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Cellar Rats Black Rat Imperial Stout

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RATINGS: 39   MEAN: 3.44/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.34   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 276   ABV: 9.2%
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The Black Rat is a juggernaut of a beer. This imperial, milk stout is big and full of flavor and may remind you of an Irish coffee with lots of cream and sugar. This monster beer clocks in at 9.2% A.B.V. It truly is bitter sweet and velvety smooth.


3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 12/20
hopmelt (196) - Painesville TWP, Ohio, USA - SEP 25, 2014
Pours black 2 finger creamy, thick tan head. Aroma coffee grounds, earthy, roast malt, slight bittersweet chocolate. Taste follows nose, earthy flavor and coffee grounds dominate, alcohol heat and astringency along with burnt malt flavor right behind. Mouthfeel full body, medium carbonation, big alcohol bite, astringency cones from roast malt as well, but alcohol is so big it’s easy to overlook. Overall hard to drink with the alcohol bite so extreme, I bet it would be better cellared for a while, good flavor though.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DialSquare (2844) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 12, 2014
12oz bottle from Andersons on Bent Tree. Deep blackish pour with a huge tan head. Big roasty, coffee, chocolate aroma. Tastes are nutty, roasted malt, cocoa, milky chocolate, molasses, bitter-sweet. Don’t get any of the alcohol. Little sweet for my tastes, but decent stuff.

2.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
GenDV138 (1614) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - JAN 13, 2014
UPDATED: JAN 14, 2014 12 ounce bottle poured into a snifter. Pours black with a half finger tan head. Aroma is pretty light with dark chocolate, dark fruit, caramel, hint of licorice. Tasting notes of tart dark fruit, light roast, burnt coffee, cocoa. The tartness is the most prominent flavor and seems out of place.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (5039) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 20, 2013
Sampled from a 12 oz brown bottle this beer poured a black color with a medium sized foamy brown head that left decent lacing. The aroma was sweetish and malty chocolate and black licorice. The flavor was bitter with strong floral and perfumey hops, wood, a bit of roasty malts and an off battery acid note. Long bitter hops, wood and black licorice finish. Moderately full bodied and creamy. Ok.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MrBunn (2475) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 28, 2013
Bottle. Glass is pure foam with no liquid at the base and I’m left wondering if this is infected or what the story is. Aromas don’t smell funky but flavor is a bit of a letdown. Lots of licorice with heavy leather and a little toffee. The beer is a bit heavy handed and hot and has a bit of an off edginess to it.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
rondphoto (2182) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - AUG 25, 2013
Opaque brown/black with an out-of-control head and pillowy lace. Taste is roasted malt with a distinctly sour edge. The sour carries through the finish, creating a somewhat disappointing overall effect. The 9.2% abv is visible, not in a positive way. There are better choices out there.

2.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
mikemccarthy (91) - Huntington, West Virginia, USA - MAY 6, 2013
Odd experience with this one. Even with a careful pour, is entirely foam in the glass -- a thick, substantial, dark tan foam. Even drinking from the bottle, very foamy mouthfeel. And yet, not a spoiled taste which would suggest infection. Still, very hard to rate as a result. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for the Daystrom M-5

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
blklab2007 (1999) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 28, 2013
Bottle poured a dark brown cola color with a covering of tan head that retained a nice ring on the glass. Aroma has rich chocolate malt, light hops, creamy sweetness, and very light alcohol for its strength. Mouth feel is medium and the carbonation medium low. Flavor has bitter roasted malt, chocolate, and some funky earth. This is a bit odd for me. The lactose gets in the way of this being a good imperial and the strength is too much for a sweet stout.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
cheap (4164) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 27, 2013
I don’t know....either I am getting used to these impy stouts or.... this just seems a tad milder than I’m used to. Does not seem like 9+% 2 me. Mildly sizzly with just a tip of mild unexpected tartness in there. Infesting fer sure. Finish is nastily burnt but not as mouth punching as most impy stouts. Yes, almost acceptable. Perhaps I’m just really hungry for a beer. Maybe perhaps I should drink every impy stout right from the bottle. Overall, better than expected.

3.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Patrickctenchi (3942) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - FEB 26, 2013
Draft: Pours Black with a short tan head. Aroma of cocoa and cola....roasty. Taste is chocolate, sweet milk. Very tasty.


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