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Snake Eyes Imperial Stout | West Sixth Brewing Company

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Snake Eyes Imperial StoutSnake Eyes Imperial Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
West Sixth Brewing Company
Kentucky, United States
westsixth.com

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by barczar on 06-05-2012

BEER STATS
Reviews:
19
Ratings:
63
Avg:
4.09
pDev:
15.65%
 
 
Wants:
4
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12
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Reviews: 19 | Ratings: 63
Photo of Treyliff
3.83/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a snifter
Canned 12/25/15

A- pours motor oil thick with a small foamy tan head that reduces to leave no head, along with some alcohol legs

S- aroma is a nice mix of black licorice, dark cherry, chocolate, vanilla, char & a hint of coffee

T- black licorice and dark fruits up front with some fig and black cherry poking through. Chocolate sweetness with some dark roast, hints of coffee and earthy hops on the finish

M- medium-thick body with moderate carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel and a viscous finish

O- nice toasty stout that hides the abv well

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Photo of brian44556
4.06/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a 12oz can into a Teku. Served at 55 degrees.

Pours a beautiful deep black with a frothy, chocolate head. Light retention with mild lacing. Rich chocolate, ripe cherries, and roasted malts fill the nose. More and more booze overtakes the aromas as this warms. Dark chocolate and burnt malts upfront, with dark fruits, cherries, and lots of booze finishing this off. This beer is creamy and very warming from the alcohol. Slow drinking and very tasty offering from a brewery in my home state. Glad to see breweries like this putting Kentucky on the beer map.

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Photo of mlockman
4.06/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Probably the best beer that West Sixth puts onto shelves; the flavor is pleasant with a significant hop profile that is well-balanced and complements the malt-backbone nicely. This is not as intense on the palate as other examples of the style, but the high ABV is quite well hidden, making this an easy-drinking stout for any occasion.

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Photo of SPLITGRIN
4.43/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is just plain gorgeous. It's hard to create it look more perfect for Imperial Stout then used motor oil blackness for a body and a huge four finger caramel brown head. Head retention is awesome and a huge spotted wall is left behind as it slowly fades. The nose is also incredible for the style and spot on. It includes big roasting mall notes Coco and blackest super ripe fruits. With first sip your mouth is flooded with Rich bold roasty tones. It has real balance kind of like a good dark chocolate with just the right amount of dryness and creamy sweetness. It is complex and approachable with very well hidden alcohol for an Imperial Stout at 11%. This one is easily the crown jewel of West sixth caned offerings.

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Photo of Danville304
4.65/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

If you ever wondered what Guinness would be like is the quadrupled the alc. Added some hops and some taste, there you have it. Thick dark black, tasty.

I love stouts and porters. This is my new favorite.

Other reviewers are right. lots of chocolate and roasty flavors. Best West Sixth sense WS IPA.

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Photo of Bonkinishwa
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

West Sixth Brewing Company - Snake Eyes Imperial Stout. 11% ABV. 12oz can split between two snifters. Canned 1/12/16.

Look: Settles pitch black, with a finger sized khaki colored head which dissipates into nothing.

Smell: Sweet black cherries and alcohol mostly; has a perfume like aroma too,

Feel: Surprisingly light body, with some moderate carbonation and nice smoothness.

Taste: Very nice flavors of vanilla, bakers chocolate, dark malts, and coffee tones, all with a black cherry backbone. Very sweet finish, and semi boozy.

Overall: This has been on my wants list for a while, and got a can first time I saw one. Great combination of flavors on the palate, and pretty sweet too. The high ABV is concealed pretty well in this, but still noticeable.

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Photo of auroracrisis
4.21/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz can into a Duvel tulip.

The can is filled to the brim. Pours black with red and brown highlights. A one finger mocha head dissipates quickly into a small ring of foam around the edges. Minimal lacing as this is drank down.

Baker's chocolate and cherries on the nose at first, with neutral yeast characteristics in the background. Faint coffee notes with some earthy, hop characteristics. Alcohol becomes more present as the beer warms.

