25th Anniversary Imperial Stout | Lakefront Brewery, Inc.

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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
Ratings:
176
Reviews:
38
Avg:
3.96
pDev:
11.36%
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
21
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 176 |  Reviews: 38
Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.84/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Picked this up at Top Hops a few weeks back, hoping that this would be as good as the Wisconsinite or the Local Acre Lager. Although there are so many beers in this category that stand out from the pack, this wasn't one of those particularly worth seeking out. With that being said, this was a good offering to enjoy if the high alcoholic content wasn't enough to seem offsetting!

The pour to this was dark with a pretty dark with a head that was present but not strong and hardly any lacing to be seen. Not much of an aroma here, which was odd given the prevalence of alcohol and espresso in the taste. That was backed up by a lot of dark fruit like cherry and fig, currant, pumpernickel-like spice, and grainy, powdery chocolate. The carbonation was present and light and the strong, boozy licorice-like mouthfeel stuck around for quite a while in the aftertaste. There was a lot here but it all worked together with the alcohol tying everything in together pretty nicely.

I only bought one bottle of this and that was enough for a sitting. It didn't have anything to do with the taste, but just with the overt strength of this beer. While it's not as roasted or thick as other American Double/Imperial Stouts, I was pleased with how this turned out and enjoyed sipping on it. It was creamy enough to be smooth and go down easily, even though there was quite a bit to ponder as I slowly sipped it. Worth a try for anyone who likes a dark beer with good Belgian notes to it.

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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of jplopez21
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of sweemzander
4.24/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Thanks for sharing Chris!

(A)- Pours practically pitch black in color with some good tan froth and minimal lacing behind it.

(S)- A nice and rich chocolatey and raisin profile. Ever so slight hints at roasted caramel.

(T)- A nicely rich raisin and piney citrus meets bitter cocoa and subtle sweet caramel.

(M)- A good carbonation level. A nice bittering effect meets roasted but sweet malts.

(O)- A really nice balance of bitterness meets sweet roasted malts with a nice carbonation level. Always been a fan of Lakefront and this definitely works for me!

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Photo of corby112
3.22/5  rDev -18.7%
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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Photo of Ego
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

eyes...
pours like oil, black with no foreseeable exit for light, epic black hole of a hue, dark tan head fades rather quickly converting into the familiar o ring, lacing is a bit spotty but this does leave a leggy trail of booze along the glass, not much else to report here

nose...
dark rum, sweet molasses, dry cocoa , vanilla extract, pretty subdued but very together, nice

taste etc...
moderately heavy mouthfeel with a nice kiss of carbonation spank, it motions in to coat your mouth in the after hours, slightly slick and oily, light booze infiltrates, slightly chocolate infused raisins and dry cocoa powder, very easy drinking, the real flavor seems to kick in on the aftertaste, a real feel of chocolate candy bar residue, this gets better by the sip

verdict?
damn tasty, sort of lulls you into non appreciation but then delivers in a stealth manner, really nice finish on this

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Photo of krl2112
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of mychalg9
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of BYOFB
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

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

Poured into Bruery tulip

Pour: Black beer with a two finger frothy light brown head. Lacing seems modest and alcohol legs are definitely visible.

Smell: Roast malts, dark fruits, some char, bitter dark chocolate like bakers chocolate. A faint whiff of vanilla and some molasses.

Taste: Up front I get the roasted malts, bitter chocolate with some bitter coffee and almost a hop like bitterness. There is some of the molasses and vanilla noted in the nose but what gives this a twist is the tartness that is tart cherry like. Finish is more bitterness with the roasted malts following through. This is almost like a chocolate covered cherry.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and creamy. Somewhat oily and slick.

Overall: I love me BA stouts but this is interesting and well done. Really find the tartness to make it more complex.

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Photo of shagens
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of smooth_aleing
4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Didn't know what to expect from this, but was pleasantly surprised. Pours a great coffee-copper head, settling down with good lacing. Right away the nose is strong with cherries, brandy, and a hint of vanilla. Dried fruits and plums open up when tasted, with a nice, drawn-out espresso and dark chocolate finish. Beautiful deep black color, complimented nicely by the mocha froth. Good mouthfeel, nice carbonation. Overall a very good imperial stout, well worth a try.

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Photo of doucmehu
2/5  rDev -49.5%

Photo of xdtfx
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of mdfb79
4.02/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 04/21/13 notes. 8 oz. pour on tap at Pony Bar in NYC on the UES.

a - Pours a pitch black color with one inch of dark tan head and moderate carbonation evident. Looks very nice.

s - Smells of chocolate, roasted malts, coffee, dark chocolate, light vanilla, and some toasted malts. Nice nose.

t - Tastes of dark chocolate, roasted malts, sweet dark fruits, cherries, caramel malts, burnt malts, toasted malts, and some light vanilla notes. Slight step up from the nose for me.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Very light alcohol present, would have liked it to be a little bit thicker.

o - Overall a pretty nice stout, and definitely the best beer I've had from Lakefront. The description sounded great and it is very good, though the cherries and vanilla are pretty light, though they are present. Worth checking out and would have it again.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.24/5  rDev -18.2%
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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Photo of Mdog
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Black, ok head.

Smell: Dark fruit, molasses, roasted notes, bit of chocolate. Lots going on, good smell.

Taste: Very fruity-dark fruits at first, then some sweetened chocolate, then back to fruity with a moderately dry chocolate finish. The fruit notes definitely take charge over chocolate and roasted notes in this beer.

Overall: Picked up one of these to try. It's probably the most dark fruit-forward imperial stout (that wasn't Belgian-inspired) that I've had. Chocolate covered cherries with very mild chocolate and strongly flavored cherries. Pretty good, interesting stuff.

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Photo of craft_shannie
3.25/5  rDev -17.9%

Photo of BrownAleMale
3.25/5  rDev -17.9%

Photo of ksimons
4.16/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-almost black in color with a very thin layer of tan head that disappears quickly to leave a bit of lace around the top

S-roasted malt, dark chocolate, roasted coffee, and caramel and vanilla sweetness as the beer warms

T-roasted bitter coffee, roasted malt, caramel, and then finishes with an interesting dark chocolate covered cherry tartness

M-medium body, light to medium carbonation, dry roasty finish

Overall a pretty good Imperial Stout that I am glad I got to try. Cherry tartness makes this beer different from most other IS's out there.

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Photo of wyatt13
4.26/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottled on date of 12/26/12. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into my Half Acre snifter.

A - Pours a deep, dark black, utterly impenetrable by any light whatsoever. A dark mocha head erupts instantly, but then dissipates to form a small ring around the outside of the glass. Substantial alcohol legs, but negligible lacing.

S - Lots of roasted coffee and bitter chocolate aromas. Vanilla and caramel begin to emerge as it continues to warm in the glass.

T - Starts with a much milder chocolate note than what I was expecting with a bit of hop bitterness. Transitions into a really interesting bit of tart fruit, with cherries asserting a presence. Finishes with a toasty espresso note that really lingers in a great way. Plenty of sweetness and vanilla on the finish, which makes up for the lack of it on the front and really helps to balance everything.

M - Disappointingly thin for a 10% imperial stout. A good amount of carbonation, but I would really prefer a big chewy presence that makes me take more time with this beer.

O - This definitely surpassed my expectations -- certainly an underrated beer, since I had never even heard of it until my dad gave me this bottle a couple weeks ago. Very tasty.

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4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of sendbeer
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

25th Anniversary Imperial Stout from Lakefront Brewery, Inc.
3.96 out of 5 based on 176 ratings.
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