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Lakefront 25th Anniversary Series #01: Imperial Stout

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RATINGS: 81   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.69/5   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
Lakefront plans to release 4 beers to commemorate their 25th Anniversary. The first release will come on December 2nd, the companyís official birthday. The beer, which will hit 11% on the ABV scale, will be an imperial stout brewed with chocolate/cocoa nibs, vanilla bean and cherries.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
QuezXLV (415) - Virginia, USA - MAR 6, 2013
He aroma is nice and sweet but subtle. The color is black with almost maroon suds. This imperial stout is on the chocolaty side and slightly roasted. - Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
drpimento (3175) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 2, 2013
Big beer. Poured at a good temperature with a light brown, thick, foamy head that settle to an island and ring and a little lace. Aroma is malt, roast, molasses, old leather. Color is an opaque black brown. Flavorís like nose with more going on. Cocoa really comes out and sits on the fence between bitter and bittersweet. Also is a little soy, licorice, and medicine. Body is good; ditto carbonation. Finish is very long, a little boozy, and memorable.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
crossovert (11398) - Illinois, USA - FEB 23, 2013
This is awesome, definitely like a vanilla/cherry/cocoa dessert but not too sweet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tricyclist (1125) - Florida, USA - FEB 17, 2013
Sample pour of deep dark murky with a full red head. Nose is full coffee with moderate bitterness and some milkiness. Flavor is fairly bitter but opens nicely with some time. Good coffee notes and mild booze. Drinkable and enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mrjaxson (497) - .08 Junction, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 15, 2013
Imperial stouts tend to be a meal by themselves and finishing even a 12-oz bottle can be a chore. Lakefrontís Anniversary Series Imperial Stout, though, is surprisingly light. Vanilla and chocolate square off in the aroma while the cherries lurk in the background, awaiting the finish to come through. Worth drinking slowly as the cherries become more distinctive as the beer warms. The high alcohol content is nicely cloaked, and Iím glad Iím enjoying it at home and have no driving ahead. I need to find this puppy on tap before itís gone--with a designated driver, of course.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
madvike (3205) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 12, 2013
Bottle graciously given to me by cptnspeed1...thanks Brad! - Pours black with a dark tan head. Tons of vanilla on the nose, milk sugar, coffee grounds, hazelnut, and some lightly charred malt. Cherries come through in the taste, along with more vanilla. Sweet, but fairly restrained and with a lightly charred malt to cut the sweetness. Finishes with more light cherry and milky sweetness. A bit thinner than I would have guessed, with light carbonation and some slickness. I liked this one--itís pretty mellow for an Imperial Stout, which is right up my alley, but with some interesting facets to it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MaltOne (322) - Wisconsin, USA - FEB 7, 2013
Aromas of chocolate, deep (not burnt) roasted malts, vanilla. Opaque black coffee in color with a thick dark tan head. Subsides but leaves a pretty rim of foam. Flavors of coffee, a dark but creamy chocolate (probably the cocoa nibs which have a distinct flavor); hints of licorice; dry finish. Creamy, appropriately thick on the palate, slightly oily. Overall, somewhat restrained and mellow compared to others; and not wildly complex. But great viscosity, mouthfeel; nice balance, sometimes restrained is good; very accessible.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
nuplastikk (5794) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 29, 2013
12oz bottle. The above description seems inaccurate at this point. Opaque black body, creamy rusted beige head. Not much in the aroma surprisingly, pretty mellow, some cocoa. A pretty solid imperial chocolate stout, rather easy drinking, doesnít really show itís strength. Not much in hop balance, which is not a surprise for Lakefront. Big cocoa chocolate flavors, but frankly..who knows what natural flavors they added. Overall pretty enjoyable, lacks some depth..sort of like a streamlined version of a big Danish Imperial Stout.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
dwm1034 (755) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 26, 2013
Split 12 oz bottle with sherm1016...thanks! Pours black..thin head. Sweet / cherry nose. Tastes include vanilla, chocolate, cherry...tasty

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lubiere (12940) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 26, 2013
A deep dark stout with a thin brown head. In aroma, grassy chocolate malt with light dark fruits. In mouth, a smooth sweet chocolate with vanilla, grassy hops, sustained bitterness, loads of alcohol warmth, nice. On tap at Istmus Beer and Cheese Fest, Jan 19 2012.

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