Pretty similar to the nose. Opens with notes of dark chocolate and dark pitted fruit. Moves a bit more into roast and earthy, dry oak flavors as it rests on your palate. Leaves an after flavor of roasty malt and aged oak. The alcohol is hidden surprisingly well and doesn't peek its head in until the beer warms.

Heavy medium on the palate. Low carbonation and a bit oily.

An appropriate balance of bitter chocolate, roast and dark fruits, with a touch of earth. A very solid local imperial stout. I heard some criticism about this one before trying, and am pleasantly surprised by a great beer. Also seems to be a good candidate for aging.

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Photo of do_ob
4.17/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Can into a Madtree snifter. Black in appearance, thin brown head. Smells very sweet in addition to being roasty. Notes of chocolate, vanilla, cocoa, and roasted malt. The taste follows along. Very, very sweet compared to a lot of popular beers of the same style. Well balanced, though, and very tasty. Kinda reminds me of Bell's Expedition.

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Photo of rapayn01
3.83/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I poured a bit more than half the can into a plastic cup at a party (and shared the rest with a friend). It looks great and tastes pretty good with nice coffee notes. However, it's a bit boozy for my tastes (reflecting the 11% abv).

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Photo of MarkQ617
4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this poured into a pint glass out of the can. Appearance is a deep brown, almost black with a head the color of chocolate ice cream. Aroma and flavor were exactly what youd want...cocoa and smoke, without the boozy aftertaste you get on some imperials. Mouthfeel was also very smooth for an imperial. This ranks up there with their holiday seasonal as their best offering, good stuff.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
4.19/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thoroughly enjoyed from the 12 oz can in a snifter. This most excellent imperial stout pours a pitch black color with a nice head of brown foam that settles to a thick ring, thin layer, and excellent lacing. Nose of heavy coffee, heavy cocoa, sweet deeply roasted malts, charred brown sugars, and strong booze. Flavors exceed the nose with chocolate and coffee flavors dancing about brown sugar and black strap molasses on all sides. A moderately bitter char note takes hold middle to back with black strap molasses and coffee rounded out by a bittering hop that gets appears and then fades to roasted malts on the aftertaste. Coating chewy mouth feel even with medium to high carbonation.
Meaty
Beaty
Big
and
Bouncy!
Excellent brew from an up and coming brewery that deserves more notice.

Cheers

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Photo of arlo19
4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Canned 12/23/15, poured 1/6/15. Pours black with nice dark brown head. Aroma is pretty good, roasty and a little boozy as expected, although I get some grainy barn on the nose as well. Taste is great, some booze but overall very smooth and easy to drink with a medium mouthfeel. As another reviewer said, this will be good to cellar and try again.

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Photo of IMFletcher
3.89/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 01/02/16 can on the day of the first-ever can release.

Dark, great head, roast on the nose. For a exactly-what-it-is imperial stout, it's really good. Lots of roast flavors, good mouthfeel, though a bit chalky, and a solid finish that mostly hides the 11%. I really wish it would lean towards a coffee of cocoa note however, it lacks that *something* to really round it out.

Now that we can find out, I do think it will benefit from some cellar time.

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Photo of beerwolf72
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured pitch black into a snifter with about an inch of mousse-like foam. Lots of dark chocolate in the nose. Well-balanced overall and very drinkable for the ABV.

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Photo of Houser
4.02/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pretty good imperial stout. pours almost pitch black with minimal head. smells of roasted malts and some smokiness. tastes or dark fruits, roastiness, and a bit of booze. a good one from west sixth.

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Photo of KYGunner
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%

The nose presents a nice bit of char and an ample amount of oats. Chocolate malt is very evident with a bit of roast.

The flavor starts with a smooth oatmeal char, chocolate malt, dry coffee roast and a bit of smoke. Mid palate yields a lot more sweetness with marshmallow and toffee. This ends very easy and has no presence of alcohol despite the 11%.

