The Queen
Indeed Brewing Company - Minneapolis

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Indeed Brewing Company - Minneapolis
Minnesota, United States
American Imperial Stout
Ranked #889
Ranked #3,067
4.24 | pDev: 4.72%
Nov 26, 2022
Jul 31, 2015
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Notes: Formerly called: Whiskey Queen

An imperial stout aged in whiskey barrels for 8 months, this beer pours pitch black with a creamy tan head. The aroma is a marriage of whiskey, oak, dark malts, vanilla and raisins, backed by an inviting mouthfeel full of smooth whiskey, dark chocolate, oak and vanilla flavors.
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Reviewed by chum_husk from Minnesota

4.32/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
Chugged a couple of these on Thanksgiving. Red-ish foam, otherwise black. It tastes a whole lot like whiskey and just a little like marshmallow. Really really smooth. It's overly sweet but is enjoyable the whole way through. I'm thankful for good beer
Nov 26, 2022
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Reviewed by feloniousmonk from Minnesota

4.24/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
2021 notes:
Thoroughly black, utterly opaque, slim brown head.

In the nose: big cocoa and espresso. Deep and dark. Charcoal, molasses and more. Touch of vanilla. Barrel-aging effects are coming in.

In the mouth: thick, rich, viscous. Massive mouthfeel. Some sweetness, just enough bitter, huge malt. Usual suspects at play in this RIS, all the richness and decadence, wrapped up in the whiskey barrel. All the depth is being plumbed, without going too far overboard.

Yum, I must say, a dum dum.
Aug 15, 2022
Rated: 4.54 by MJSFS from Florida

Mar 11, 2022
Rated: 4.25 by Bunuelian from Minnesota

Jul 03, 2021
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Reviewed by barnzy78 from Illinois

4.56/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
12oz can
canned 02/03/21
L: pitch black body, thinner brown head
S: oaky whisky, chocolate, roast, char, vanilla, booze
T: boozy and rich with a great meld of flavors: whiskey drenched oak, dark cocoa, raisin, vanilla, toffee, caramel, char, roasted barley, white pepper
F: full body, boozy but not too hot, modest carbonation, whisky and woody oak linger on the palate
O: I love that this was aged in a whiskey barrel and not a bourbon barrel. So good!
May 30, 2021
Rated: 4.25 by Beerbom from California

Jan 31, 2021
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Reviewed by garymuchow from Minnesota

4.06/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
I think this is pretty darn fresh, for better or worse. Says canned 2/6/20, which seems unusual. Could this be last years batch?
It's very black with no apparent highlights. Nice dark head. Alcohol apparent even in the aroma, but also rich malt with dark fruit. Tastes fresh with no aging that I can tell. Fresh big stout bite, with no smoothness or blending of flavors. That's not necessarily bad, just an observation. Quite rich. Also a fair amount of drying that seems both hops and malt related. Good dark chocolate, but kinda' light on the vanilla and bourbon.
Not a huge feel but it is big and okay on smoothness.
I may let my next one warm up more and see if that makes a difference. Also, some aging might be warrented but I hate aging in cans. I don't find it to be successful too many times.
Jan 08, 2021
Rated: 4.38 by LunchMoney from Minnesota

Dec 31, 2020
Rated: 4.35 by nmann08 from Virginia

Jul 18, 2020
Rated: 4.28 by einman from Minnesota

Jul 09, 2020
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Reviewed by jrc1093 from Connecticut

3.87/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Canned on 2/6/20

Pours a solid, dense black body capped with two fingers of frothy, deep mocha foam; good head retention leaves a sparse array of paper-thin, spotty islands of cap along with a dense, creamy collar and temporary spread of webby lacing.

Aroma encompasses an oaky amalgam of bitter toffee, smoked caramel, rum-soaked raisins, and a hint of toasted vanilla bean upfront; a rich, chocolate undertone courses throughout as a sharp hit of whiskey interwoven into every element of the bouquet and leads into an airy, boozy plum close.

Taste opens with milk chocolate striking briefly before a soft tone of whiskey and charred malt take over; a hefty oak presence perpetuates this gradual char past the mid-palate, as touches of burnt vanilla bean and increasing alcohol presence seeps into the finish.

Mouthfeel features a body on the lighter end of medium alongside a barely-there spritz of carbonation; becomes slick past the mid-palate into a more slightly charry texture, leaving a well-attenuated grit across the back end to an easygoing finish petering out steadily with a lingering warmth and gently punchy booziness.

