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Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #1,192
Ranked #2,980
4.14 | pDev: 7.97%
Stillwater Artisanal Ales
Maryland, United States
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Notes: Collaboration with Casita Cerveceria

Imperial stout brewed with dark sugars and molasses.
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Reviews by DenverHopHead:
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DenverHopHead from Colorado

4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz can with a best by date of 4/2020; into a snifter.
Appearance- dark and thick like motor oil! The thin tan head disappears quickly leaving no head; no lacing.
Smell- fudge brownies, dark chocolate, roasted coffee beans, charred oak bourbon barrel!
Taste- an absolutely delicious assortment of fudge, vanilla, coffee and bourbon!
Feel- quite the heavy weight, but given the massive 13% ABV, it is actually not overly boozy!
Overall- a straight up, no nonsense, no funny stuff imperial stout. This one just comes out big on ABV and no added gimmicks; really a quality offering!

Aug 23, 2018
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hoptheology from South Dakota

3.86/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

This appearance is just amazeballs. Oil black out of the can, forming the same oily obsidian color in the glass, not flinching a bit as it pools, and forms a head the color of malted milk balls. No doubt, an all-time favorite of mine.

Aromas of roast malt and layers of stiff chocolate, with a boozy coffee aroma garnished with slivered figs and licorice sticks.

Flavor is ashy to start, followed by burnt booze, with tons of roast malts, peppermint, cocoa, and then coffee. The finish is chocolatey and the booze forms a tidal wave and then sets on the tongue. Just booze and more booze as it warms.

Feel is just...yeah, what you'd expect from a 13% beer and then some. Don't expect to feel or taste anything after finishing this beer, it's just total palate destruction with a syrupy thickness, an oily feel, and a dry roastiness underneath.

Overall, this beer is IMPRESSIVE but NOT particularly ENJOYABLE. The booze is the star of the show, and the beer ends up tasting like a really badly bourbon-doused chocolate-coffee milkshake after awhile. Expect to take 30 minutes or more finishing this one. I'd dump some of it but I'm fearful it would plug the drain.

Nov 08, 2016
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DrDemento456 from Pennsylvania

4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Never had an imperial stout from these guys before but knew they can brew a stellar milk stout so I grabbed a can for around 4 bucks.
A - Can't believe such a thick dense stout came from a can! Carbonation is a surprise as well a full inch plus rocking to the rim that mocha goodness takes a while to dissipate.
S - Not getting too much in the nose so it's not super sweet or super roasty. If anything some ashy roasts and milk chocolates make their presence know. Anise and molasses is timid but there.
T - Starts off very smokey which is a surprise for a stout this caliber. Smokey all the way to the finish. Mild stingy tobacco sweet cocoa nibs and coffee roasts finish it out leaving a bitter finish.
M - Spot on what I expected if anything more drinkable and smooth. Medium to heavy in body though so sip this one slowly.

Overall a real nice imperial stout that doesn't hit you over the head with roasty body, sweetness or even hoppy tongue murdering bitterness. I like it!

Oct 16, 2016
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darktronica from Indiana

4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

To sum up: this is a slightly cheaper, higher-ABV stand-in for Ten Fidy or Founders Imperial Stout. Thick and syrupy, with high roast, high sweetness, and high potential for getting riggity-riggity wrecked. The major difference is slightly more botanical bitterness from the hops that also comes through as a hint of fruitiness, plum and maybe even a suggestion of... watermelon? It's an interesting finish to a quality stout, if you're in the market for something that sits at 13% without any oak and bourbon in the mix.

Nov 11, 2016
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HorseheadsHophead from New York

5/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

L: Pours out like used motor oil or chocolate syrup. Completely black, oozing, and thick. In the glass, it's a complete impenetrable black, with a creamy dark brown head that quickly dies down, but leaves a sticky brown film that leaves lots of sticky brown lacing on the sides of the glass.

S: Toasted coconut, vanilla beans; both sweet and bitter dark chocolate; dark chocolate, chocolate syrup, brownies, with cocoa powder or cacoa nibs; lots of that pervasive soy sauce/umami flavor--beef broth, roasted mushrooms, soy sauce. Smoky, meaty, salty, savory. Toasted brown bread, pumpernickel bread, rye bread. Then a slight touch of earthy and almost herbal elements.

