Black Rat Imperial Stout | Cellar Rats Brewery

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98 Ratings
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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
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Ratings: 98 |  Reviews: 32
Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of superspak
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled in late 2011. Pours pitch black color with a fluffy 2-3 finger dark khaki head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Some nice foamy lacing on the glass, with a lot of carbonation streaming up. Aromas of coffee, roasted malt, caramel, milk chocolate, toffee, biscuit, nuttiness, and light fruitiness. Nice and well balanced aromas with good complexity. Taste of coffee, roasted malt, milk chocolate, toffee, toast, nuttiness, and light fruitiness. Fair amount of coffee bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of coffee, milk chocolate, roasted malt, toffee, toast, and light fruitiness on the finish for a good bit. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a creamy and lightly prickly mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a small warming noticed after the finish. Very smooth to sip on. Overall this is an excellent imperial milk stout! Great balance of roasted and sweet flavors, with good complexity; and very smooth to sip on. Really enjoyable stuff.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received in trade from barak316, thanks for the opportunity.
Pours a solid black with a small creamy tan head that shows some retention. Smells of milk chocolate, lactose, coffee, and roasted grains. The bottle says Imperial stout, but this smells like a sweet stout. Taste is creamy with milk chocolate and caramel and bits of roast and coffee. Tastes like a sweet stout as well. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet coffee milk kind of mouthfeel. This is a nice milk stout that doesn't show one bit of its 9.2% abv.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
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 Stinkypuss
3.87/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Black Rat Imperial Stout
Cellar Rats Brewery
Style: Milk / Sweet Stout
ABV: 9.20 %

LOOK: Dark brown bordering on black. Light brown foam looking very dark and beckons everything roasted and oily. Leaves a nice ring of lace as the sips go by.

SMELL: Roasted malt, milk chocolate, espresso coffee. You can call me the undertaker because I am digging this nose.

TASTE: Sweet malts, big time milk chocolate flavor, lactose sugar, cream, coffee (in a mocha sense) and little to no bitterness. As there is very little bitterness from hops or the roast, the beer ends up being pretty sweet. For a sweet stout its about on point but it does cloy.

FEEL: Full bodied, well carbonated, a bit slick. Smooth overall feel and very easy to imbibe in.

OVERALL: Not a bad stout from Cellar Rats. Cloying sweetness, but the flavor is pretty solid otherwise. Perhaps a few spare hops in the brew kettle and we'd have a world class stout on our hands.

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Photo of Stinger80OH
4.75/5  rDev +20.6%

Photo of pathman
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.

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Photo of barczar
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2013 vintage, so rating set to current average.

Aroma is roasty, with dark fruit notes of plum and black cherry adding complexity.

Flavor is fairly sour throughout, with roasty malt dominating the finish, along with toasted notes.

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Photo of iL0VEbeer
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of maximum12
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Continuing to clean out the back of the fridge, we find this fine-looking extra from fiver29. A new brewery for me. 12 oz. bottle with, yes, rat-themed artwork. Well. I guess all the better ideas were taken.

The pour is black & the carbonation is enthusiastic. Nose is very milkweed with plenty of coffee/roast. Pretty routine.

Black Rat Imperial Stout hits the bulls-eye of the milk stout style. Roast, malts, lactose, touch of chocolate, creamy, easy to sip.

Absolutely nothing distinguishing about the beer. Good representation of the style, pretty good beer, but nothing to separate it from the pack.

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Photo of Bung
3.92/5  rDev -0.5%
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 Lukass
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of OWSLEY069
3.55/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours jet black with a tan head. In the aroma, coffee, and notes of alcohol. In the taste, A small bitterness with some coffee presence. A small bite and a medium bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry coffee and note of alcohol in the aftertaste. Nothing really exciting, decent, but kind of run of the mill.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.92/5  rDev -0.5%
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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Photo of Pearlstreetbrewingco
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of Zonian1
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of FosterJM
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

1467th Review on BA
Bottle to Great Lakes Snifter
12oz

No bottle date
CA Gang Bang BIF

App- Pours out a dark brown with a good density. A small 1/2 finger brown head was there and gone. A few good dots of cling.

Smell- Chocolate milk with malts and sweetness kicked up and a smattering of booze on the nose. Quite enjoyable and lush.

Taste- Let's see? Booze, chocolate, creme, malts and blend. Voila! This beer. A little one dimensional but creamy and flavorful and a hidden ABV. Lush and rich.

Mouth- A solid medium body with a medium creamy carbonation. Residual chocolate and a little bit of cream.

Drink- I really enjoyed this. 1 of our 2 bottles was infected but the one I had tasted great. Smooth, rich and quite good.

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Photo of mikepcarney
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of ckollias
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Morey
3.62/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle with no freshness date.

Pours a very dark brown color (almost black). The head stood about one finger tall following a medium pour, but has since settled to a pretty thin layer of light brown colored foam. Decent head retention, but almost all of it makes it's way back into the beer after a bit.

The aroma was much bolder immediately after the poor with hints of chocolate, coffee, and roasted barley, but it's mellowed some, and is actually pretty clean at this point.

The malts hit you first, but there's a pretty significant sweetness that sweeps over the palate shortly after. I'm getting a bit of chocolate towards the middle with a hint of cola in there as well. There's just a touch of bitterness that surfaces near the back end, but the sweetness and chocolate dominate the finish.

Medium bodied (which is thin for a RIS) with moderate to light carbonation.

I've heard that this is actually a milk stout? It definitely taste like a milk stout that's for sure.

Morey's Bottom Line: If I was rating this as a Milk Stout, I would have probably given it a higher score, but as a RIS, it falls a bit short for me. Still a good beer, but it's on the sweet side.

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Photo of deapokid
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of JRod1969
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of nrbw23
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a pitch black color with a nice brown head. Head is a thick layer of foam, that doesn't go any where and leaves pretty thick lacing.

S- I'm picking up roasted malts, bakers chocolate, and light char. Nothing over powering.

T- Taste is really solid too. Char, bitter chocolate, roasted malts and a bit of sweetness that I can't quite figure out what it is, but I like it.

M- Full in body and low carbonation.

O- Wow this is pretty easy to drink.

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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.

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Black Rat Imperial Stout from Cellar Rats Brewery
3.94 out of 5 based on 98 ratings.
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