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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: 20   MEAN: 3.94/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rwgould (331) - Vancouver, British Columbia, - NOV 10, 2012
On tap at WVRST for November Project X. Pours straight thick black, no head. Aroma: Mostly coffee, some roasted nuts, strong vanilla scent. Palate: Thick and creamy, smooth finish. Taste: Very sweet. Strong taste of vanilla and coffee. Well balanced between the flavours. Finally a GLB beer I really like :)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Minderbinder (2620) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - APR 7, 2015
Bottle 750ml. Pours black with low beige head. Minimal lacing. Aroma is of roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, ashes. Taste is of coffee, roasted malt, chocolate, vanilla, some acidity. Palate: Full bodied. Soft carbonation. Slightly sticky on the lips. Overall: Good. Well balanced. Nicely "drinkable" considering specs.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
tom10101 (4020) - Quebec, CANADA - APR 5, 2015
Bottle (750 ml). From enoland, thanks! Split 3-ways.

Appearance: Black with a medium easy to revive dark reddish-brown head and some lacing.

Aroma: A lot of vanilla, espresso beans, caramel, cocoa powder and light fruitiness.

Taste: A bit acidic at first (coffee-like acidity) followed by vanilla, caramel, espresso beans, cocoa powder and light coffee bitterness. Moderate sweetness.

Palate: Light-ish / medium body with a moderate to medium carbonation. Tasty vanilla and espresso bean finish with a mild lingering roastiness.

Overall: The vanilla and the espresso beans are exceptionnally well preserved after 2 years. Really tasty. Alcohol is well hidden. It lacks a bit of body, but other than that it’s a really impressive stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JulienHuxley (4319) - Trois-Rivières, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 28, 2015
Bottle. Deep black pour with a few bubbles of tan foam. Aroma is really nice, nice roasty coffee, light vanilla, chocolate. Taste is nice light sour roastiness but really good rich desserty vanilla-caramel flavor, light coffee flavor. Palate is med-full bodied with light carbonation. Nice stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
swoopjones (6986) - 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 (2086) - 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 (1012) - - 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 (1564) - 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 (7455) - 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 (6633) - 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.

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