Imperial Stout Appreciation Thread (2022)

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  1. Resistance88

    Resistance88 (739) Apr 9, 2015 California
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    I'm still here boys.
    Tasting notes before edit time runs out.
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    Notes: It's good.
    Way too tired for the whole rating thing, but would bang again...maybe. it's almost borderline too sweet.
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  2. arizcards

    arizcards (1,473) Jun 11, 2003 North Carolina
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    Enjoying my first brew from Interval Brewing in Coats, NC. The beer has lots of additions (coconut, vanilla beans, coffee, cocoa). Going into this thought it would be way too sweet, but the recipe was quite right for my palate as it came out surprisingly balanced given the heavy roasted malt base and would imagine a lot of hopping. Rated it a 4.42.
    Cheers!
    Tom

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  3. Argail

    Argail (736) Dec 19, 2019 Louisiana

  4. Beersnake1

    Beersnake1 (1,683) Aug 17, 2013 California
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    Bourbon barrel-aged Dark Apparition from Jackie O's. I have always been a big fan of their stouts, including this one. The quality is consistent. Great beer.

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  5. Luscious_Malfoy

    Luscious_Malfoy (1,287) Oct 5, 2016 Illinois
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    i see no reason to age these any longer. out with the old and in with the new. cheers!
     
  6. Resistance88

    Resistance88 (739) Apr 9, 2015 California
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    You try Temple Of Minerva yet?

    That and Anvil Chorus are *chefs kiss* delicioso!
     
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  7. Resistance88

    Resistance88 (739) Apr 9, 2015 California
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    Your glass doin ok?
     
  8. Resistance88

    Resistance88 (739) Apr 9, 2015 California
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    Hopefully I don't fall asleep halfway through this
    2019 BA Expedition
    People like to say aging this does magical shit to it but all it does is get old.

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  9. ZebulonXZogg

    ZebulonXZogg (949) May 5, 2015 Illinois
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    Probably not my favorite BA stout, this is very very boozy this year, flavor and aroma, I prefer Black Chocolate Stout. Enjoy what's in yer glass!
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  10. bbtkd

    bbtkd (1,774) Sep 20, 2015 South Dakota
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    Boulevard Maple Mood BA Imperial Stout, 12.5% ABV. Pours black with a 1.5 finger light brown head that left no lacing. Nose is MAPLE, bourbon, brown sugar, and chocolate. Taste follows, quite sweet, slightly bitter. Decent mouthfeel, overall outstanding. One of their better offerings.

    4.48/5 rDev +0.9%
    look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

    Plays well against Founders CBS, may have to do a side-by-side comparo.

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  11. VodkaPong87

    VodkaPong87 (444) Oct 9, 2020 Connecticut
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    This beer does not age well, unlike most of the stuff coming out of the FW barrel program
     
  12. Braunmeister_1943

    Braunmeister_1943 (694) Nov 22, 2020 Pennsylvania
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    [​IMG] Hitchhiker Brewing Co., “Implement of Destruction “! Really nice Imperial Stout from a Pittsburgh brewery. Found this at Wegmans!
     
  13. BMBCLT

    BMBCLT (1,061) May 9, 2014 South Carolina
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    This one doesn't contain coffee though.
     
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  14. bbtkd

    bbtkd (1,774) Sep 20, 2015 South Dakota
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    I'll overlook that.
     
  15. WunderLlama

    WunderLlama (1,329) Dec 27, 2010 Massachusetts
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    Deliverance by Bentonville Brewing


    4.18/5 rDev -1.9%
    look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
    Can and Ozark brewing snifter received in BIF 16 from @russpowell

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    Brewers Notes: A torrent of roasted goodness intrigues the brave of heart, and flavors of chocolate smothered berries entices the same. But what heat when attempting to conquer such livid libations! Take refuge in the gentle woody hop notes.

    Black motor oil with a creamy brown foam head that settles to a ring and some bubbles, lined lacings on the sip

    Aroma is faint bourbon barrel , malts

    Taste is roast malts, bourbon , slight char, hint of chocolate

    Fizzy mouthfeel

    Good beer
     
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  16. Braunmeister_1943

    Braunmeister_1943 (694) Nov 22, 2020 Pennsylvania
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    [​IMG] First State, “Perpetual Void “ Rye Barrel Aged Imperial Stout!
     
