Bert Grant's Imperial Stout | Yakima Brewing Co. / Bert Grant's Ales

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Bert Grant's Imperial StoutBert Grant's Imperial Stout

Brewed by:
Yakima Brewing Co. / Bert Grant's Ales
Washington, United States

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by brewdlyhooked13 on 10-01-1998

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews by Pegasus:
Photo of Pegasus
4.5/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Deep black in color, with a massive tan head, superb lacing leaves tide marks in the glass walls. The head retains absolutely superbly.

Aroma: Deep, rich bitter chocolate aroma, absolutely incredible, the richest chocolate aroma that I have ever experienced.

Taste: Opens with rich bitter chocolate and espresso, as the taste progresses, the espresso notes are ascendant with a sharp herbal hop bitterness midway through, earth and smoke notes dominate the taste at the close, and with the hops, linger on and on. The alcohol is really only noticable in the warming character of the beer.

Mouth feel: Smooth, rich, incredibly full, velvety.

Drinkability/notes: Utterly superb, the best imperial stout I have ever had, bar none. More's the pity that Bert Grant's has closed.

Presentation: Packaged in a standard twenty-two ounce brown glass bomber with a plain gold pop-off crown, served in a standard pint tap glass.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of RoyalT
3.86/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – This Stout is just gorgeous! The body is black as night and the head is a very dark brown. It is huge and frothing and left a solid film of lacing on the inside of my glass. Awesome!

Smell – Big, burnt roasted grain leads off this aroma. There’s some dark Arabic coffee in there along with some chocolate notes as well.

Taste – The roasted grain comes out in force at the tongue along with those promised coffee flavors. The coffee is dark and thick, Middle Eastern-style, with maybe a hint of raw sugar. Thank God the typical sour flavors that clutter so many NW Stouts are completely absent here.

Mouthfeel – This one is medium-boded (but just barely so) and somewhat bitter. Everything is very well-blended. Too bad that this offering from Bert Grant’s is so thin.

Drinkability – As far as NW Stouts go, this one is a standout. I’m not a big fan of American grain, but they roasted the bejeezus out of this stuff and kept everything quite mellow.

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Photo of Dmann
4.3/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I saw this one for the first time at BevMo the other day and decided to take a chance, and I'm glad I did. This baby poured an onyx color with a beautiful chocolate colored head that left good lace down my glass as the beer settled. The smell was great too with a nice mix of coffee and smokiness. The taste was good but not what you'd expect from an "Imperial" Stout. Seeing as it is only a 6% beer there was no real alchohol flavor that could be detected and it seemed very light in the mouthfeel and body. But that does not stop the flavor profile from being big with a great smoked flavor in the beginning, a nice bit of sweetness then rushes in and the beer finnishes with a great coffee flavored tartness that I could not resist. This is a good sippin' beer on this fine evening!

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Photo of blitz134
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours dark black with basically no light penetration. Bubbly, tan one finger head formed upon pouring. I was expecting a little more head formation, just my preference for a good stout. Head reduced to a thin layer and rode its way down to the bottom leaving a tiny bit of lacing at the top.

Smell: I was hit with tons of roasted aromas as soon as I popped the cap. Sweet, alcoholic smells radiate from my pint glass.

Taste: Full of light chocolate flavor over a background of roasted malts, as a stout should be. The sweet alcoholic smell continues in the taste. The alcohol content isn't as high as the taste would suggest, but imparts a nice sweet flowery taste. There is a slight bitter taste I get just after swallowing, possibly from a little too much roasting...a slight burnt flavor.

Mouthfeel: Medium at best but with a flavor that sticks around for a while. Makes the beer go down slowly since you can enjoy the flavors for a while between each tasting.

Drinkability: The bitterness which accompanies the slight alcoholic tinge brings the drinkability down for me. This is a pretty good stout but could be a bit smoother.

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Photo of Todd
4.2/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12oz brown bottle with a brown label. The Russian Czar's Palace is the theme of the brew. No freshness date.

Appearance: Pure black with a rocky, bubbly, sticky dark tan head. When first poured, a reversed cascading effect occurred due to its being so dark.

Smell: Rich, sweet roasted aromas that lead to faint whiffs of smoke. Ripe fruit and chocolate notes are also found in the nose.

