Blatant Imperial Stout | Blatant Brewery

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Blatant Imperial StoutBlatant Imperial Stout

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Blatant Brewery
Massachusetts, United States

Style: American Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by MLaVioletteJr on 12-13-2013

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Reviews by Maxwell:
Photo of Maxwell
4.15/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours thick and black, as an imperial stout should, though a hair short of being motor oil. It sits with a scrim/necklace of light, sand colored bubbles, and in body is impenetrable to the eyes. The beer smells of sweet alcohol, dark fruits, slight charred leather, smooth dark chocolate, cocoa powder, and a soft nut-scent. A very nice, sweet nose with tons of chocolate coming through. On the tongue, the beer is sweet with a soft bitterness coming from the roasted/charred malt and a faint herbal hop. Very soft acidity can also be sensed on the sides of the tongue. In flavor, this beer is richly chocolaty, moving from hot chocolate to dark chocolate, to milk chocolate, a nice rounding nuttiness can also be sensed. The finish ends with superb touches of char, dark fruits, and faint coffee. In the mouth, the beer feels on the heavy side of medium in body, which is a little odd but adds superb drinkability. Mouthfeel is smooth and velvety, and the carbonation is soft and fluffy. The mouth is left dry but with a nice scrim of saliva coating it. Overall, this is a very drinkable and delicious RIS. Blatant caught me by surprise with this one. I’m actually making a venison pie with it right now for fun. Great beer.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.67/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Black, Chewy, Warming, Soot

Big, strong, and dark. More of subtle or middle of the road type Imperial Stout that hits all the right marks. More of charcoal-like burnt character with only faint suggestions of chocolate and coffee. Some sweetness and dark fruit in the middle meets a push of warming alcohol in the finish. For a malt forward Impy Stout it ends up being balanced and a pretty good sip.

STYLE: Imperial Stout | ABV: 9.0% | AVAILABILITY: Year-round

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine issue #93 (Oct 2014)

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Photo of puboflyons
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

From the 650 ml. bottle. There is a spot to print a Born On date but oops, someone did not. Sampled on December 5, 2014. Served about 55 degrees. My 2,000th review on Beer Advocate.

Deep black pour leading up to a lingering, soft tan head. Lots of lacing.

The aroma has a nice chocolate malt punch to it and toasted bread.

Fuller body and mouthfeel.

The taste begins with a chocolate flavor and then there is a strange bitterness to rounds it out at the end. Booze is buried. Still highly drinkable.

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Photo of Bierman9
4.14/5  rDev +9.5%

Bought a 22oz bomber of this yesterday (at The Beer Store, Nashua) for $7.00. Born on date is 07/15/14. Time to indulge...

Poured a bit into a small tulip.... Completely opaque; a deep, dark dense black, like oil. Head started at 1/2" of creamy mocha foam, but it has ebbed to a solid, fine layer covering the crude. Lacing is decent, with some nice stick on the sides. The aroma is luscious! Has lots of dark, rich malts, with some coffee, dark choco and dark fruit. Body is a bit more than medium, and it feels fairly smooth, overall, on the tongue.

Flavor has some sweetness, though not nearly as much as intimated by the aroma. I get a bit of caramel, some roasty coffee, and a bit of espresso. It gets a touch bitter, with flavors like cocoa nibs and dark chocolate. Besides all that, it has some touches of dark fruit, like currants, figs and raisin, plus a dash of licorice. The finish is a tad dry, with some floral hopping making a cameo. Overall, not bad... I was really excited by the appearance and aroma, but the flavor was much more down to earth.... Prosit!!

4.14/5 rDev +9.5%
look: 4.20 | smell: 4.35 | feel: 4.15 | taste: 4.05 | drinkability: 4.10


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Photo of TimBeaulieu
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of Doomcifer
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of tigg924
3.52/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: dark brown in color, 1/2 inch head, clear, low carbonation

Smell: dark chocolate and and deep roasted malt

Taste: dark chocolate, char, light smoke and and deep roasted malt

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy bodied, medium-low carbonation, sweet and roasty

Overall: An above average imperial stout. This one hits all the notes I would expect in the style. That said, of the three Blatant beers I have had, this is my least favorite. Not a beer I would reach for, nor one I would turn down.

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Photo of Janeinma
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of far333
3.97/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black and opaque with a forthy two-finger head of frothy foam that lingers long. Aroma of cocoa, leather, woody notes, licorice, and root beer.

Rich flavor of roasted malt, charred bark, some smoke, cocoa, molasses, licorice, and espresso. Lots of flavors moving in and out and contributing to the richness of this one. Firm bitterness, not too aggressive, subtle hop flavors poking through. A malty sweetness emerges in the finish, but then gets pushed back down under the roasty bitters.

Full and rich mouthfeel, round and satisfying, finishes with a tingle. Really good beer.

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Photo of Rappaman
3/5  rDev -20.6%

Photo of Peter1977
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of comrade_tony
2.75/5  rDev -27.2%

Photo of ThickNStout
3.47/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.25

22oz bottle from Steve000 (thanks!). Bottled 11/27/13. Served in a goblet.

Pours a dark coffee brown, close to black. The finger and a half pale tan head shrinks down to a fine layer accross the surface and a decent sized ring that leaves little chunks of lace.

Smells of chocolate, mild roast and burnt caramel.

