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25th Anniversary Imperial Stout | Lakefront Brewery, Inc.

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BA SCORE
3.87/5
Very Good
176 Ratings
25th Anniversary Imperial Stout25th Anniversary Imperial Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
Wisconsin, United States
lakefrontbrewery.com

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Imperial stout with cherries, cocoa nibs, and vanilla, aged in used bourbon barrels.

Added by BeerFMAndy on 01-07-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
38
Ratings:
176
pDev:
11.63%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
21
Trade:
0
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2/5  rDev -48.3%

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2/5  rDev -48.3%

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2/5  rDev -48.3%

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2.75/5  rDev -28.9%

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2.75/5  rDev -28.9%

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3/5  rDev -22.5%

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3/5  rDev -22.5%

Photo of corby112
3.22/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours viscous, jet black and completely opaque with a half finger mocha head that immediately settles into a thin, lasting ring. Minimal spotty lacing left behind.

Slightly smokey, roasted dark malt aroma with strong chocolate and coffee character. Hints of ash, charcoal and burnt toast followed by dark chocolate powder, used coffee grinds, oatmeal and licorice. I usually like smokey aroma but this smells more burnt than anything with a bit of chocolate.

On the lighter end of medium body with a blend of smoke, deeply roasted malt and sweet chocolate. Very dry and bitter but never becomes overly acrid with ash, burnt toast, oatmeal and stale coffee beans. This is countered by a much sweeter chocolate presence than anticipated. Hints of caramel, toffee, silky dessert like chocolate and lactose sugar. There's also some licorice, dark fruit and boozy sweetness rounding things out in the finish. The high ABV is nicely masked and the sweetness in the finish make it easier to drink but its still a little heavy on the smoked/burnt malt for my liking.

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3.24/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

No one at my local haunt knew much of anything about this beer, so I knew I had to take on the mantle of the guinea pig. It's a dirty job... This stuff pours a very deep black-brown topped by a finger of brown foam. The nose comprises perfume-y dark cocoa, a kiss of coffee, and a melange of raisin, Port, and plum that seems to wash o'er all in perpetual waves, allowing the usual stout notes only pockets of airy freedom. The taste starts off on a dash with the cocoa, some roasted malts, and a hint of vanilla. Still, with the heft of the beer, the taste is more of a marathon, with the prune-y and Port-y flavors holding tight with the early leaders near the finish line. It's better, but it's still odd, resulting in me thinking "It's just...lacking..." The body is a hefty medium, with a light carbonation and a thickly-creamy feel. Overall, this one just didn't do it for me. The weird fruity notes detract from what seems like something that could have been a pretty solid stout. This must be the liquid equivalent of those awkward anniversaries we often see on sitcoms and in classic comedy routines...

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3.25/5  rDev -16%

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3.25/5  rDev -16%

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3.25/5  rDev -16%

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3.25/5  rDev -16%

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3.25/5  rDev -16%

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3.25/5  rDev -16%

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3.25/5  rDev -16%

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3.25/5  rDev -16%

Photo of Stevedore
3.28/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

12oz bottle, poured into an unlabeled snifter today, 3/28/2014.

App- Dark black, pretty much opaque body with a minimal <1 finger tan head that dissipates quickly. No lacing to speak of. For the most part, typical of imperial stouts.

Smell- Smells chocolate fudgey, bitter dark chocolate, some espresso and a bit of tart cherry sweetness. Not particularly interesting how it comes together, but at least it's different.

Flavour- Not quite as good as it smells, not quite as fudgey but with a decent bit of dark chocolate, coffee and cherry tartness. It seems like a decent match made in heaven from the description, but it just doesn't work exceptionally well. But it does work fairly well to make a different kind of stout.

Mouthfeel- Can't complain here- fuller bodied, good carbonation. Still a sipper, not a bad beer and comes with no heat.

Overall- Decent stout, nothing to write home about but the cherry puree adds a decent bit to make this more interesting than the typical shelf imperial stout. But not necessarily better.

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3.38/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I do not recall who extra'd this to me, but thank you. Poured the usual black SRM. Tan head around 1/2" in depth. Solid roastiness, this is a non adjunct IS for sure I was thinking, no candy treatment here, just deep roasting.

Taste, hides alcohol well, has that roast right in check where it isn't getting overly bitter or acrid. Nothing sweet. Just some mild chocolate malt and coffee malt feels, straight forward and straight up. Despite all the barrel aging and vanilla, cherry stuff, it just didn't come through. The cherry didn't, the vanilla didn't, the bourbon didn't and the cocao nibs didn't.

I mean, they went super minimal I guess on that stuff. The base beer was very good, needs more help though with the adjunct type of stuff.

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3.45/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into NB globe. Apperance is pitch black with brown cocoa head. The nose starts with a sharp acidic note of cherry which seems to have a touch of metallic character. This is followed by deep roasted malts and cacao nibs. The taste is free of any metallic flavors as the fruit shines through in a much tastier way than the nose suggested. Dark chocolate and dark fruits intertwine and finish with a rich cocoa dryness. Mouthfeel is sturdy with somewhat high carbonation. Overall, this beer is a decent value and has a bit of depth in its flavor, but I have trouble getting past the nose on this one.

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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

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25th Anniversary Imperial Stout from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
Beer rating: 3.87 out of 5 with 176 ratings
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