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Left Hand Imperial Stout | Left Hand Brewing Company

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Left Hand Imperial StoutLeft Hand Imperial Stout
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3.82/5
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523 Ratings
Left Hand Imperial StoutLeft Hand Imperial Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Left Hand Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
lefthandbrewing.com

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.40%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by UncleJimbo on 01-27-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#13,402
Reviews:
434
Ratings:
523
pDev:
12.04%
Bros Score:
3.91
 
 
Wants:
42
Gots:
21
Trade:
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Ratings: 523 |  Reviews: 434
Photo of andrenaline
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap nitro stout that went down like candy. Unreal. Could drink this stuff all night.

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Photo of puboflyons
4.43/5  rDev +16%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

From the 12 fl. oz Nitro bottle with an enjoy by date of 06/08/17. Sampled on October 23, 2016. Serving in the upper 40 degree range.

The pour is jet black with a soft, nitro-influenced tan head that laves a lot of lacing.

The first aroma sensation I get is dark roasted malts and then licorice, anise, and a touch of booze.

Full body that is very smooth and creamy.

The booze is more noticeable in the taste but there is still a mildly sweet dark roasted malt flavor and a semi-dry finish.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.52/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Gives a hefty dark black as night vibe, with a beige head in the 1/2" range. Aroma was fire fire fire, smoke, char, roast.

Taste was right up the alley of all the normal stout descriptors, char, roast, coffee, chocolate, thick, bitter. Good mouthfeel, amazed how big of a beer this is abv wise in the mouthfeel. Very affordable and available, nice.

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Photo of stakem
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottled 9/19/07 poured into a tulip. The brew appears black in color with a khaki head that fades leaving patchy lace.

Smells delicious like decadent milk chocolate, coffee and slight rootbeer/anise spiciness.

Tastes sweet and boozy with licorice, chocolate, roast, leather, earth. Like the nose, there is a bit of a cola/root beer/birch beer spiciness to the finish that is peculiar but interesting and enjoyable.

Medium to full bodied, modestly carbonated and quite enjoyable.Talk about a sleeper of a beer. This was not tasting its age and I feel like it aged quite gracefully with some unique nuance.

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Photo of BEER88
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Grackos
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of djrn2
3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of brittanylicious
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of heysuz
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DucksFan16
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ThaneMcC
4.21/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

With a vigorous pour (as directed) with copious light tan foamy head (2fb) and solid lacing. Smells of roasted malts, cocoa, dark fruits, molasses. Tastes of dark licorice, dark, semi sweet chocolate, fig/prune and a hint of smoke/leather. Despite the sweetness, very small floral hop influence and leaves a rather clean finish.
Mouthfeel is creamy, smooth, not quite full bodied but still a solid mouthfeel.

Overall, this is a tasty RIS – more complex than their nitro milk stout and equally good. I will pick this up wherever I can find it.

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Photo of pat61
4.07/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours bright dark brown under a very finely bubbled 1” tan cap that hugs the side of the glass. The aroma is very muted and disappointing. Palate a little molassy sweet up front with roast and chocolate and hints of dark fruit that give way to a big bitter finish. It feel soft and luscious in the mouth with a big body and a little above average carbonation. This is a nice big beer but it is not as well balanced as some.

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4.35/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of WiggyKGB
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of olradetbalder
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of lmaduells
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

Photo of Hellpop65
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of lurfMalderFulder
5/5  rDev +30.9%

Photo of Borisb10
4.4/5  rDev +15.2%

Photo of freshflesh
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of mike_dawson
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of indianabeerman
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of jeranbrews
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

A - thick dark ruddy Dr. Pepper brown. Lots of fine nitro bubbles. Brown head sluggish lacing. Higher clarity than I'd prefer.4

S - tobacco, fresh tree roots. Faint anise. Black Swedish fish. Pumpernickel toast crumbs.4

T - Sweet + hoppy extract. Molasses and bitter hops. Nice blend of sweet sour bitter. Initially sugary but finishes a bit bitter. Some in clearly defined malts in there too.3.5

M - Happy. Syrupy. Sour hoppy after-tang is almost unwelcome. Silky.4

O - a fine beer. In the same league but perhaps slightly below Old Rasputen and such. I did enjoy the nitro take on the style. 3.5

Overall 3.75

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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of OKCNittany
3.73/5  rDev -2.4%

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Left Hand Imperial Stout from Left Hand Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.82 out of 5 with 523 ratings
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