Kona Imperial Stout | Fort Garry Brewing Company Ltd.

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Fort Garry Brewing Company Ltd.
Manitoba, Canada

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by kjyost on 04-02-2012

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Ratings: 27 |  Reviews: 13
Reviews by IronDjinn:
Photo of IronDjinn
3.97/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Jim at Sherbrooke for the sample. From a 650 ml brown bottle, label claims 50 IBU's. Pours out a dense oily pitch black hue, tight creamy mocha head.

Serious coffee character on those nose, quite soft and rounded too, not sharp burnt espresso like many coffee stouts and porters. Something of a creamy sweetness too.

Rounded roasted coffee also starts things out in the flavour department, becoming a bit sharp in the middle along with some roasted malts, then gaining an oat sweetness into the finish. A roasty character blended with some spicy, herbal hop bitterness lingers on in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, and comes across as lighter than it is due to a creamy and silky smooth texture, almost slick at times, with a moderate level of carbonation.

While I enjoyed this, it doesn't quite live up to the Imperial Stout claim on the label. And let me state right now that I love the bottle's enamel label with the tiki on it. This gets points just for that. Points also for the good use of the Kona coffee, which doesn't overwhelm like many coffee ales out there. And duly noted that they figured out the proper way to add it to the brewing process, since none of the oils affected the head. In the end an enjoyable American Stout rather than Imperial, where the coffee aspect pleasantly dominates, however there isn't much else going on in the flavour profile to comment on.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Tarks
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of biboergosum
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

650ml bottle. I was just in Kona for my honeymoon, and this is a nicely immediate reminder upon my return.

This beer pours a quite solid abyss of black, with only the very slightest of basal cola edges, and only when pressed to a light source, with two fingers of loosely foamy mocha head, which leaves a low, and commendably consistent vista of broken ruins lace around the glass as it genially recedes.

It smells of very pleasant and mildly roasted coffee beans, with a strong milk chocolate component, a soft lactic edge, and mild leafy and earthy hops - Coffee Crisp with a wisp of beer - yum! The taste is more of the same, in a very agreeable manner - moderated earthy coffee, wafer grain, baker's chocolate, and nicely bitter leafy, earthy hops.

The bubbles are a bit astringent for a spell, but not overly so as acclimatization sinks in, the body just a tad light for the style, but only in the recent American sense, so, let's be sensible and move on to its generally smooth, and quite surprisingly creamy nature as a talking point - there, I talked about it - it's good, so onward and upwards. It finishes still pretty sweet - the chocolate malt doing an end run around the other principals, even the coffee, who even I, the avowed java agnostic, can apprise as ever so temporally agreeable.

Wow. I wasn't sure if I was all that ready to draw back my beer geekery bias against those Canadian brewers who have fallen short for so long. OK, so I am - this is a very capable and crazily drinkable coffee stout, wherein the cuppa joe notes actually add to the discussion, and the malt and hops do their own thing to keep the beer side a more than pertinent enterprise. Damned tasty, and that's all there is to it.

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Photo of riotontheroad
3.67/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Mpenders
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of Rutager
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance. Pours a deep brown/black with a finger+ of thick, dark tan head that leaves some nice rings.

Smell. Dark roasty malts and rich sweet coffee. Smells really good, especially the coffee.

Taste. Sweet dark roasty malt, nice roasty coffee, a little bit of cocoa powder. Pretty nice, but not quite as "imperial" as I expected.

Mouthfeel. Medium body with medium-low carbonation.

Overall. A really nice tasting stout, I enjoyed it. Lots of great tasting coffee.

Edit: I see I'm not alone in doubting the imperiality of this one. haha

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Photo of mtomlins
3.61/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a stemmed tulip glass.
Thanks to kjyost for the bottle.

Pours very dark brown, black with two fingers of creamy, persistent, mocha head that’s a bit of lacing behind as it settles. The nose is really nice and forward with coffee, milk chocolate, cocoa nibs and sweet malt. On the palate, the taste starts off with coffee, chocolate and roasted malt, but it quickly transitions to a very dry, metallic and bitter flavor that is off-putting. The finish is absent on this brew; it just falls off. The body is medium (light?) but has good carbonation; unfortunately, the mouthfeel is light and way too light for an imperial stout. I notice no other comments on some of the off flavors I found so I am wondering if I just have an ‘off’ bottle.

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Photo of CookstLiquor
3.61/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 650ml bottle. Pours an impenetrable black with a bit of iodine coloured head. For an "imperial stout," this doesn't have much alcohol. The aromas and flavours are huge, however. Big scents of acrid smoke and dirt dominate the aromas. A lot of black malt must have gone into this. The taste is similarly dominated by notes of extra dark chocolate, dirt, coffee and smoke. It's very intense flavour-wise.

