Sins Of Our Fathers Imperial Stout
Crooked Fence Brewing

Sins Of Our Fathers Imperial StoutSins Of Our Fathers Imperial Stout
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American Imperial Stout
Ranked #1,908
Ranked #19,240
3.88 | pDev: 13.4%
Crooked Fence Brewing
Idaho, United States
Very Good
Sins Of Our Fathers Imperial StoutSins Of Our Fathers Imperial Stout
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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.69/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

$ 13.28 (Including shipping)/22 oz bottle ($ 0.604/oz) from Tavour, Seattle, WA.
Undated bomber. Stored at 42 degrees and served at 54 degrees in a hand-washed and dried Jester King snifter.
Appearance – 3.
First pour – Dark brown, clear.
Body – Dark brown/black, opaque, slight effervescence.
Head – Large (Maximum 6.2 cm, aggressive center pour), khaki, dense, short retention, diminishing to a four to six mm crown and a rocky cap.
Lacing – None.
Aroma – 4 – Roasted malt, milk chocolate.
Flavor – 4 – Begins slightly bitter with some chocolate. Chocolate is the predominant flavor, with the maltiness from the nose markedly absent. Ends slightly bitter. No alcohol, no dimethylsulfide, no diacetyl.
Palate – 3 - Thin, watery, lively carbonation.
Impression and summation – 3.25. - 0.25 point for being undated. The aroma is good with the flavor slightly less so. Notes from a previous tasting indicate the presence of bourbon barrels but they are absent in taste, aroma, and bottle notes. Pretty much looks like every Impy stout out there.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

one of the most robustly flavored and objectively best beers i have had from these guys so far, and its awesome to have a big stout these days without all sorts of crazy additives in the recipe, a nice throwback in that way, and a reminder of why we all started liking imperial stout in the first place before the days of maple vanilla coffee lactose cinnamon chocolate caramel chili double barrel whatever the heck people are standing in lines for these days. this is slick and black from the bottle without a ton of head on it, an obvious viscosity, and a bit of shine as well, pretty in the glass. aroma is traditional russian imperial to me, heavy black malts, roasted barley, big espresso bean notes, and an appreciable yeast character thats loosely english. nuances of licorice and coal sort of minerality as well, right on! the flavor is nice too, plenty of bitterness from the roast to balance whatever sugar is left, the beer tastes mature even without a barrel, and there is more of a tobacco and raisin thing going on than i could smell, pretty complex as it warms too, cocoa and burnt wood notes coming out. lots of body and fairly smooth as they go, bitter and not syrupy, just a bit of the alcohol there, not offensive or anything, and a charcoal sort of thing there at the end, mellowing and intensifying at the same time it seems. really cool beer, im sure it would go well in a whiskey barrel too, but it doesnt need that. nice to see these guys execute this so well. i have been hit or miss on their stuff so far, but this is a winner!

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Photo of Ruger_44-Redhawk
4.46/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Excellent Imperial Stout. Had at the new location in Boise on Father's Day. I'm not sure if I have to give it a full review. All the necessities are there. Ended up getting the bourbon barrel aged bomber to go.

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Photo of snaotheus
3.33/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

22oz capped and waxed bottle served in a large snifter. Pretty sure @mr-jj gave it to me. I don't see a date on it.

Pours black (as it poured, the stream looked like a dark ruby brown) with a tiny ring of tannish head that doesn't seem to be going anywhere. Carbonation exists, but is slow and tiny. Looks fairly normal for an imperial stout. Smell is almost burnt coffee -- extremely roasty. A bit of black licorice.

Taste is super strong on the black licorice, and not nearly as strong on the roasted coffee. A shame for me, because the reverse would be more pleasant -- I'm not a black licorice fan, except when it's more like an accent in a beer (not a central theme, like this beer). Consequently, I don't like it a lot, although I could see black licorice fans liking it a lot. If I search for it, there's coffee there. I'll keep drinking it for now and see how I feel after I get more accustomed to it and it starts to warm up. If I change my mind about it, I'll edit my scores.

Mouthfeel is almost thick, somewhat sticky. Overall, not a bad beer, but the flavor is not my favorite.

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Photo of AlarmClock314
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle, black wax, 10% ABV, no date but likely the 2016 version. Pours black with a medium sized light khaki head. Smells of coffee, cocoa, roasted malt, char, and some faint dark fruit. The taste follows closely with mostly roasted malt and cocoa with some light char, coffee, earthy hops, and dark fruit. Not a super strong intensity, but smooth and balanced. Some alcohol comes through. Medium bitterness, subtle sweetness, and light dryness. Some noticeable variance between bottles in the level of char/roastiness (the bottles with less char were better). Below average body and average carbonation. Overall, nothing really stands out as special and it's not a 'heavy hitter', but it's very well-rounded and surprisingly pleasant. Great example of an IS and worth a try.

