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Men's Room Black Imperial Ale | Elysian Brewing Company

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Men's Room Black Imperial AleMen's Room Black Imperial Ale
BA SCORE
3.91/5
Very Good
64 Ratings
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
Ranking:
#11,405
Reviews:
15
Ratings:
64
pDev:
12.02%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
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Trade:
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Ratings: 64 |  Reviews: 15
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5/5  rDev +27.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +21.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Photo of RichH55
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Photo of Metaltildeath
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Photo of tm_bennett
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

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

Photo of rarigney
4.26/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This one seriously hit the spot for me. From a 22 ounce bottle into an English pint, it pours a cola color with a generous tan head that leaves a lot of nice lacing. The aroma was not remarkable to me, but the taste was near perfect. It's a nice balance of hop bitterness, caramel sweetness, and a hint of alcohol. I like this one a bunch.

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Photo of jpbebeau
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

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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4.24/5  rDev +8.4%

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 martino_cappachino
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Was lucky enough to find this limited edition ale at Dan's Belltown market

Poured slowly into a snifter leaving a nice fingertip length of head, dirty-white in color. Color of the ale of dark coffee brown.

Nice hoppy bouquet, that didn't overpower.

Taste was a stronger pale grain malt and with a little of the red ale taste prevailing in the finish. Never a dry aftertaste, the backbone of alcoholic esters was present though. Hoppy but more floral than citrus-y.

Great mouthfeel. More than enough carbonation to match with the higher ABV.

Great ale, and agree with the below reviewer, "hope they put this in regular produciton". I think I like it more than their regular Men's Room Red..? But we'll see about that.

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Photo of mr-jj
4.18/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a snifter from a 22 oz bottle.

Color is deep brown with a thick tan head. Good retention and lacing. Smell is more like a black IPA than a red. Citrus fruit and roasted malt along with some tropical fruit. Flavor is really good - I'm surprised by how much I like this. It has a very rich balance of citrus fruits, chicory and a touch of caramel. Body is medium with moderate carbonation.

Overall, this really works. I liked this beer a lot.

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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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4.16/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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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Men's Room Black Imperial Ale from Elysian Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.91 out of 5 with 64 ratings
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