Black Rat Imperial Stout | Cellar Rats Brewery

BA SCORE
87
very good
98 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score
Send samples
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
Ratings:
98
Reviews:
32
Avg:
3.94
pDev:
9.9%
 
 
Wants:
7
Gots:
15
For Trade:
1
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Ratings: 98 |  Reviews: 32
Photo of brianplatt
4.75/5  rDev +20.6%

Photo of TaylorK
4.75/5  rDev +20.6%

Photo of Stinger80OH
4.75/5  rDev +20.6%

Photo of pathman
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of rypkr
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of sendsilk
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of BigFatMike
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of adamg8504
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of mikepcarney
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of JohnnyMc
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of Blueribbon666
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of ZachRusk
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of durwood64
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of bluejacket74
4.32/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

 659 characters

Photo of fastsrt
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

form tap to a 8 ounce taster glass
A: black with a tan head
S: roasted malts, coffee, dark chocolate.
T: imperial milk stout that has the perfect amount of lactose in it. Chocolate and espresso. complex and tasty one of the best stouts i had at the tasting i went to.
M: creamy and robust, clings to the pallet and lingers. although it is typical of the style in this category
D: high I would put this with some of the top RIS that I have drank. this is a tasty stout not to creamy; just right. delicious.

 506 characters

Photo of jampics2
4.28/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampled several times at the Winter Warmer Tasting 2011. Thanks to the kind brewers at Cellar Rats for bringing this great beer along!

Right off the bat, this beer started as a stand-out. It has great head retention and nice lace. The color is a bit more brown and red around the edges than others, but mostly black.

That had me worried that the smell and taste would be subdued, but that was not the case. Not at all! This has huge notes of Chocolate, molasses and coffee – sweet and roasty without being too burned. There's a creaminess holding it all together, and the scent and flavor progression make this deep and enjoyable. I really like the level or roast here - it reminds me of a beer like the Founders Imperial Stout with a bit less booze. Speaking of which, there's little to no booze here!

The mouthfeel was extraordinary as well – perfect creamy carbonation and a hefty body. This is a killer stout from an up-and-comer. Very drinkable and enjoyable. Thanks to the Rats for bringing this out and I look forward to being able to grab this in bottles next year! I plan on making this a staple at my place and for trades.

 1,140 characters

Photo of BB1313
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

 760 characters

Photo of Glanzman
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of JRod1969
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of lpotter
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of thebouch01
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of beergod1
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Finally....bottles are available. I swear the bottle says 8.2% abv, But I will have to believe what it says on all the sites. Poured Dark Brown/Black with a short light tan head. Light lacing. Looked a little weak for an imperial, but smells pretty good. I'm thinking Chocolate milk & strong coffee. Taste is Chocolate, light Molasses and Espresso. I was explaining to my friends it was more like a Milk Stout because it was so Creamy smooth, and now I see it is a Imperial Milk Stout. Looking at some of the other ratings, the Keg version of this must have more of an "imperial" taste. The bottle just don't seem to be an Imperial. But...this is delicious, and I will buy it again. fine job to another Ohio Local Brewery.

 722 characters

Photo of HumphreyLee
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of mdhobbs
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of furthurgone
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Black Rat Imperial Stout from Cellar Rats Brewery
3.94 out of 5 based on 98 ratings.
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.

    Learn More
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.

    Learn More
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.

    Learn More