La Nada
J. Wakefield Brewing

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From:
J. Wakefield Brewing
 
Florida, United States
Style:
Russian Imperial Stout
ABV:
9.5%
Score:
90
Avg:
4.07 | pDev: 9.09%
Reviews:
8
Ratings:
33
Status:
Active
Rated:
Nov 12, 2020
Added:
Mar 26, 2015
Wants:
  4
Gots:
  6
SCORE
90
Outstanding
Notes: Our famous Russian Imperial Stout has a deliciously creamy mouthfeel and is loaded with notes of chocolate and roast. This one is meant to be savored.
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Reviewed by clayrock81 from Florida

4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured a black body with minimal khaki head and lace ring down the glass. Aroma comes across as something akin to Hershey syrup. Medium body, has its sticky notes but is mostly real smooth with well-hidden ABV. Beer has a chocolate chewy sweetness with roasted/dry finish and is a dangerous sipper thanks to how easy it drinks (seems like a dry milk stout more than a RIS).
Nov 12, 2020
 
Rated: 4.27 by Jcarriglio from Florida

Nov 05, 2020
 
Rated: 4.23 by Taphouse_Traveler from Florida

Jul 25, 2020
 
Rated: 3.78 by Curt3 from New Jersey

Oct 20, 2019
 
Rated: 4.25 by maxarvo from England

Jun 16, 2019
 
Rated: 4.19 by paulish from New York

Jun 02, 2019
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Reviewed by craftbeersweden from Sweden

3.43/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
Draught at Brewers Beer Bar, Magasinsgatan Göteborg.

Pitch black with a small head.
Not much of a nose! Molasses, caramel, brown sugar...
Taste: Licorice, sweet caramel malt, s hint of coffee. Molasses, alcohol and brown sugar.
Medium body. Almost no carbonation.
Strange... Not wat I expected from J. Wakefield!
Sep 26, 2018
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Reviewed by Ethanol4one from New York

4.74/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
True to form, style, technique and practice but cunning like Putin-- 9.5% ethanol, catches them sleeping.

I rated it high because it's big spicy flavors, like getting whipped in the mouth by miscellaneous species of tree branches, running through siberian woods, chased by a Grizzly, and you live to tell about it.
Jul 21, 2018
 
Rated: 4.04 by M_chav from New Mexico

Jan 27, 2018
 
Rated: 4 by kylehay2004 from Illinois

Sep 17, 2017
 
Rated: 4.02 by KeyWestGator from Florida

Aug 15, 2017
 
Rated: 4 by Pearlstreetbrewingco from Florida

Jun 28, 2017
 
Rated: 4.75 by JamesLeung from Florida

May 20, 2017
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Reviewed by MJSFS from Florida

4.69/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
On draught at Yardhouse in Hallandale poured in a snifter. Beer arrived jet black with a half finger of mocha head that left thick creamy lacing. Aroma is burnt coffee, sweet chocolate, dark fruits, and booze. Taste follows the nose. Mouthfeel is incredibly smooth, velvety, and creamy. Overall an amazing RIS that I would definitely drink again. BA has this listed in the 9% ABV, but Yardhouse said it was 15%. Not sure which is accurate, but either way this is way better than the aggregate score BA gives it.
May 20, 2017
 
Rated: 3.75 by Lucoli from New York

Dec 14, 2016
 
Rated: 4.16 by CBrodbeck from Florida

May 20, 2016
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Reviewed by metter98 from New York

3.84/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
On-tap at Hops Hill, Brooklyn, NY

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a thin tan colored head that died down, leaving lacing on the surface, a thin collar around the edge, and some lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of licorice and dark malts are present in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of dark malts and licorice along with notes of sweetness.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. The finish leaves your mouth a little dry.
O: This beer is quite sweet for a Russian Imperial Stout—it's more like an Imperial Milk Stout if there was such a style. The beer hides its alcohol very well.

Serving type: on-tap
Apr 10, 2016
 
Rated: 4.35 by smithj4 from New York

Apr 10, 2016
 
Rated: 4 by Gagnonsux from Texas

Apr 07, 2016
 
Rated: 4.02 by HeartofMiami from Florida

Apr 03, 2016
 
Rated: 3.9 by RajaSTL from Missouri

Oct 23, 2015
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Reviewed by mxracercam from Pennsylvania

4.54/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
Great looking and smelling stout. Agree that it is a bit sweet, so as long as you like a sweet stout, you'll love this one. I know I do. I'd previously gotten some of the banana out of it as others have, but the latest tapping of it had no noticeable banana.... Just hints of vanilla and cocoa with a thick mouthfeel.
Oct 12, 2015
 
Rated: 4.06 by cyrushire from Florida

Oct 08, 2015
 
Rated: 4.36 by rjp217 from Massachusetts

Oct 06, 2015
 
Rated: 3.75 by Elicoleman from Colorado

Sep 30, 2015
 
Rated: 3.5 by atlbravsrno1 from New Hampshire

Sep 28, 2015
 
Rated: 4.37 by Mebuzzard from Colorado

Sep 26, 2015
 
Rated: 4.67 by LeeEvolved from Virginia

Sep 21, 2015
 
Rated: 3.84 by yeaprolly from Washington

Sep 17, 2015
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Reviewed by VeganUndead from Virginia

4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Confusion because La Nada (The Nothing) is 13% abv...not a measly 9.5% This is sweet for a RIS, but me having a sweet tooth makes me biased. Complex, smooth, and dangerous. The nothing has come
Sep 16, 2015
 
Rated: 3.51 by scotv from New York

Sep 04, 2015
 
Rated: 3.73 by ricoslim from Florida

Jul 04, 2015
 
Rated: 4.32 by Travitten from Iowa

Jun 15, 2015
 
Rated: 3.34 by blacknyellow20 from Ohio

Jun 08, 2015
 
Rated: 4.4 by Farinag16447 from Florida

Jun 03, 2015
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Reviewed by Alieniloquium from Florida

3.28/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3
32 oz. growler poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Black body. Medium khaki head and a thick collar.

Smell - Lots of caramel and nutty malts. Some dark chocolate. A little boozy.

Taste - Really sweet. Caramel malt. Marshmallow sweetness. Milk chocolate. Boozy. A bit of banana in the back end. Belgian yeast to finish it?

Mouthfeel - Heavy and sweet. Too much for me. Medium carbonation.

Overall - Not my style of stout. Too sweet. A struggle to finish.
May 26, 2015
 
Rated: 3.91 by earljones199 from New Hampshire

May 25, 2015
 
Rated: 3.67 by acurtis from New Jersey

May 07, 2015
 
Rated: 4.15 by PorterLambic from Florida

May 01, 2015
 
Rated: 4.11 by pmangold from Florida

Apr 24, 2015
La Nada from J. Wakefield Brewing
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 41 ratings