IS Imperial Stout
Southern Tier Brewing Company

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4.28 | pDev: 7.24%
Southern Tier Brewing Company
New York, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
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4.02/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint glass at Fatheads. The color is jet black, with a slight head on the pour. The smell was strong with anise and chocolate. The taste was a very strong licorice/anise flavor, with a good chocolate backing and a slight tough of hops and definite alcohol, with a slight bitterness in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel seemed just a tad thin for an imperial stout. As for drinkability, maybe have a couple more of these.

I've been impressed with Southern Tier ever since I first had them, and have definitely gotten over my unfair judging of their bland labels. This was one I'd first had at the Penn Festival, but didn't get a chance to review so I wanted to get it again, and I'm glad I did. While it's not a GREAT imperial stout, it's still a good one nonetheless, and I'd have it again if they did it in the future.

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Photo of WesWes
4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a deep dark black color with a thick frothy brown head that fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has an intense black malt scent that boasts of patent and chocolate malts along with some hops as well. The taste is awesome. It has a very rich black malt flavor that is dry and malty. It boasts of roasted black malts and chocolate along with a nice hoppy aftertaste. The mouthfeel is good. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a great Imperial stout. It has great flavor and aroma; a very good drinking beer. A real winter warmer.

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4.16/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the chapter house and served in it's own souther tier blackwater IS glass, similar to a kolsch glass. $7 a glass.

Poured with a dense black color and a rich dark chocolatly head.
smelled of blackberries?! at first with the a burnt malt aroma coming on followed by some alcohol.
smooth mouthfeel and excellent carbonation, very nicely balanced and not over powering with the hops as some can get out of hand.
The alcohol is here but not overpowering, but mind you it's packs a punch. Now the chappy had it listed as 14% but I think the 10.5% is a little more realistic.

Nicely done and I can't wait to try the others in the blackwater series.

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Photo of Gavage
4.7/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep black in color with a thick tan head. Thick creamy lacing develops during the drink. The aroma is huge as roasted malt and alcohol are easily detectable with some softer coffee tones behind it. The flavor pushes the roasted malt level to the edge of perfection before becoming offensive, and the chocolate, espresso, minor bitterness, and alcohol all round this off to the perfect flavored brew.

The mouthfeel is heavy and smooth. Slighlty more carbonated than other imperial stouts I have had. The flavors last long on the tongue, and the alcohol levels are quite noticeable but not offensive. A super version of this style.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Deep dark black hole like look to it absorbed pretty much all light big tan head leaves thick chunky lacing nice. Aroma: Frivilous amounts of hops floral pine cone infused with coffee and dark creamy chocolate robust layers big roasty overtones great stuff. Taste: Smack the lips hoppy dark roasts are almost over the top, great imperial stout loads of espresso like cofee flavor and chocolate notes heavily roasted with a big alcohol edge I hear 11% abv not sure though. Mouthfeel: Big chewy you need a toothpick for this one easy carbonation relatively smooth for the amounts of malts used, seems a step down from the texture of the Dark Lord Imperial Stout. Drinkability: Flavor profile sold me I love this brewery from upstate New York, this one woke me up one of the many eye openers at the Penn Brewfest, wow. By the way this was an under the table somewhat secret offering at the fest, and courtesy of one of Venom's posts the official name is "IS". (It is what it is.)


Fathead's is carrying this gem on draft right now after couple months it is still just aggressive as it was at the Penn Brewfest. Very nice around five bucks for a pint of this kickass Imperial Stout. If your around the area seek it out it's damn good went well with my food even thought it's a meal within itself. If anyone is looking for a growler drop me a line in the next couple weeks I will see what I can do.

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3.73/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Almost jet black with a touch of mahogany highlights around the rim of the glass, topped by a thick, creamy brown head. The aroma has a bit of fruitiness to it, along with some fusel alcohols, but the smell that dominates is roasted malt. The same can be said for the flavor, as the roasted malt is almost overpowering. A hint of hop bitterness and a bit of dark choclate can also be detected, but only after a few sips. This is almost like an espresso stout. The mouthfeel is rather smooth, but the drinkability is hurt a bit by the over the top roasted flavors. Still, a decent beer that may age well.

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IS Imperial Stout from Southern Tier Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.28 out of 5 with 7 ratings