Joshua Norton Imperial Stout | The Tap Brewing Company

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136 Ratings
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Joshua Norton Imperial StoutJoshua Norton Imperial Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
The Tap Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States
tapbrewingcompany.com

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.10%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
You love stouts. Or you love colonial swords and this color scheme. We add just a touch of smoked malt for another layer in an already intensely deep and roasty brew. As far as the name goes: Joshua Norton was the self-proclaimed emperor of the United States in 1859. He was crazy and probably fun to talk to -- like us.

Added by WanderingFool on 11-02-2008

BEER STATS
Ratings:
136
Reviews:
72
Avg:
3.9
pDev:
10.51%
 
 
Wants:
6
Gots:
19
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 136 |  Reviews: 72
Photo of RickyBfromCT
4.09/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Gkruszewski
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of LXMRTN
3.38/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of WunderLlama
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Can poured into pilsener glass

Brown liquid with two finger brown foam cap

Aroma of roast malts, chocolate

Taste of burnt chocolate, roast malts

Feel the abv on the first sip

Nice beer

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Photo of jdhilt
3.44/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a two-finger brown head that fades slowly leaving traces of lace. Black color, no highlights. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Burnt chocolate nose and flavor is burnt chocolate with a burnt/bitter after taste. $6.49 for a 22oz bottle from Julio’s Liquors Westborough, MA.

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Photo of williahd
3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Abe_Froman
3.81/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kalosjakar
4.09/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Dark black pour with a 1 finger tan/mocha colored head.

Aroma: milk chocolate, more milk chocolate, faint roasted note, Oats? sweetness, sugar cookies.

Taste: milk chocolate, roasted finish. simple but good.

Feel: full body, slightly silky, wet.

Overall: I prefer this to the barrel aged version, which is rare for me.

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3.84/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JohnnyB
4.06/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 16oz can dated 11/4/16. Really dangerous! Smooth, easy drinking stout for the 9.1% ABV. not a whiff of alcohol. Smokey, Cocoa with a touch of citrus at the finish.

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2.97/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of JohnofUpton
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of HawkeyBum
4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of LoudRed
4.06/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of brentk56
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours with a rocky beige head; big bubbles hang over the fudge colored liquid; sticky dots and dashes of lacing

Smell: Chocolate, ashy and slightly smoky

Taste: Chocolate and burnt toast forward; earthy hops in the middle and a dry finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation; rather thin for the style

Overall: I picked this up in a 2013 trade so the bottle is at least two years old; not sure why so many are complaining that this is not a true RIS as the bottle says that it is an Imperial Stout (perhaps earlier versions were labeled differently); still as an American Double Stout it comes up a little bit short in both the mouthfeel and the boldness of its flavors

Thanks, Prost76, for the opportunity

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Photo of DanGeo
3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of NeoClassicist
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Stoutmeister
4.28/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bsm80x
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of psweendogg
3.79/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of gpblackgt
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of rjp217
4.09/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.59/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled in date of November 2010, poured from a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a thin light brown head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains chocolate, dark fruit, licorice, roasted malts and a very faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts sweet with flavors of dark chocolate, licorice and dark fruits. Then a hearty but not too heavy roasted malt character comes in. Then there’s an odd bite that seems to come from alcohol, hops and something else that I can’t place, possibly related to the beer’s age. The balance isn’t quite there either. The after-taste is bitter-sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is dry and slightly sticky.

O: A little tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, good kick, decent representation of style, there are definitely better choices within the style.

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4.75/5  rDev +21.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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Joshua Norton Imperial Stout from The Tap Brewing Company
3.9 out of 5 based on 136 ratings.
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