Imperial Stout | Legend Brewing Co.

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Imperial StoutImperial Stout

Brewed by:
Legend Brewing Co.
Virginia, United States

Style: Oatmeal Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Winter

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Added by ppoitras on 12-10-2005

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Photo of warriorsoul
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to guidotorpedog for this hookup...
Thick black pour with visible carbonation...produces a full finger and a half of brown head with half of it going nowhere...the rest leaving behind some thick lacing.
Buttery toffee in the nose, dark chocolate, an almost fruit-like scent in the mix too...alcohol is hidden well.
The taste is very unique from others I have tried in the style...a very robust coffee flavor with a huge dark chocolate profile and although some diacetyl hits me, it is definitely more toffee than butterscotch.
Mouthfeel is fairly thick and the carbonation is nice.
Not my favorite Imperial Stout by any means, but a fine offering from Legend...would love the chance to try it on tap.

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Photo of badbeer
3.06/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Black with a tan head. Buttered popcorn, roast, and lactose sweetness as well. Buttered popcorn shows up in the taste as well; roasty finish, lactose. There's a good beer in here, but the diacetyl is really distracting and takes a lot away from this beer. High carbonation and less than medium body. I'd like to try next years batch to see if there was just a problem with this bottling/bottle.

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Photo of VCUgrad
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of asabreed
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Oh that Imperial Stout with it's deep an impenetrably opaque body. Nice mocha-colored head that dissipates slowly and leaves so chunky lacing.

Smell: A lot of burnt and roasted characteristics here, which leads to a tad bit of astringency or solvent aromas, though that dies down as it warms, letting the sweeter malt characteristics come through with some cream, dark bitter chocolate, molasses, and vanilla, and nice hints of dark berries.

Taste: There seems to be more hops in this for my taste usually with the style, but it seemed to be fairly balanced. I wonder what would happen with less, possibly too rich or too sweet. Hints of alcohol, dark cherries, tree bark, charcoal, woodiness, dark brown sugar, and dark chocolate. Pretty complex stuff, and again especially as it warms, so give it a bit of time.

Mouthfeel: A bit more watery than I'd like initially, as the carbonation could be thicker and richer and lend itself to the flavors coming out even better.

Drinkability: I'd like to snag a bottle or two if I can find it anywhere around here. A solid version of the style all around and one I'd like to try again in the future.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz into a tulip glass. I believe that this was from the '09 release.

Pours black with 2 tight fingers of rich chocolate colored head. Extremely rich look to the retention and lacing here. The aroma is roast and coffee, with a silky sweet underpining of chocolate and toffee. There's a bit of a floral feel as well that adds some dank herbal fruitiness to the proceedings.

The taste is VERY burnt tasting with a dark mix of malts and roasted coffee. Tones of chocolate, molasses, and fruit gives this a dark sweetness that rolls across the tongue. Hops give this some extra sharpness, while the finish is very charred and burnt tasting, with a lingering feel that seems to go on and on. The mouthfeel is fuller bodied with a big prickly creaminess to it that really blows up in the mouth. Pretty good drinkibility to this as well for 8%, with not much alcohol showing itself at all.

Except for coming off as too burnt and bitter in parts, this was overall pretty solid stuff. Roasty and dark, with some deep balancing sweetness, and a good drinkibility for its' size. I would visit this again.

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Photo of Lnedrive14
3.91/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Capital Ale House

Wowza!!! This is one hoppy brew! I honestly don't think I've ever had such a hoppy stout before. This and creamy, yet with a very distinct hop bitterness that takes over. It is truly an interesting brew.

Pours a dark chocolate with a thick cappucino colored head. Smells of burnt chocolate, pumpernickel, and a bit of something that I can quite put my finger on.

A very creamy beer. I would almost say it tastes like an DIPA if it werent for the creaminess.

A great beer, and definitely something out of the ordinary. Go and check it out!

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

The aroma is quite sharp and features raisin, burnt malt and gobs of strong black licorice. There are mild strong chemical notes that are best described as bitter, but they have a mild sweet note as well. I’m assuming this aroma comes from the Tomahawk hops used in the beer. The body is deep black and supports a tan head that is equal parts creamy and bubbly. The head started off two fingers thick, but settled into a thumb thick affair that left excellent lacing. The fore is full of the black licorice noted in the aroma. It is also quite burnt tasting from the malt and there are very mild chocolate notes, but no coffee. The flavor profile here is very different than most Imperials I have had of late. An intense bittersweet finish that screams with those unusually flavored Tomahawk hops continues the parallel of the flavor matching the aroma. This is a breath of fresh air just by being so different flavor wise from everything else. I personally like black licorice so that element also earns points for the beer. The Oatmeal used in the malt bill adds smoothness, but overall the beer could stand a little more thickness. Still this is a beer worth seeking.

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Photo of BeerSox
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber into 8oz snifter.

Pitch black with a two finger dense and fine-bubbled brown head that slowly settles to a thin smooth cap.

Large amounts of highly roasted malts along with a good amount of a grassy herbal hop aroma.

