Imperial Stout | Odell Brewing Company

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Imperial StoutImperial Stout

Brewed by:
Odell Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

Style: American Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.10%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by russpowell on 03-06-2006

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 77 |  Reviews: 71
Reviews by SpecialK088:
Photo of SpecialK088
4.23/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass

A-Pours a very dark black almost opaque very nice head and lace.
S-Nutty also with hints of carmel and chocolate.
T-Very strong front with many tastes, malt, alcohol, hops, chocolate if your not ready for it you might make a funny face and not like the first drink.
M-smooth very smooth not good carbonation level and leaves a good taste in its finish.
D-Like the extra special red ill get this when it comes around every chance i get only diffrence is i am bigger on stouts than reds.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of orbitalr0x
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. Pours into my glass a deep, charred black with a half inch of dark tan head on top. Brown hues around the edges. Aromas of well roasted malt mingle with a conglomeration of brewed coffee and dark fruits. Chocolate lurks out in the background with caramel accents. Quite roasty.

First sip brings a smooth roasted malt body upfront that leads into some fruity coffee flavors. Chocolate and caramel weave into the overall flavor profile of the beer. It flows down with a touch of hop bitterness and leaves a lingering roasted flavor on the palate.

Mouthfeel has a nice creaminess to it, but this is definitely on the light side for an imperial stout. Despite the label, this comes off more as a regular stout to me. Still, it's a tasty brew and I could easily see sitting down to a few of these when I wanted a nice tasty stout. Thanks to gmcfarre for sending this my way.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.49/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Pours a dark brown with a fine creamy tan head that quickly diminishes and leaves a spotty lacing.

The aroma is wet leather with a little roasted chocolate, coffee, tobacco and anise and a little bitterness.

The flavor is sweet chocolate and some anise leading to a slightly metallic and sour bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium with creamy carbonation.

Overall, a decent but not very exciting imperial stout. I liked this a lot better on draught - it seemed much more flavorful and complex.

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Photo of russpowell
3.91/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle has a date of 2007 1, not sure what that means.

Pours mahogany with 2 fingers of sand colored head. Good lacing & very good head retention

S: Iron & coccoa

T: Chocolate, roasted grains & hint of warming alcohol up front.
Licorice & iron follow. Some breadyness & more warming alcohol are apparent as well. Finsihes warming, with bakers chocolate, licorice, molasess & iron

MF: Medium bodied, with some warming & medium carbonation

Drank very easy, a pretty nice lower end of spectrum double stout. The cask version was much nicer

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Photo of shbobdb
3.56/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Most Imperial Stouts (or ADS, or whatever people are calling them nowadays) take on their own character. They become vicous and vinous, dark and sweet.

This brew, on the other hand, feels like an Irish Dry Stout on steroids. It's a refreshing change of pace from the other RIS/ADS beers that I've enjoyed. Roasted Barley is the taste of the day. Roasted Barley, roasted barley, and more roasted barley. I'd say the taste is one dimensional, but man, is there ever a lot of it!

Once you manage to slog past the roasted barley (did I mention that there was some roasted barley in this beer?) there is a slight vinous twang to the beer. Nothing major, but definately a bit of some of the darker fruits mixed with an extra helping of ethanol.

The powedery bitterness of, you guessed it, the roasted barley manages to obscure any aftertaste that might normally occur.

It's actually pretty good. Not at all what I expect from a RIS/ADS . . . yet, if I were having a RIS/ADS for the first time, it's exatically what I would have expected.

Thanks ColoradoBobs, you've given me a wonderful insight into the world of might-have-beens.

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Photo of TYE
3.71/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours black with a creamy tan head that dissipates fairly quickly to a thin, but dense, covering. Good amount of lacing left behind.
S - Chocolate and roasted malt with a hint of smoke. Aroma is lighter than expected.
T - Flavor is good at first. Good strength of coffee and hops, but fades quickly into nothing. Finishes clean with a slight hop bitterness.
M - Feels lighter and more watery than expected. About medium body when swallowed, but feels lighter in the mouth. Light carbonation is a good level.
D - This is very easy to drink. Very light for an imperial stout. I like the flavor, but it really needs to be punched up a couple of notches IMO to meet expectations.

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Photo of emerge077
3.46/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep brown, not opaque. Good lacing, foam doesn't stick around long. Not a visibly thick pour in body.

Aroma is very mild, vague roasted malt.

Primary taste of roasted malt, possibly barley. No hops, chocolate notes, etc. Pretty thin mouthfeel, ok drinkability. Better examples are out there, best thing going for this is the packaging.

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Photo of BoitSansSoif
4.44/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Poured a dark, nutty brown. faint head that dissipated rapidly.
S-Light toasted caramel, creme brulee, toasted malt, coffee.
T-Coffee, caramel, creme brulee, toasted malt. Very good.
M-Rich and creamy with nice balance and light carbonation.
D-Really like this one. Alcohol is well-disguised. You know it's there, but you can't really taste it.

