Imperial Stout - Maple | Hubbard's Cave Brewery

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Average: 3.76 | pDev: 15.16%

Reviews: 5 | Ratings: 23

#1,474 ranked American Imperial Stout | 11.40% ABV

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Hubbard's Cave Brewery
Illinois, United States
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Reviews: 5 | Ratings: 23
Photo of GuyFawkes
1.5/5  rDev -60.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Bottled February 2016; drank 3/18/16 @ the Yarchives.

Opaque black appearance.

A rough pour yielded a small dark khaki head; strong tree-rung lace.

Cream, fresh earth & faint trash water notes in the nose. Uh-oh...

Medium thick mouthfeel.

Sweet cream & fresh earth flavors up front; bitter bakers chocolate & trash water notes on the finish. No maple flavors at all, but that's the least of this beer's problems; the notes of rained-on garbage cans are. I'll never have another.

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Photo of larryarms847
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours deep dark brown and sits black in the glass, very viscous.

Very pungent maple syrup aroma. Very sweet with notes of vanilla and rich roasted malt as well.

Oh my, flavor is where this beer falls of a cliff. The beautiful maple syrup character in aroma turns into VERY artificial maple syrup flavor in taste.

Full-bodied, low-medium carbonation, rich, too sweet, cloying.

Overall, while it looks nice and smells wonderful, this brew is hard to get down as the incredible artificial sweetness just does not let up. Definitely let down.

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Photo of superspak
3.91/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into snifter, no bottle dating. Pours dense pitch black color with a 1-2 finger dense dark tan head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice dense soapy lacing clings on the glass. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, maple syrup, molasses, wood, and toasted dark bread; with lighter notes of licorice, vanilla, raisin, smoke, charcoal, herbal, pepper, pine, and roast/toasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malt, maple, and light-moderate earthy hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, maple syrup, molasses, wood, and toasted dark bread; with lighter notes of licorice, vanilla, raisin, smoke, charcoal, herbal, pepper, pine, and roast/toasted earthiness. Light-moderate roast/char and herbal/piney/spicy hop bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, maple syrup, molasses, wood, toasted dark bread, vanilla, smoke, charcoal, herbal, pepper, pine, and roast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, maple, and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; with a great roast/hop bitter/sweet balance, and zero acrid/astringent flavors after the finish. Light dryness from hop/char bitterness, lightly increasing through the glass. Light carbonation and full body; with a very smooth, creamy/silky, and lightly sticky/chalky balanced mouthfeel that is great. Minimal warming alcohol for 11.4%. Overall this is a delicious flavored imperial stout. All around nice complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, maple, and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; very smooth and dangerously easy to sip on for the big ABV. Not super maple-y, but solid. Feels a bit sweeter and woody than their other stouts. Probably used real maple syrup, instead of flavorings; never feels artificial. Good amounts of hop presence, but not as assertive as the other ones I’ve had. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of stortore
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into a tulip snifter.

Pours a thick looking dark brown. opaque, with no head, some oily lacing. The smell is roasted malt, chocolate, vanilla, molasses, cocoa, some maple. The taste starts with lots of roasted malt, chocolate, molasses, licorice, vanilla, cocoa, some caramel. Didn't pick up any maple. Fair amount of bitterness on the finish. Smooth, full bodied, appropriately carbonated, the taste lingers.

This is a good Imperial Stout, even if the maple was a no- show in the flavor. Hides the high ABV well, enjoyable to drink, good price point. Worth a purchase.

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3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle, no bottled on date, but this was consumed on the date of delivery. My third imperial stout varietal from Hubbard's Cave.

Poured into a Big Eddy snifter.

A - A super thick and viscous inky black pour. Hardly any conjuration of head. A big thick looking imperial stout.

S - Aromas of roasted barley malt, cream, and a faint but discernable maple syrup. Almost a strange earthy / mint / anise aroma at times.

T - Taste follows the nose: notes of chocolate, roast, char, barley malt, sticky caramel. Maple is again faint but present in the form of a sticky sugary flavor. Big notes of char / burnt / roast. Sticky & sweet. Again, earthy / leafy / minty / anise flavors (black licorice).

M - Feel is smooth, creamy, & sticky. Medium-bodied, yet very easy drinking for the thickness, sweetness, and high abv.

Overall, one of the less interesting variants. Much more maple syrup in this one next time, please.

Hubbard's Cave Imperial Stout Maple -----4/5.

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Imperial Stout - Maple from Hubbard's Cave Brewery
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 23 ratings