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Karl Strauss 22nd Anniversary Vanilla Imperial Stout

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RATINGS: 88   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.68/5   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 50   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
This year’s 22nd Anniversary beer is a Vanilla Imperial Stout, with a portion aged in bourbon barrels for nine months. The barrel-aged beer was then blended with a fresh batch of stout, along with the addition of fresh split Madagascar vanilla beans. The bourbon and vanilla flavors perfectly complement the dark chocolate and warming fishing of this 8.5% sipper, making it an ideal dessert or after dinner drink.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
AmEricanbrew (6463) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - JUN 1, 2011
Clear dark brown color/ tan head. Mild chocolate, vanilla, boozy aromas. Medium bodied. Artificial vanilla flavors with chocolate milk, medium roast malt, boozy flavors--decent

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
nimbleprop (6355) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 17, 2012
Sampled at the DC Local Tasting a 22oz bottle pours a watery, translucent mahogany brown with some cloudy white head. Nose is very mild, light vanilla, light sweetness, light malt. FLavor is sweet, vanilla, brown sugar, malty, cakey. Full bodied, sweet finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
radagast83 (6106) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - MAR 7, 2012
Split this three ways with friends... Oh my. Aroma and flavor is a bit subdued after sitting on this one for a year - but it’s darn good still. Poured a near pitch black - though held up to the light shows a great deal of color shining through. Aroma is very subtle, which worried me a bit at the start. Flavor was pretty darn amazing. I enjoyed it quite a lot - vanilla notes, chocolate, malts, woah.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thirdeye11 (5860) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 8, 2011
(22oz bomber thanks to bu11zeye) clear brown-ruby with creamy dark tan head. Nose of fudge and cocoa. Taste of oak, vanilla, rich chocolate. Creamy body and cola-like carbonation.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Countbeer (5613) - Best of E-Town mit 2 Brauhausen, NETHERLANDS - APR 21, 2014
Bottle: Thanks Stawn: Served in a Duvel glass: Brown pour. Medium sized vanilla ish light beige colored foamy head on top of a deep dark to black ish colored beer with a ruby shine. Aromas of raisin, oatmeal, vanilla, some malt roast, light sweets, some rice, some chalk, chocolate and light roast. Flavours of cookies, vanilla, malt roast, some vanilla marzipan tones, light chocolate, some bitters, malts and toast, light light coffee, herbal roast, light mocha, light wood tones and some sweet dried leaves... Aftertaste is a mix of bitters, toast/roast, light vanilla, chocolate/bon bons and a hint of vanilla. Low carbo, creamy mouthfeel, between meeium and fuller bodied and a creamy texture. For 9%ABV this is a very nice beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
badlizard (5535) - Berkeley, California, USA - MAR 19, 2011
Black with a creamy tan head. Beautiful chocolate vanilla and caramel aroma and taste. Quite good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerguy101 (5340) - Newark, California, USA - JAN 31, 2013
Sampled on 12/21/2012. This Imperial Stout pours a medium to dark black color from a 22oz bottle. Medium sized off white head, with nice lacing and decent retention. The aroma is chocolate, coffee, vanilla, dark fruits and sweet. A medium to full bodied Imperial Stout. Malts are chocolate and coffee, somewhat sweet. The hops are earthy. Nice balance between the malt, chocolate, coffee and vanilla. Decent carbonation. Very smooth tasting. The vanilla is not too overwhelming and balances the coffee/chocolate/roasty malts nicely. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
vtafro (5256) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - JUL 22, 2014
(Backlog) Bottle at fantasy tasting at Paul’s. Black pour with tan head. Vanilla, chocolate, toffee, sweet malt aromas. Vanilla dominates flavors, some oak, bourbon and chocolate tones.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
drfabulous (5231) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - FEB 1, 2012
22 ounce. Not a very heavy body. Bit thin. Big taste of vanilla and oak. Tasty. But I want more stout in there to carry the show: the vanilla.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BrewDad (5157) - Olympia, Washington, USA - JUN 10, 2012
Craft Brewers Conference 2012
Dark black in color, clear with a thin head. Nice Dark chocolate lots of vanilla aroma and flavor This was a super beer loved sipping on this. Bourbon was present and subtle mellowed the flavors for sure.

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