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American Imperial Stout
4.13 | pDev: 9.69%
Conquest Brewing Company
South Carolina, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Notes: Named for a beautiful and tantalizing female jester, Harlequin is our Imperial series offering for the holiday season from Halloween to Christmas. An imperial stout brewed with cocoa, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove and ginger, this delectable treat has been befuddling and mesmerizing palates since its introduction. Only available for a limited time, so time, as they say, is of the essence.
Reviews: 7 | Ratings: 23
Photo of chinchill
3.96/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle. 8.6% ABV. No entry in the "bottled on" box.
Pours essentially black. Both the loud psssft when uncapped, and the fizzy, rapidly rising, oversized tan head suggest, at best, an over-carbonated beer.
Loaded with dark malts, the aroma suggests sweet vanilla pudding and spices as well as dark bread. There's a hint of butterscotch. The flavor largely follows but is just lightly sweet and finishes with a strong dark chocolate component.
Full body that is over-carbonated at a medium-high level.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.98/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours an opaque yet still clear jet black in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation and faint dark cola brown highlights. The beer has a finger tall foamy dark tan head that reduces to a couple of medium sized patches of thin film and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of spices (anise and ginger) over the top of moderate aromas of dark + roasted malts. Hints of clove.

T: Upfront there are moderate flavors of dark + roasted malts with minimal amounts of sweetness. That is followed by moderate to strong flavors of spices - cinnamon, clove, anise, and ginger all stand out. Light to moderate amounts of lingering bitterness.

M: Medium to full bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: An interesting "holiday" stout with a combination of spices that you would find in Thanksgiving or Christmas dishes. A slow sipper.

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Photo of metter98
4.06/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is black when viewed from afar—upon closer inspection the edges of the glass are very dark red in color when held up to a bright light. It poured with a quarter finger high dark tan head.
S: Light to moderate aromas of dark malts and spices are present in the nose—ginger seems to stand out in particular.
T: The taste follows the smell, having flavors of dark malts that are underscored by flavors of spices such as ginger with hints of cocoa and nutmeg.
M: It feels a bit more than medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is an interesting take on a holiday-spiced stout that has a nice blend of spices.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of Craigory
4.5/5  rDev +9%

Perfect balance of spices, which really dry things out on the finish. There's a good chocolate body lying underneath, but this is a surprisingly not-too-sweet stout given the ingredients. Definitely among the best spiced stouts I've had.

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Photo of HeartofMiami
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Bottled 10/24, shared and poured into 2 snifters. Dark brown to black in color with 1 finger of tan to light brown head. Smell is straightforward coffee, cocoa and roasted malts. Mouth feel is nice and smooth with light carbonation. Taste is roasted bittersweet chocolate, black roasted coffee and some sweet malts. A touch a nutmeg and ? Cinnamon. Kind of bitter but not in a bad way. Overall a tasty bittersweet chocolate stout.

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Photo of Nesued
4.09/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Look: nice roasted chocolate color. Dense, nice head formation. Good lacing and linger.

Smell: cinnamon, nutmeg come through. Some vanilla and cocoa as well.

Taste: A lot going on. What you smell is what you get. Big cocoa and nutmeg, great malt backbone and. Subtle bite at the end.

Feel: Great body. Good density and thickness. Good coating.

Overall: strong contender for one of the best from Conquest. This second year has it hitting on all cylinders.

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Photo of vancean2
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

Had on tap at the Brewery. This beer is brewed with cocoa, vanilla, nutmeg, clove, and ginger. A lot of flavors going on obviously. I thought the nutmeg came out a lot in this beer in the taste. However, it seemed there was almost too much going on. Good beer though!

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Harlequin from Conquest Brewing Company
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 23 ratings