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 TheManiacalOne
2.49/5  rDev -34.6%
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 lackenhauser
2.81/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Jet black color with a very dark, tan head on top. Sizeable head that seems to last. Inky and metallic like aroma. Somewhat sweet, anise like. Perfumey. Malty enough flavor-not a lot of roasted taste comes thru, nor does a significant amount of bitterness. Anise and perfumey flavored. Somewhat soy sauce tasting. A lot of residual sweetness-almost comes off as an under attenuated homebrew. Metallic and cloying. Decent enough mouthfeel-very creamy. Just not up to par as far as a double stout for me. Too many other flavors then "stout". I would pass if offered again.

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
2.91/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours from the 22oz bottle into a tulip glass a pitch black color with a cappucino colored head of decent size. About two fingers in size and a great deal of lacing.

Aroma was a bit weird. A touch nutty, acidic, some dms, slightly sweet and alcoholic.

Flavor was not very good. Kind of nutty and grainy and, I cant relate the actual taste (maybe unsweetened cocoa powder?), but it is different and not typical and not altogether pleasant.

I didnt like this one. It seems as though all of the Legend beers have the same sort of weird, nutty, grainy, musty flavors: perhaps its the yeast or the water or the brewer. Whatever it is, Im not convinced it is anything desirable. Ill pass on this one.

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Photo of Crazyale
2.94/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. No bottling date is visible. I notice that the last review of this is over 2 years old, so this bottle is either really old or really new. I notice that it says 9.0% abv on the bottle, while this site lists it at 8.0%, so I'm guessing it's a newer batch.

A: Pours a thick, opaque black, and has great effervescence at the bottom of the glass. A light khaki three finger head is not dissipating at all after 5 minutes; if anything, the head has actually expanded. Great looking stout.

S: Roasted chocolatey malt, a bit of coffee, a slight tartness perhaps.

T: Dark chocolate on the front of the tongue, along with the roasted malt. I'm getting a good amount of smokiness. Some bitterness on the back of the tongue. I can taste some of the alcohol for sure, along with a bit of the tartness. In fact, I detect a bit of Legend's Brown Ale in here somewhere, perhaps they're using the same yeast. There's quite a lot going on here, but I'm not sure if it's all good; it's mostly good, but it's just not that well balanced.

M: This is on the light side for the style, medium bodied, with low carbonation.

Overall, this isn't a bad beer, and I only paid $5.99 for the bomber so it's a good value. However, I can't get past the lack of balance among the many flavors, so I don't think I"ll be buying it again.

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Photo of hopsaplenty
2.99/5  rDev -21.5%
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 guinnessdoc
2.99/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Deep, dark, and black. Completely opaque. Toffee colored head that falls to a thin layer. Decent lacing left on my snifter.

Smell: Lots and lots of piney, resiny hops - way more than I expected from an Imperial Stout. Coffee and burnt grains comprise the rest.

Taste: The hops come through quite a bit here too, perhaps too much. As does the coffee and some bitter dark chocolate.

Mouthfeel: Sleek and smooth. Lots of residuals as it clings to the tongue and teeth.

Drinkability: I was really in the mood for an RIS so this was a surprise. I'm not a coffee drinker so I didn't enjoy the burnt/roasted grains as much as others might. Someone else said it and I have to agree - it seems raw. I definitely enjoyed it more at the end than the beginning as it had warmed up and the flavors had mellowed some.

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Photo of badbeer
3.06/5  rDev -19.7%
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 hchinaski
3.06/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Enjoyed on tap at the legend brewpub 02/06/08

Nice, dark pour into a pint glass. Not a great deal of smell.

Heavy body, lots of carbonation, with a bitter chocolatey taste at the end. I enjoyed a bomber of this nearly 6weeks ago and liked it much better. maybe my tastebuds are having a bad day.

