Timmie Imperial Stout | Sun King Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Sun King Brewing Company
Indiana, United States

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by aasher on 02-12-2011

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Reviews: 15 | Ratings: 72
Photo of chicagobeerguy
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: A dark dark brown, mocha pencil thin head

S: Chocolate, dark fruit, little coffe, creamy

T: Sweet and roasty, cocoa nibs, coffee, not overpowering taste

F: Clean, not to heavy, not watery but a very drinkable stout

O: This is the kind of stout that you could have a few of and not feel bloated. The kind of stout that you could drink in the summer and feel fine. Not overpowering but just a clean and good tasting stout. I like it.

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Photo of John_M
4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Arch Bridge Tap House in Oregon City. I assume this was a left over keg from the recent CBC conference in PDX.

While I thought this a very nice beer, it was a bit more roasty and licorice filled than I normally care for. There was still some nice dark chocolate and vanilla as well, which I appreciated. The beer was a tad boozy on the full, fairly dry finish.

A very solid beer, but not really a stand out, in the world of impy stouts. That being said, I'll bet a barrel aged version of this would be terrific, and would likely soften some of the rough edges in this beer.

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Photo of Duff27
3.82/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A- Quick collared tan head. Swirl leaves light legs. Body is dark brown.

S- Sweet cocoa powder aroma.

T- Good roasty/burnt favors. Drinks less than its stated ABV.

M- Medium/medium-full mouthfeel, smooth. A tad over-carbed for the style in my opinion, not enough to deter for the overall experience though.

D/O- Overall, Sun King Timmie RIS is quite drinkable for its 10%abv. Good mouthfeel, good roastiness/chocolate flavors. Thanks @robwestcott, looking forward to the Timmie variants coming up shortly.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.19/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Solid opaque with brown highlights, with tan head, tight, and persistent. Some minor lacing. Major legs.

S - Malt, molasses, caramel, burning a bit with alcohol. Chocolate in the background.

T - Chocolate out front, molasses with just a touch of sulfur, torched sugar, and a bit of brownie batter. Some subtle bitterness in the middle, with a nice warming sweetness in the close.

M - Slick and full, coating, minor carbonation.

O - This is a very full imperial stout, luscious and delicious. Rock solid and a real pleasure.

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Photo of reebtaerG
4.23/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had on draft at Scion DuPont in a tulip on 5/8/14

A-Pours a fairly opaque darker brownish black with foamy beige head that steadily dissipates into lacing.

S-Sweet aromas of dark malt, dark chocolate, and coffee.

T-Tastes like it smells with what seems to be a bit of oak as well.

M-Mouthfeel is well balanced with low carbonation. Needs to be thicker

O-overall at nice Russian imperial stout needs to be thicker in my opinion

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Photo of AmitC
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had it on tap at Sun King here in Indy.

5$ for a 12oz fill.

Price aside. It was an excellent brew.

It was Nitro Timmie that i had. Filled the glass with dark black color and a brown head about two fingers thick. Good persistent head. Excellent lacing. Opaque inside the glass.

Smell: A lot of alcohol is apparent. Regular roasted black malts, caramel and chocolate flavors. Some vanilla and a lot of malt flavors. A lot of burnt malts flavor. Slight hop presence as well.

Taste: Very much the nose. Alcohol is dizzying. Some dark dry fruits, may be. Vanilla, caramel, dark malts and chocolate. Bitterness is apparent due mainly to hops and burnt malts. A very good hop profile used as well.

Mouth feel :Very full bodied solid stout. Very thick. Low on carbonation. Very heavy drinking. Astringency is derived from alcohol, burnt malts and hops. Provides a lot of warmth, again mainly due to alcohol.

Overall. An excellent nitro adjusting, very solid russian imperial stout.

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Photo of AaronHomoya
4.42/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A seasonal offering, Timmie is one of my favorite Sun King beers and I always look forward to its return. It is near black, oily and thick looking like any good RIS. What hits me in the smell is a bit of smokiness and molasses. These show up again in the taste, while smoothly integrated with chocolate, coffee, and roasty bitterness in the finish. A great, warming winter beer flavor. Mouthfeel is nice and thick while not being too syrupy. Overall, this is an excellent RIS and offers a little something different.

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Photo of orangesol
3.97/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to kegatron for bringing a growler of this one to Stakem's Fish Fry.

A - Pours jet black with a decent one finger tall tan head leaving small trails of lace down parts of the glass. Pretty standard stout pour here.

S - Smells of dark roasted malt, charred oak, coffee grounds, bit of cocoa powder and a bit of booze at the end of each sniff. The roast is strong, threatening to overpower everything else.

T - Starts off with a ton of dark roast and some light chocolaty sweetness slowly giving way to hints of fresh brewed coffee, dark fruits and a good amount of charred oak. The dark roast continues through the finish, lingering on the pallet long after consumption. A little rough but the base is strong.

M - Big, heavy body with lots of dark roasted flavors and moderate carbonation. The roast is strong at the beginning and only grows stronger. The booze is hidden pretty well for being 10%.

O - A pretty good stout. A little too roasty for me, I like my stouts to be more well rounded. If they can smooth out the rough edges of this one I think it could be really good.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.67/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

64 oz brewery filled growler into a tulip glass.

Pours black, with a finger of dark mocha colored head. This maintains a tight and creamy ½ finger of foam, which whips up a rich cascade that slowly drips down the sides of the glass yet doesn’t actually leave a whole of lace sticking back. The aroma smells of smoky roast, cocoa, and ripe citrus, while spicy alcohol sweetness and warmth spreads out across the back of the nose.

