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
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 94 |  Reviews: 14
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look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | 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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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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3.73/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is very close to being jet black in color—only traces of red are visible near the bottom of the glass when it is held up to the light. It poured with a quarter finger high creamy tan head that died down but consistently left a short head covering the surface and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of lactose, black licorice and espresso are present in the nose.
T: The taste starts out with initial flavors of lactose but flavors of roasted espresso are prevalent in the back end. The espresso becomes stronger as the beer warms up.
M: It feels medium-bodied and smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer has a really nice mouthfeel and makes for a good breakfast beer if you want something that can wake you up on a weekend. Any traces of alcohol are very well hidden.

Serving type: bottle

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

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

Just the right balance of maltiness, slight sweetness and coffee overtones make this brew a real winner. It is important to pour this one the right way to release the aromas a bit as you drink it. ABV not overpowering. One of my favorite coffee stouts.

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3.86/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampling a cellar temp growler poured into a snifter. Beer is a gift of my brother Brian.
The beer pours a dark cola brown hue with a fizzy tan head of 3 cm foaming up and actually spilling over the rim of my glass even with a gentle pour.
The aroma is a mix of coffee grinds and roasted malt with some light hits of sugary sweetness, but the sweet is buried and there is no hop presence.
First sip reveals a very fine and tingly carbonation paired with a silky smooth texture and slightly thicker body.
Flavor is very roasted with some dark chocolate and a bit of coffee grinds. I dont get any hops and the booze is well hidden too, although as I get closer to the end of the growler I do feel the effects.
This is a nice roasted malty beer and Im glad to have tried it.

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