Imperial Stout | Back East Brewing Company

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Imperial StoutImperial Stout

Brewed by:
Back East Brewing Company
Connecticut, United States

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.50%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
Back East’s Imperial Stout is a full-bodied ale brewed with several varieties of dark roasted malt. It has a complex malt character with underlying hints of coffee and chocolate. A generous amount of English hops gives this ale a pronounced hop profile. This robust ale is unfiltered and bottle conditioned.

Added by LtCracker20 on 09-20-2012

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Reviews: 17 | Ratings: 103
Photo of jlindros
3.86/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Shared at at the Tree House bottle share back in December. Reviewed from my notes.

Creamy dark head nice lacing, pitch black beer with nice legs.

Nose chalky powdered cocoa, lactose and milk choc, light dark caramel, hint roast.

Taste creamy dark choc, powdered cocoa, light milk choc and lactose, chewy oats, some earthy hops light spicy hops, chewy and lighter bitterness, etc. A faint metallic acrid burnt roast like thing too. A bit of clean booze warmth. Long bitter earthy hop finish.

Mouth is thicker bodied but not very, decent carb, light booze.

Overall not bad, it gets a little a bit of dark malt acrid like, otherwise a pretty decent RIS, light cocoa and milk chocolate, decent spicy hops, tasty.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.23/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a tumbler pint, the beer is a very dark, viscous, black coloring with no highlighting colors. Opaque in appearance, with a thin, frothy, light tan head that starts a solid half an inch. Aromas of bittersweet baker's chocolate, roasty coffee, a touch of toffee, and a bit of booze. Smells rich and tasty. Flavors are very rich and smooth, with a kaluha backbone highlighted with ribbons of fudge, a touch of coffee, and hints of booze. Very smooth and robust in mouth, with a darkly sweet chocolate and booze aftertaste. Smooth, clean finish with a slightly bitter, roasted linger that keeps the mouth warm and toasty.

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Photo of rudzud
3.78/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this at a little bottle share at Tree House Brewery. Reviewed from notes.

A - Poured into a Tree House glass nice deep dark black chocolate hue with a half finger of mocha hue that fades to leave a nice light lacing. Solid.

S - Somewhat mild, with roasted malts and light chocolate notes. Would like to see more chocolate here.

T - Taste is close to the nose with light metallic notes along with more of the roast malts. The chocolate is slightly more prominent but not by much.

M - Mouthfeel is what I expected it to be, smooth and creamy. Quite nice.

o - Overall, this beer was solid. Never heard of this beer or brewery so I was glad to try it.

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Photo of n2185
3.42/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: pours black with a finger of brown head that fades into a thin ring with little lacing.

S: roasted malts with a lot of bitter cocoa and smoke. Bitter coffee and char also come through.

T: similar to the aroma, tons of bitter roasted malts with bitter cocoa, char, and coffee.

M: thick body with mid-high carbonation, this beer has surprisingly highly carbonated.

O: a decent stout overall. Nothing special, but enjoyable.

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Photo of Durge
3.96/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A black brew with rouge edges that presents a very luscious light brown head with modest, scattered lace. The nose picks up a malty charcoal with subtle raisin hints. There's a tasteful leafy hop edge in there as well. Solid. The flavor offers fairly thick malt and charcoal expertly blended. There's no alcohol notable and the body is medium though the feel is a bit chalky and slightly aqueous. Very likeable and drinkable for an imperial!

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Photo of Boto
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle: Inaugural Batch! This one pours a dark, inky almost black color. there was a finger of a light brown head on it, but that didn’t linger. It has a nice nose. Chocolate, a bit of roast coffee, also some dark fruits hiding in there. The taste is quite good. It is nicely balance. Milk chocolate, hint of the coffee, caramel, faint dark fruits. A faint amount of sweetness with a somewhat dry finish. A very nice brew from our new local brewery!

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Photo of sulldaddy
3.87/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

sampling a 750 bottle poured at cellar temp into a snifter.
The beer pours a jet black hue with creamy tan head of 3 cm foaming up with a gradual pour.
The aroma is roasted malt, dark chocolate, and coffee bean. I also get some earthy hops mixed in the background. NOt really boozy or heat on the nose.
First sip reveals a fairly thick and chewy body with mild rolling carbonation.
Flavor is roasted malt, black coffee, and dark chocolate. I also get a little burnt molasses and a slightly astringent bitter coffee on the finish. Beer is fairly easy to drink considering the ABV.
This is a sneaky big beer and it catches me off guard a bit at the end of the bottle.
Well made Imp Stout, kind of a roasted malt bomb, but certainly no flaws and very enjoyable.

Worth a pickup when you see these bottles floating around.

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

Drank from a 1 pint 9.4 fl. oz. bottle purchased at Back East Brewing Company, East Hartford, CT
Served in a snifter
Thanks to my dad for treating me to this bottle.

The beer poured a near pitch black but slightly thin for the style. A dense and creamy, two-finger tall crown of caramel colored froth topped the liquid. Excellent retention. Patchy curtains of lacing trickled down the glass with every sip.

The nose was really enticing. Rich, smooth dark chocolate notes were immediately apparent. Slightly sweet and fudge-like. Lots of black coffee. Deep, dark and earthy. Slightly boozy. Hints of brown sugar were also noticeable. A somewhat dry, powdery, yeasty quality was also detectible.

