25th Anniversary
Left Hand Brewing Company

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Style:
American Imperial Stout
ABV:
12.1%
Score:
92
Avg:
4.09 | pDev: 7.33%
Reviews:
23
Ratings:
60
From:
Left Hand Brewing Company
 
Colorado, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
  2
Gots
  8
SCORE
92
Outstanding
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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.21/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours a very dark mahogany brown, appearing opaque in the glass with a thin dark khaki head that dissipates to patches with light lacing. Aroma of dark toasted malt, cocoa and mild cherry and caramel. Flavor is dark toasted malt with mild char, milk and dark chocolate, light molasses and coffee, a hint of cherry. A little more char shows up in a full, chocolatey finish. Medium bodied with light creaminess. A full bodied, rich stout that has a lot of Russian imperial stout character. Great chocolate and emphatic malt. Excellent flavor from start to finish and a quite worthy 25th anniversary beer. I like this brewery and am usually more pleased than I expect with a new beer from them.

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Photo of Jimmy_Kneecaps
3.73/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one is dark dark deep dark brown disguised as black. Ruby hints around the edges with the lightest tan head. Head retention is abysmal and lacing is spotty. Aroma is bitter hops dominating (I think I’m very sensitive to this in big stouts because they always jump out at me) followed by bitter chocolate and maybe the slightest hint of coffee, ok now I’m reaching, maybe. The taste follows hops up front (they fade a bit after it warms) bitter chocolate, some fading coffee (bigger presence when warm), and some dark fruits which I find very pleasant. Feel is medium, could be more full and I wouldn’t be mad. Overall this is a good beer but with the anniversary label you just expect more.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a black body with minimal head and lace. The aroma is boozy with notes of chocolate and dark fruits (mostly black cherry). Fuller, thicker body, slow sipper, has a chocolate sweetness with hints of dark fruits and then finishes with some booziness; beer has good balance and is worth trying.

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Photo of JdubsNY
4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Wonderful stout, with dark chocolate, cherries and coffee flavors. Amazing to get the warming 12.1% ABV without barrel-aging. Great value and aging up to 2025 is possible. Grab it while you can.

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Photo of Suds
4.09/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew is a dark, nearly black beer with a tan head. This brew is richly roasted, with a lot of dark fruit and alcohol. The taste is bitter, with roasted and charcoal notes. Complex and warming. Full, thick, and intense. Wonderful.

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Photo of LarryV
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours with an insignificant head, aroma of roasted malts with hints of licorice and chocolate. Medium body is creamy on the palate, seductive. Taste of roasted malt, chocolate, anise, dark fruit. Slightly boozy but remarkably drinkable. At $10.49 for a 4 pack it's a really reasonable buy, this is as good as some more expensive stouts that I've had. Quite enjoyable, I recommend it if you like stouts.

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Photo of zeff80
4.21/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle. Poured out an opaque, jet-black color with a small, brown head of foam. It smelled of cherry, chocolate, coffee and roasted malt. Nice roasted malt taste with bitter dark chocolate and coffee.

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Photo of 57md
4.21/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep dark brown to black color with over a finger of tan head. The nose certainly has roasted notes but it's not what I'd call super roasty. The flavor profile brings the roast to a level that exceeds the promise brought by the nose. The body is full and the mouthfeel is rich.

This is a great stout; should be a staple rather than a one-off.

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Photo of Marco188
4.07/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Not as thick as I was expecting, more of a medium to light body for an imperial stout. Hints of cherry and chocolate on the nose right off the bat. The taste agrees with the smell. Cherries and dark chocolate at the forefront with a subtle hit of coffee. I would not have guessed this had a 12.1% ABV, not overly boozy and goes down smoother than other imperials. What we call a DANGEROUS beer. A great classic style stout with a little more pep to get you over that holiday stress. Enjoy responsibly!

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Photo of BIGPOPPAS
4.11/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

An exceptional stout that is amazing at room temp or in a chilled glass
I’m buying all in my area and cellaring them for aS long as they can last ,)
One of the best non barrel aged stouts thatp I’ve had to date

CHEDRS !!

