Imperial Blud
18th Street Brewery - Gary Taproom

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Stout - Russian Imperial
Ranked #62
Ranked #1,018
4.32 | pDev: 10.88%
18th Street Brewery - Gary Taproom
Indiana, United States
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Jeffo from Netherlands

3.8/5  rDev -12%
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
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Sabtos from Ohio

3.9/5  rDev -9.7%
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
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timc100 from Illinois

4.78/5  rDev +10.6%
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
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AlarmClock314 from Wisconsin

4.27/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

25.4oz bottle, no date, 2016 version, red wax. Pours black with a small sized dark khaki head. Smells of cinnamon, coffee, roasted malt, earthy hops, vanilla, cocoa, and dark fruit. The taste follows with cinnamon, roasted malt, earthy hops, dark fruit, vanilla, cocoa, and coffee. Better smell/flavor after it warmed to cellar temp. Mild bitterness, light sweetness, and lingering spice. Lower carbonation and full body making for a thick mouthfeel. Overall, this is a great adjunct IS with lots of cinnamon and a great mouthfeel. Highly recommended if you like spiced beers.

Oct 11, 2016
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Tiburon from Wisconsin

4.12/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gold wax on the cap, 2015 or maybe 2014. Jet black w very little carbonation. First sips taste like coffee, dark choco and prunes. Lacing was very thin, clinging to the rim of the glass. As it warmed up, lots of flavor disappeared. Not as sweet as I would have liked, or expected from a Russian.

Sep 26, 2016
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MLDucky from Texas

4.49/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was a 2015 bottle. The cinnamon was still very prevalent, I was surprised. However, upon taste it wasn't a hot cinnamon, just a nice soft flavor along with dark chocolate. I didn't get coffee, but it was a very cream mouth feel with the vanilla. Aged very nicely.

May 31, 2016
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Rimbimhoot from Illinois

4.27/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Cinnamon, dark chocolate, sweet milk chocolate, cacao nibs, roasty, light bitterness, espresso, coffee

Overall this was much better as it warmed. Comparable to regular Malevolence Caliente

Feb 14, 2016
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LloydDobler from Indiana

4.73/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Latest release(Red Wax)
750ml poured into large snifter

Just got this in a trade and can't wait to jump in. Third time consumed; first time reviewed.
Super sludgy; black and slick. The thin 1/4" head was the darkest I've ever seen(close to walnut in color). I might have served this one a little too chilly, so the flavor was slightly muted. When this beer warms up it's an absolute gem! A little heat to start, but it's very welcoming. Fudge all the way through. Coffee, graham, and cinnamon round out the edges on this beast. Just a great beer, nuff said.

Dec 20, 2015
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Fitze from South Carolina

4.29/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Red wax 750ml bottle?

I am a huge fan of cinnamon in my beers and this beer certainly delivers. Over the top cinnamon, low carb and lots of chocolate. Really shined as it warmed.

Nov 16, 2015
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mabermud from Washington

4.16/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: As the beer pours from the bottle into my favorite 15.5 oz brandy snifter, it appears viscous and rich. The body is definitely super dark brown. The head is on the darker side of dark mocha. The head is bubbly, it settled down to a fine crown, then died down to a thin soapy film on the surface with multi-sized bubbles. There is barely any legging or lace. Numerous various sized dots carpet the sides of the glass as I move the beer around the glass.
Smell: Roasted coffee and the beginnings of cinnamon sticks are apparent in the aroma. As the beer warms, the cinnamon begins to dominate. Big cinnamon in the nose.
Taste: Very cinnamon y. Big cinnamon. Roast and coffee try to do a balancing act, but fail. In this beer, cinnamon is the king. There is almost a clean finish, but in my case, I detect a slight excess of sweetness. Slight enough to not care.
Feel: Thick and nearly syrupy, but not close enough. Carbonation is low.

Overall - I like this beer. As IB warms it gets better. Everything blossoms with warmth, just like in spring when everything defrosts. Like Commodus, in Gladiator, I would ravage this beer again and again. No complaints from me, it is what it is, a cinnamomum bomb that is balanced and easy to drink.

Oct 23, 2015
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GreesyFizeek from New York

4.23/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle shared by Duck the other night, thanks man.

This one pours a nice dark black, with a great reddish mocha head, and a little bit of lacing.

Smells like a big heap of cinnamon, with vanilla, chocolate, and roasted malt.

This is a great flavored stout, the cinnamon comes through the strongest, with some dark chocolate, and coffee, and some great creamy vanilla. There's some bitterness, which manages to balance out the sweetness.

This is medium bodied, thick but not incredibly so. This has a nice creaminess, and a moderate level of carbonation.

First beer from 18th Street, and it's a winner. I'll have to seek out some more.

Oct 19, 2015
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eppie82 from Illinois

4.47/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Look - pitch black. Little foam head which dissipates shortly.

Smell - cocoa nibs are probably the most noticeable but more faint than you would expect, with a hint of cinnamon which becomes more evident as it warms.

Taste - cocoa nibs and cinnamon fight in your palate. Gets more pronounced as it warms.

Feel - real smooth. Absolutely no boozy aftertaste.

