St. Boniface Craft Brewing Company

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Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #2,015
Ranked #13,404
3.95 | pDev: 8.61%
St. Boniface Craft Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States
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PORK from Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 16oz can dark as night with an inch of beautiful brown head that lingered...dark roasty malt aroma....a little sweet up front with a slightly bitter finish and roasty dark chocolate throughout...chewy yummy delicious but a little heavy.

Aug 08, 2020
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jmdrpi from Pennsylvania

4.29/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

poured from 22 oz bottle, into glass

opaque, black in color, tan colored head. nice aroma of bitter cocoa and espresso. similar flavor, moderately sweet. thicker bodied.

Aug 07, 2018
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bret717 from Pennsylvania

3.92/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look- pours pitch black with a 1 finger light tan head and substantial lacing

Smell- nose is pretty subdued, but what is there is nice- espresso and dark chocolate and stone fruit

Taste- follows the nose with espresso, chocolate and plum along with a mild roasty bitterness

Feel- medium bodied with low carb; finishes mildly bitter

Overall- really nice tasting imperial stout

Apr 23, 2018
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Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

3.87/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

$ 14.84 (Including tax)/four pack of 16 oz cans at Adamstown Beverage, Adamstown, PA.
On bottom of can “Canned on 12/19/17”. Stored at 42 degrees and served at 54 degrees in a hand-washed and dried Jester King snifter.
Appearance – 4.25.
Body – Dark brown, opaque. When held to the light, a reddish tint appears around the edge.
Head – Large (Maximum 6.3 cm, aggressive center pour), tan, medium density with a few rocks, slightly above average retention, slowly diminishing to an irregular six to nine mm thin ring and a complete rocky layer of variable thickness. Head retraction leaves several broken rings of tiny to small bubbles.
Lacing – Wide irregular ring of tiny to small bubbles.
First pour – Medium brown, clear.
Aroma – 3.5 - Faint roasted malt. Am I detecting cherry or only imagining it? Aroma definitely fades with time.
Flavor – 4 - Begins with a bit of bitter chocolate. A little cherry-like aftertaste appears following large swallows, a bit of hops after belches. No alcohol, no diacetyl, no dimethylsulfide.
Palate – 3.75 - Medium, creamy, soft carbonation.
Impression and summation – 4 – Overall, a decent Impy stout, one I would buy and drink again.

Apr 07, 2018
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sulldaddy from Connecticut

4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

sampling a cellar temp 16 oz can poured into my snifter. The beer is a gift from my brother Brian, Thanks bro!
The beer pours a dark cola brown color with fluffy beige colored head of 4 cm foaming up on a gentle pour.
The aroma on this beer is a lot of roasted malt with some dark chocolate and a bit of coffee grounds. No hop presence on the nose and the alcohol is fairly muted as well.
First sip reveals an average body with fine carbonation that rolls across my palate after each sip. Very smooth texture and this beer drinks very easy for a bigger brew.
The flavor is VERY roasty with an almost charred note mixing with some coffee grounds, dark chocolate and a little bit of molasses. Again the hops are not present and the 8% ABV is also pretty well hidden.
This is a nice roasty Imperial Stout and Im glad to have had a chance to try it Worth a purchase if you find a can in PA.

Apr 06, 2018
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ovaltine from Indiana

4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Black pour, minimal leakage on the edges, huge, fluffy tan head. The char notes are immediately distinguishable on the nose, and dark chocolate and black cherry notes are also present.

The black cherry notes jump to the front of the flavor parade on the taste, and meld exceptionally well with the char notes. This is an excellent example of the style, IMHO.

Apr 05, 2018
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mvanaskie13 from Pennsylvania

3.99/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16 oz can into a small chalice: color is solid black, head is tan and presents at least 1/2 inch thick and lingers very well with about 1/4 inch top and some spotty lacing on the glass sides.

Smell is very pleasant with moderate roast, chocolate, toast, light bitterness like coffee grounds.

Taste is similar with a bit enhanced flavor of each in the aroma with roast, chocolate, toast, coffee and light bitterness, light sweetness to counter the strength and roasty flavors. Alcohol is hidden very well with maybe just the drying component noticeable.

Mouthfeel is moderately carbonated, sharp on the tongue as it warms and some light drying.

Overall a very good strong stout with a light sweetness and good flavor/aroma.

Mar 07, 2018
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colts9016 from Idaho

3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a tulip glass at 50 degrees. The head is a creamy, airy, and foamy, with good retention. A light tan head surrounds the inky black beer that is opaque. The head tats a small amount of lacing on the glass.

The Imperial Stout aromas are not as pronounced. The beer's aromas are milk chocolate, coffee, wood, dark roasted malt, earthy, bready, yeasty, burnt sugar, char, molasses, raisins, and a touch of floral.

