Imperial Blud
18th Street Brewery - Gary Taproom

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18th Street Brewery - Gary Taproom
Indiana, United States
Russian Imperial Stout
4.28 | pDev: 10.98%
Jan 03, 2021
Oct 31, 2014
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Reviewed by SpeedwayJim from New York

3.43/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
750ml capped and waxed bottle into a Brooklyn Brewery snifter.

Pours flat as a pancake. Nose is cinnamon, dried plum, sweet soy sauce, molasses, tobacco, and anise. Sweet with almost a distinct saltiness. Nicely aromatic with a very distinct, classic nose. Beer opens chewy. I get notes of molasses, dried plum and prunes, raisin, and sweet soy sauce. Baker's chocolate in the middle with some tobacco, roasted malt, and cocoa powder. Ends more dried dark fruit and a touch of cardboard. Body is full with no carbonation. Oily on the palate and flat going down. No carbonation. Filmy, lingering aftertaste.

This one's a bit over-the-hill at this point. Oxidized and could do with some carbonation.
Jan 03, 2021
Rated: 4.4 by sd123 from Georgia

Jul 09, 2020
Rated: 4.19 by mtbdonn from Colorado

Feb 05, 2020
Rated: 4.19 by NolaHopHead from Louisiana

Sep 01, 2019
Rated: 4.15 by jenrhart from Minnesota

Jul 04, 2019
Rated: 4.25 by teamwiggum from Wisconsin

Jan 29, 2019
Rated: 3.75 by ADTaber from South Carolina

May 20, 2018
Rated: 4.03 by A_Rad from Wisconsin

Mar 07, 2018
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Reviewed by Jeffo from Netherlands

3.8/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Got this one from claaark13 a while back. Thanks for the long-time want!

From a 750 into a snifter
Imperial stout with cocoa nibs, cinnamon and Metropolis Redline Espresso

APPEARANCE: Clear black pour yields a 2+ finger, medium looking, slightly crackly dark tan head with very good retention. Black body with touches of carbonation evident. Head slowly fades to a full, creamy cap. A slight ring remains until the end leaving some falling dots down the glass as it empties.

SMELL: Creamy coffee, sweet vanilla cream, some milk chocolate, light cinnamon and a hint of hazelnuts somehow. A touch of roasted malt too but the sweet cream, coffee and cinnamon are more prevalent. Medium strength but very nice.

TASTE: Milk chocolate, cinnamon and coffee up front. Notes of sweet cream and vanilla as well. Quite nice. A medium but lingering finish of cinnamon, milk chocolate, sweet cream, coffee and a slightly bitter, roasted malt character as well. It’s not overly bold but it’s nice and well put together.

PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation. Creamy on the palate, smooth as well, goes down smooth and finishes slightly mouth-coating. A hint of alcohol and some bitterness lingers.

OVERALL: This was quality stuff. The coffee addition was great and the base stout was well worthwhile as well. It’s not the boldest, most challenging beer of all time, but it’s certainly well made and enjoyable. Thanks again, claaark!
Feb 14, 2018
Rated: 4.42 by ovaltine from Indiana

Jan 20, 2018
Rated: 4 by djrn2 from New Jersey

Nov 05, 2017
Rated: 4.29 by Mikexw from New York

Oct 13, 2017
Rated: 3.85 by Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois

Oct 11, 2017
Rated: 4.24 by chitownfanatic21 from Wyoming

Jul 21, 2017
Rated: 4.6 by ale_addin from Illinois

Jun 15, 2017
Rated: 4.25 by IckyT2012 from Florida

Jun 13, 2017
Rated: 3.55 by Gambyt20 from Illinois

Jun 03, 2017
Rated: 4.5 by mwvman from Indiana

May 27, 2017
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Reviewed by Sabtos from Ohio

3.9/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Stark black with a thin but substantial dark tan blanket.

This is almost like the Biggleswade I'd had a few pours before--maybe there was some aftertaste stuck in my mouth?--but I'm getting hints of floral cardamom or pink peppercorn, with plenty of chocolate and roasted malt. Why? Ohhhhhhh there it is, the cinnamon. I didn't realize that was in this beer. It's cinnamon, but it's mellow--this must have been an older bottle, as it's not too spicy, more rounded and almost brown sugared.
May 24, 2017
Rated: 4.25 by mattreitz49 from Florida

May 14, 2017
Rated: 4.17 by axf4129 from Indiana

Apr 30, 2017
Rated: 3.9 by osuskin from Indiana

Apr 25, 2017
Rated: 4.25 by GRG1313 from California

Apr 05, 2017
Rated: 4.25 by brittanylicious from Indiana

Apr 02, 2017
Rated: 4.32 by UCLABrewN84 from California

Apr 02, 2017
Rated: 4.25 by heysuz from Indiana

Apr 01, 2017
Rated: 4 by Beerdudenumberone from Indiana

Mar 19, 2017
Rated: 4.18 by Bammer21 from Illinois

Mar 15, 2017
Rated: 4.25 by BMMillsy from Florida

Mar 12, 2017
Rated: 4.63 by KevinBreheny from Illinois

Mar 02, 2017
Rated: 4.26 by loganburgh from Michigan

Mar 01, 2017
Rated: 3.9 by arlingtonjoe from Illinois

Feb 22, 2017
Rated: 4.5 by Nichols33 from Massachusetts

Feb 19, 2017
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Reviewed by timc100 from Illinois

4.78/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
Haven't written a review in over a year. This is worth mentioning - Black Wax

Overall this hits on all the levels of the other top imperial stouts. Depth of flavor, richness of the bass enhanced by spices, viscous mouth feel and soft carbonation, strong finish, menacing appearance. Cinnamon takes center stage among the spices hiding the coffee more than it should, but other than that perfectly in balance.
Feb 17, 2017
Rated: 4.88 by Gumball-head from Indiana

Feb 15, 2017
Rated: 4.08 by drahodo from Missouri

Feb 11, 2017
Rated: 4.15 by WOLFGANG from South Carolina

Feb 04, 2017
Rated: 4.06 by 22Blue from Kansas

Dec 08, 2016
Rated: 4.75 by Sweffin from Wisconsin

Dec 04, 2016
Rated: 3.75 by suckaj from Florida

Nov 30, 2016
Imperial Blud from 18th Street Brewery - Gary Taproom
Beer rating: 95 out of 100 with 249 ratings