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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Photo of americanjones
4.75/5  rDev +19.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of Stevedore
3.28/5  rDev -17.2%
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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Photo of jingles
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of nickapalooza86
4.67/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours almost black, not quite FIS black but close, half finger of a deep brown head

Smell is bitter chocolate, roasted malt, a sweet dark fruit.

Taste is bitter bakers chocolate all over the front of this one, dark chocolate cover cherry, roasty in the finish,

Mouthfeel is medium full, creamy and coating with a light carbonation

Wow this caught me off gaurd!, really good stuff here, for 10% I got no alcohol.

Very unique, chocolate lovers dream, I hated Souther Tiers Chocolate beers but Lakefront nailed this one with the bakers chocolate flavor!

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.25/5  rDev -17.9%

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2/5  rDev -49.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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4/5  rDev +1%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

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4/5  rDev +1%

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4/5  rDev +1%

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4/5  rDev +1%

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2/5  rDev -49.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of drpimento
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big beer. Poured at a good temperature with a light brown, thick, foamy head that settle to an island and ring and a little lace. Aroma is malt, roast, molasses, old leather. Color is an opaque black brown. Flavor's like nose with more going on. Cocoa really comes out and sits on the fence between bitter and bittersweet. Also is a little soy, licorice, and medicine. Body is good; ditto carbonation. Finish is very long, a little boozy, and memorable.

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4/5  rDev +1%

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4/5  rDev +1%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

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4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of BarrytheBear
3.71/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle purchased as part of a four pack at Willy St. Co op Middleton.

Nice inky black pour with a heady cinnamon puff that bubbles to the surface and moderate sticky lace. Honestly was a bit taken aback by how nice this looked in the glass. A pleasant greeting.

Rather soft on the nose with some dark malt, molasses, and the whisper of cherry purée. Upon vigorous swirling, the cherry flashes.

Molasses and dark malts seem to dominate the base. The cherry never really dominates, but seems just ever present, from front to back. Touch of vanilla is light but complimentary, which is welcomed considering I find vanilla a fickle bitch that can overwhelm a beer and taste extracts and artificial. This avoids that particular pitfall. My biggest complaint, if you can call it that, is that the cherry purée seems to mask many of the base stout favors, making it good but somewhat non descript. It seems to ride atop the base and strangle out any real nuances while not really integrating itself.

Medium bodied and appropriately carbonated. Actually, it quite oily.

Overall, this is a nice effort from Lakefront and I look forward to their other Anniversary beers. I would like to see if time allows the flavors to mesh. Love affordable experimental four packs though. Keep it up Lakefront.

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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

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