Snake Eyes Imperial Stout
West Sixth Brewing Company

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American Imperial Stout
Ranked #1,452
Ranked #5,854
4.1 | pDev: 8.29%
West Sixth Brewing Company
Kentucky, United States
Snake Eyes Imperial StoutSnake Eyes Imperial Stout
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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Served in a teku glass from a 750ml bottle.

Appearance: Dark and somewhat semi-thick chocolate fused

Smell: Think of cold brew coffee meshed with deep deep hop aroma. Subtle and strong all at once.

Taste: Malty taste which feels a touch smoked with deep dark chocolate and a richer espresso bean bitterness which lingers in the back of your tongue.

Mouth: Medium to full caronation and super sticky body. Not the best finish as far as after-taste.

Overall: Good brew, got it in the rare beer of the month collection and wasn't disappointing at all but not a brew I would chase the world for. Salud!

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Photo of mwilbur
4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into snifter.
A: Pours pitch black with foamy/frothy dark mocha head with excellent retention. Leaves some sticky lacing behind.
S: Bright berries quickly followed by dark chocolate, medium roast coffee, vanilla, and hints of melon and warm cinnamon. Very nice!
T: Dark bitter chocolate, vanilla, dark roast coffee, wood char, and a hint of berries. With warming, a nutty note emerges.
M: Heavy body. Lighter mouthfeel from the carbonation. Darkly sweet and bitter. Lingers nicely on the palate.
D: Very nice winter sipper. I particularly enjoyed the aroma with the burst of bright berries up front.

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Photo of Beejay
4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Richard and Alanna!!!!

A: Dark black in color, not much of a head, but what is there is dark brown, it looks thick like oil.

S: Dark rich chocolate, brown sugar, a touch of smoke, and molasses.

T: Dark chocolate, caramel, and burnt sugar, with perhaps a touch of licorice.

M: Thick and creamy, good.

O: Overall a very tasty brew! Very enjoyable.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

It just feels right to be back on The CANQuest (tm), my ongoing & now-seemingly impossible mission to drink & review EVERY CANned beer in existence. This was an aCANqisition from a breweriana show that I have been awaiting a ChANce to try. Now is the moment!

From the CAN: "Feeling lucky? Roll the dice on this slithery stout."; "A dark & delicious stout"; "Seasonal Release".

I Crack!ed open the CAN to some mild squirting action as the snake hissed & writhed within! Oooh, maybe I should have waited until Hallowe'en to have opened this scary little monster. A gentle Glug produced two fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, deep-brown head with good retention. Nose held a mélange of flavors - cocoa/chocolate, vanilla, black coffee, root beer/sarsaparilla and a cool mintiness. Mouthfeel was big, thick & full & the liquid slithered around on my tongue like a snake trying to make itself comfortable. The taste was intensely chocolaty, very rich, like chocolate mousse, but with an additional roastiness like fresh coffee, plus a slight herbal sweetness that acCANted for both the root beer & mintiness on the nose. My my my. Some people are afraid or snakes and/or dark beers, but I shy away from neither. I liked the way that its slickness just crawled across my tongue, slithered down my gullet & curled up for warmth in my belly. Finish was dry & warming & I felt at peace while I was drinking this beer.

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Photo of willcull78
4.54/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A very excellent stout. A deep dark rich color with a great stout taste that lingers on the palate. At a hefty 11% it is a hearty stout with great flavor. It is worth a try if you have not had one.

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Photo of Harrison8
4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours black with two fingers of caramel head foaming on top with good retention and a few spirals of lacing left behind. Aroma is roasted, toasted, and a tinge of nutted malts, with a light showing of caramel. Flavor profile is dark, with roasted malts hitting the tongue first. It lightens up a bit with notes of toasted malts, and caramel following. Dark chocolate notes are left on the palate as the flavor profile fades away. Slight alcohol taste on the back end. Mouth feel is medium-thick with a pleasurable graininess that evolves the beer into a heavy drinking stout. Overall, an impressive heavy stout that delivers through and through. While it doesn't deliver a multitude of flavor levels, it does deliver a quality stout experience from a can.

Served in a 12oz snifter.

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Photo of brentk56
3.78/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a deep brown with a thin khaki head that quickly fades to a ringlet; leggy, with quite a few dots left behind

Smell: Roast, chocolate and black cherry tones

Taste: Roasty and chalky, at the outset, with chocolate and black cherry tones building; vanilla and earthy hop flavors make an appearance through the middle, with licorice adding a sweeter dimension to the finish

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with low to moderate carbonation

Overall: Yes, it is big but it leans too far into the sweeter end of the spectrum for my palate

Thanks, SPLITGRIN, for the opportunity

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Photo of Treyliff
3.83/5  rDev -6.6%
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 -1%
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 -1%
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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4.43/5  rDev +8%
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 +13.4%
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 +1.2%
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 +2.7%
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 +1.7%
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 -6.6%
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 +6.8%
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 +2.2%
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 appears and then fades to roasted malts on the aftertaste. Coating chewy mouth feel even with medium to high carbonation.
Excellent brew from an up and coming brewery that deserves more notice.


Update---in a growler this is better or the recipe has changed with some dark
raisin notes and richer cocoa flavors (3-25-17)----It's better on tap!

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Photo of arlo19
4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
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 -5.1%
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 -0.5%
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 -2%
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 +6.1%

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 -1.2%
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 +1.2%
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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Snake Eyes Imperial Stout from West Sixth Brewing Company
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