Venganza! De La Panela ("Revenge Of The Brown Sugar")
51st Ward Beer Company

Venganza! De La Panela ("Revenge Of The Brown Sugar")Venganza! De La Panela ("Revenge Of The Brown Sugar")
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51st Ward Beer Company
Illinois, United States
American Imperial Stout
4.08 | pDev: 9.31%
Jun 20, 2020
Nov 24, 2014
Venganza! De La Panela ("Revenge Of The Brown Sugar")Venganza! De La Panela ("Revenge Of The Brown Sugar")
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Reviewed by rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.58/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Pretty sure this one was thrown in from Milan a few years ago.

Pours a black color out of some janky waxed bottle, 1/2" brown head. Aroma hit a good balance of that roasted malt and brown sugar. Not sure what the "revenge" part here is, doesn't seem heavy handed or punishing.

Taste was interesting, it isn't in pastry stout category, and it really isn't even that sweet, despite the revenge of brown sugar claims. I can tell it is nice with the mouth feel, at 11% I'm not finding it to be too hot. There is a bitterness to it, but at this strength and heft, I'm sure you gotta do what you gotta do.

There are some dark fruit notes that contribute to the real and perceived bitterness. By the time it was all gone (which was almost an hour) I was thankful to be done, but still intrigued by the beer. Gets some originality points, I can't really think of any imperial stout I've had where the only adjunct is brown sugar. So its good for getting a feel for brown sugar in a beer that isn't from Lagunitas. Great Stones song too.
Jun 20, 2020
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Reviewed by PatrickCT from Connecticut

4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Thanks Joe. This was a surprise sleeper.

Black body. Nice one finger head from this two year old bottle.
Aroma of roasted malts, espresso, unsweetened chocolate and molasses.
Brewed with piloncillo but clearly not with a heavy hand. The malts are still the show here and boy are they toasted and roasted. Wonderful flavors of deep roasted malts, coffee, molasses, oak and, yes, a brown sugar sweetness.
Heavy body. Medium carbonation. Smooth mouth feel initially, giving way to a dry, bitter finish.
Jan 12, 2019
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Reviewed by Hopheadjeffery from Illinois

4.07/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
Tasted in a Rastal Teku from a 12 fl oz bottle on July 2, 2018. Tropical Style Sweet Imperial Stout Brewed with Piloncillo Sugar. Let this age for up to 3 years.
Jul 09, 2018
Rated: 4.18 by ER527 from New York

Jun 06, 2018
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Reviewed by Lingenbrau from Oregon

4.45/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
This beer pours the deepest pitch black one can pour. Its hypnotic and abyss like appearance is topped by only by a thin, single, perfect, light tan ring just around the perimeter of the glass.

When first transferred, aromas of black coffee, molasses, and salty olives took lead. As it warmed, toasted bread and brown sugar willingly took their places, but no one left the scene.

Black strap and syrupy molasses compliment some caramelized sugar, roasted coffee, and an oak like flavor. There is no mention of this being oak aged, so perhaps a very earthy variety of hops create this sensation. Some booze comes through as expected, but not in the least is it unpleasant.

This beer shines right hear. Slick, rich, and oily while maintaining a light carbonation, and a lingering bitterness cutting down on the initial sweetness.

Outstanding. One thing I hate in big stouts is when they're accompanied by a thin feel. This one is thick and creamy, and everything I like in a stout. Roasty, sweet, bitter, boozy, and balanced. A true sipper and a real treat. Cheers and thanks Joe!
Nov 03, 2017
Rated: 4 by Gambyt20 from Illinois

Jul 29, 2017
Rated: 3.25 by PA-Michigander from Pennsylvania

Jul 23, 2017
Rated: 4.24 by stanale from Illinois

May 07, 2017
Rated: 4.24 by Tsar_Riga from Indiana

May 02, 2017
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Reviewed by GuyFawkes from Illinois

4.55/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75
Unknown vintage; drank 3/9/15 @ the Yarchives.

Poured from a bottle into a glass.

Black/brown appearance.

A rough pour yielded a big dark khaki head; a curtain of tree-rung lace.