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Photo of mactrail
3.54/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Very dark inky brown. Adequate foam and carbonation. Malty and boozy smell. And coffee. Thick and syrupy mouthfeel. Sweet caramel with a dark side. Burnt sugar followed by the hoppy bitterness.

Strong coffee flavor with bitter chocolate chaser. Overall, it's sweet, grainy, and coarse. Not the most inspired brew, but one of the greatest beer labels of all time (do a search for a better image). From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Bottleworks in Seattle.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours pitch black, opaque in the glass with a fine one finger light brown head with great retention and lots of lacing. Aroma of dark toasted malt, chocolate, a little vanilla and coffee; smells nice. Flavor is dark toasted malt with a bit of char, dark chocolate, light espresso coffee, a bit of molasses finishes with rich cocoa and dark malt with lightly hops and mildly char. Smooth, quite creamy body with an excellent mouth feel. This is very nice imperial stout. The flavor is full and well integrated with robust malt and good chocolate flavors with char and coffee at the edges. Reading old reviews here, this must have gone through a recipe revision, because this is top notch. My first introduction to this brewery and a good one. I really like this. The ABV for this recent bottle appears to have gone up a bit to 10%, but it is well covered.

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Photo of stevoj
3.84/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Black and oily, smooth yet with a nip of alcohol warmth, a perfect fall drink. On tap at the Crooked Fence taproom, black as night with a small skin of beige head. Aroma and taste are rich roast grains, coffee, chocolate and molasses. Delicious, smooth and easily drinkable.

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Photo of czechsaaz
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Smells roasty and chocolate. Deep black with a small tan head. Flavor is pretty good, sweet and malty mainly with some hop and roast bitter balance. Ripe fruit yeast esters. But it's kind of thin body and none of the flavors really stands out or seems like a big Imperial Stout. It's fine but if I'm thinking of great impy stouts to seek out this won't get in the conversation.

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Photo of zhanson88
2.57/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Big thanks to JohnGalt1 for sending me this in a trade a few months back. Slight label variation noted, this brew is 9.5% ABV vs. BA listing.

Appearance: Pours out a fairly thin looking dark brown. About 1" of khaki colored head forms, which has surprisingly short retention time and virtually no lacing. Between the thin looking body and below average head characteristics, not a great looking beer.

Smell: A bit of roast, a bit of coffee, perhaps a bit of milk chocolate and licorice. I also get faint piney American hops. Nothing really noteworthy about this.... scents are very cohesive, but just kind of plain.

Taste: Roast, coffee, and a hint of milk chocolate are noticeable up front, with a bit of hoppiness on the back end. Overall though, this is an extremely thin and watery stout. Has some nice base flavors, but it is close to astoundingly thin for a 9.5% ABV stout.

Mouthfeel/Overall: To repeat myself, extremely thin and watery. Definitely the weak link of this beer, and really brings down every other characteristic. Overall, this beer does have some redeeming qualities, but is just too thin to be a good example of the style. Work on that body a bit and it will improve every other aspect of the beer, at least for me.

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Photo of brentk56
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a chocolate fudge brown color with a modest head that leaves a bit of lacing behind

Smell: Chocolate and coffee with a hint of ash

Taste: Very chocolatey, up front, with the coffee arriving in the middle and lingering into the finish; a bit ashy in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Though it is a bit one-dimensional, that dimension is quite enjoyable

Thanks, JohnGalt1, for the opportunity

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Photo of Douglas88
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bomber thanks to Toby. Really cool label. Pours a jet black color with a small white head. A nose of dark fruit, chocolates. The flavor is dominated by sweet dry earthy ash, cocoa, chocolates, light banana and dark fruit. Very ashy. Good. Milky at times.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.6/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've had this twice now... both bottles were picked up at the brewery on Chinden. Ditmier's buddy "ScubaSteve" brought a bottle to the RIS tasting at Sammy's house.... A coworker shared a bottle with me after a long day of election work.

Pours a pretty deep brown head... the brew is about black but allows some light through on the stem end of my glass... spotty lacing and only okay retention.

The nose is pretty good but mild... seems just enough dark malt and minor coffee jumps out of the goblet... a bit thin on the aroma.

Flavor mirrors the nose but has a lingering dark maltiness on the palate.... midpalate is light char and some dark cocoa... not really getting any hoppiness... More of "everything RIS" would be appreciated.

Body is a decent medium for the style... I would hope for more body and more malt punch with every taste... Seems for me too attenuated and could use more malt on the flavor and on the palate.

Still though... I think it is a great jump into the style... Hammer it down and you will have a winner.


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Sins Of Our Fathers Imperial Stout from Crooked Fence Brewing
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 55 ratings