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Photo of BB1313
3.53/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours almost black with a small khaki head that fades leaving decent retention and lacing. The aromas are malt forward. Some chocolate and dark fruits. The aromas are mild, but open up as it warms. The flavors are bold. Lots of dark chocolate. Some raisins. Subtle hints of marshmallow. Moderate bitterness. Mild warmth in the finish, but it's not hot or boozy at all. Mouthfeel is on the lighter side of full-bodied. It's slightly thin with moderate to active carbonation. It's sharp, smooth and dangerously drinkable.

This is a solid imperial stout. It's a traditional and classic example of the style. It's not flashy, but that isn't a bad thing. Not bad at all.

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Photo of rarigney
4.11/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Dark brown, thin tan head, no retention, minimal lacing. Aroma has dark chocolate, coffee, and dark fruit. Taste is similar. Dark fruit nose leans more towards cherries on the palate. Medium to full bodied with some nice alcohol warming without the harsh heat.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
4.23/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a pitch black color with 2 fingers of head that fades down to a thin cap

S: Roasted malt, dark chocolate, coffee, and dark fruit up front. Some caramel and vanilla in the back

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with the roasted malt and dark chocolate, and then goes into the coffee, vanilla, and dark fruit. Alcohol very well hidden. Finishes with lingering roast, coffee, and light bitterness

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A solid anniversary stout that is a nice sipper. The 12.1% is hardly evident, which is impressive. Well worth a try

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Photo of Wasatch
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. Bottle
Best By: 07/01/25

Poured into a tulip a pretty nice dark brown color, nice carbonation, with a nice quick/fizzy light tan head, which leaves some sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, with some nice chocolate/toffee notes, vanilla, licorice, some coffee, nice a nice dark fruit complex (cherries, figs, raisins, plums). The taste is pretty nice, malty, with a nice touch of chocolate/toffee, vanilla, licorice, some coffee, with a pretty nice dark fruit complex (cherries, figs, raisins, plums). Full Body, ABV is hidden nicely, with a nice little dry/bitter finish. Overall, this is a pretty tasty brew. Glad to see it around here.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.58/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce bottle - $3.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a dark brown-black body with a small-sized surge of beige froth.

Smell: Char-toned roasted malt, blackstrap molasses cut with some boozy discount chocolate liqueur and a backdrop of macerated fruit fruitiness.

Taste: Dark roast and molasses with a generous helping of table sugar and bitter chocolate sauce. Turns towards some dark fruitiness akin to raisins and tart cherries. Then, some bitterness alongside some astringent charred roast and alcoholic heat. A longly sweet, hard roasty, heated finish.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied. Medium-soft carbonation. Mouthfeel is smooth and a bit sticky.

Overall: Almost satisfactory!

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Photo of tp1962
5/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Saw this today at friar tucks and being a stout fan I had to purchase .
Smells of chocolate coffee, molasses, and caramel
Pours put black with a 1 inch light brown head
Taste comes across as smoky, coffee with notes of heavy molasses and finishes of cherry!
This is a full bodied beer . Very smooth with a touch of boozy warmth .
Would definitely purchase this again: Respect the high ABV and drink sensibly! Price point was very reasonable at 10.49 per 4 pack. This will definitely be an offering to friends who enjoy stouts!
Well Done Left Hand! Hopefully you will continue this past a special anniversary offering !

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.69/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This doesn't pour entirely pitch-black, as ruby red hints appear in the glass (especially when held to the light). The aroma reveals an old-school RIS, though amped up about 125%. Molasses, brown sugar, licorice, and milk chocolate notes appear along side subtle dark fruits, leather, tobacco, and espresso. Roast levels are low for such a big stout. I'm really satisfied by the complexity levels offered by the aroma, but I think some of notes like leather and licorice come through too strongly for me. There isn't much difference going from nose to tastebuds: it opens up with molasses and dark fruit flavors. Near the middle and end, some of the hop bitterness shows up alongside leather, baker's cocoa, and licorice. Light roast sort of lingers throughout the profile - it must be said, this does not feature the roast levels of an American-style imperial stout, or even a more classical RIS like Old Rasputin. Still, there's a lot of varying flavors happening with this one, even if integration is a little lacking. While it's by no means thin or dinky, it features a deft lightness and an almost crisp finish that allows it to slide down the palate almost effortlessly. 12.1%? Where? (Okay, so the alcohol is slightly evident - still, this is a sipping beer through and through, NOT some watery-ass Bud Lite or Miller Light that you pound six of in thirty minutes while eating a whole bag of Totino's pizza rolls because THE SADNESS WON'T GO AWAY...wait, where was I?) Carbonation is low as expected. I really dig this one; maybe it will become great with a year of age on it, but it's drinking solidly right the hell now. Regardless, it's definitely worth anyone's time.