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Photo of TexIndy
4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got in a trade with Bort11 - Thanks! Poured from a 12oz bottle with a date of 2007 2 on it. Not sure if best by or bottling date - hate when they put a date but no explanation. The label clearly calls this an Imperial Stout and the story on the side calls it a Russian Imperial Stout so not sure why it's in here as an American Double Stout. Poured a solid black even when held against the light. Had a smallish brown head that quickly settled to a thin collar. The aroma was roasted chocolate malts and caramel - was quite pleasing. The taste was really good. I'm tend to like porters more than stouts but this is up with with the best porters I've had. Really goes down smooth and has a solid roasted, smoky flavor from start to finish. Not a hint of the ABV which is refreshing for a change. Overall, I really like this one and highly recommend trying it. Gonna have to trade for more next time they brew it. (4.5, RB-OAY6r, T, Y)

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Photo of jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of mikesgroove
4.28/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

ark brown liquid, essentially black with no light penetration what so ever. Rich deep, and thick chocolate colored lace then formed on the top of it

rich and sweet, the first notes to hit me were a nice sweet milk chocolate, lactose, and a nice burnt caramel aroma. Very sweet, with hints of coffee throughout. A nice mixture of roasted malts, and not overly heavy. No, hint of the alcohol in it at all which was very nice. Rich milk chocolate, molasses and vanilla hints were the first right out of the gate. Very sweet with lots of lactose sugar like flavors coming in, probably from the oatmeal. A slight warming on the back of the throat, but other then that there was literally no hint of the alcohol

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Photo of Proteus93
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: A very dark cola brown... essentially black. A modest little head, very light tan... more of an offwhite. A little lattice of lacing.

S: Light chocolate notes, cardboard/papery aroma. Got something that almost reminded me of plain, salted potato chips. Kinda strange.

T: Spent coffee, light soy, some cardboardy notes... I imagine it must be somewhat oxidated. Some alcohol notes, and a little tiny bit of bitter chocolate.

M + D: Light carbonation, a little creamy, but a bit light. Not one of the better stouts I've had in recent memory, though it could have potentially been off.

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Photo of MinorThreat
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of barleywinebrewer
3.28/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Seems like it was an Imp stout run here lately. Got this via trade!!! Fascinating bottle to look at, neat history on the RIS style on the side. How's it taste?

A - Nice black with a solid tan head.
S - Good roasted malt aroma. Some maltiness but less than figured.
T - Similar to the smell but mild on the malts. Some coffee / cocoa notes wiht a touch of light hops.
M - medium bodied. almost dry in the finish.
D - nice drinkable stout. A bit lite for what I am used to for a RIS but tasty none the less.

Bring up the body and maltyness and I'd rate it higher. A nice winter 6pack if it's in your market.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.92/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Acquired via trade from jpm30, so a big "Thank you" goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep black color, with a very thin light brown head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of strong chocolate along with roasted malts, some coffee, some dark fruit and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste is likewise full of chocolate as you would expect with back ground flavors of dark fruit, bourbon and coffee. The malt character is very hearty as normal for the style. There's a very mild hops presence that brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium-to-heavy body, medium carbonation, slightly sticky finish.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, there are certainly several other big stouts that I would choose first, but this is still a very solid beer.

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Photo of jwc215
3.47/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours very dark brown - almost black - with virtually no head - just a faint patch.

The smell is of toffee, soft chocolate and some vague dark fruitiness.

The taste is malty - espresso coffee comes to mind. Quite a bit of peppery alcohol. Toffeeish - more caramel than I expected for the style. Flavors are certainly there, though not as robust as I would hope for. Something of a wet cardboard taste (oxidation, I assume) fades in and out. Becomes charcoal ashy as it warms. Flavor hangs on in a long, dry finish.

A bit weak for a "double" stout, but clearly stays within medium body.

It's decent overall, and easy enough to drink one of - relative thinness actually helps drinkablilty in this case - but wouldn't be looking to have a second (that I don't have anyway.)

Thanks to bitterbill for including this one - Always good to try new beers!

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Photo of neonbrown82
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a very good Imperial Stout. Seems more subtle and light, like the English variety, yet it still has some of the more assertive chocolate flavors that distinguishes it as American style. None of the typical soy sauce flavor associated with the English variety either. Very nice balance.

The beer pours to a dark ruby brown, nearly black. A decent amount of light is able to show through, however, revealing the beer's true colors. The head is a thick and creamy tan. Decent retention and a slightly less impressive lacing sticks to the glass.

The smell is a bit on the lame side for the style, but it still delivers. Kind of a sharp metallic flavor dominates until the beer warms and unlocks a new dimension of aroma and flavor, revealing some chocolate malt and caramel. A bit of caramel, toffee and a very small hint of smoke.