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Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.1/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A 22 ounce bomber bottle poured into my standard shaker glass. The stout appears a dark chestnut color with about a finger of ecru foam. The head settles to a thin layer in less than a minute. Nose and flavor are of dark roasted grains, mocha, bittersweet chocolate, molasses, figs. A bit thin bodied with not much of an aftertaste. No lingering bitterness. Light carbonation. This was a gift from a friend of mine in VA. Glad it didn't cost me anything.

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Photo of IBUnit63
3.41/5  rDev -10.5%
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 BeerSox
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
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 roughsax
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
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 Proteus93
3.56/5  rDev -6.6%
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 warriorsoul
3.58/5  rDev -6%
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 joepais
3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to Bboyshatter for sending this one along in the under 100 BIF. Bottle poured into a snifter produced a finger worth of tan colored head that trailed of to a respectable lace. The body of the brew was the obligatory black in color.

The aroma is that of roasted malts molasses' and coco.
The flavor is a little bitter and strong roasted malt, which is what I expect from and IMP Stout. I didn't notice the 8% alcohol at all. The feel in my mouth is medium to full with light carbonation.

A solid Imperial stout, nothing to spectacular; but represents the style well. I think the bomber was quite enough in one sitting. I would drink it again if I saw it

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Photo of FtownThrowDown
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
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 nriech
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at Legends 12-24-06

Appearance: Very dark, nice dark tan head. Good lacing, nice and sticky.

Smell: Roasted barley, dark chocolate, coffee, sort of hops but not quite maybe its chocolate covered hops. :-)

Taste: Very bold in flavors. Hops are pretty intense as well as the roasty toasty malt. I actually liked it as I was drinking it and went well with the strong flavors of Legends buffalo meat nachos. Leaves a funny taste at the back of the pallate thats a bit of a put off but doesnt linger too much. Medium body.

Drinkability: Its ok for a seasonal but will never be a year round brew. Another good one to enjoy on the deck if its cool outside. Drink with other strongly flavored foods or else you might never get the after taste out.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
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 gpcollen1
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark black yet very fluid into my Troubadour Tulip. Head rises quickly and falls the same. Smells of dark roast and licorice followed by hints of those chocolate covered alcohol cherry candies. Hints of a sticky skunky sweetness waafts in and out , if ya know what I mean, that is a first for me!!

Taste is a ride; dark roast and chocolate, molasses and licorice. Moves on to some hops in the middle there then on to some alcohol presence and finishing back with some hops. Dry and a bit bitter on the tongue. Finish is nice.

Pretty solid and interesting - I would like to try this on tap. Thanks Phisig137 for the opportunity.

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Photo of Lnedrive14
3.91/5  rDev +2.6%
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 pentathlete
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This hopheads' stout is a subtle purplish black with a dark beige head, no light shines through this brew. Nose is heavily hopped with malty stout characteristics popping through promising a challenging drink. This tastes like a strong stout and an heavily hopped IPA were blended together. The hop character is strong right from the beginning. The finish is long, but not yet smooth. This keeps the drinkability lower for me. I believe this one has to age. This has the hallmarks of a winner with a little time on the shelf. Legend did this to last year's Tripel and after 8 months of cellaring it smooth out into a strong Belgian style with an American character. Wish beers like this were on their regular brewing schedule.

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Photo of asabreed
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
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 argock
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz brown bottle into a clear pint glass. No freshness date.

A: Rich black with 1-2 finger tan head with average retention and a few clumps of lace.

S: Strong on coffee, chocolate, and roasted dark malts with some licorice too

T: Initial coffee and chocolate are met by dry and acrid flavor toasted and burned black malt and some drying hops and a bit of black licorice

M: Creamy mouthfeel with a very long, acrid, bitter aftertaste

D: A solid RIS with plenty going for it with a variety of different flavors, but it's a bit too burnt-tasting for me

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

Tried the 2006. It poured an angry almond colored head that devoured my whole glass. The smells were of chocolate, roast and hops. This is the hoppiest imperial stout I've tasted, and it works so well. The earthy bitterness of the hops compliments the bitter/ burnt roast quality of the malt. I caught some additional vanilla notes as well - both on the aroma and flavor.

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