One immediately noticeable characteristic is a bit of a smokey flavor, which I don't find very often in this style of beer. More of the roasty malts that impart some of the bitterness, but overall this is a very smooth tasting Imperial Stout. Not much coming from the hops in the flavor. Full bodied.

A decent RIS, but it's a hard style to mess up. It certainly presents itself well, and has some good flavors. I just can't get too excited about this one though.

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Photo of blackie
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: pretty dark mocha head, respectable retention, the beer is a deep black in color

s: Did Legend take a cue from Shenandoah's Chocolate Donut? They're not the same of course, but the donut aroma is strikingly similar though less cloying as there's more complexity here. Immediate aromas of dark chocolate cake donut and chunky brownies greet the nose. Further sniffing reveals dark coffee with sweet cream and dark chocolate candies with cherry and plum liquid centers. Piny hops add a sappy note, but leave the malty chocolates as the focus. Can't wait to taste...

m: carbonation on the low end of medium, body full...quite creamy overall

t: Delicious, with chocolate cake and espresso grounds as the dominant flavors. Plenty of dark chocolates, roasted malts, and cream. As in the aroma, hops are low. Finishes roasty and lingering with dusty cocoa and a mild bitterness. Good, just not quite as complex as the aroma.

d: a gem from a brewery I hear little about...worth seeking out

22 oz. from Sam's in Alexandria, VA

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Photo of Proteus93
3.56/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Black, viscous. Shimmering brown head. Awesome.

S: Roated malt, chocolate (light), anise,

T: Roasted malt, bittersweet chocolate, a fair bitterness of hops, especially on the finish.

M + D: Not as creamy as hoped... decent, but not something I'd pick up anytime soon.

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Photo of auxiliary
4.3/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

appearance - It pours a dark brown color, but in the glass looks pitch black. Nice mocha color head that formed, and stood around for awhile. Did leave some lace on the glass too.

smell - Roasted malts, chocolate smells here.

taste - Has a roasted chocoloate tate, with some roasted flavor here. Some hops present here at the finish, just a tad. Alcohol present

mouthfeel - Kinda heavy feel.

drinkability - mmmm yummy, enjoyed this one.Fresh beer on the side, so i had to drink it fast or it would go bad LOL. I rasied my glass since this made me a Disciple on BA.

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Photo of weeare138
4.12/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to whaleman for breaking open this bottle...
Appears black with a small tan head and scattered lacing.
Smell is of pine hops, caramel, bitter and creamy chocolate notes.
Taste is of the same aromas with plenty of bitter and hop filled flavors.
Mouthfeel is crisp, bitter, rich, and full bodied.
Drinkability...hops need to settle a bit. Not as warming as I had hoped.

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Photo of FtownThrowDown
3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by PWoods.
Very dark brown, near black in color with a lively, bubbly tan head. Smell is heavily roasted malts, some "green" hops and some light cocoa.
Taste is where those hops really shine and come through. Very piney and grassy. Not near enough cocoa to help out.
Mouthfeel is very nice. Pillowy soft and velvety.
Very good beer, just a bit too much hops for me.

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Photo of IBUnit63
3.41/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bomber into glass

Average head - body opaque espresso in color.

Smell is a little off-putting - this may not be as fresh as we'd like. A little phenol overpowers typical roasted malt and slightly soapy/floral hop character.

Despite the off-scent and corresponding flavor, tastes otherwise decently made. Nice malt component, good hop bitterness on the floral side.

Feels a little clammier than it should - a little light on depth.

May want to try this on tap @ Legend but wouldn't seek out bottle in retail stores.

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Photo of Rhettroactive
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of arguemaniac
4.06/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a viscous, oily black with a tall, creamy brown head that sticks around. Intense American hops in the aroma. The sharp bitterness and rich flavor of the hops comes through in the palate as well, but it competes with powerful burnt flavors such as bitter coffee and baker’s chocolate. Creamy mouthfeel with tangy carbonation.

A bitter but tasty mixture of hops and burnt flavors. Until now, Storm King stout was the hoppiest Imperial stout that I had tried, but Legend’s Imperial stout is hoppier even than most IPAs I run across. But, all that aside, it’s rich and quite delicious. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Brewfan
4.41/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to OldFrothingSlosh, my Secret Santa, for this beer.

Poured into my Ommegang chalace.
Poured a deep dark chocolate brown, bordering on black. Couldn't see though this bad boy. Huge cappucino-tan head that had tons of staying power and decent lacing.
Incredibly surprised by the hoppy nose on this beer. Never had a stout that smelled this hoppy before. Quite grassy with some pine and sage undertones.
Nice big burnt caramel taste with plenty of roasted oatmeal and coffee thrown in, but the hoppyness doesn't end with the nose. This is definately a hophead's stout.
Very creamy and smooth, medium heavy mouthfeel. Quite quaffable.
Quite the departure from your average stout, or even you average double stout. The hoppyness really added a level of complexity to this beer. Nice change of pace, LBC.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
2.49/5  rDev -34.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Acquired from dsigmon courtesy of the Ugly Duckling BIF, so a big "Thank You" goes out to him. Poured from a 22oz. bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep black color with a short dense light brown head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of roasted malts, dark chocolate, molasses, some dark fruit and a touch of hops, but there's an odd scent to it that's I find difficult to place and throws everything off.