The taste is very good. Has a very good caramel maltiness. Kind of like an "Imperial Brown." In the finish there is more of a roasted barley flavor with a little bit of a sour kick at the tail end. Not much black patent for an Imperial Stout, and the roasted barley is kind of on the smaller side for that matter. It still produces a rich and chocolatey beer with a good herbal, woody English hops flavor in the finish. Not much bitterness, and a little on the sweet side, but still a damn tasty beer.

The body is a bit on the thin side, but nonetheless it is definitely bigger than your average beer. No alcohol flavor, though little was expected from an Imperial Stout on the low end of the ABV scale. Carbonation is light. Just enough to set off some of the hops flavor. Very drinkable for the style.

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

12oz bottle from russpowell via trade. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" brown head above the almost opaque dark brown brew. Head fades gradually, with average lacing. Aroma is slightly soured dark grain husks. Taste starts with moderately sweet maltiness upfront, touches of bitterness inthe middle, and a slightly off close. Mouthfeel is relatively smooth, and drinkability is good. But this one isn't very imperial.

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Photo of mbutter1997
3.61/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark black/brown color w/ 1 finger of thick head that reduces to thin caramel froth on the top of the beer.
S: Deep chocolate and toffee aroma, but nothing overpowering.
T: A rich stout that is almost too sweet. Good hop flavor and very malty. Not the best stout taste I've had, but good nevertheless.
M: Very smooth, rich, malty feel. Gets better with higher temps (50F +).
D: All in all, a good beer. Not the best stout I've had, but I have come to enjoy it. The first one was almost too much for me, but since I've grown to appreciate it more. Not sure if I'd buy a six-pack again, but I'd certainly have another bottle.

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Photo of jokelahoma
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This one pours a deep, pich black with a thick khaki head. It's absolutely opaque. No light sneaking through anywhere here.

The nose is heavy on the roasted malts, with an almost equal amount of hops. Not a terribly large amount of fruitiness in the nose, especially for an imperial stout. There's a slight musty, earthy smell from the base malts. Overall, a rather well balanced nose.

The taste *is* fruity. There are strong tastes of plums and raisins, with other dark, almost burnt flavors. This one doesn't descend into the "drinking charcoal" realm that many stouts do, but it teeters perilously close to that edge, hanging just this side of "still pretty good". The hops make their presence felt here too, giving enough bitterness to balance the heavy fruit and roasted barley flavors. All in all, this is more balanced than one might expect, leading to it being easier to drink than many other beers of this style.

The mouthfeel is much lighter than one would expect for an imperial. It's really on the order of a standard pale ale. While this does lead to an ease in drinking, it also detracts somewhat from the true enjoyment of the brew.

This one isn't bad at all. It's strong, but not overbearing. It's roasty without tasting like you're drinking an ashtray. It's bitter without being mouth puckering. It's really rather balanced. Not the best of the impy stouts, but worth seeking, especially as a limited release.

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Photo of Rumblebelly
3.19/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A good double stout overall. However, I hated the smell and I hated the price for a six packer ($10.99). Smell was very milky and chocolately, I could smell it as soon as I poured the sucker. The taste was a pleasant surprise, balanced but yet only slightly above average. I expected something offensive but overall it was lip smacky (I like stouts). Very chocolatey and milky flavors. Not much of an alcohol taste and actually fairly low for this style.

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Photo of tedpeer
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce poured into a Bell snifter.

A - Pours a dark brown almost black. Full head, settled to a quarter inch. Moderate lacing.

S - Roasted coffee and chocolate.

T - Coffee and hops. A little alcohol warmth at the end.

M - Lightly carbonated. Smooth. Thin for an imperial.

D - Drinking a couple of these wouldn't be an issue.

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Photo of johnyeast
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Black in appearance with a slight carmel colored head. Strong smells of chocolate, malt, and hops. A rich and sweet taste that is nutty yet tart and notes of hops and grains. Very smooth. Well done and incredibly balanced. Don't really taste the high alcohol content. A great winter brew that was enhanced at the brewery in FC when aged in bourbon barrels.

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Photo of bort11
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've said this before, but I am highly impressed with Odell's design sense for their labels. Very classy looking woodcut images of hop cones and leaves. Just plain classy.

On to the beer. 12 oz bottle, dated 2007/02, poured into an Imperial pint glass. The head is dark tan in color and stands about a fingers width. Tapers to a moderately filmy cap. Thin lacing on the glass. Color is a dark mahogany/cola brown and mostly opaque.
Smell is a dark roasted malt with a hint of anise. Taste continues with the dark malt, hint of dark roast coffee. Tad bit nutty in the finish.
Mouthfeel is slick and silky smooth medium body.
This is an interesting take on the style. Once again Odell comes through.

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Photo of ColoradoBobs
3.47/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12ounce bottle, from Liquor Max in Loveland, CO

Really don't have a lot to say about this beer. Pretty good, but nothing to write home about referencing the style. This is way short of others in its style. Get some if you can, but don't go out of your way.

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Imperial Stout from Odell Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.81 out of 5 with 77 ratings