While the alcohol presence is nicely tempered as a whole, it manages to cut through elements of the flavor and aroma and nullifies the depth indicated from the beer's robust initial impressions; the brew stays largely composed throughout, yet the cutting booziness is enough to throw its grander potential off-track. A very good BA stout with all the makings of something more.
Jun 19, 2020
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Reviewed by morimech from Minnesota

4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
A nice shelf barrel-aged stout available in cans. Nice Indeed did this as an alternative to their much maligned Rum King. Not a barrel bomb but has enough flavor and warmth to greet the drinker. Not the greates out there but it satisfies an itch.
May 16, 2020
Rated: 4.33 by Burgy from Minnesota

May 14, 2020
Rated: 3.99 by bigpoppa67 from Wisconsin

Apr 30, 2020
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Rated by Captain69 from Illinois

4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
nicely blr aged- not a strong whiskey flavor - very dark in the pour - strong stout taste - but very malty and enjoyable
Apr 19, 2020
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Reviewed by jngrizzaffi from Texas

4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Pours a pitch black color with a finger width brown foamy head. Head retention is good. Lacing is very good. Aroma of whiskey, chocolate and mild vanilla. The whiskey seems to overwhelm the rest of the flavor. There is some very mild chocolate. I do not get the vanilla. Medium to heavy bodied with moderate carbonation.

revised 3/13 - more chocolate coming through now.
Apr 13, 2020
Rated: 4.19 by ppavlick from New Jersey

Apr 12, 2020
Rated: 3.92 by BrutisDestructus from Indiana

Mar 30, 2020
Rated: 4.21 by nruhlig from Minnesota

Mar 21, 2020
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Reviewed by Stout80mizer from Florida

4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
What a balanced bas should taste like in my opinion...not too sticky not too much burn ..nice whiskey
Mar 14, 2020
Rated: 4.38 by SlightlyGrey from Minnesota

Mar 07, 2020
Rated: 4.57 by TCMike from Minnesota

Mar 03, 2020
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Reviewed by maximum12 from Minnesota

4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
This, or something like what’s in this 12 oz. can, has been on tap sporadically over the past couple of years. Glad to see it packaged finally.

The pour is stout, the nose is chocolate, stout, & whiskey. That’s a good hook.

The Queen is as harsh as Queen Ranavalona. Rather than the smoothness of a bourbon barrel stout, the whiskey brings a solventy, abrasive quality to the beer that I’m rather enjoying. Set against the soft chocolate, green oak, & a little vanilla, this sounds awful. It’s not; quite the opposite. I can feel, but not taste, the double-digit ABV. Already regretting only buying a four pack.

This is a mess, but what a lovely, clashing, ruinous, tasty mess it is. Indeed has caught something special in a can here – an excellent beer that stands out from the crowd.
Feb 28, 2020
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Reviewed by AdmiralOzone from Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
Pours deep dark brown with a thick beautiful reddish brown head that hangs around and leaves decent lacing. Aroma is chocolate and whiskey. Flavor follows the nose, dark roasted malt, chocolate, whiskey, and faint vanilla. Feel is medium bodied with a touch more carbonation than is necessary for a stout. Overall a fabulous beer.
Feb 26, 2020
Rated: 4.25 by Stengelfoot from California

Oct 03, 2019
Rated: 4.29 by Biggiekrock627 from Maryland

Jul 13, 2019
Rated: 4.28 by ElGallo from New Hampshire

Jun 20, 2019
Rated: 4.27 by DownyIsHungry from Minnesota

Apr 15, 2019
Rated: 4.32 by npachl from Wisconsin

Mar 12, 2019
Rated: 4.25 by ian_graf from Minnesota

Oct 13, 2018
Rated: 4.14 by Chilmer from Iowa

May 24, 2018
Rated: 4.25 by MrUse from Minnesota

Apr 11, 2018
Rated: 4.43 by krl2112 from Illinois

Apr 10, 2018
Rated: 4.2 by josephwa from Minnesota

Mar 09, 2018
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Reviewed by Vidblain from Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
I am in a very unpopular minority that believes Whiskey Queen is exponentially better than Indeed's Rum King - but, this may only be due to the fact that Indeed hasn't yet canned Whiskey Queen. I suppose we can give them time to do bad things to WQ. Pending canning - Whiskey Queen is a the delicious chocolate and whiskey-laden counterpart to Rum King. The mouth feel is fuller, the carbonation feels more subtle and less confrontational. The beer feels better aged and blended.

Really, it's just a great beer. I am fearful that canning will ruin it, but... hopeful that Indeed can pull this one off. Fingers crossed.
Feb 21, 2018
Rated: 4.5 by tvenne from Minnesota

Jan 22, 2018
Rated: 4.15 by CCutch from Minnesota

Jan 12, 2018
Rated: 4.25 by bpfrush from Wisconsin

Nov 20, 2017
Rated: 3.96 by Wisconsin_IPA_Lover from Wisconsin

Oct 24, 2017
Rated: 4.35 by Dactrius from Netherlands Antilles

Oct 23, 2017
The Queen from Indeed Brewing Company - Minneapolis
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 66 ratings