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Great Lakes Brewing 25th Anniversary Imperial Vanilla Bean Espresso Stout

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Brewed by Great Lakes Brewing (Ontario)
Style: Imperial Stout
Etobicoke, Canada
Serve in Snifter

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RATINGS: 16   MEAN: 3.96/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Christpuncher (949) - 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

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pfriesen (110) - Richmond Hill, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 27, 2013
Smooth sweet and coffee predominate, drinks a little boozy but finishes with a strong cocoa bite

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Johnsense (753) - - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DerWeg (1483) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mabel (5414) - 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!"

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
blankboy (5950) - 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.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
AGAquino (658) - 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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Spab (2261) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jercraigs (7456) - 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

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sammy (8359) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 11, 2012
On tap at WVRST tap takeover. Expresso was there, but the vanilla bean dominates the taste as it has for other beers they have used vanilla beans. Makes a milk like taste and candy smooth mouthfeel. I appreciate both, but find it very sweet though not cloying. , I actually would have liked a little more bitterness or roasting in there. Coffee with cream aroma.


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