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Photo of papat444
3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

An imperial stout at 6.5%!?

Thanks to kjyost for this one.

Poured from a 650ml. bottle, no freshness info.

Appearance: Very dark pour, almost black. Dark tan head that holds steady with some lacing.

Smell: Nutty, chocolaty, creamy coffee.

Taste: Burnt & roasted coffee, nutty in a natural way (if that makes any sense, it does to me!). Hops in the finish don't mesh too well with malt.

Mouthfeel: Nothing imperial about this. Astringent bitterness gives it some bite but no depth to the feel to make it more than a regular stout.

Overall: Doesn't warrant the "imperial" label. Flavor tried but the body itself is quite regular.

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Photo of FondueVoodoo
3.76/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Solid black brown like a good stiff black coffee, topped with 2 fingers of creamy tan head that holds well and leaves a solid creamy ring around the edge.

S: The scent of the chocolate, dark malts and chocolate mix to to give that distinct scent of Ovaltine, topped with creamy coffee and just a subtle acrid hop scent at the end.

T: Tastes leans more to the coffee, with notes of roasted coffee beans, slight nuttiness and hints of cocoa.

M: Light to medium bodied with low carbonation.

O: While not overly complex, Kona delivers on what it offers with strong coffee notes. Especially enjoyable if you enjoy Ovaltine.

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Photo of liamt07
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from kjyost, 650ml into a tulip.

Black body, dark red around the edges. Brown head, good retention and moderate lacing. Nose has sweet creamy coffee (Kona coffee for sure, having had this in beers before), baker's chocolate and a light roast/tartness. Taste is roasty and dark chocolate, creamy, sweet malt, light coffee tartness and chocolate way into the finish. Medium body, smooth texture. Not really an imperial stout, but a nice coffee beer nonetheless.

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Photo of LampertLand
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Fort Garry Brewing 'Kona Imperial Stout' @ 6.5% , served from a 650 ml bottle purchased for $6

A-pour is a very dark brown with a small tan head which is quickly dissapating leaving a spotty lace along the pint glass

S-fresh fine ground roasted kona coffee

T-slight sweet start , smooth middle , with a bitter finish

MF-low carbonation , medium body , bit thin for an imperial

Ov-ok/good beer , needs some more craft

prost LampertLand

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Photo of RStansel
3.7/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a near-squid-ink black, with moderately creamy, tan head; medium retention, no lacing; intense coffee aromas dominant, roasted but not burnt; very smooth; alcohol hides behind a mid-palate sweetness, but it finishes dry, with moderate carbonation and medium-plus body; some caramel and dark cocoa notes flesh out an otherwise coffee-dominated flavour profile.

Overall, a great coffee stout, though I'm not sure "imperial" is warranted here, given the relatively low alcohol.

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Photo of lwadd
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of JoeyRamone
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of Iceman197811
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of Howlader
3.89/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Corson
4.19/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of thefullpython
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of Trosevear
4.32/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from can, got a great head, dark beer super good!

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Photo of artemh
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of MylesMac
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of Jeffo
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Got this one from Kjyost in a recent trade. Cheers man!

From a bomber into a snifter
IBU: 50
Stout brewed with coffee

APPEARANCE: A black pour produces a small, medium looking, mocha colored head with good retention. Head slowly fades to a faint wisp and ring. Opaque black body and next to zero carbonation evident. A ring remains until the end but leaves no real lacing down the glass. Pretty thick looking body on this one.

SMELL: Definitely roasted coffee beans, sweet cream, with some light vanilla and dark chocolate notes. Lots of roasted coffee steals the show though. Quite aromatic.

TASTE: Roasted coffee and caramel notes up front, with roasted and bitter coffee and dark chocolate at the swallow. Medium but lingering aftertaste of roasted coffee, sweet vanilla cream, and some nice dark chocoalte bitterness as well. Quite flavorful and lingers nicely on the palate.

PALATE: Medium body and medium levels of carbonation. Perhaps a little light on the palate, but creamy and smooth enough, goes down fine and finishes slightly mouth-coating. Decent here, though could be a little heavier.

OVERALL: This was surprisingly good. It's obviously not quite an imperial stout at 6.5% ABV, but it is certainly bigger and more flavorful than your average stout beer. A very enjoyable and well made brew for sure. Glad to have tried this. Thanks again for the trade kjyost!

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Photo of canucklehead
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fort Garry continues to push ahead with another limited release. This is not a true Impy Stout as the ABV is too low but the style( American Stout ) mixed with the coffe notes works well. The coffee is strong but smooth ( Kona coffee is a good choice)and blends well with the roasted malt flavours. I didn't find the beer extremely complex but it tastes right. The finish is dry with the coffee notes hang on till the end. Nice beer from a company that is making good strides thanks to Russell buying them out.

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Photo of Sathanas
4.16/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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