Taste: An intricate brew with the mouth consistency of a creamy milk-shake. Its onset is an initial residual sweetness followed by a wicked espresso flavour that mingles nicely with a hop bitterness/alcohol spiciness. There is a definite warming sensation to this brew, and the aftertaste is comprised of a slick dextrin coating with a smoke flavour (remnants of the roasted barley) on the roof of the mouth and back of the tongue.

Notes: This is a rich and roasty brew. Its alcohol warms the belly and cradles the soul. A very relaxing beer, an outstanding Imperial Stout.

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Photo of grynder33
4.45/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark black brown color, small cocoa like head, pleasant chocolate syrup aroma. First taste is heavy on the expresso side, then a dark choclate flavor comes in.Starts thinning a little as you go, but you can taste the chocolate the whole way, great aftertaste, mouthfeel not as thick as advertised, but I'm extremely glad this made it to my store.A great beer for my 100th

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Photo of merlin48
3.65/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber pours an opaque, dark brown body with a thick, two finger, reddish tan head. Head has excellent retention and leaves considerable sheets of lace down the glass.

Aroma is bold, with powerful notes of roasted coffee, dark chocolate, walnuts, and a whiff of rum soaked cherries.

Mouthfeel is creamy and coating, with a medium body.

Taste begins with a chocolate sweetness, some nutty flavors, and dark roasted coffee. Strong presence of bittering hops really kicks in midway through, and a grapefruit rind taste is evident for quite a while. This stout loses its steam toward the finish, and develops a thin, watered down character at the finish. No alcohol presence is felt or noted.

A nice stout, overall, but could be better. Doesn't seem to be an imperial stout, with the low abv.

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Photo of OStrungT
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer looks dark with a dark brown head. It looks a little watery. The head dissapered quickly. This beer has hints of coffee and chocolate. It smells sweet. It tastes creamy. It has a sweet taste to it. There is very little alcohol taste to it. In my opinion, that is a defining atribute to an Imperial Stout. This beer goes down smoothly. It is not to bitter. It is easy to drink. The fact that the alcohol content is so low means that you could drink a few. I find myself going for the more malty beers, and this beer is a little lacking. I would probably drink this beer again if there were not any other more malty stouts available.

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Photo of cokes
3.41/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pretty dang black, with just the impression of ruby poking out around....screw it. Call it black. Big tan foam also.
Nose of stale smoke and char. Some milk and chocolate underneath. Maybe...MAYBE some toasted honey.

I am a bit divded here because:
A.) This is a fairly nice stout, but (and a relatively large "but")
B.) This is a mediocre Imperial

Big, full bean coffee roastedness appears right away. It never really fades, but is rather joined with some choco-sweetness. A jab of charcoal enters, coupled with an odd cola sensation . Smoked prunes materialize (barely), giving the only impression of Imperial-ness. Turn milky and a touch lacto-sour at this point before a medium-sized entrance of green hops cleans things up. Lingering burnt milk sensation and some leafy, plant material.

Medium bodied at best. Very little carbonation. No alcohol wrath.

Call this any other sort of stout and I'll give it high marks. But I am not willing to commend it as an imperial.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An excellent example of the style, Grant's delivers the traditional black body and creamy, long-lasting chococlate-brown cap that's expected. Additionally, it leaves some nice lacing around the glass. The nose delivers a mildly roasty and slightly chocolatey aroma that's a bit restrained but very clean. In the mouth it's smooth with a firm, dextrinous body and restrained carbonation. The flavor delivers a rich, gently sweet and coffee-like maltiness backed by a balancing bitterness and a light caress of grassy hop flavor. Alcohol is never present in the direct flavor, but it can become a bit apparent in the long, dry finish. It's straightforward, clean, and enjoyable; but not as complex as some of the best versions from around the globe.

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Photo of beerluvr
4.37/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Imperial Stout? Hell no! A very good regular stout? You bet! Pours with dark brown head settling over very deep brownish red liquid. Great roasted coffee and chocolate nose...outstanding I'd even say. Strong and roasty flavors dominate the palate, followed by fresh brewed strong coffee and very ample hop bitterness then some scant sweetness, but not much. Mouthfeel is decent but could be a bit thicker...not even in the Imp.Stout ballpark. The finish is long, roasty, bitter and superb. Just don't think of it as an Imperial...'cause it ain't! Recommended!

