Imperial Stout | General Lafayette Inn & Brewery

6 Ratings

Brewed by:
General Lafayette Inn & Brewery
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.90%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-22-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 6 |  Reviews: 6
Reviews by Jredner:
Photo of Jredner
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber at the Brewpub. Labeled "Grim Reaper" Imperial Stout on the menu. 2/06 bottling.

The body poured and settled a deep black and supported a dark mocha head that was roughly a finger thick and fading.

Dark fruit pops in the aroma followed rum soaked cherries, esspresso, burnt malt, dark chocolate and lots of perfumey alcohol. The first sip is still and reveals molassses, burnt malt, dried cherries and dark choclate. Very ample bitterness from both hops and burnt notes. Has a slightly oily feel in the finish. Comes across much bigger and more flavorful than the abv suggests. Solid beer.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Sammy
3.9/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This may be a different recipe Russian imperial stout, a.k.a "Grim Reaper" with 8.1% alcohol. Best of show to this point. Sour up front, chocolate malt, very roasty dry. Slightly acidic finish. Medium-full mouthfeel. Black with small mocha head and lace. quite drinkable.

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Photo of weeare138
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Vintage bottle from 5/04...
Appears a used motor oil black with a fluffy 1 finger tan head. Tons of lacing left all over the glass.
Smell is of chocolate, coffee, black grapes, very vinous. It's almost like this was bottle conditioned with a wine yeast or something.
Taste is of the same aromas. Very complex with a mild tartness that is a result of the wine like stuff going on. It's not offensive at all and adds nicely to the mix.
Mouthfeel is good. Full bodied ( a touch of thinness that I couldn't put my finger on though), sweet, fulfilling, mild acid burn towards the finish but nothing to keep you from coming back.
Drinkability is good. ABV is evident but it's so delicious, you won't care.

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Photo of IrishRedRock
4.59/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ah, it's been too long since I've indulged in a tasty Imperial. This one was great. Very appealing thick, black body with a thin tan head...and an awesome aroma of burnt malts and cherries. The mildly fruity aroma took me off guard and I really enjoyed it. This one had an exceptional smoothness and a very well done spicy hop character towards the finish. The middle is vintage Imperial. Dark chocolate, very mild coffee grounds, and enough alcohol flavor to let you know it's there. A very tasty Imperial, one I hope to come across again soon.

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Photo of ECdOc
4.46/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

general Lafayette Grim reaper imp stout
2005 vintage
22oz bottle
Brewed <02/05>

tasted 4/2/07

served in (2)14 oz tulips
appearance - dark as night even when held up to light, light brown caramel colored 1/4" small bubble head

smell - brown sugar,wood, chocolate

taste - slight raisin, roasted malt, dark chocolate, medium bitterness, lingering finish, dry

overall - good tasting aged imp stout, would definitely try another in the future.

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Photo of francisweizen
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've been able to sample some of a 2004 vintage bottle of this stuff as well as the recent 2005 batch on tap the other day. This stuff is midnight black, nearly opaque, with a dark espresso coloured dollop of foam for a head. The aromas are all chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, and leaf green hops in a nice unison. The distinct aroma of thick chocolate syrup is also in the mix. The taste is very chocolatey in a distinct and unique way. other flavors are leafy hops, coffee, and roasted malts. Mouthfeel is thick and coating, but not cloying. Drinkability is excellent for an imperial. a great lower abv imperial. Easy drinkin' and mucho flavorful.

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Imperial Stout from General Lafayette Inn & Brewery
Beer rating: 4.3 out of 5 with 6 ratings
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