25th Anniversary Imperial Stout | Lakefront Brewery, Inc.

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25th Anniversary Imperial Stout25th Anniversary Imperial Stout

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

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.

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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, with the label notched at bottled on the first week of March 2013, so this beer is about a year old. Another new beer to me from Lakefront Brewery, the second of their 25th anniversary beers for me. Expectations are good; the premise sounds delicious.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - Pours a beautiful dark mahogany brown color, just a shade away from opaque in the glass. One finger of fluffy bubbly caramel chocolate colored head. Thin scattered lacing. Looks pretty nice.

S - Smell isn't quite on par with what I was expecting, but it's pleasant enough. The cocoa comes through very dry and bitter, with the mildly tart, slightly medicinal cherry puree coming in second. Boozy rum raisin, some woodiness, and some earthy yeast / band-aid presence. I'm not getting much in the way of vanilla or bourbon barrel, though.

T - Taste is a step back up from the aroma. The tart juicy cherry puree is nicely integrated with the cocoa nibs and vanilla, and all three come through nicely. The cocoa finishes very bitter, the cherries tart, and the vanilla creamy. Dark, roasty, & bitter.

M - Feel is smooth, creamy, & silky, with a dry, powdery, bitter, chocolatey finish. Not hot or boozy at all. Perfect carbonation.

Overall, a very nice imperial stout from Lakefront Brewery that has aged gracefully this past year. This has probably been my favorite of their beers, out of the ones I have tried so far. I would have it again, and I might be interested to see how it continues to age. Recommended.

Lakefront Brewery 25th Anniversary Imperial Stout ---4/5.

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A - opaque black body topped with a thin light brown head that dissipates quickly
S - sweet, rich nose with roasted barley, molasses, dark chocolate, burnt sugar, faint piny hops
T - rich and sweet again with burnt sugar, caramel, brown sugar, roasted barley, dark chocolate, sticky piny hops
M - fuller body, resiny, drying and a little harsh even though the alcohol is pretty well concealed. Hoppy, roasty bitterness lingers
O - nice, strong, bold American Imperial Stout

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