T: Sweet, thick, bittersweet chocolates of every kind. Dark chocolate, chocolate syrup, fudge, brownies, cocoa powder, cacao nibs. Rich, warm, dark breads of wheat and pumpernickel. There's caramel and toffee. Tons of the umami flavors. Soy sauce, beef broth, steak, and mushrooms. An awesome savory depth with bitter and sweet chocolate and bready flavors. Near the back end, a massive bitterness kicks in, with dark coffee and espresso roast and warmth. A touch more brown sugar and caramel sweetness. Then there's a huge earthy, slightly herbal, and metallic bitterness balancing this huge beer out marvelously. There's just a hint of residual brown sugar, caramel, and dark chocolate sweetness, as well as earthy, metallic, and espresso bitterness.

F: So thick, chewy, bready, and creamy. Almost like a milkshake. However, there's enough carbonation to push the beer along and make it dangerously, DANGEROUSLY drinkable for 13%. Only a hint of warmth going down gives away its abv.

O: This might the best imperial stout I've ever had thus far, at least non barrel aged. This is, excuse my French, fucking insane. The biggest, thickest, most flavorful non barrel aged I've ever had. It's like Founders Imperial Stout, Ten Fidy, and Old Rasputin combined together on steroids. Completely crazy. This is my first all fives 5 review. It's worth it. This beer is too great for words.

Mar 26, 2017
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lemmy187 from Missouri

4.34/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours motor oil black with a finger of dark mocha head. This stout smells like burnt malts....super toasty with hints of caramel and vanilla. Taste follows with just the right amount of sweetness. This 13% abv beer drinks closer to a 8-9% abv. Found this to be a very well balanced imperial stout. Feel is Zohan silky smooth.....medium heavy body with moderately low carbonation. Love this stout....right on par with the bigboys.

Jun 04, 2016
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OldManMetal from North Carolina

4.14/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This is a beautiful imperial stout: the pour is mouthwateringly viscous and builds a large, slightly-pebbly dark brown head on an effervescent, blacker-than-black body that is devoid of highlights, save for a faint amber glimmer at its base. Head retention is moderate and lacing is excellent, consisting of a solid sheet of complex lace. The nose is medium-big, leading with molasses notes that melt into a backing blend of cocoa, light caramel and darker bitterish roast notes, all atop modest boozy undertones. The palate is a very tasty, slightly sweet melange of medium-dark malt flavors ranging from molasses to milk chocolate to creamy caramel, underpinned by a very considerable alcohol character. The finish is a suckerpunch of toffee and booze that is quite warming, and the linger is a modest, slightly bitter chocolate flavor that quickly vanishes like a thief in the night. The mouthfeel is quite warming and commensurate with the full body; the texture is thick, sticky/creamy and slightly peppery from the well-expressed carbonation. This beer makes no pretensions about its ABV once you get past the deceptive aroma, to the point that the booziness impacts flavor and drinkability. Good candidate for cellaring. (12 oz can, code date: Batch#001)

May 17, 2016
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NotAlcoholicJustAHobby from Vermont

4.17/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L- The beer pours a thick black with a 3 finger mocha head. The head recedes to a thin film and lacing is moderate.

S- Nose is typical for a imp stout. There are big elements of dark chocolate, a touch of sweetness, and an underlying wiff of alcohol.

T-On the palate the chocolate is prevalent with a sweeter overall presence than the nose implies. Alcohol is covered up much better here than in the nose. Hops are present, but overpowered by the malt and I'm ok with that.

F- Mouthfeel is medium plus and rather silky. Carbonation is very restrained after the initial pour.

O- Overall this is a very good Imperial stout that leans a little sweet. I will be on the lookout for this one again.

Oct 15, 2017
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SerialTicker from Michigan

4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

$12.49 4-pack, but I got a single can ... not a terrible price for a 13% Imperial Stout. How is it, is the question...

Appearance: One of the darker beers I've seen. Crazy dark with an almost orange, creamy head that dies down quickly. No lacing.

Smell: Super dark roasted malt aroma on this, hints of tobacco, leather, and black licorice, and a fair amount of coffee. Bits of chocolate in there as well. Alcohol becomes noticeable as it warms.

Taste/feel: Like the smell. Nice sweetness on the end to counter that heavy roast flavor. I'm not really picking up dark fruits in On Fleek... maybe a little as it warms up, mostly because of the sweetness. There's a faint smoked meat flavor to this beer as well, but not nearly as much as I get in some others in the style. Alcohol can be tasted a bit, but mostly felt with a decent amount of warmth. The aftertaste of this is very dry (of course) with a pleasant bitter sweet roast flavor. The feel is a bit thin, but it's slick and creamy at the same time. Not the greatest, but it's certainly not terrible.

