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22nd Anniversary Vanilla Imperial Stout | Karl Strauss Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
3.81/5
Very Good
102 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Karl Strauss Brewing Company
California, United States
karlstrauss.com

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by HopHead84 on 02-03-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
63
Ratings:
102
pDev:
12.07%
Bros Score:
3.93
 
 
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3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tulip glass.

So... this beer is hard to open. Too much wax. It's like that old Bear Bryant saying about endzone celebrations, "Act like you've been there before."

A: Pours dark copper brown/black with two fingers of whispy cream colored head. Some lacing and good retention.

S: Vanilla and cream layered over roasted malt, some oak and spice, but also cheap bourbon. Smells slightly oxidized. Plum and dark chocolate as it warms.

T: Creamy vanilla ice cream and some alcohol, dose of espresso, finishing slightly bitter. On the boozy side.

M: Medium carbonation and medium-full body. Not particularly smooth.

O: This is a pretty good effort, and definitely a step in the right direction for Karl Strauss. There are some nice elements here and some not so nice. Lots of flavors but not that well integrated.

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Photo of Treebs
3.72/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

2011 written in Sharpie on the bottle, thanks to danielnovak3 for sharing this guy. Served in a Founders snifter.

A: Pours a dark brown with darkened ruby edges. Small tan head. Looks very light and thin for an Imperial stout.

S: Nice oak and some subtle bourbon with nice chocolate and vanilla.

T: More oak and sweet vanilla. Caramelized sugars and some chocolate.

M: Very thin. Drinks almost like a brown ale. It is drinkable though, but I want my imperial stouts on the thicker side.

O: Definitely super thin for an imperial stout so it got docked some points, but it was pretty tasty overall.

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3.74/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle thanks to JRSD. This one was allowed to warm for a little bit before being poured into my Bruery tulip.

Karl Strauss's 22nd Anniversary Stout pours not quite entirely black, there's a pinprick of ruby highlight coming through at the bottom of the glass. There's just over three fingers of caramel foam serving as a crown to the beer. Head retention is jut alright, and lacing is very spotty. The nose is heavy on vanilla-sweetened chocolate. Bourbon is barely there, but toasted oak is much more prominent. The flavor follows along a similar path. Sweet milk chocolate leads things off, and there's just a touch of bourbon where I'd normally expect it to come in big, and instead there's a fairly sizable toasted oak finish. It's something that I don't find in a ton of barrel aged beers, but I dig it in this one. The body isn't near full or rich enough for an imperial stout. The carbonation is perfectly leveled for the body though, it's present without ever coming to the foreground. This is my first Karl Strauss brew, and it's a pretty solid one. Coming on the heels of drinking Black Tuesday last night though, its shortcomings are especially apparent.

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

A- Very black, decent head retention, not much lacing to speak of but good overall here

S - Chocolate, Vanilla - Chocolate chip cookie, some roast if you look for it.

T - See nose, vanilla is in check but still dominates. Becomes overly sweet towards the end but I was impressed nevertheless - felt this a better version of Victory at Sea from Ballast Point. Yeah...I said it. And Yes, I understand one is a Porter and One is a Stout beeeitchez.

M - Velvety, slick and smooth. Already feels like it has a year of age on it. This needs to be revisited in a year!!

O - Again, call it blastphemy but this is a much better done Victory at Sea. Very good beer here.

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3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Shane (HopHead84) for sending this one my way - finally got around to opening it. Served in a Bruery tulip. This one is about 6 months old.

A - Big tan foam settles to a thin cap, leaving patches of spotty lace behind. Dark brown body with some reddish transparency to it when held to the light.

S - Lots of vanilla, mild oak, cocoa, milled lightly roasted grains, touch of spirit alcohol and oxidation present.

T - Tons of vanilla, a bit of chocolate, light oak and roasted malt character, touch of caramel and brown sugar, and moderate bitterness in the finish. Alcohol could stand to be a bit better hidden.

M - Roasty, dry, medium body, with pleasant carbonation. Seems undersized for 9% - would be quite nice for a 5-7% American Stout. Since only a portion was -bal aged I'm guessing the base beer is to blame, and not the barrel-aging process.

D - A solid beer with some small flaws. Easy to drink even with the intense vanilla sweetness. I'd have it again, but I don't think this will benefit from additional aging and suspect it could decline rapdily.

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3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz brown bomber with a vintage date on the label.

LOOK: Big head, stout black.

SMELL: Vanilla, charcoal, ripe dark fruit, faint oak, burnt sugar, alcohol.

TASTE: Silky smooth, roasted grain, soft charcoal, mellow vanilla, hint of oak, modest hopping, burnt bread.

9% where art thou? Yeah, it is there but super mellow. Beer is playful with some interested flavors thrown at the palate. Perhaps the earth does not shake but the palate wants another sip. Great job guys!

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2.86/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a snifter.

Dark brown with ruby highlights. Looks pretty thin as it's poured. Head retention and lacing are nice though.

Smells of tootsie rolls, vanilla, and brown sugar. Perhaps some fruity esters. Damn this beer is sweet smelling.

Taste follows smell only less sweet. Tootsie rolls, vanilla, brown sugar, with some oaky tannins that help balance things out. Slightly smokey finish. Definitely better than the smell, but not good.

Super thin. Well carbonated. Is this root beer?

Yikes. Poor showing Mr. Strauss.

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22nd Anniversary Vanilla Imperial Stout from Karl Strauss Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.81 out of 5 with 102 ratings
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