, raw cocoa, dark chocolate, and some coffee on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes with a bittersweet note similar to unsweetened dark cocoa. Nice.

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Photo of LittleDon
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Purchased December 2013, opened September 2014. Bottle 1323/2352. Took 10 minutes to pour because of the amount of head. Chocolate aroma, dried fruit. Flavor profile is more dried fruit (currants) with red wine astringency and less chocolate/coffee. A fair amount of alcohol in the finish. Medium+ carbonation and heavy body. Bitter finish. Very dry for an AIS.

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Photo of Uanof
3.72/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: dark as the night, big fluffy steady tan head which sucumbs to a 1/4 inch till the last sip.

S: roasted malts, coffee, faint caramel, astringent and soapy.

T: it's incredibly clean and easy going on the palate. Some bitterness is noticeable, but it hides pretty well it's 10%abv. Really glad it's not a coffee punch in the face as most stouts seem to be nowadays. Posseses certain mineralistic characteristic which i've noticed very common between Texas stouts.

M: starts fresh, followed by a medium body with a not too overpowering degree of harshness, end smooth and slightly hot, gone in no time.

O: Texas is yet to be known for it's stouts. This would definitely be in my top 3 Texas stouts, but on a bigger scale flavors were not entirely desireable. It has all the proper characteristic of a great stout, but i feel like it was lacking something to pull everything together. Wouldn't mind enjoying it again.

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Photo of Karibourgeois
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rich black pour with a two finger brown head. Nice rich coffee flavor that is slightly more sweet than bitter. Also can taste a slight bit of booze. Roasted finish.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.53/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

At the Draughthouse's 2013 anniversary party, they called this "512 Imperial Stout 5th Anniversary." Served on-draught into a 5 oz sampler glass. Reviewed from notes.

A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.

Pours a 1.5 finger wide head of tan colour. Good cream and thickness. Poor (<20 second) retention. Uneven lacing sticks to the sides of the glass.

Body colour is a predictable opaque black. No floating yeast particles/sediment is visible.

Not a unique or special appearance for an imperial stout, but there are no overt flaws. It's about what you'd expect given the style, and I think it looks pretty good.

Sm: Chocolate malt, dark malts, vanilla. Hints of subtle bourbon. No hop profile, alcohol, or yeast character is detectable. A hint of roast. I'm not picking up any coffee or true milk chocolate. It's an appealing aroma, if a subdued one. Light in strength. I'm looking forward to trying it.

T/Mf: Has some nice milk chocolate notes; very soft. Smooth and wet. Good thickness and body. It's not syrupy like many bad imperial stouts. Has a good presence on the palate. Well-carbonated.

No hop profile, yeast character, or alcohol comes through.

Dark malts. Chocolate malt. Cream. Sadly, it's a been lacking in terms of roast. It's a pretty simple build for an imperial stout, but it does have some limited subtlety, and the buried vanilla notes are a nice touch. I do like it, but you have to bring far more to the table to compete with the greats in this style. It's lacking a unique or special element. Everything this beer does, another beer in the style does better.

Dr: A likable plain ole imperial stout with no frills. Sort of the RyanAir of imperial stouts, if you will. I'd get it again and it's quite drinkable, but it just can't compete with the world-class beers in the style. It's one of the better Texan beers I've had in my short time here. I might recommend it to friends. Hides its ABV well. Give it a go if you chance across it.

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Photo of vickersspitfire
4.3/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours out dark black and I cannot find any amber or brown hues anywhere along its edges. The head is thick foamy and dark tan color. It’s very inviting and almost makes me want to make a pillow out of the head.
Strong roasted malts, coffee, liquorish, vanilla, figs and cream are all mixed in its aroma.
The roasted malts are the first to hit your tongue, the bitterness follows, then the rest of the flavors come through. The mild bitter chocolates sweep through the side of your mouth, very mild coffee in its aftertaste but not much else- it could just be me.
It is a bit light on the mouth feel but falls in the medium mouthfeel category.
Overall, this is a great beer to have and its been fun sitting down in the cold just to be warmed up by the imperial stout.

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Photo of BeerImmediately
3.37/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz on draft at FM Smoke House in Irving

Poured with a good, thick tan to brown head over an opaque black body. Good lacing.

Not sure if it's just the temp being too cold, but very light on the nose. Some bitter bark, bakers chocolate, and fresh NW hops. A real smokiness comes thru as it warms.

Flavors come thru with burnt malt that just sticks on the palate throughout the swallow and finish (yes, I said swallow and finish in the same sentence). Leafy bitterness. Smokey malt. Tangy finish. Mouthfeel is fairly light for a 10%er, but good, IMO. Not too thick.

Interesting beer, and has plenty of flavor going on. Just not sure I'd seek it out again.

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Photo of champ103
4.41/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

So...nobody is going to write a real review of this, and the name format is wrong. To things that annoy me. Only slightly kidding :) Anyway, a growler from Premium Draught in Houston.

A: Pours a completely opaque black color. A two finger rocky tan head forms with excellent retention. Rings of lace are left behind.
S: Big roasted malt, cream and coffee, bakers chocolate. Toasted malts and baked bread. Some liquorish. Some leafy hops in the finish.
T: A big roasted malty flavor. Cream and coffee. Deep, dark, bakers chocolate flavors. Even some toffee and liquorish. A lingering, light bitterness. Partly from late finishing hops, and partly from the chocolate flavors.
M/D: This has a big full body. Viscous, but not overly inky and oily. Moderate carbonation. Smooth at the same time. A bit of warming heat. This is a big beer. Though a very nice sipper.

This is a great Imperial Stout. Very enjoyable and highly recommened if you are looking for a big stout.

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(512) Imperial Stout from (512) Brewing Company
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 77 ratings