The flavors of the beer are dark roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, wood, yeast, bready, burnt sugar, char, molasses, raisins, and a touch of floral.

The mouthfeel of the beer is chewy and dry. The body of the beer is medium-plus, carbonation is medium-minus and a medium-plus finish.

The Imperial Stout falls short for being great. The beer is just average, I have tasted better.

Dec 19, 2017
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citizencane from Pennsylvania

3.97/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours somewhere between reddish-brown and black. Decent head that lingers for a while. Smell is actually a touch weak for the style; what I get is a roast note akin to a particularly smoky scotch ale. Taste is of roasted malt, some hop bitterness, chocolate, and coffee. Feel is slightly thin and carbonated, but this is made up for with a touch of creaminess in the feel as well. Seems to be a slightly different approach to the style- a very drinkable and balanced imperial IPA.

Sep 21, 2017
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beerthulhu from New Jersey

3.77/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

-Snifter. Draft. 08.22.15

A: Black coloring with a thin, dark khaki head that dissipated rather quickly. No visible effervesce, with only a small amounts of lacing left behind. Pretty good.

S: Nose was fresh and roasty, finely grounded coffee beans, smooth, aided by some sweet dark chocolate and milk. The bitterness was light minded, mostly consumed by the sweet chocolateley roast scents that gave this a pleasant and sweet smell. While not powerful or overwhelming, this did provide a nice gentle fresh, roasty nature perfect for the august summer time temperatures when you don't want to be bogged down by big heavy beers.

T: The flavor was very smooth, chocolateley roast, freshly grounded coffee beans, some light milky-vanilla hints that was rich and clean in nature. The chocolate and coffee roast was nicely bittering, fresh and again, perfect for that august heat when this was consumed.

M: Mouthful was light and oily, lightly stick in texture with a smooth exit from the tongue.

O: A really cleanly brewed roasty beer to get a nice cold coffee fix, with rich dark coffee beans and chocolate to aid in a rich flavor. Again this beer went down crazy quick for me, very drinkable. The alcohol of 8.00% was undetectable and very balanced.

Aug 27, 2015
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SeamusDoyle from Pennsylvania

4.32/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a thick, dark mahogany, almost black. You can’t see through it. Large tan head that didn’t hang around too long but left lots of lace. Nose of coffee, chocolate, and malt. Thick, almost chewy mouthfeel. Taste at first almost like a chocolate milkshake but then the hops kick in to balance it out.

Nov 30, 2012
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JWU from Pennsylvania

3.62/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

10 oz straight from a firkin

A-pitch black. No head.

S-no lactose in this? Very sweet, noisy and dark malts.

T- sweet, very sweet, slightly astringent. Dark coffe notes and a bit of milk chocolate

M- thick, slick, and coating. A bit dry on the finish.

O- a bit sweet, but overall quite good.

Apr 14, 2012
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DIM from Pennsylvania

3.7/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The board at the Bull's Head listed this at 8% abv

a: This was a very dark brown and it was served to me with a small dark tan colored head.

s: Reminds me of an imperial milk stout. I smelled sweet milk chocolate and a hint of coffee; not much roast or hops.

m: Again I'm reminded of an imperial milk stout, I swear I taste lactose. I also found lots of milk chocolate sweetness. I wouldn't have minded more roast or bitterness at the end, but this was pretty good regardless.

m: Very creamy overall.

d: Pretty nice stout, I look forward to trying more from these guys.

Apr 21, 2011
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akorsak from Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A growler at Imminent Liquidation.

A: The stout pours with a steady black darkness. There wasn't much of a head.

S: The nose is roasted, sweet with chocolate. The body isn't as strong as many double stouts; it does, though, have a nice ring to it.

T: The ale strikes me as more of a schwarzbier, roasted and dark but not to the nth degree. Surprisingly, I like the more restrained body of the stout. Chocolate lingers, loiters even, but it never rises to the 'too strong' level. The ale retains a light body throughout, sweetly roasted without a strong hop presence.

M: The mouthfeel is roasted sweet, a chocolatey blend. Hops and thick malts are nowhere to be found, instead I enjoyed to relaxed body.

D: I can't imagine that this stout is too strong. It strikes me as a schwarzbier, rather than a stout or a double stout.

Mar 06, 2011
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

3.97/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The initial pour gave me a finger of deep-tan bubbles that quickly faded to wisps. Color was a deep dark-brown allowing zero light penetration. Nose had a dark chocolate richness, like a brownie or a piece of fudge. Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium, a little on the thin side for the style. I got an initial wash of dark chocolate on the tongue, then I tasted a smoky charcoal quality. Finish had a dusty, cocoa powdery quality initially, then fading off to a smokiness that lingered well past the swallow. This is not one of my favorite styles, but for an initial offering from a new local brewery, they really did themselves proud. I look forward to the releases of their other beers in the future.

Feb 17, 2011
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Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 92 ratings