  17. Argail

    Argail (736) Dec 19, 2019 Louisiana

  18. DrStiffington

    DrStiffington (1,189) Oct 27, 2010 New Jersey
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    I used to enjoy the bombers so I’m glad they brought back the beer in 12 oz cans. Good stuff.

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  19. Beersnake1

    Beersnake1 (1,683) Aug 17, 2013 California
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    I haven't, but it sounds amazing!
     
  20. Beersnake1

    Beersnake1 (1,683) Aug 17, 2013 California
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    Dessert Oasis from Cellarmaker. Description from the brewery:

    This blend of single and double oak stouts has been infused with the highest quality of adjuncts we can source. Vietnamese cinnamon sticks, whole vanilla beans from Madagascar and Papa New Guinea as well as premium quality Ethiopian Gore Dank beans from Onyx Coffee Lab come together in a creamy, spice driven dance of rich decadence. Albeit an intensely bold beverage, the long term aging in various bourbon barrels gives Dessert Oasis a balance not always found in the pastry world.

    My notes:

    Poured at fridge temp. Pours motor oil black with a very thin layer of head. The nose is insanely good. Cinnamon is dominant (which I like), and it's followed by chocolate, toffee, vanilla, maple, and some dark fruit. It is brewed with coffee, but I'm not really getting any coffee on the nose.

    The taste is awesome. The coffee comes in here. Great marriage of coffee, vanilla, cinnamon, and bourbon. Chocolate, molasses, plums, raisins, and toffee make a strong appearance as well. Wow. Intense.

    Mouthfeel is thick and creamy. Viscous. Aftertaste is bourbon and toffee, with a hint of coffee. Overall, a great stout. Definitely not too sweet.

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  21. VodkaPong87

    VodkaPong87 (444) Oct 9, 2020 Connecticut
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  22. bbtkd

    bbtkd (1,774) Sep 20, 2015 South Dakota
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    Humble Forager Existential Bliss BBA Imperial Stout, 12.5% ABV. Pours thick and darkest brown/black with a real nice two-finger dark brown head that dissipated quickly, leaving an oily sheen. Nose is strong dark chocolate, bourbon, and vanilla. Taste follows, moderately sweet, slightly bitter. Nice smooth mouthfeel, overall world-class.

    4.84/5 rDev 0%
    look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

    Over the past three years, I've become such a w*ore for the regional Drekker, trying everything they come out with. I like Humble Forager more. Existential Bliss is tied as my highest-rated beer.

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  23. arizcards

    arizcards (1,473) Jun 11, 2003 North Carolina
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    Clearing the last of the BCBC & Variants out of the fridge. Classic Cola seems like it is sweeter than the first time around. Still a solid BBA IS.
    Cheers!
    Tom

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  24. Resistance88

    Resistance88 (739) Apr 9, 2015 California
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    2022 BAVSS
    Poured thick with about 1/8th inch of head that dissipated quickly.
    Nose is a lot of vanilla, anise, chocolate and caramel.
    Tastes nothing like a Vietnamese coffee though which is a major let down. I've had cà phê đá plenty of times when i go for a bowl of pho andThis ain't it ,but i am happy that it reminds me of 2020 Speedway stout. Hardly any barrel presence either considering how fresh this is.
    2/5 cuz they missed the mark on a Vietnamese stout, but 4.25/5 cuz it reminds me of 2020 and prior BA Speedway.
    They really fucking out at Alesmith with these 2022 Barrel releases

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  25. Blogjackets

    Blogjackets (1,005) Nov 22, 2017 Ohio
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    Cabernet finish Dire Wolf aged in George Dickel barrels. Wow, what a stout!
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  26. Luscious_Malfoy

    Luscious_Malfoy (1,287) Oct 5, 2016 Illinois
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    i probably don’t have the history with speedway like you do @Resistance88 but i think this is a damn fine imperial stout. not the thickest, not the most barrel-forward, no even the most coffee-forward but the combination of everything is balanced yet rich and enjoyable.
     