Unlike the aroma, the flavor profile seemed harsh and acrid initially. The roasty bitterness of the malts was simply overwhelming. Strong espresso notes were present as well. Hints of bakers chocolate. The finish had a charred and ashy flavor that was very off-putting. Some earthy hop bitterness was also detectible. As the beer warmed, some of the harsher flavors really mellowed out. The roasty dryness gave way to semi-sweet chocolate and freshly brewed coffee notes. Touch of molasses. There was also a dry, slightly chalky, yeasty presence. Considering the ABV, the alcohol was very well hidden.

Like the flavor profile, the mouthfeel improved markedly with time. The liquid started out being rather thin and highly over carbonated. It reminded me somewhat of seltzer water. As the beer sat, the carbonation died down substantially and the liquid turned much more creamy and smooth.

I love supporting new, local breweries, and this offering from Central Connecticut's Back East Brewing is proof that they are off to a good start. This bottle had approximately a year of age on it, which seemed like just enough time to temper the earthy hops and the roasty malts and allow the flavors to meld together.

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Photo of SawDog505
4.52/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a 16 oz snifter. Pours pitch black, with a two inch mocha head, that costs the sides of the glass with lacing. Smell is very strait forward chocolate, coffee, caramel, and vanilla. Taste is all of that, a little more roasty than I was expecting, really nice! Body is medium large, plenty of life, a little dry as you would expect, and goes down easily. This was a real surprise, solid price, and a excellent stout!

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Photo of mschrei
4.37/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter. Nice carbonation and lacing for a stout. Mildly roasty notes on the nose, a little coffee in the back. Taste is where this shines-it's not overpowering with roasty maltiness. It's got a nice little tang accompanying the stout notes. Not oily or too thick/too thin. Alcohol is hardly present. This is a very interesting and different take that in Imperial Stout.

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Photo of CHADMC3
3.84/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a nearly opaque black body underneath the mocha colored head, which quickly dissolves to leave just a thin layer of lacing atop the beer.

Rich roasted malt and sweet milk chocolate aromas highlight the nose.

The flavor offers generous amounts of roasted malt, toasted notes, sweet milk chocolate, hints of char and smoky goodness.

Medium to fuller in body with carbonation on the lighter side for the style and a palate coating finish.

A very nice RIS from a new brewery. Great for the Stout enthusiast who enjoys the more roasted and charred aspects of the style.

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Photo of davey101
3.85/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Limited Edition, Inaugural Batch. 750 ml into a DFH signature glass.

A - Pitch black body. Initial pour yields a three finger high light mocha head that settles into a thin cap with some nice edging. Light lacing and retention, but a swirl produces a nice head.

S - Very roast heavy. Milk chocolate, coffee beans, strong and bitter roasty malts. Kind of has that Russian Imperial Stout aroma of bright dark fruits. Simple but nice.

T - Roasted malts, coffee beans, milk chocolate, and a lingering bitterness. Tasty beer. Mouth feel is medium bodied.

O - Nothing ground breaking, but a well made roast forward stout. This brewery is off to a great start.

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Photo of thespaceman
4.14/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured on tap at Pies and Pints in Waterbury, CT

Appearance - Deep, black motor oil like in color - nice billowing tna head rises up the glass and holds firm. Aroma is of deep molasses, dark chocolate and some coffee notes - very pleasing overall - this one tastes simply perfect! The balance of strong malt elements between the chocolate and coffee notes make this one very nice - I love the balance here - a very good stout from an up and comer in the CT scene - a great job Back East

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Photo of LtCracker20
3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a deep dark, almost black, body, with reddish hues around the edges. A nice 2-finger khaki head sits atop for a little while. After it falls to a thin, sparse cap, it leaves some decent lace.

S- Milk chocolate up front (plays the biggest part), roasted malts, and a little caramel. Really, it actually reminds me of a milk/sweet stout by the smell.

T- Milk chocolate, a slight roasted coffee-ness, and a little bitter chocolate. None of the ABV comes through at all.

MF- This seems to be the downside of this beer. The flavor gets better as it warms, but the body seems to get thinner. It's doesn't gte water thin, but just enough to notice.

O- Not a bad beer. I had never seen this brewery before, and didn't even know they were from CT till I got home with it. Again, not bad at all, actually pretty good, just happens to be a little thinner than I prefer.

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Photo of Zbyler
3.96/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Had this on tap when Back East did a tap takeover at Pies and Pints last night. Bartender served it in a pint glass which was a little much for such a big beer, but I can't complain.

A- very rich dark brown almost black color to it. Nice creamy, tan oatmeal-looking head.

S- coffee, dark chocolate, oatmeal, roasted malts.

T- RIch. Delicious coffee notes along with some dark fruits and dark chocolate as well. Light hop bitterness, caramel roasted malts. The 10.5% ABV isn't noticeable at all.

M- Thick, smooth, creamy, very rich.

O- First offering from Back East and I am pretty impressed. Big, tasty stout for sure and I will definitely be buying some in the future.

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Photo of Hopheadgou
4.28/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Nice thick body with nice lacing. Bold, roasty, chocolate, vanilla, malty and just very pleasant to drink. Also ages very well. Have had it fresh and over a year of age.

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Photo of Chadmatthew
3.73/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured dark brown, veey foamy, massive head giving way to a fairly rich and dark heavy body.

Didnt quite hit me the right way on the nose the way many other imperial stouts usually do. Very roasty and was able to pick up notes of molasses and espresso.

Love the color and the feel, a bit bitter but I'd say a year of aging wouldv'e fixed that. A well balanced stout as well.

Overall not a bad choice for the price. I recommend this to many of our customers looking for a modertely proced local imperial stout.

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Imperial Stout from Back East Brewing Company
4 out of 5 based on 103 ratings.
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