West Sixth has had a bit of time to modify the recipe on this and I think they've hit a mark that matches any Breakfast Stout.

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Photo of mrfrancis
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours an inky, opaque black with a creamy, thin tan mousse that sticks around longer than expected.

S: Mild on the nose, with fleeting aromas of roasted grain, coffee, dark chocolate, and vanilla bean noticeable. Unlike some other imperial stouts, there is no trace of alcohol on the nose.

T: Notes of heavy cream, vanilla bean, caramel, coffee, dark chocolate, black cherry, rum raisin, roasted grain, and mildly earthy, bitter, herbal hops wash across the palate. The finish is long, seductive, and smooth with cream, coffee, herbal hop, and semi-sweet dark chocolate flavors merging with mellow, warming alcohol.

M: Full in body, velvety, smooth, creamy, chewy, and a bit syrupy. This is definitely not the driest imperial stout that one will encounter. Carbonation is gentle and very discreet. Alcohol is, of course, noticeable, but is very muted for the style. Don't expect any trace of burn in your throat when drinking this beer.

O: I'm becoming more used to American imperial stouts that assault the nose and palate with assertive, fruity, resinous hops and an almost charred, burnt toast graininess, but West Sixth avoids these overwhelming qualities with Snake Eyes, instead crafting a remarkably balanced imperial stout with a great integration of aromas and flavors. In some respects, I could see this ale being classified as a Russian Imperial Stout, as I found it to be somewhat reminiscent of some of the English classics (Samuel Smith's Imperial Stout immediately came to mind as I was sipping this). Try this one with a good cigar or a steak.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A massive imperial stout, chocked full of roasty, malty, and alcohol complexities- as sane as West Sixth's flagship beers are, their imperial series pulls no such punches.

Snake Eyes pours the darkest of dark brown, easily mistaken for black with an onyx glossy appearance. Capped by a rich and creamy tan head, the beer laces wonderfully with broken rings with each sip of the glass.

Strong aromas of creamy roast, espresso, cocoa, bourbony alcohols, wood ash, red and black licorice, charred cherries and currants, molasses, and vanilla all deliver varying aromatic profiles as the beer warms.

Flavors follow suit with the roasty base of slightly scorched molasses, starchy malt, and caramel underpinnings just as the roasted elements weave into espresso, walnut, bittersweet chocolate, and very light smoky elements of burnt woods. Esters and alcohol rise for the intense taste of booze, vanilla, caramel, grilled cherries, vinous grapes, fennel, and peppercorn that all add complexity and balance against the immense malt character.

Tremendous richness provide a chewy texture of oily and moussy malt. Strong alcohols cut through the malt with thinning action and carry with it the underlying acidity of roast grain and fermented tartness. Finishing very warm and slightly numbing, the ale delivers a long lasting roasty alcoholic finish.

Snake Eyes is best suited for a long sitting with great company and a slow palate. I love this kind of beer when throwing on a movie because I won't have to get up often for another.

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Photo of barczar
3.8/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque black brown with a half inch burnt caramel head that dissipates fairly quickly, leaving little lacing and eventually no film.

Aroma is dominated by roast malt, chocolate, coffee grounds, and a bit of alcohol. Tar and tobacco add complexity. Nutty notes surface as it warms.

Flavor begins with a touch of roast malt, complemented well by a huge hit of chocolate, reminiscent of malted milk balls. The roast character carries into mid palate, where nutty flavors emerge, lingering into the slightly bitter coffee finish. There's a touch of an acrid flavor present. Alcohol is also evident.

Body is somewhat heavy, but less than expected for the style, with minimal carbonation and an alcohol warmth that lingers long after the glass is empty!

Overall, a bit more bitter and less complex than I'd hoped for. Alcohol warmth is overwhelming.

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Snake Eyes Imperial Stout from West Sixth Brewing Company
4.09 out of 5 based on 63 ratings.
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