Imperial Stout Blind Taste Testing

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  1. geodonnokepyo

    geodonnokepyo Disciple (388) Oct 31, 2013 Pennsylvania

    Hello everyone,
    Last night three friends and I had a little taste testing of some Imperial Stouts that are easily accessible in our area. The goal was to see which beer tasted best in our own subjective opinions. This was purely for fun and I wanted to share it with the BA community because I figured some of you would enjoy it.

    The beer lineup was (brewery - beer - BA rating avg.):
    1. Green Flash - Double Stout - 4.09
    2. Sierra Nevada - Narwhal - 4.14
    3. Dark Horse - Plead the 5th - 4.23
    4. Founder's - Breakfast Stout - 4.47
    5. North Coast - Old Rasputin - 4.27
    6. Victory - Storm King - 4.1
    7. Great Lakes - Blackout Stout - 4.19
    8. Bell's - Expedition Stout - 4.21

    Here is what each individual person chose as their top 3 or 4 beers (I will omit the ones we liked least):

    Will:
    Liked Green Flash the most with Founder's and Great Lakes tied for 2nd.

    Paul:
    Also liked Green Flash the most, followed by Great Lakes, then Sierra Nevada.

    Kelsey:
    Liked Founder's the most, followed by Green Flash, then Bell's, then Great Lakes.

    Myself:
    I ended up choosing Great Lakes as my favorite, with Founder's second, then Dark Horse and Green Flash tied for 3rd.

    Obviously the biggest surprise was Green Flash's Double Stout. We were all surprised to find out that that beer was among all of our favorites. The kicker is that I have some of every other beer in my cellar, I guess I need to stock up on some Double Stout. :grinning:

    I hope you all enjoyed this.
     
  2. LennyOvies

    LennyOvies Initiate (0) Jul 22, 2015 Mexico

    I'm sure you were surprised about Green Flash for the sole reason that lots of people hate them, and only because of the Alpine matter, not their actual beer. Am I wrong?

    They make great beer.
     
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  3. pat61

    pat61 Poo-Bah (5,858) Dec 29, 2010 Minnesota
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    Good list. I like them all and would have a hard time choosing which one I liked the best.
     
  4. MerryTapster

    MerryTapster Zealot (594) Mar 6, 2010 Pennsylvania

    Breakfast Stout probably stuck out like a sore thumb in this lineup.
     
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  5. bluehende

    bluehende Poo-Bah (2,428) Dec 10, 2010 Delaware
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    Good job. I do love seeing these blind tests. Can you make a comment on how much difference there really was. Were the opinions strong or just "Damn I can only pick one of these fine beers as #1".
     
  6. AugustusRex

    AugustusRex Disciple (336) Apr 12, 2013 Canada

    Great Lakes has a prominent diet coke flavour that really seems out of place for the style. Probably my least favourite RIS.
     
  7. laketang

    laketang Meyvn (1,271) Mar 22, 2015 Illinois
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    I would have thought storm king and old Rasputin would have made at least 1 out of 4 of your lists, even at #3
     
  8. Benish

    Benish Meyvn (1,163) Mar 13, 2013 Wisconsin
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    I wonder where Ten Fidy would be if you had that lined up.
     
  9. geodonnokepyo

    geodonnokepyo Disciple (388) Oct 31, 2013 Pennsylvania

    Yea, it did. Blackout and Storm King were pretty easily recognizable too.
     
  10. Jaycase

    Jaycase Meyvn (1,357) Jan 13, 2007 Illinois
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    Nice OP. I'd like to see people do more blind tastings. I'm fairly certain preconceptions & expectations play a large role in normal tastings and this is a great way to combat that and keep it objective. Cheers!
     
  11. geodonnokepyo

    geodonnokepyo Disciple (388) Oct 31, 2013 Pennsylvania

    Pretty much the latter for all of us.
     
  12. Urk1127

    Urk1127 Meyvn (1,389) Jul 2, 2014 New Jersey

    I really liked Storm King. Im so burnt out on sweet stouts.
     
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  13. LordofWord

    LordofWord Initiate (112) Dec 15, 2014 Oregon

    Funny, a buddy and I split a Founders BS right after a Victory at Sea last night and were both surprised how underwhelmed we were by the Founders after having our palates guided by that skeleton pirate ship beer.

    We also did a head-to-head between Old Raspy and Narwhal last winter and both found Narwhal slightly better,

    As an earlier poster noted, Ten Fidy might have changed everything in your taste test. (Or Alesmith Speedway?)

    Whatever the case, thanks for sharing.
     
  14. EvilMidnightBomber

    EvilMidnightBomber Initiate (100) Feb 12, 2015 Wisconsin

    Founders Imperial Stout would have been a better match to the group, but probably wasn't an option unless they had enough willpower to save some from last year. Mine didn't last longer than April or May I think.
    Love to read these. If I did this I'd definitely have to include Ten Fiddy and FIS, and maybe something local like a Tyranena Carnal Knowledge.
    FTFY. I enjoy VAS, but wouldn't judge anything I drank after it. That one's always last in the line-up.
     
  15. LordofWord

    LordofWord Initiate (112) Dec 15, 2014 Oregon

    Sure. But fact is, I realized that I'd rather drink VAS. That said, I have two four-packs of Founders BS in my fridge that I will enjoy, and I probably won't buy much more VAS until it shows up in my market in 12-ounce bottles -- which, theoretically, will be more price-friendly.
     
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  16. Crim122

    Crim122 Aspirant (238) Aug 4, 2014 North Carolina

    No Ten Fidy :slight_frown:

    But I just bought the Green Flash Double Stout last night, ive actually never had anything by them. So I am excited to check it out.
     
  17. The_Snow_Bird

    The_Snow_Bird Poo-Bah (1,774) May 7, 2015 Florida
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    Wow sounds good, wish I was there for the test.
     
  18. evilcatfish

    evilcatfish Defender (626) May 11, 2012 Missouri
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    Thanks for sharing your results. It always seems like there is a beer that really surprises everyone in the blind tastings, and others that rank lower than expected!
     
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