mrjaxson (299) - .08 Junction, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 15, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
madvike (2759) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 12, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
MaltOne (221) - Wisconsin, USA - FEB 7, 2013
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
nuplastikk (4567) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 29, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
dwm1034 (650) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 26, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Split 12 oz bottle with sherm1016...thanks! Pours black..thin head. Sweet / cherry nose. Tastes include vanilla, chocolate, cherry...tasty
Lubiere (10139) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 26, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
sherm1016 (1158) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 26, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle, split with dwm1034. Pours a jet black color with a thin tan head. Aroma is roasty, a little cherry, some chocolate. Medium to heavy on the palate with soft carbonation. Flavor is sweet, roasty, chocolate, vanilla, tart cherry, with a light roasty finish.
EithCubes (5006) - New Jersey, USA - JAN 21, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz bottle, fresh. Simple nose is inky chocolate and faint dark roast, pours an inky brown-black with a short light brown head. Taste moderately sweet with a hint of gentle alcohol poking its head out, minimal hops with smooth, portery chocolate/cocoa, very light red berries/fruitiness, could be cherry juice but itís pretty faint. Silken medium body a little flat, to be honest, though that velvety smoothness is hard to achieve. Overall impression is genteel and refined, a nice change of pace of the general style, but with that comes a surprising, inoffensive ... blandness.
ThawingOwl (1) - Wisconsin, USA - JAN 19, 2013 does not count
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured from bottle. Deep black body with light brown head. Chocolate with a hint of vanilla.
AWISLguy (1334) - Wisconsin, USA - JAN 18, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Brook-Falls Discount. Pours a thick oily black with a brown head leaving some lacing. Intimidating. Aroma has raisins, cocoa, some roast and hints of smoke. All a bit muted. Taste is of molasses, chocolate nibs and a lot of roasting. Some viniousness and alcohol presense. Quite rough. I will stash one to see if it smooths out with aging. Finishes bittersweet with cocoa edges. Certainly interesting and more body/flavor than I expected from Lakefront.