Imperial Jo | Lancaster Brewing Company

Imperial JoImperial Jo
BA SCORE
88.3%
Liked This Beer
4.04 w/ 94 ratings
Imperial JoImperial Jo
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Lancaster Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States
lancasterbrewing.com

Style: Milk / Sweet Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
Imagine the rich roasted malts, smooth mouth feel and subtle sweetness of our award-winning Milk Stout, kicked up a notch or two, by the infusion of dark-roasted, small batch coffee from our friends at Lancaster County Roasters. At 8% ABV, cracked coffee beans in the mash, coffee in the boil and cold brewed espresso in the finished beer, just think of Imperial Jo as Milk Stout's rowdy big sister.

Added by bigfnjoe on 02-28-2014

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#4,949
Reviews:
14
Ratings:
94
Liked:
83
Avg:
4.04/5
pDev:
8.42%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
21
Trade:
0
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3.77/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.04/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of cambabeer
4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JJKBeerLvr
4.21/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12oz bottle into pint glass in May 2017. Drank it about 2 weeks after purchase. No packaged date on the bottle.

Appearance: Dark black with a thin tan/brown head. Head is thin, and leaves a little lacing on the glass.

Smell: Strong aroma of coffee and roasted nuts. There is a hint of chocolate as well, but overall the roasted coffee is most pronounced.

Taste: This beer is apply named 'Imperial Jo', as the coffee flavor dominates. There are additional flavors of roasted malts, and chocolate. There is some hop bitterness to enhance the taste and add some complexity, but it is dominated by the coffee flavors.

Mouth-feel: Strong, and with a very smooth creamy body. Matches the 8.0% alcohol on the label. Sweet and not as bitter as some other stouts.

This is an interesting stout, and it has a variety of flavors that adds a nice complexity to the beer. It is very smooth and it is obvious that this is related to Lancaster's Milk Stout, but Imperial Jo has more of an edge and I like it much better than the Milk Stout. I would buy this again.

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4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of trygelski1
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a Spoonwood Brewing snifter:

Look: Pours an amazing jet black color with about an inch of a nice dark tan head! Lacing is present with minor retention but the nice color wins over this rating!

Smell: Tons of coffee notes present! Also some chocolate and maybe even some vanilla present. Love the aroma!

Taste: Huge killer coffee notes present all the way around! Milk stout qualities also come thru on the back end with a bit of that sweetness present. Also some nice chocolate notes present as well! This stout tastes amazing!

Feel: Medium bodied.

Overall: This is hands down the best beer I have ever had from Lancaster! Love the killer coffee notes in this beer! This is one of the better coffee milk stouts I have ever had! I would revisit this entire variety pack again if brewed as the other offerings were pretty solid as well!

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3.79/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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3.74/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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4.37/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of drh88
4.01/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jagada
3.78/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.52/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.21/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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3.83/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a small chalice: color is black, head is tan and presents about 1/2 inch thick, fine to medium sized bubbles.

Smell is fairly coffee/espresso dominant, not to bitter or harsh with a subtle chocolate/roast malt backbone.

Taste is similar coffee/espresso hit first, then some subtle bitter chocolate/cocoa like flavors, with roasted malts.

Mouthfeel is a bit full, nice presence and full body presentation from the lactose sweetness.

Overall, a good beer with great lingering qualities and good aroma/flavor for its components

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4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Imperial Jo from Lancaster Brewing Company
Beer rating: 88.3% out of 100 with 94 ratings
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