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  27. Argail

    Argail (736) Dec 19, 2019 Louisiana

  28. jmdrpi

    jmdrpi (2,103) Dec 11, 2008 Pennsylvania
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    Hoppin' Frog - BORIS
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  29. Resistance88

    Resistance88 (739) Apr 9, 2015 California
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    well it isnt forward in every way they labeled it to be.
    It should be coffee forward esp for a Vietnamese Coffee and the barrel was barely there.
    for the price they charged ...fuck that beer.

    Now, i did enjoy it, but it is not what they labeled it.

    How do you even fuck up coffee notes in a coffee stout?
     
  30. Resistance88

    Resistance88 (739) Apr 9, 2015 California
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    Currently enjoying this:

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    First time having a 12oz BCBS
     
  31. Beersnake1

    Beersnake1 (1,683) Aug 17, 2013 California
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    Thoughts?
     
  32. beerjerk666

    beerjerk666 (1,514) Aug 22, 2010 Florida
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    Had this one yesterday at the brewery
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    Arkane I'm Sweet Enough Salted Toffee Dark Chocolate stout.
    Almost too sweet for my wife, which was shocking! It was really delicious.
     
  33. Resistance88

    Resistance88 (739) Apr 9, 2015 California
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    2022 Deths Tar
    Waiting outside Hair Salon...could be worse
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  34. ESHBG

    ESHBG (552) Jul 30, 2011 Pennsylvania

    Southern Tier Warlock Imperial Pumpkin Stout - I've always preferred this to Pumking and it's a nice mix of styles: everything I like about Pumking plus the Stout characteristics. This one has some age on it, looks like an early July bottling date with a BB date of 06/29/24 which is great, as I've never had it with some age on it and have always wanted to try it.

    Pours a dark color but when held to the light it's not pitch black and you can see some lighter color in there, decent head. Smell is nice and the pumpkin spices are there along with some Stout characteristics. Taste is great, everything I like about the beer is still there but the age has mellowed the flavors a bit and they are nicely blended...ends nicely balanced and still not too sweet. Good stuff and clearly a nice beer to age and in many ways I am preferring this to fresher. Budmo!
     
  35. WickedBeer

    WickedBeer (0) Sep 23, 2015 Alabama
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    Been so excited for this.

    Finally getting into this beast. B1 may be my favorite stout of all time, & this is right there with it. Chocolate, burnt caramel, stewed figs. The rye influence is a touch more restrained from B1, but great spicy kick on a warm, whiskey-soaked finish.

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  36. VodkaPong87

    VodkaPong87 (444) Oct 9, 2020 Connecticut
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    Usually stay away from pastry stouts now. But this is a damn good beer

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  37. VodkaPong87

    VodkaPong87 (444) Oct 9, 2020 Connecticut
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    I found some online for an absurd price ($40). I almost did it because yolo, but I don’t know how it was stored. Taking a huge risk for something so old that probably will not live up to expectations
     
  38. SLeffler27

    SLeffler27 (1,343) Feb 24, 2008 New York
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    Shield - Lough Gill

    We picked this up in East Aurora, before the snow gods punished them with 55”. They were spared Orchard Park’s 77” only 9 miles further West.

    WOW! The charred malt and peat flavors are intense. The whiskey barrels added light oak and faint whiskey. It has an Irish Whiskey aroma. By no means a pastry stout, the oatmeal gives it a super smooth, soft, and creamy feel. Shield just might be my favorite stout period. Three other stouts from Lough Gill on deck, and THE BAR HAS BEEN RAISED.

    And then there is the Extreme Beer Box taunting me from the periphery.

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  39. Resistance88

    Resistance88 (739) Apr 9, 2015 California
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    I thought this one was very thin considering it was an oatmeal stout, but enjoyed everything else about it;Spear was a little more enjoyable to me.
    Good shit all around .
     
  40. SLeffler27

    SLeffler27 (1,343) Feb 24, 2008 New York
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    True, it is a bit thin for an Oatmeal Stout. Still, WOW! I have Spear, Lunula, and Cask lined-up. Next weekend is gonna be epic.

    And I’m about to cut into a filet mignon with the second. My Wife just rolled her eyes BTW.
     
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