Overall - a high end stout. I wish it was easier to find.

Sep 21, 2015
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themaj from Illinois

1.51/5  rDev -65%
look: 4.25 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

2014 bottle cracked today. Realize it says drink fresh I'm assuming for the adjuncts to not fall off. However either the guy I traded for this did not store it properly, or it really is a fresh only beer. Smell and taste were absolutely terrible. So recommend to anyone that has it drink fresh, or know where it came from.

Sep 13, 2015
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sirhc3034 from Texas

4.76/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Picked up on a trade, had to dive right in. The appearance is jet black. Some lacing. Very attractive (when my wife drinks it)lol. The nose is amazing. Huge cinnamon and maybe some chocolate. The mouthfeel is a little lacking as it is thinner than I would have suspected based on appearance. Taste: outfrigginstanding. This is a truly amazing RIS. Tons of cinnamon, chocolate, and!! Wow. Sensory overload. I would compare this to the last sip f milk in your empty bowl of cinnamon toast crunch.

Sep 04, 2015
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prior2two from Illinois

4.32/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours black as night with a beatific tan head that disapates quickly. Nose is heavy om the cinnamon, as was the first sip. As it warms up the chocolate really comes through, along with the coffee on the back end, making for a really nice, well balanced beer.

Aug 29, 2015
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Kurmaraja from California

4.15/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a viscous and flat black. Not much of a head, just a tar pit. Which isn't necessarily a bad thing. Aroma has a true black licorice vibe with cinnamon, cedar, coffee coming through. It needs more roast, more darkness and depth. Flavor is the same. A great vanilla, cinamon, generic coffee flavor but it lacks a back note, a rhythm for these elements to play against. Feel is solid, expanding - seems to fill out in your mouth. Still a little rough around the edges compared to similar beers like Abraxas.

Aug 29, 2015
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RaleighRed from Illinois

4.27/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Cinnamon up front, coffee follows up nicely on the nose and taste. Batch 2 has the cinnamon dialed in. Like a coffe Abraxas' little brother, and that's not a bad thing. This needs a barrel like a dry hop IPA needs to be consumed fresh!

Aug 28, 2015
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BigRedDog from Indiana

4.49/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark black with a thin mocha colored head.

Smell smacks you int the face with cinnamon at first.the cinnamon fades as it warms into a nice mix of espresso, cinnamon, and chocolate.

Taste is a cinnamon bomb at first fading to a nice bitter roastiness. Chocolate and coffee present on the back end, lingering to mingle with the next sip loaded with cinnamon and spice.

Mouthfeel is nice and viscous, but not overly sticky. Solid enough to coat the mouth and linger, but forgiving enough to subside by the next sip.

Overall a great beer. The cinnamon definitely takes over at first, but as the beer warms the other flavors come out in a nice bouquet.

Aug 28, 2015
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Ciocanelu from Romania

4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Sample at Mikkeller Beer Celebration Copenhagen 2018, Yellow Session. Dark brown color. Aroma has roasted coffee beans and dark malts. Taste has bittersweet roasted malts, bitter, hoppy and roasty finish. Well balanced RIS.

May 07, 2015
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MBusch13 from Indiana

4.6/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip... Quickly fading thin copper colored head, very little lacing. Little light on mouthfeel but makes up big time on taste - this thing is like a cinnamon chocolate cake! Very well done.
750ml waxed bottle

Apr 03, 2015
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ahbithwabm from Illinois

4.62/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A very enjoyable beer with tons of cinnamon and coffee. Probably the most cinnamon forward beer I have tried. Definitely one of my favorites from 18th street. Will revisit soon to do a better review.

Mar 14, 2015
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Alieniloquium from Florida

3.62/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Black with some transparency at the edges. Oily looking surface without much of a head.

Smell - Whoa, cinnamon. Coffee. And then more cinnamon.

Taste - Still a ton of cinnamon, but more of the stout comes through. Coffee. Some chocolate. Sharp bitterness in the back end.

Mouthfeel - Medium heavy. Medium low carbonation.

Overall - Pretty flavorful. A bucket of cinnamon, though.

Mar 03, 2015
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halo3one from Georgia

4.48/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A ton of cinnamon, which I like and coffee is a little too bitter but I definitely prefer this over Coffee Abraxas (yes, I know it doesn't have peppers but Abraxas peppers are pretty mild and almost completely overwhelmed in the coffee version)

Feb 18, 2015
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jphillips1123 from Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

On tap at the brewery. 6 oz snifter. Jet black pour with half a finger of mocha colored head. Smell of sugar and cinnamon. Tastes faintly of cinnamon, lots of malts, very sweet. Easy to drink at 10.5%. Delicious beer

Nov 24, 2014
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indianabeerman from Indiana

2.75/5  rDev -36.3%

Had on tap at the brewery. A 6oz pour served in a snifter. Pours a dark black with a very powerful cinnamon nose to it.The best way to describe this would be to get a bowl of cinnamon toast crunch cereal. Instead of using milk pour a stout over it instead of milk. After letting it sit for a considerable time drink the stout from the bowl. I split this with my wife and we almost could not finish it. We bought several other beers while there but just not impressed with this one

Nov 23, 2014
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