Chocolate malts seem to be the star here. Cocoa, a bit of coffee, roasted malt, burnt sugar, mild earthy bitterness and just a hint of alcohol.

Soft, creamy, medium full body with light carbonation. Bitter notes pick up in the finish with dark cocoa, coffee and a stronger dose of the earthy, herbal astringency.

Never heard of Brewmasters Brewing but this is a pretty solid stout. I'm sure the age has a good bit to do with the smooth feel, which was a highlight for me.

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Photo of cbutova
3.18/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bottled July 2014.

A- Pouring from the bomber brings a pitch black brew to my pint glass with a several finger creamy tan head. Good head retention; it falls to a large ring and pillow. Sheets and rings of lace after each sip.

S- Most of whats going on here is from the dark roasted grains. Charred barley, burnt toast, baking chocolate and deep caramel. Dark fruits on the back end.

T- Things flip flop for my palate at thus stage. The dark fruits rise to the occassion with big notes of fig, raisin, cherry cordials and even plum. Malts take a step behind that with cocoa powder, caramelized sugar, ash, slight burnt and stale caramel notes. Something funky throughout like slight metallic and tart fruits, really hurts overall.

MF- Medium bodied for the style with a consistency that is foamy and creamy as the carbonation comes in at a fairly high level. Tart bitter metal in the finish.

Seems slightly infected too me. Not a gusher or overcarbonated but a twang of metallic and tart fruit makes the flavor suffer. Sort of a shame and its listed as retired now.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

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

S: The aroma contains chocolate, roasted malts, coffee and some hops.

T: The taste starts out with a hearty roasted malt character up front followed by mildly sweet flavors of milk chocolate and coffee. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly bready.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is dry and slightly sticky.

O: A little tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, it’s a decent beer but there are several in the style that I would choose first.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.42/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle purchased as a single from Adams Hometown Market, Monson, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/4" dark brown head over the opaque dark brown/black brew. Dense head slowly bubbles away, with thick lasting lace. Aroma is roasty dark grains.

Taste is creamy sweet and roasty malts upfront, a peek of dark fruit in the middle, and smooths on through to the close with coffee and moderate bitterness. Mouthfeel is velvety smooth, and drinkability is almost too easy. Excellent brew.

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Photo of Ashermallen
3/5  rDev -20.6%

Photo of Boston_Steve
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of jlindros
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Been in the 70s and 80s mostly the past couple weeks, then suddenly the 40s... this has been waiting for a night like this. A "born on date", come on guys, you couldn't think of a better term than the Budweiser one?.... anyways the date was 11/27/13.

Pours a very dark fizzy head that disappears at a fairly quick pace, typical for a bit imperial stout, does leave hints of lacing, and nice long legs on the sides, and a purely pitch black beer.

Nose has plenty of dark malts, some black malt with a little roasty malts, heavy thick motor oil roast and black malt almost acrid char but doesn't seem to go that far, at least on the aroma. A hint of super dark baker's chocolate too, with a little cookie crust and malted milk ball candy like, as well as a little caramel as it warms, and even a little fudgey and chewy like. A bit of an earthy chewy hop in there too.

Taste continues more of the same, super dark malts mostly, with some black malt, a lot more of the fudgey chocolate though, super dark baker's chocolate, turns to a dark powdered cocoa and chewy a little creamy oat like note too. Also a little roast, not very roasty actually, and not really burnt or acrid which is nice. A bit of caramel and that cookie crust like candy wafer almost, again bringing that mild malted milk ball flavor. I keep wanting to think there is carafa like fluffy nougat flavor but it never really comes through, just the feel for the rest of the beer makes me think so. A mild earthy spicy chewy hop presence brings a bit of the bitterness as well as the mild bitterenss from the dark malts. Finish is a little sticky and syrupy but attempts to dry, finally a hint of booze comes through, little more caramel, candy, fluffy creamy malt, and more dark malts. As it warms a slight phenolic booze note comes through, with a little pepperminty like note from the phenols.

Mouth is fuller bod, little creamy and thick, slight chewy, a little light on the carbonation but decent, and just a hint of booze on the back end.

Overall not bad, pretty good for Blatant bottle, which their beers when bottled have been subpar vs when I've had it on draft the very few times. Nice dark malt profile without too much roast and pretty much no burnt or acrid flavors, nice mild hop presence, nicely hidden booze, decent creamy thick feel, pretty good fresh but not sure how well it would hold up to age.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.47/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a one-finger light tan head that fades quickly leaving no lace. Black color, no highlights. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Roasted coffee and chocolate nose and flavor is bakers chocolate with hints of malty sweetness. $5.99 for a 22oz bottle from Julio's Liquors Westborough, Ma. Brewed Nov 27, 2013. Label has the brewer as Brewmasters Brewery not Blatant Beer.

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Photo of ELECTRONICAnonymous
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of Jlang2012
2.54/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Infected!! sour taste drain pour!!

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Photo of chasetam
4.5/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jmdrpi
4.13/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle, "Born on Date 012414" so January 12, 2014? so 1.5 years old, although bought off the shelf a few months ago

pours black, with thick off white head. good head retention. aroma is mostly smoke, char, roast, toasted marshmallow. taste isn't quite as dry as expected. well balanced with a touch of bitter cocoa flavor, but definitely very roasty. thicker body, full mouthfeel, lower carbonation.

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