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Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #1,644
Ranked #12,390
3.97 | pDev: 9.32%
Apr 11, 2021
Jan 11, 2016
Very Good
Notes: Imperial Stout conditioned on Ethiopian coffee, Madagascar vanilla beans, Brazilian cocoa nibs & carefully weighed cinnamon sticks.
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4.25 by bigred89 from Maryland on Apr 11, 2021
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3.91/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by stevoj from Idaho

22oz bottle from 2017 RIS tasting. Pour looks about right, black body with small tan head. This is a big coffee cake of a beer, chocolate, vanilla, cinnamon, coffee. Breakfast in a bottle. Slick and chewy, and warms you up with the 13%ABV. Should be drinking this in the winter, not in May.

Jan 06, 2020
3.92 by Vivs85 from New York on Oct 13, 2019
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3.94/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

22oz bottle. No dating information found.
Dark brown colored body with medium brown back lit highlights. Two finger of tan head, which sticks around as a thick cap. Leaves behind a thick pattern of lacing.
Aroma notes of dark roasted malts - dark chocolate, coffee, with just a hint of sweeter vanilla. No cinnamon in the smell.
Taste does include the flavor cinnamon, along with the dark chocolate and coffee. Again the vanilla is there just to smooth things out a bit.
Thicker mouth feel, with smooth texture. Good carbonation.
This stout stays away from being overly sweet, and has some bitterness, but overall the beer is smooth and dry. Tasty meld of flavors. Aftertaste is mostly bitter coffee based. Hides the higher ABV% well.

Jun 04, 2019
4.02 by cd34 from Illinois on Mar 02, 2019
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3.81/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by Harrison8 from Missouri

Pours black with a finger of caramel colored foam. Head formation is dense and retains fairly well. Aroma is light bodied, fleshy coffee, soy sauce, a very staccato vanilla bean and roasty malts. Soy sauce fades as the beer warms, but it still maintains a notable presence. Flavor profile is light bodied coffee, milk chocolate, roasty malts and then an overwhelming soy sauce. Vanilla bean is lightly present at the start, but quickly fades into obscurity like a child actor. Soy sauce notes fade slightly as the beer warms, but are still abudant. While some notes are beautiful and well crafted, the soy sauce bags it all up and dumps it in the trash. Mouth feel is medium in thickness, with a still texture. Overall, not very good. It's big and while it does hide the 13% ABV well, the soy sauce aroma and taste just smothers it.

Served in a 12oz snifter from a 22oz bottle.

Nov 25, 2018
4.75 by AngusOg from North Carolina on May 18, 2018
3.98 by zonker17 from Texas on Mar 14, 2018
4.25 by AlvinLin from New York on Feb 13, 2018
4.22 by DruC4 from Michigan on Jan 24, 2018
4.8 by DougieAmphetaBeans from Massachusetts on Jan 21, 2018
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3.79/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by Vidblain from Minnesota

The nose on this beer really disoriented me - I wasn't certain whether the bottle had turned (not entirely unlikely, given where it came from - there were years-old IPAs on shelves all around it) as there was a strange sourness to it. I pour into a 12 oz glass and left the beer to breathe and warm up for fifteen or so minutes before giving it a shot.

Thankfully, the sourness had left. However, as much as I'd hoped for the beer to open up and give up some of that chili and cinnamon in the nose and flavor, I was a little disappointed. The flavors just felt somewhat muted. It's quite similar to a Prairie Artisan Bomb... but with somewhat dull flavor notes. The peppers aren't super hot, the cinnamon and sweetness aren't accentuated by the spice, etc. It's just a little underwhelming.

It's a decent beer - though a little sweet for me. But it tastes old. Judging by friends' reviews, I'm not alone in these impressions - so I suspect it's not the age of the bottle, but just the beer itself. Slightly disappointed, but it's worth trying.

Oct 02, 2017
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3.77/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by BubbleBobble from New York

Pours a beautiful pitch black, finger of dark tan head, moderate lacing. Aromas of leather and vanilla most prominent, very slight lacquer/varnish, general "spice." In terms for flavor, the coffee is strong, lending a nice burnt, roasty flavor to balance out and overcome the malts; spice (cinnamon, I guess, from the label, but otherwise still a general idea to me) more pronounced here. Mouthfeel a bit thin to me, both when poured and as it continues to warm up over a long session. It's alright.

Aug 16, 2017
4.18 by Jonathan-Morgan from Florida on Aug 05, 2017
4.13 by Taphouse_Traveler from Florida on Aug 05, 2017
3.92 by Mikexw from New York on Jul 31, 2017
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4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Davepoolesque from Massachusetts

Definitely getting the cinnamon, chocolate, some vanilla and espresso. Nice underlying roasted malt character. Light to medium bodied. Some bitterness in the finish. Smooth sipper. Pretty good, but the flavors are a bit muted...or balanced. I can't tell.

Jul 18, 2017
4.04 by LoudRed from Massachusetts on Jun 05, 2017
3.95 by axf4129 from Indiana on May 08, 2017
3.82 by jcoleMA66 from Massachusetts on Apr 29, 2017
3.87 by nwhittin from Indiana on Apr 01, 2017
3.77 by swierczt from Connecticut on Mar 05, 2017
4 by atrocity from Virginia on Mar 01, 2017
4 by rodmanfor3 from Vermont on Feb 26, 2017
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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by NolaHopHead from Louisiana

Solid imp Stout with a little spice.

Feb 24, 2017
3.99 by Timtac from New Jersey on Feb 19, 2017
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3.84/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75
by morimech from Minnesota

Brewed and bottled by Crazy Mountain Brewing for Omnipollo. No date on bottle. Pours a viscous dark black with a finger of head that had good retention. Sticky lacing is left down the glass. Aroma of vanilla, cinnamon, coffee, chocolate, and alcohol. The adjuncts dominate the flavor unfortunately the one I wanted the most, coffee, is the weakest. Cinnamon by far the strongest. Tastes like a nice base imperial stout that has a thick, rich, malty base that is not heavy with roasted bitterness. Has alcohol in the finish but not as strong as I anticipated in a 13% ABV stout. Big body with low carbonation gives a silky smooth texture. No idea if this bottle had some age on it and the coffee faded, or it was meant not to have a strong coffee component.

Jan 14, 2017
3.75 by alexsergio from New York on Jan 08, 2017
3.84 by CharlesK from Pennsylvania on Jan 03, 2017
2.47 by aaronyoung01 from New Mexico on Jan 02, 2017
3.81 by kylehay2004 from Illinois on Nov 27, 2016
3.75 by brittanylicious from Indiana on Nov 19, 2016
3.75 by heysuz from Indiana on Nov 19, 2016
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3.13/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75
by Alieniloquium from Florida

650 mL bottle. Pours thick black with a huge mocha head. Great retention. Smells of coffee, vanilla, dark chocolate and little bit metallic. Tastes of coffee and chocolate. A lot more cinnamon than the nose. Kinda chalky and bitter in the finish. Heavy. Well carbonated but creamy. Decent adjuncts, but the stout seems unimpressive.

Nov 14, 2016
3.73 by pezhead_79 from Indiana on Nov 12, 2016
4.5 by LooseMoose1978 from North Carolina on Nov 10, 2016
3.77 by MickeyHops from California on Nov 08, 2016
4.24 by Huhzubendah from District of Columbia on Oct 31, 2016
3.68 by vfgccp from New York on Oct 29, 2016
4 by ArtZan from New Jersey on Oct 28, 2016
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