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Black Rat Imperial Stout | Cellar Rats Brewery

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Black Rat Imperial StoutBlack Rat Imperial Stout
BA SCORE
3.97/5
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98 Ratings
Black Rat Imperial StoutBlack Rat Imperial Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Cellar Rats Brewery
Ohio, United States
ratbrew.com

Style: Milk / Sweet Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by adamette on 12-30-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
32
Ratings:
98
pDev:
9.82%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
7
Gots:
15
Trade:
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Ratings: 98 |  Reviews: 32
Reviews by Blueribbon666:
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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

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Photo of jminch
4/5  rDev +0.8%

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

Dark tan head forming thick, fine even speckled lacing with a pitch black body absorbing all of the visible light. Aroma has dark chocolate/mild coffee accents from the dark roasted malts, mild fruitiness with herbal hops in the backend. Flavor has creamy dark chocolate notes almost like a big milk stout caliber creamy sweetness. I like the red rat on the label with the soviet hammer and sickle on it's side. "The Black Rat is a juggernaut of a beer. This imperial, milk stout is big and full of flavor and may remind you of an Irish coffee with lots of cream and sugar. This monster beer clocks in at 9.2% A.B.V. It truly is bitter sweet and velvety smooth." Yep I knew this was too laden with milk sugar not to be a sweet stout, it's imperial and has some serious alcohol that I can't even taste. Big smooth mouthfeel big body with big creamy textures, even carbonation mellow smooth big beer at it's best for a small brewer in Ohio. Drinkability overall it's one and done for me the roasted malts get hidden by big layers of fruitiness and big layers of lactose infused sweetness, which makes it lack some much needed balance. I may get diabetes if I drink too much of this but for an enjoyable imperial stout experience this is good up there with the new Southern Tier 2X Imperial Milk Stout.

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Photo of brianplatt
4.75/5  rDev +19.6%

Photo of Zonian1
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of BamfBacon
3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Snooprobirob
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of huskermike12
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of JT99125
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of ChrisL24481
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of Lanstrum
3/5  rDev -24.4%

Photo of ohiobeer29
2.75/5  rDev -30.7%

Photo of Hostil1
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of Bung
3.92/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. Picked up in Columbus OH. Descently thick looking black pour. Just a ring of cream colored bubbles.

Aroma, roast malt, dark chocolate, quite a bit of mocha latte. Some cocoa.

Taste, quite a bit of strong flavors. Milk sugar, milk chocolate up front. Some roast malt, solid dose of coffee. Kind of tastes like one if those Starbucks coffee drinks.

A little thin, but it drinks quite easy. Fairly active carbonation helps the lighter feel as well. Maybe just a tad sweet.
Actually reminded me a bit of Williamsburg Alewirks Coffeehouse.
Worth trying one.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.32/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle. Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with a half inch tan head that didn't stay around for long. There's also a good amount of lacing. Aroma is very sweet, the brew smells mostly like milk chocolate, along with some roasted malt, coffee and molasses. Taste is pretty much just like the aroma, I think the milk chocolate flavor is the strongest, but there's also some roasted and burnt/charred malt, coffee, and cream noticeable. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit slick and creamy with moderate carbonation. I certainly don't notice the alcohol in this brew, it's really easy to drink. At $10.99 a 4-pack, I'll buy it again.

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3.25/5  rDev -18.1%

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4/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of buschbeer
3.92/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 fl oz bottle
Served in a snifter

L - This beer pours black with a mountain of tan head.

S - I get lactose. It is very sweet smelling with some chocolate.

T - It is sugary sweet. I get coffee and cream.

F - Medium

O - It is a little too sweet. The alcohol is well hidden. It is a good beer but definitely on the sweet side.

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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of JamnesCameron
4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a growler at World Wine & Liquor in Mentor, Ohio. This batch is up around 9.2%.

Poured into a snifter.

Pours a jet black, with no light getting through anywhere. Slow rising light mocha head of about two fingers that gently drops to a mere wisp of foam. Some light lacing.

Aromas of light cocoa, coffee, slight roast. Aroma is very subdued. Not overwhelming.

Flavors of sweet malt, roast malt, some anise, light cocoa and coffee. Finish is medium with roasted malt and sweet cocoa in the fade.

Mouthfeel is full, chewy, mouthcoating roastiness.

Overall very drinkable, nice RIS. Alcohol doesn't really come through, very dangerous brew.

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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

Photo of OrangeMen
3.92/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2015 vintage
~ 1 year since bottling, no bottle date but going off when beer was purchased

Appearance- Pours a black color, opaque. Half finger thick, light tan colored head, creamy thick. Some spotty head lacing and slight alcohol legs on glass.

Aroma- Sweet chocolates, creamy sugar, caramel, toffees, vanilla. Mild roasted malt, subtle mocha / coffee notes. Sweet, sugary, creamy.

Taste- Milk chocolates, subtle bittersweet dark chocolates, roasted malt, subtle smoky undertones. Creamy sugars, chocolate milk, caramel, toffee, almonds, dark fruits, and mocha.

Feel- Medium body, creamy and sweet but lacks a little in consistency. Lower carbonation.

Overall- Sweet, creamy, and rich. Sweetness really dominates but has a good depth to it. Roasted malt and coffee bitterness balance.

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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Pours black, barely any light getting into this one. Off-white head which fades, nice retention and decent lacing. Lots of roasty characteristics up front. There's a nice touch of smoke and milk chocolate. The flavors are pretty sweet. Irish coffee in the mix with lots of cream and sugar, just how Cellar Rats described it. Finishes bittersweet, with an expresso aftertaste. Body is extremely fluffy, smooth and creamy, but light and not heavy or chewy. It would be hard to drink more than one due to the sweetness, but it's pretty tasty and has alot going for it.

I really like the Irish coffee, cream and sugar vibe. This is such a nice stout, sweet, but it's supposed to be. Great unique take on the style. Recommended.

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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Photo of rypkr
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

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Black Rat Imperial Stout from Cellar Rats Brewery
Beer rating: 3.97 out of 5 with 98 ratings
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