Cream, raspberry & brown sugar notes in the nose.

Creamy medium mouthfeel.

Raspberry, cream, milk chocolate & brown sugar flavors up front; fresh earth notes on the finish. A root beer sweetness settled on my lips over the course of the session. A unique & winning mix of flavors; this was my 1st 51st Ward brew & I'm impressed.
Oct 19, 2016
Rated: 3.9 by Tertullian007 from Missouri

Jun 08, 2016
Rated: 3.75 by thinwhiteduke from Illinois

Apr 02, 2016
Rated: 4.5 by lupercmda from North Carolina

Mar 22, 2016
Rated: 3.91 by mush from Illinois

Mar 12, 2016
Rated: 4.53 by mbabble from Tennessee

Feb 28, 2016
Rated: 3.28 by MidwestBA from Illinois

Dec 27, 2015
Rated: 3.53 by Coorsy from Massachusetts

Dec 22, 2015
Rated: 3.75 by mportnoy from Pennsylvania

Nov 25, 2015
Rated: 3.81 by xdtfx from Illinois

Nov 18, 2015
Rated: 4 by ralerwen from Illinois

Sep 19, 2015
Rated: 4.41 by Richter525 from Michigan

Sep 08, 2015
Rated: 4 by Kubrickx from Illinois

Aug 08, 2015
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Reviewed by atomic from Illinois

4.41/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Great Underrated beer. For the money, there are few better Imperial Stouts. This costs something like $3 a bottle. If this were in a bomber, it would easily command a $9-10 price.
Aug 07, 2015
Rated: 3.85 by RajaSTL from Missouri

Jul 26, 2015
Rated: 4.24 by RichH55 from Illinois

Jul 25, 2015
Rated: 4.09 by Warren2621 from Indiana

Jul 10, 2015
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Reviewed by BlackBeerPirate from Illinois

4.04/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
A- Black in color, opaque, tan head, some lace
S - mild caramel malty almost woody nose
T - smooth, semi sweet, malty, big alcohol bite
M - warming and a bit boozy but tasty finish with some brown sugar notes
O - Kinda easy to drink for an Imperial stout with a molasses malty body
Jun 16, 2015
Rated: 4 by a77cj7 from South Dakota

Jun 09, 2015
Rated: 3.9 by Beerhemoth from Illinois

Jun 07, 2015
Rated: 4 by durlta from Iowa

May 19, 2015
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Reviewed by TMoney2591 from Illinois

3.69/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Starting the b-day off right with a pre-bedtime imperial stout. Hellz yeah. This stuff pours a deep midnight ruby-sienna topped by a finger or so of cocoa foam. The nose comprises chocolate syrup, mild roasted malts, molasses, and a hint of burnt pretzel. The taste brings in more of the same, the sweetness approaching straight-up treacle levels at many points, though full-on cloy remains an asymptote. The body is a hefty medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fairly smooth feel. Overall, a mostly solid stout, but the sweetness occasionally becomes a bit too much for its own good. It's relatively easy to drink (assuming you have no problem with heavy sweetness), but I'm not sure how many I would want to knock back, even given my massive sweet-tooth.
May 15, 2015
Rated: 4.1 by jschott75 from Illinois

May 15, 2015
Rated: 4 by CPAles from Illinois

Apr 26, 2015
Rated: 3.49 by Kraty1 from Illinois

Apr 21, 2015
Rated: 4.5 by badmotorgrunge from Illinois

Apr 19, 2015
Rated: 4.56 by kidzord from Illinois

Apr 19, 2015
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Rated by JessicaGrace_87

3.17/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
Very creamy and tasty. Hints of sweetness
Apr 16, 2015
Rated: 4 by bcm75 from Illinois

Mar 27, 2015
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Rated by KevChiTown

3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Can't believe this beer is 11%....taste like nothing. Crazy mellow.
Mar 19, 2015
Rated: 3.97 by imperialking from Illinois

Mar 17, 2015
Venganza! De La Panela ("Revenge Of The Brown Sugar") from 51st Ward Beer Company
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 67 ratings