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Photo of Southernbrew
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black, small khaki head.

Smells like roasted chocolate and coffee along with light fruits mixed in as well, very pleasant.

Full body and very smooth. Very little carbonation. Lots of roasted flavors with a blending of fruits and a light whisp of alcohol. Finishes with a light roasted flavor.

A very fine imperial stout, it's strange that it's only 6% alcohol though. Oh well, definitely something I'll buy again.

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Photo of jackndan
2.58/5  rDev -31%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Bert Grant’s Imperial Stout: Pours deep black out of a 22-ounce bomber bottle. A fairly vigorous pour results in a fairly impressive, thick coffee and cream-colored head. Interesting, as most Imperial stouts I’ve had have not had much of a head to speak of. As such, I have to believe that this is not a high alcohol brew, and from the taste, I believe that I have to be correct.

The aroma is clean, with definite hints of coffee and toffee. In addition, as it warmed up slightly, it smelled like my son’s chocolate milk.

The taste is fairly nice, nice roasted malt flavor, with some sweetness. Somewhat tasty, but not what I had anticipated. Not really an Imperial stout in my book, thin and somewhat watery. It is clear to me that this brew is lacking what I’ve come to expect in an Imperial stout, a vigorous bite of alcohol, and the associated warmth.

Thin, watery mouthfeel.

And to think I set this one aside as my one brew this evening. Bah.

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Photo of Backer2004
3.55/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Smells and tastes of fine coffee grinds with hints of mocha and chocolate. Looks like a glass of Pepsi, carbonation, head and all. tried my first Russian Imperial Stout at a homebrew meeting a few weeks ago. This does not seem like the same style but it's not bad. Not real impressive qualities. Cheapest beer store single of this style I found at $2.99/bottle.

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Photo of Troyone
2.96/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pitch black, can not see a hue or carb action, and the brown fizzy head dissipated to nothing within seconds.

The smell has some milk chocolate and roasted molasses malt with a citrus hops aroma.

Heavy sweet/bitter, coffee, milk chocolate, and molasses malt taste with a pine and grapefruit hops flavor.

Medium bodied, watery and slightly creamy texture, soft drink carbonation, and a strange metallic and astringent finish.

This drink swirls around like they made an Imperial Stout soft drink (cola), appears cheap, and as one can predict "... this is going down the drain...".

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Photo of CortexBomb
3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pour is what I'd term standard stout, jet black, a smallish head (this one being lighter colour than most imperials I've had though) and the smell is also standard fare; roasted malts, a hint of chocolate.

Flavour: The roast meets you up front and introduces itself while the bitter sneaks in the back door and sits down on the futon, seemingly intent on taking over your taste buds long after the beer is gone. A chocolatey sweet tinge is also lingering about as well as coffee and a definite alcohol flavour which is a bit surprising given the low ABV content. Inoffensive, but not as much depth as I look for in a Russian Imperial.

Mouthfeel is medium, heavier than a normal beer, thin for an imperial. Drinkability continues the decent but not great aspect of this beer.

Pretty tasty on vanilla ice cream though I have to say :-)

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Photo of CRJMellor
3.23/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours midnight black with an occasional swirl of maroon. Deep tan head with minimal rings of lace on the glass.
Aroma of milk chocolate, resiny hops and some grain.
Flavor is sweet milk chocolate, a bitter and burnt toast taste. Not altogether pleasing.
Mouthfeel is thin and watery. Not too much in the way of liveliness. Some sweet notes followed by a gritty and burnt resined taste.
Drinkability is OK. Thin and watery and over reliance on bitter burnt taste is somewhat off-putting.

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Photo of MJR
2.86/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: At first glance, this brew appears to be a deep, rich black. Subjecting it to a strong light, however, shows off some dark red highlights. As far as clarity goes, it's as clear as a brew this dark can be. It's dark tan head starts out a half-inch thick and holds at a small cap.

Smell: The aroma is quite weak, with some chocolate and coffee, but not much else. Disappointing...

Taste: The flavor is suprisingly thin and one dimensional. There's some chocolate and roasted grain flavors, but not much else. Finishes with a subtle burnt sensation, along with a touch of acidity.