A super good Imperial Stout. I'm a little confused by the 90 overall rating, as this is an expertly crafted beer that's about as tasty as the usual suspects (Plead the 5th, Ten Fidy, Old Rasputin, etc.), but maybe a slight tier down. This beer just lacks a certain "oomph" -- maybe a strong coffee or chocolate flavor profile -- that I really like from the style.

May 29, 2016
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Stevedore from Oregon

4.14/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz can. Served in a snifter glass. Pours a dark black body, opaque with a one finger thick chocolatey head, good retention, medium collar and even rings of lacing. Smell is roast, dark fruit, milk chocolate, touch of espresso and smoked malt. Flavour is rich milk chocolate, roasted coffee bean, dark fruit, a little bit of smoky sorta slightly salty game. Lots going on here, on the sweeter side nevertheless. Mouthfeel is full bodied, good carbonation smooth and a nice sipper without too much booziness on the back.

Nov 08, 2017
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

4.73/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I scored big time at The Friendly Greek Bottle Shop ("The Greek"), recently, here in LanCANster, PA! The manager is a great guy & knows of my affinity for fermented malt beverages CANtained in extruded aluminum cylinders. In fact, if you bring (unbidden) a mixed-six of CANs to the counter, they will refer to it as "A Woody"!

Nowt from the CAN, so let's get started. I CAN't get started without a Crack!, but this one proves to be a squirter! Baby, not at this hour, okay? Down! Aha! It was simply due to being an overfilled craft CAN & not to an innate sense of excitement. CAN we move on? Of course. The CANQuest (tm) hears & obeys. I attempted an inverted Glug, but the head came up as fast & as furious as Vin Diesel, himself. I could not CANtain the foaming action & had to aCANdon the effort. Heck, I ran for CANver as it looked as though it may never subside! Jesus, the deep-brown head was as dark as any as I have ever enCANtered! It glared at me and in one big, exhaustive puff, gave up like a soufflé when some a**h**e bangs the oven door shut. Whee! The resulting lacing will require a dynamite blast to get it out of there. I may just donate the glass to charity (unwashed) & save myself some time and energy. Nose? I could smell it from across the room! Death, I tell you, death! Death smells like carpet bombing, followed by the deployment of a flame thrower, then the use of a Gatling gun & finally some Agent Orange sprayed from above. Lissen, baby, you smell this number, I don't care if you're the enemy or friendly on CANtrol, you ain't coming back! I'm back. Some Pokey Smokey f**kers were in my back yard & I had to lay down mortars to back them off. Nose smelled of black (redundant) coffee, licorice, smoke, dark chocolate and death. Death, I tell you! Death on a stick. You buy some Death on a Stick from one of those BBQ vendors right before you go back in the gate & you'll know what I am talking about tomorrow! I raised my glass for that first sip & lo & behold, my buddy, Kenny was in the corner, toasting me back. Ken passed right after our 25th reunion in 2014 & he shows up all the time in my kitchen, by the door. Mouthfeel was HUGE! It was like it had been ladled onto my tongue. Did there have to be so much of it, all at once? I seem to recollect hearing those exact words before ... How does one experience so many different tastes and experiences at once? Say, is this that porn set on which I was a stand-in many years ago? Regardless, the big taste was licorice. Undying. Then, the dark chocolate and mild smoke set in. More licorice. I need some water. That did not help. I still taste licorice. And treacle. Ooh, and some dark chocolate with licorice undertones. Where is that flamethrower? Is this CANdyland, where everything tastes like licorice?!? Another sip. Yes, that was simply from the first one. I'm f**kin' ruined! It is licorice, dark chocolate & light smoke for days. Where is the alcohol? I should not feel this energized. I am ready to operate the heaviest machinery available, the stuff that requires a Class "A" CDL. I could drive south on Prince Street at 5 PM and not blink an eye! What do other ppl do after drinking such a beer? Okay, finish is next. Dry and smoky, but not gaspingly so. I CAN see a cooler filled with this and Ten Fidy CANs at the beach ...

Jul 21, 2016
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Don't let the brightly colored, playful, pastel can art fool you. What lurks inside couldn't be darker, more intense or more ominous. Teaming up with Casita Cerveceria, the Stillwater brewers collaborate an imperial stout with the "Russian" fruity, malty and burnt character that's seldom seen in contemporary stout.

On Fleek is certainly that, pouring an onyx black hue and capped with a tarnish sandy froth. Extreme roast, savory alcohol and burnt sugars intimidate the nose while the tethers of vinous fruit and fennel tingle the senses. Sweet roast carries the impressions of burnt marshmallow, molasses and nougat across the early palate.

