The Krispy Karl
51st Ward Beer Company

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American Imperial Stout
4.01 | pDev: 11.47%
51st Ward Beer Company
Illinois, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
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Reviews by FBarber:
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2.85/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Gushed on opening. Pours a dark shiny black with a huge, gusher tan head. Head dissipates slowly leaving a thin tan head with tons of lacing. outside of the gushing the beer actually looks quite nice.

Smell is very tart - kind of odd. Some malts, green coffee and hops are there, but its impossible to get past that odd tartness.

Taste has lots of malts up front. Also noted are green coffee, almost pepper like, hints of chocolate. Very rough around the edges. Lots of heat on the finish. Lingering berry like tartness on the finish. Just not a great imperial stout.

Feel is a bit thin for the style. Low carbonation - shocking given how much it gushed.

Overall this was pretty bad - tartness that didn't belong for the style. Very rough around the edges. Wouldn't drink this one again.

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Photo of emerge077
3.99/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours placidly into a tulip glass, a compact layer of creamy mocha foam rises to the rim of the glass, and leaves a little bit of sticky lace behind.

Fairly chocolatey with a slight hoppy undercurrent of pine.

Bittersweet chocolate, lingering bitter piney aftertaste. Slightly creamy, though fairly light bodied, the combination leaves the impression of an ABA. Slightly astringent as it warms, the abv is noticeable but not distracting. Overall a good first impression from these guys.

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Photo of stingray
3.94/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter at cellar temp. Listed on bottle as a Russian Imperial Stout, 10.9% ABV. No date but presumably a 2015 vintage.

L: Pretty thick and heavy, though not as viscous as I consider ideal for a RIS. Dark brown, not quite black. One finger of dark tan head. No residual lacing. Very appetizing

S: Burnt coffee, dark chocolate, black currant.

T: Lots of coffee and chocolate. Something lingered in the background that I couldn't identify until I swirled it around in my mouth and really brought out the donut! I wasn't sure about that aspect going in but I enjoyed it. Unfortunately not much else unique about this brew. Alcohol is well hidden, I would have guessed 8.5-9%.

F: Light carbonation that was just right. Didn't feel as thick in my mouth as I expected.

O: Fun to try a slight tweak on the style and I like supporting small breweries. I'm not a fan of dark chocolate or coffee so I'm surprised to list those as prominent flavors in a beer I liked. It didn't disappoint at all but didn't impress me either. It's not hard to find other RIS I prefer so I'm not inclined to try it again unless I come across a barrel aged or some other alternate version.

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of belgbeerdrinker
4.27/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Monkeyknife
4.16/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle a deep black color with one finger of tan head.

Aroma of dark roasted malts, vanilla, donut, coffee, and chocolate.

The taste really matched the aroma. Dark roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, vanilla, donut, and some boozy notes from the 10.9% abv.

Medium bodied and syrupy with a moderate carbonation.

The medley of flavors going on with this one make it memorable.

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Photo of vande
3.96/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of spointon
3.48/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of enelson
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of imperialking
4.06/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 fl oz bottle sealed with black pressure cap.

poured into HF wine stem.

Appearance: The body is dark as midnight. Thin cap of medium brown head that quickly drops down to no head. Thin ring around the glass. Scant and spotty lacing left on the glass.

Smell: Mild to moderate roasty profile. Sweetness in the nose provides hefty wafts of milk chocolates and glazed doughnuts.

Taste: Immidiately when you take a sip it almost tastes like a glazed doughnut that is dipped into a mild breakfast blend coffee. This stout tastes sweeter than it smells; the aroma leads you to beleive that roasty malts are going to overpower the sweetness, but that is not the case. Mild roast and light bitterness like a really smooth breakfast blend coffee. Glazed doughnuts are definitely there in the flavor as well with some light milk chocolate flavor. As it warms, a hint of anise and fruity yeast flavors emerge and the beer has an light ashen quality as well.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with low carbonation. Ample carbonation level, it is not flat by any means. Feels slightly thin or watery. Not boozy ;pretty smooth at 10.9% as listed on the bottle label.

Overall: A solid novelity RIS. I get the doughnuts. Mission accomplished. This is my first beer from this brewery and it does not suck. So this is a win! Look forward to trying other beers from this brewery.

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4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of EdFed
4.16/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of oldvines
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of thinwhiteduke
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of liamt07
3.85/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of krome
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of notchucknorris
4.17/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a viscous nearly black color with a huge mocha colored head that leaves huge sheets of lace down the glass. Looks incredible.

S: Smells pretty fantastic as well. Lots of cocoa powder on the nose, roasted malt, honey, fudge and maybe even some banana bread.

T: Definitely not as sweet as the nose would lead you to believe it is. Roasted malt, licorice, espresso and some blackberry. Some syrupy dark chocolate and espresso notes on the finish. A very nice RIS.

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Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

3.29/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Texasfan549
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of jfstilling
3.67/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of RichH55
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Krispy Karl from 51st Ward Beer Company
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 56 ratings