Men's Room Black Imperial Ale | Elysian Brewing Company

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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:
0
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Ratings: 64 |  Reviews: 15
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1.75/5  rDev -55.2%

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3/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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

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3.22/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

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3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of mactrail
3.34/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Dark red-brown color with plenty of foam in the Wander tulip. Elysian says this is an "Imperial Red Ale." They are thinking of Johnnie Walker when they call this amped-up version "Black," not charred malt. In any case it's a blast of hops so call it an IPA if you want. It's Cascadian overdose all the way.

Very bitter to start. The warm malt emerges after some sipping and taste bud numbing. Some deep dark winey taste with a caramel flavor. It's finally not too awful, but it does have that basic ick of resiny Red Ales. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Haggen Market in Burlington.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.44/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of flagmantho
3.46/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from 22oz bomber into a pint glass. The bottle calls this an "Imperial Red Ale".

Appearance: deep, ruddy brown hue with a moderate haze and light effervescence. Head is two thick fingers of frothy tan foam. A good look for an imperial red ale.

Smell: very sweet and caramelly with a little bit of raspy hop aroma. Not terribly biscuity, which is nice.

Taste: quite sweet indeed. Caramelly, bready and a little bit biscuity. Hops are light in intensity and a bit raspy in character; bitterness is relatively high for the style. It's a bit sweet for my taste.

Mouthfeel: medium-thick body with a low level of carbonation. It doesn't really come together well.

Overall: not my favorite beer. Not awful, just not at all suited to my palate.

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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

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3.52/5  rDev -10%

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

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

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3.6/5  rDev -7.9%

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3.64/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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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3.71/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served chilled in a tulip.

Pours deep mahogany brown with an inch of light tan head that slowly recedes leaving heavy surface layer and lacing.

Aromas are of caramelized sugars and tropical fruit but somewhat subdued.

Flavors of sweet tropical fruits mango, guava, papaya with bitter citrus zest.

Medium to heavy bodied with moderate carbonation and sweet finish. Lingering bitterness in the aftertaste.

Not a bad beer but not overly complex either. Was expecting more roasted flavors.

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

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle opened on 11.26.12

A - Pours a dark caramel brown with a two inch tan head with good retention.

S - Citrusy hops and some sweet carmel malts. Also a touch of grass.

T - Hoppy grass and leaves mostly. Slight malty finish and some bitterness in the end.

D - Good carbonation and a medium body.

O - Hoppy and dark. Lots of grass and leaves.

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Men's Room Black Imperial Ale from Elysian Brewing Company
3.91 out of 5 based on 64 ratings.
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