Mouthfeel: I keep hoping to find this brew's saving grace, but it doesn't seem to have one. This brew is way too thin. Even though it's only a 6% Imperial, I've tasted 'standard-strength' stouts that have far more body. It's a bit weak for a strong stout, and downright watery for an Imperial stout.

Drinkability: Remarkably average. There's simply not enough going on here to grab my attention. Even if I cast aside the 'Imperial' labeling and approach it without any expectations, it bores me to tears. It's painfully lacking in any complexity. I wanted to put myself to sleep with this beer, but not like this...

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Photo of Brent
2.82/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured like pitch - wonderfully black. The first impression of the taste was quite a let-down. The roasted malt seemed stale and bland. After the beer warmed a bit, the malt filled out and took on a more burnt charcoal aspect but never developed much depth. Mouthfeel is a bit thin for the style. An acceptable imperial stout, but no challenge to the big boys on the block.

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Photo of Gusler
4.06/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What a magnificent site to these tired old eyes to see but a beautiful Imperial stout setting in a glass, the head Brobdingnagian in size, spumescent in texture. The color a winsome light chocolate brown, as the beer deliquesces, a fine sheet of lace is left behind to hide the glass. Toasted grain dominates the otherwise malt sweet nose, coffee like, fresh and tends to make you salivate in anticipation of the first taste. Start is ambrosial and rich in malt with the top full in its feel to the palate. Finish has a dastardly spicy hop bite, the acidity determined and the aftertaste dry as dust, quite a nice stout in this dark beer lovers humble opinion.

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Photo of baiser
4.07/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black, like motor oil, with a frothy dark brown head. Aroma of rich, creamy chocolate and roasted coffee. Some dark fruit and some smokiness. Very good tasting stout, except for a bit too much sourness. Otherwise, extremely enjoyable. Body lacked some depth as it was more like a porter to me. But overall, I enjoyed it very much.

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Photo of Zorro
3.76/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours an inky black through which no light can penetrate. Chestnut brown head that dissipates quickly.

Smell is chocolate and coffee and some tartness. Mild fruitiness under the stronger scents.

Taste is sharp bitterness and strong roasted malt flavor in the first taste. Fruity and a little sweet after the first shock but the dominant roasted malt flavor never disappears and there is a lasting bitter after taste. Chocolate makes a brief appearance after a while. Too much roasted flavor to allow much else through, like a pasta sauce with too much garlic.

Mouthfeel is thick.

An OK beer but not really to my liking. Less roasted flavor and more subtle flavors would have been nice. I would however choose this over Guinness.

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Photo of meathookjones
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from a 22oz bomber on 12/29/04. Pours out pitch black with a small brown head that dies rather quickly but leaves some rings of lace before it is gone. Sweet chocolate and a big roasty malt hit your nose first. Slightly vinous as well. Taste opens up with chocolate and a mild fruitiness. Roasted malt is there and lingers a bit in the aftertaste. Flavor is good but a bit weak. Mouthfeel is creamy and about medium and it goes down fairly smooth. Overall a decent Imperial Stout but nothing that I would go back to. Thanks to clvand0 for the sample

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Photo of jlervine
4.15/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured black. And by black, I mean absence of color, totally black. The tan head lasted forever. The smell is very roasty, malty, and a slight hint of yeast. The taste follows suit and is very very smooth - a very malty presence and then a smooth, balanced hops and roasted malt bitterness on the finish. The mouthfeel is alright, but very simple in it's nature. Decently drinkable, very tasty.

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Photo of Reidrover
4.21/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ok this had mixed reviews thought I would try for myself..
Came in the 22oz bomber again the nice yet simple Bert Grants label.
Wow this is one great looking stout..deep black..even held to the light there are no 'accents"..lovelly creamy tan head..small, doesnt last long..but good lacing.
really nice choclaty, esspresso stout aroma..very nice.
nice creamy sweey malt beginning followed by a black french coffee bitterness..then some nice understated hopping.
very delicious and creamy smooth on the palate.
a very intresting brew and very drinkable though at only 6 % this is not a regular "imperial"..but I could drink this until the cows come home..or I pass out LOL.

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Bert Grant's Imperial Stout from Yakima Brewing Co. / Bert Grant's Ales
Beer rating: 3.74 out of 5 with 84 ratings