The taste is bittersweet chocolate, burnt coffee, some rather strong citric hops, and a pronounced splash of alcohol on the tail end here that finishes this with sweet warmth and a dry lingering spiciness. Charred smokiness lingers on the breath after each sip. The mouthfeel is full bodied, with a prickly yet also chewy creaminess that spreads out into the mouth. This is definitely sharp feeling up front. Maybe a little too much, as it helps draw out extra strength from the hops and alcohol. Speaking of which, any heat from that big 10% ABV is pretty well hid here but the alcohol flavors from it have boldness to them that comes on a little too strong at times.

I liked the mix of aggressive Stout flavors here but this overall seemed to need a bit more finesse to really pull things together into a nicely drinkable package. Right now, the hops, roast, and alcohol are just too assertive and my palate was pretty much worn out from it after 2 glasses from the growler. If you don’t mind a bit of a fierce punch to your Imperial Stouts, this is worth checking out. I was just looking for more of a well rounded package from this.

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Photo of stakem
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Kegatron for bringing a growler of this to the 2nd annual stakem fish fry and bottle share. About a quarter of the growler remained and was offering to me for reviewing at a later time... that later time is now, thanks Heath! Growler cap comes off with a hiss and poured into a thistle just because. It's a black looking brew with a thin dark tan head. A light swirl agitates bubbles from solution and produces spots of lace on the glass.

The smell is pleasantly roasty with dark grain giving off an aroma that is well balanced between coffee and dark chocolate. A bit of fruity alcohol hints towards a sweeter note of raisins and licorice. All in all this is a fine smelling RIS that transitions nicely from one aromatic to the other. Nothing is fighting for attention, it all works together nicely.

The taste includes dark roasty sweetness like figs and raisins blended into semi-sweet chocolate and bitterness of fresh roasted coffee. The alcohol includes a soft touch of solvent to fusel flavor that produces a warmth down the back of the throat and changes the focus of flavor into that of tobacco, earth and a touch of anise. Just like the aroma though, all the flavors really blend together here to make a solid package.

This is a very nicely put together RIS offering. It is slightly heavier than medium bodied with a moderate to lower level of carbonation. The alcohol is integrated very well and leaves just enough inclusion to warm you up and let you know it is there. It is smooth and excessively drinkable for a 10% brew. For my first sun king offering, color me impressed! Thanks again Heath!

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Photo of JamesS
3.68/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a wonderfully deep black with very nice tan head and a bit of decent lacing throughout. Nice roasted grain aroma with a slight hint of burnt toffee and a nice earthy hop aroma. Good deep roasted/burnt malt flavors with a slight hint of coffee and a decent earthy hop finish; just nothing as deep and dark as I would've expected and without the extra deep flavors usually produced by imperial stouts. Went down nicely, though, for such a big beer. Not the best, but it's still worth a try.

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Photo of aasher
3.85/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

I was lucky enough to try this beer at the Black Sparrow in West Lafayette some twenty minutes after they tapped the keg. It appeared a black with dark brown highlights (if possible) with a one finger, creamy looking dark khaki head. It smelled of dark, bitter chocolate coffee with cream. It tasted of sweet dark chocolate with light bitterness. It features a mild and soft roast and dark malt. It is velvety smooth on the palate and coats the mouth. It has the creamiest of mouthfeels. This was a pretty tasty beer but in the middle of my first pint I started to really notice how sweet it was. It got sweeter and was cloyingly sweet. I was given a second pint and couldn't even finish it. It's a solid beer, just too sweet for me.

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Photo of koopa
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rec'd a 32oz swing top growler as an extra in a trade with a very generous BA thanks!

Appearance: Pours an attractive deep chestnut to near opaque black. The crown is 1 finger, beige/khaki, shows great retention and good lace.

Smell: Coffee, dark roast malt, dark fruits, and a faint hint of vanilla cream

Taste: I get notes of roast chocolate on the way down, then dark fruits that transition into a pleasantly faint dark roasted / coffee finish.

Mouthfeel: Heavy bodied, a hint syrupy, but with decent carbonation.

Drinkability: The mouthfeel and abv hold this one back a bit.

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Photo of robwestcott
4.45/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

grabbed at the brewery a couple weeks ago.

poured cold and pitch black from the growler to a founder's brewing snifter with a big frothy two finger dark mocha head with nice retention a full coverage lace to the rim of the glass.

aroma of oak, sweet, ripe dark fruit, chocolate and a hint of espresso roast in the wayback.

wow - huge, and unexpected given the aroma, coffee and nice mellow vanilla in the first cold sips. brown sugars, and maybe a bit of burnt dark toffee.

smooth and super creamy, great-big bodied, minimal carbonation, sweet on the tongue followed by a very mellow bitter after.

drinkable - hmmm... maybe a couple pints or three if you're sitting still by the fire.

big thumbs up on this one.

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Photo of HosP
4.17/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared with some good friends. Thanks Patchmaster for a great Sun King treat. Poured from a growler into snifter.

A- Pours nice thick black in color. Brown head floats on top and drops down to a nice thin cap throughout beer. Sticky lacing grips the glass nicely.

S- Nice oak smell. Dark fruits come through nicely. Sweet smell of vanilla hints creep in at the end.

T- Very smooth, flavorful beer. A little sweet at first. Bitterness finishes this drink nicely. Nothing to overpowering. Nice earthy, oak taste in the middle. Flavors are very well balanced. Higher abv is masked very well.

M- Full body with good carbonation. A little dry in the mouth.

D- Sun King continues to impress me with all their beers. Every new style they produce is excellent! I could drink a couple glasses of these easily. Very solid and can't wait to see what this taste like in a PVW barrel!!

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Timmie Imperial Stout from Sun King Brewing Company
4.1 out of 5 based on 72 ratings.
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