As the tongue becomes awash with roasted grains and stewing sweetness, the more robust and savory flavors bring aspects of espresso, bittersweet chocolates, black walnut and burnt toast in an overcooked brownie fashion. Hints of campfire come in succession with red grape, fennel and cherry flavors offering a pitted fruit and brandy complexity. Light licorice and coffee liqueur coat the late palate with the deep and decadent finish looming.

Lavishly full and reasonably chewy, the beer's texture is also marshmallow-like, broken up only by the acrid nature of roast, the thinning of alcohol and a peppery spice to balance the sweetness and temper the stout's viscosity. A long linger of smoky chocolate and brandy soaked cherries extend nearly as long as the espresso roast.

Mar 15, 2018
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BJB13 from Maryland

4.44/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

32 oz. Growler poured into a snifter.
(About 40 hours after being filled)

Pours thick and oily like black gold. It looks black in the snifter with almost one finger of cinnamon brown head that lifts with a swirl. Every tilt sends a shimmering curtain of micro bubbles sliding down the glass.

The nose is robust, dark roast, semi-sweet chocolate, dark fruit, black coffee and a touch of black licorice. There is alcohol but it isn't out of line for the style or a distraction.

Tastes of roasted malts, chocolate, molasses and coffee. I would call it complex, most flavors seem to be in layers. This one is definitely not boring.
It finishes roasty and bitter with some heat but again within the guidelines. Full bodied smooth and creamy with damn near perfect carbonation (though I do wonder if that isn't a stroke of luck considering this is a growler pour).

This is a "big stout" in more ways than one, within the guidelines for the style and very enjoyable.

Apr 30, 2017
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timmy2b from New York

3.94/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured a very thick black color with a darker brown/tan color head about a finger on top of the beer. Lets of roasted flavors, dark chocolate, and some espresso flavors. A mild sweetness developed with some vanilla and roasted nutty flavor getting into the mix. Scent is subtle and the least impressive thing about this beer. I am getting a slight amount of cocoa and some dark berries. Very drinkable with the alcohol well hidden until the beer was almost gone.

Sep 15, 2016
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cjgiant from District of Columbia

4.36/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Can dated 7/6 (BB 6/2018):
Man, this poured thick and black. This may be the closest pour to actual motor oil (really dirty at that) that I've had ever, but at least in a while. The head grows a dark brown, as you might expect, and ends in a thick, creamy ring. Streamers of dark brown lace remain on the glass as I sip it down.

The nose is a generic but dark roasted malt, with a slight bit of char. With a swirl, there's a sort of dark cherry and a scorched wood tart note mixed in as well.

The taste is on point if you expect it to follow the nose fairly well. That cherry note does come across as a little more tart (but not as much scorched) than the nose indicates, but this aspect of the taste fits the nose in my mind. There is a certain level of sweetness to this beer, giving the overall impression to me of a chocolate covered cherry (minus the sugary syrup in the middle). CArbonation has trouble pushing through the thick body of this beer, but does make it. A light coating of slickness lingers, allowing the flavor to be sensed for a few seconds after the sip.

This is a very solid beer. It leans to the sweeter side, but that sort of tart note helps balance it nicely. There could be a little more to the roast and a little less sweet/tart for me to go to the highest categories, but I am splitting hairs, some of which might have already been split.

Oct 10, 2016
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Jbourke33 from Kansas

4.34/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Darkness warshed over the Dude - darker'n a black steer's tookus on a moonless prairie night. There was no bottom.

Jul 22, 2017
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mltobin from Connecticut

3.74/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Oct 07, 2016
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BeerWithMike from Nebraska

4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dec 19, 2016
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MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 12oz can into glass. Bottom of can is stamped 'BBE NOV 2018'.
Black colored body, with just the smallest of garnet halos at the edges when presented to light. One finger mocha head settles to ring and a few islands. No lacing. Pours out very thick from the can.
Aroma is dark roast malts, coffee, and chocolate. Just the hint of dark fruit and molasses in the background.
Taste is a powerful blend of dark roast, licorice/anise, coffee, and chocolate. Earthy hops are in the background.
Heavy and coating mouth feel. Warming and slight numbing sensation from the alcohol.
For a beer without added adjuncts, this is a complex, heavy, and very flavorful dark beer.

Feb 07, 2018
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22Blue from Kansas

3.99/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aug 01, 2019
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bcsbeer from Florida

4.44/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Jun 12, 2017
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Pearlstreetbrewingco from Florida

4.17/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Jan 24, 2017
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bixby1971 from Canada (ON)

4.75/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Oct 21, 2017
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twelveinches from Washington

4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Jan 29, 2017
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jgunther71 from Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dec 11, 2017
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