Imperial Stout - Vanilla | Hubbard's Cave Brewery

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Brewed by:
Hubbard's Cave Brewery
Illinois, United States

Style: American Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.70%

Availability: Rotating

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Reviews: 9 | Ratings: 50
Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a pitch black color with a thin foamy head (4oz). Head retention is minimal. Lacing is decent. Vanilla coffee aroma. Strong vanilla bourbon taste. Strong coffee bitterness at the end. Heavy bodied with mild carbonation.

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Photo of the_brew_man
3.94/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle from 2018...

Pours a dark caramel brown/black and immediately forms a semi thick, caramel-colored head that doesn’t linger too long - not much head retention.

Smells of rosted/charred malts and molasses infused with vanilla hit the nose first followed by a subtle yet noticeable hop aroma.

When I tasted this, the first thing I noticed was a pleasantly sweet vanilla flavor accompanied by a charred earthy molasses/maple syrup flavor that seemed sort of off balance, but not by much. I also noticed a slight hop character with a residual bitterness to which I was not a big fan of; it’s not that it’s overbearing, it just lacks subtlety. This is definitely a stout on the sweet spectrum and masks the alcohol well, but it’s not overwhelmingly sweet to the point of being repugnant.

It felt thick/full-bodied and somewhat frothy with moderate to low carbonation.

Overall, this beer is decent. If you’re in the mood for dessert stout with a roasted vanilla flavor, then this is it. It’s a little off balance, but defintely enjoyable.

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Photo of REVZEB
3.7/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The look of oil black body and the vanilla and malt aromas are inviting and nice. But the taste is so unbalanced. The vanilla is authentic and delicious, but at the beginning of the sip is all one gets, followed by way too harsh malt and strange presence of hops. Almost some ash, which really doesn't belong in this beer. Feel is way too robust for what they are going for.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle, bottled 11/28/16 printed on the label. I enjoyed the first version of the label better. This bottle seems to have glue from the first time it was used still adhered to it? Weird. "Imperial stout with vanilla and lactose".

Poured into a Unibroue Maudite snifter.

A - Pours a dark brown-black cola body, just a few shades away from opaque in the glass, with about a finger of bubbly chocolate foam that lingers on the surface, leaving some minor spotty sticky lacing. Looks stout-ish, and according to style.

S - Fresh aromas of chocolate, malted barley, & peppermint bark. Smells "thick" - sticky & heavy with lactose sugars. Smells nice, but i can already tell that this is going to tickle my sweet tooth just a bit.

T - Taste is the same: sweet & sugary, with notes of malted chocolate malt and vanilla extract. Not a natural / organic vanilla bean flavor, but more extractive in origin. Doesn't taste entirely great or authentic.

M - Feel is smooth, slick, milky, chocolatey, creamy. Fullish in body, with good carb.

Overall, I'd say it is an average vanilla flavored stout. Nothing truly unique or noteworthy about this one though.

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Photo of larryarms847
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a silky and oily pitch black with a thin ring of light tan foam.

A rich aroma of heavily roasted malt and dark roast coffee adds to a thick and sticky sweet aroma of marshmallow and vanilla.

A semi-artificial vanilla sweetness hits right up front, but the strong flavor of roasted malt and coffee notes powers through the sweetness.

Full-bodied, low carbonation, sweet and sticky up front and finishes bitter and roasty but smooth.

Overall, while I did expect more from this, it definitely needs some work, but it has nice character and is easy drinking.

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Photo of Kurmaraja
3.77/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Solid beer at a good price point. Strong vanilla and roasted malt aroma, bordering on a dark roast coffee. Vanilla comes across in aroma and flavor a bit like extract - hot, a bit boozy. Finishes with roasty bitterness.

Good initial effort. Needs some work on body and complexity, but I like the dark roast element and the lack of residual sweetness.

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Photo of strohme2
3.4/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Beautiful pour with an espresso head. Great color, lacking any real thickness unfortunately. No lacing either. Reading other reviews, I expected a strong vanilla note. I did not experience this. Light vanilla, coffee roast, some chocolate.
Taste was disappointing. Almost no vanilla, some weak coffee, strong bitterness. Tastes similar to diner coffee. Disappointing is how I describe the overall beer.

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Photo of jws7968
4.01/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with no head, some lacing on the glass. Nice vanilla aroma, but it doesn't carry through to the taste. The initial taste is quite bitter, but lessens as the beer warms. Pretty nice, but I won't lose sleep if I never try it again. I have the coffee from Hubbard's Cave.

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Photo of toolbrew
3.77/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a pint glass. Little to no head or lacing, but jet black and viscous. Great vanilla aroma. Little vanilla taste with bitter aftertaste. Glad I bought it but won't revisit.

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Imperial Stout - Vanilla from Hubbard's Cave Brewery
Beer rating: 3.96 out of 5 with 50 ratings