T: The taste is malty up front with flavors of dark chocolate and dark fruit. Just like in the smell, there's an odd bite to the taste. The hops presence is mild but decent for the style and brings a little bit of balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp but not very smooth, medium-to-heavy body, medium carbonation, finish is dry and slightly sticky.

D: Not very tasty, does not go down too well, slightly filling, good kick, decent representation of style, although I think I might have let this one sit for too long, it doesn't seem like there had been much there to being with. There are easily many other big stouts that I would pick before this one.

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Photo of jwc215
4.07/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to jcwattsrugger for bringing this back for me from Virginia:
Poured into a snifter:

Pours black with a thin, light brown head that recedes to a bubbly patch, then a lovely, lasting swirl.

The smell is of molasses, citric fruitiness and some chocolate/coffee. The nose tells you that there's a good amount of hops here...

The taste is sweet - molasses-like with resiny and citric notes. The hoppy fruitiness seems to lend more sourness than bitterness. Some acidity comes through, especially in the finish, with a nod of alcohol. I like hoppy brews, and it works well enough here - but, I wonder if it masks the potential maltiness associated with, and desired for, the style. Well, in any case, it is certainly an American Imperial, and the hops show forth nicely.

It has a medium-body that reaches the threshold of full towards the end of the slowly sipped bottle. Just a bit fuller from the start and it would really bring it to a whole new level. As it is though, it is quite drinkable. And enjoyable. A nicely done, tasty, American Imp. Stout!

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Photo of ppoitras
4.97/5  rDev +30.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

22oz bottle from pentathlete as part of the OneBox BIF. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a solid 1" dark brown head above the opaque dark brown/black brew. Head isn't going anywhere fast, with sporadic foamy lacing. Aroma is piney cake batter, I know, I know, but that's what it smells like to me, and I like it. Taste is roasted oatmeal upfront, giving way to piney hops character, with a mutual aftertaste that is just right. Mouthfeel and drinkability are both superb, and I highly suggest finding this beer before it's all gone...

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Photo of sukwonee
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of roughsax
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap @ CAH a while back. This review is of a 22oz bottle, purchased @ Wine & Beer Westpark. Served in a stemless wine glass and shared w/ a macro drinking friend (she really liked it).

A: Darkness. Oily pour, good bark beige head that faded to a thin layer that remained. Nice lacing.

S: Coffee/espresso, HOPS.

T: HOPPY. Very resiny/oily/piney hops. Coffee or even espresso as the bitter taste is strong with this one. Dark baker's chocolate (maybe left over from the choco porter?). Roasted.

M: Smooth, oily.

D: Gets better as it warms. The higher alcohol is no problem. Loooong, bitter coffee/espresso finish that stays with you for a while, almost stuck in the back of the throat.

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Photo of hopsaplenty
2.99/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

22oz brown bottle, no date info

Pours vibrantly forming a mile high head of fine bubbles. Thick and creamy, it looks like a scoop of coffee ice cream. Slow to settle, but as it does it leaves thick lacing. Perfect obsidian, infinitely black. The smell is of citrusy and piney hops, with light coffee, but restrained. Completely unexpected. The taste is filled with citrusy hops up front and roasty sweetness kicking in towards the end before the citrus rind resurfaces. A deep roasted coffee smokiness flits in at the extreme end of the finish. There is a sweet/sour back and forth going on. I was expecting more (some?) roasted tones as well as some oatmeal smoothness, but none was to be had. Medium body and light spry mouthfeel, this reminds me more of an IPA than an Imperial Stout. This is dominated by a citrus/pine flavor that overtakes any roastiness that may be present. Perhaps some time will mellow the hops, but this was a drain pour in its present state.

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Photo of PhageLab
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber poured into a tulip glass.

A - Deep, mysterious coffee coloration that produced a thin, light brown layer of froth. Laced fairly well.

S - Roasted malts, brown sugar, toffee, and a few other sweet notes.

T - Dark fruits and coffee flavors come out up front, backed by a nice smack of chocolate malts. Hops are present but take the back seat here, and that's not a bad thing.

M - Light to medium body, surprisingly, low carbonation level, nice oily feel.

D - Too drinkable, if that is possible. A well constructed and very tasty stout by any means, and certainly one worth seeking out.

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Photo of chilly460
4.28/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - A very inky black with a darker brown head, nice two finger pour that dissipated but hung on. Great lacing.

S - Lots of coffee and chocolate in this one.

T - Very surprised, got full roasted coffee, dark chocolate, and a bit of a licorice or heavy dark fruit.

M - Excellent, almost chewy to me. Felt thick like a chocolate milk.

D - Excellent for the type, just too heavy for more then one.

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