Men's Room Black Imperial Ale | Elysian Brewing Company

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64 Ratings
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Men's Room Black Imperial AleMen's Room Black Imperial Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Elysian Brewing Company
Washington, United States
elysianbrewing.com

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Re-released in 2014 labeled as "Vintage 2014"

Added by LiquidAmber on 11-27-2012

BEER STATS
Ratings:
64
Reviews:
15
Avg:
3.91
pDev:
12.02%
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
13
For Trade:
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Ratings: 64 |  Reviews: 15
Reviews by hreb:
Photo of hreb
3.67/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle served in pint glass, beer pours dark brown, not really black. Looks like a nut brown ale, not a porter or schwarzbier. Smells similarly roasty. Some coffee in the nose, even. Flavor, however, is straight up CDA. Big C-hops up front, dry finish.

This is a prototypical Cascadian Dark Ale. If that's what you're looking for, this delivers a solid product, if not so remarkable otherwise.

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Photo of oberon
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Hmm the label says it's an imperial red ale...no mention of a black ale.Pours a somewhat murky looking chesnut brown with a tinge of red,a thinner lacey off white head atop,not black that's for sure.Aromas of spicy Chinook hops along with some pine from the cascades,a bit of caramel and brown sugar lends sweetness up againt the nice hop profile.Those Chinook hops hit ya up front with a good spicy/herbal smack along with resinous and citrusy Cascades wich makes quite a nice blast of complex hoppy goodness,there is a somewhat sweet caramel base along with a bit of brown bread.Everything just comes together really well in this beer wich is an imperial red...I think?The flavor profile is much more hopped up red than ABA in my opinion.

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Photo of SuperbikeShaun
3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of BCborn
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jpbebeau
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of intoxabroad
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Fly4awhiteguy
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Kevlee722
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Rutager
4.17/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance. Pours a deep brown with half a finger of pale tan head.

Smell. Nice citrusy hops with some caramel malts. Smells like a hop bomb, wasn't expecting that!

Taste. Big citrusy hops with some nice chocolate and a little pine. There are some darker toasty malts there, but the chocolate is really standing out besides the hops. Bitterness creeps up in the finish. Great stuff.

Mouthfeel. Medium+ body with medium-low carbonation.

Overall. Wasn't sure what to expect with this one, didn't even read the label. Very pleasantly surprised with a high quality Cascadian (don't sue me, Steamworks) dark ale.

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Photo of sergeantstogie
4.04/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 2 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

22 0z bomber into my DFH IPA glass that is supposed to make beers smell better. Ok the beer is called Black. It's not black. It's dark a ruby sorta brown. If your gonna call a beer Black then it better be back. Knocked the appearance to 2. It's kind of a bitch move but hey, I didn't name it. It looks nice aside from being a different color than its namesake.

The smell is Good! Having a hard time nailing it down. Sort of a peachy-dank-pine thing going on with a little alcohol coming through. I like it! Not what I expected but huge aroma. Well done! Should also add that no roast is coming through in the aroma.

Surprisingly clean taste for all that is going on here. I think that's a good / great thing! Some mild alcohol, piney hops, and a little roast coming through in the flavor on top of a sweet-ish malt backbone. No sweetness lingers. The alcohol while not really all that high, rinses off any lingering flavors and makes you want to drink more of it.

Mouthfeel is spot on. Not watery, not slick or thick.

Some pretty low previous score here. I call bullshit. It's not a hoppy stout. It's not a black IPA. It's just a damn good black (see note above) ale with a very interesting hop bill and for an 8% beer it's really easy drinking.

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Photo of Beardo
3.55/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Hopmodium
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Dcbelkot
4.14/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of LiquidAmber
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a very dark mahogany brown with a half finger light brown head with good retention and lots of lacing. Aroma of piney and citrus hops with slight dark malt. Taste is spicy pine and citrus hops supported by a pleasant moderate toasted malt body. Ends with great long lasting piney hop finish with a hint of charred coffee. The hops are very nicely on display here. Medium bodied with light creaminess. A very well made Cascadian Dark Ale and one I hope Elysian puts into regular rotation.

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Photo of CletisVandamme
3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of GeorgeAKeim
3.57/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Hubatch
4.24/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I am going to edit this review after I have the 22 I recently bought. I had this a few weeks ago and was blown away by how full, yet unoffensive the flavor was. It is also extremely hard to find. I'll be sure to give a more detailed review in the near future.

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Photo of Birdlegs
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of jwc215
3.84/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle - 2016 vintage - 9% abv:

Pours dark crimson to brown. A lasting tan head leaves thin lacing.

The smell is of caramel and a hint of chocolate with subtle herbal/piney spicing.. Mild.

The taste is of caramel sweetness with a hint of chocolate. Some pine/resin mixes in. Sweet with a subtle balance. Alcohol very well covered.

It is very smooth. With alcohol so well covered it is very approachable. A pleasant malt-forward strong brew. Despite the name it is an imperial red (on the darker side of the spectrum, but not "black".)

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Photo of Braz
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Photo of master_platypus
3.21/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Croft
4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BeerNW
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of 510a
3.92/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of WanderingFool
3.6/5  rDev -7.9%

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Men's Room Black Imperial Ale from Elysian Brewing Company
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