3.69/5: Big, bold, and old-school

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.29/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce bottle, best by date of 07/01/25 stamped on the bottle. Another brew from Brutaltruth, thanks! Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with about an inch tan head that stayed around for a while. There's also a lot of lacing. Aroma is mostly sweet, the brew smells like roasted malt, coffee, caramel, cherries, and dark chocolate. For the most part I think the taste is similar to the aroma, but with the addition of some dark bread, molasses and burnt/charred flavors. Mouthfeel/body is full, it's creamy and coating with a good amount of carbonation. Easy enough to drink for being 12.1% ABV. I thought this was a pretty good imperial stout, definitely worth picking up if you've never had it before. I know I'd like to have this again!

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Photo of bobv
4.17/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Moderate pour yields a one inch tan head over a dark brown body with sticky lacing that stays put. Muted nose of dark roasted malt, slight chocolate, slighter coffee, and even slighter dark fruit. Taste of bitter chocolate, dark roast coffee, a bit of molasses, and slight burnt espresso. Nice feel and overall, a pretty tasty stout. Cheers!

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Photo of DenverHopHead
4.14/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle with a best by date of 7/1/25; into a stout glass.
Appearance- black through the middle of the glass with a mahogany hue along the top and bottom of the glass; thin, off white with a crimson tinge head that vanished to a tiny island of bubbles with a thin ring along the side; lacing is fairly absent, as expected!
Smell - dark chocolate covered cherries and raisins with a faint roasted coffee bean presence!
Taste - there is an interesting blend of flavors here that really work well together; I’m picking up what is present in the nose, along with some bourbon barrel and black licorice!
Feel - a very big and hearty brew, but not overly heavy, even at over 12%; it’s a sipper, but an easy sipper for sure!
Overall- this is a winner as it has some creative qualities and hits in all categories!

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Photo of Roguer
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours an inviting dark brown, nearly black. Head production and retention are both just OK.

Nose is quite roasty, featuring tons of molasses, licorice, brown sugar, red grapes, coffee, and cream. Sharp and sweet.

Flavor follows: big, roasty, and sweet all around. Not quite the same level of bitterness or burnt toast/coffee as you would get from a RIS; the AIS label is spot on. Plenty of roasty bitterness, still, and the flavor profile runs through all the familiar faces: blackstrap molasses, brown sugar, licorice, toast, toffee, caramel, cream, coffee, bitter chocolate.

Moderately sweet, but I'd say it's just a sweet, massive imperial stout, not quite a dessert stout.

Mouthfeel is excellent: this is a full bodied, nearly chewy stout, with a long, slightly sticky finish and minor alcohol heat. The high ABV is not exactly hidden, but at no time does this feel like a burdensome, double-digit beast. Still somehow lively.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
4.17/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From the 12 oz bottle in a snifter. This exceptional example of an imperial
stout pours a rich opaque with a glint of cola highlights and a thick
sudsy foam that subsides to a thick ring, thin clumping pool, and displays some
very nice soapy lacing. Nose of bakers chocolate, dark coffee, touches of char,
and hints of dark fruit. Flavors surpass the nose with a dark moderately
bitter bakers cocoa awash in strong coffee notes that are touched by
char and mild dark fruit notes of cherry that are pressed against a
moderately strong grain touched booze note. Nice body; full
mouth feel, light carbonation that is perfect for the style, and a
rich malt forward and lightly bitter roasted finish that is
warming and inviting.

Overall, a SOLID brew from a GREAT brewery.

Cheers

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by July 1st 2025.

Pours a pitch black with an inch of tannish foam, lacing is very good.

Roasted malt and bitter chocolate very noticeable in the smell. Coffee is right up there but I'm having trouble with the cherries. No matter.

Roasted malt, bitter chocolate, coffee almost in equal proportions, big alcohol, cherries are very elusive. Lots of warming.

Almost if not full bodied.

Happy Anniversary Left Hand! This is very nice.

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25th Anniversary from Left Hand Brewing Company
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 60 ratings