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Great Lakes Brewing 25th Anniversary Imperial Vanilla Bean Espresso Stout

Formerly brewed at Great Lakes Brewing (Ontario)
Style: Imperial Stout
Etobicoke, Canada
Serve in Snifter


on tap


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RATINGS: 17   MEAN: 3.96/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
swoopjones (6545) - Buffalo, New York, USA - NOV 2, 2014
sample at Crabapples bottle share. really nice stout, aged well. chocolate, vanilla , coffee in both aroma & flavor. smooth mouthfeel, complex flavor, nice

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Christpuncher (1573) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 1, 2014
This is a stellar stout from Great Lakes. Tastes like an awesome cup of coffee. Had this at gale street inn. Pours a dark brown almost black. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pfriesen (113) - Richmond Hill, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 27, 2013
Smooth sweet and coffee predominate, drinks a little boozy but finishes with a strong cocoa bite

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Johnsense (901) - - SEP 27, 2013
Black pour with a thin head. Vanilla latte, coffee beans, roasted malt aroma. Taste, coffee and milk, vanilla, roast, dark chocolate, chocolate syrup. Thick full body.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DerWeg (1535) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 13, 2013
UPDATED: JAN 14, 2013 Alcohol, coffee and roasty dark malt converge in this black monster. 750ml pours a good frothy dark head. Aroma is a bit muted, sweet fruit and dark malts. Catching some vanilla on the long, dry, roasty-acrid-alcohol finish. Grassy hop. Coffee flavor is very good. Palate is a bit undecided - thankfully not sticky with malt, but also not very creamy and therefore a touch thin - not quite Péché in the feel. I do like the effort, and will return to the bottle for any further notes. Thanks GLB! - rerate - cooling and resting the bottle produces a silkier palate, hiding the bold alcohol a tiny bit and improving overall by one tick.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mabel (7015) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 30, 2012
[4909-20121031] Tap. Roasted nutty charred dry wood aroma has a hint of vanilla. Black body with a quick foamy tan head. Boozy chocolate coffee syrupy and thick sweet roasty everything flavour. Full body. (8/3/7/4/15) 3.7
(@ Bar Hop, Toronto, ON)
Overheard: "Time for the pumpkin round!"

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
blankboy (6364) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 17, 2012
Draught at ’Project X’ at Wvrst, Nov. 8. Pours black with a nice average size long-lasting creamy light-brown head. Aroma has lots of chocolate backed by roasted malt and vanilla -- but it’s mostly chocolate. Flavour is super chocolaty along with roasted malt and vanilla. Medium bodied. Creamy mouthfeel. Sweet but excellent.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
AGAquino (663) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 25, 2012
At The Only Cafe Winter Craft Beer Festival; Doing pints now. Great lakes is hands down one of the bes here - with Flying Monkeys.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Spab (2641) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 13, 2012
Sample from bottle at the Only Fall Beer Festival. Pours a very dark brown with modest-sized light brown head. Aroma is robust vanilla and coffee with a little cocoa. Taste is a lovely balance of big, sweet vanilla and roasty coffee with some cocoa. Big body. This was great.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jercraigs (8153) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 12, 2012
2012-10-31. Black body with a small tan head. 3+ Aroma is less assertive than expected but has a good amount of vanilla and dry espresso roast. 7+ Flavour is similar, vanilla and modest dry roast up front, sweet malt middle with more vanilla in the finish and aftertaste. 7+ Smooth average plus to medium body. 3+ Pretty solid. On tap at Bar Hop, Toronto

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