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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 company’s 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 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
corby112 (2689) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 13, 2015
Pours viscous, jet black and completely opaque with a half finger mocha head that immediately settles into a thin, lasting ring. Minimal spotty lacing left behind. Slightly smokey, roasted dark malt aroma with strong chocolate and coffee character. Hints of ash, charcoal and burnt toast followed by dark chocolate powder, used coffee grinds, oatmeal and licorice. I usually like smokey aroma but this smells more burnt than anything with a bit of chocolate. On the lighter end of medium body with a blend of smoke, deeply roasted malt and sweet chocolate. Very dry and bitter but never becomes overly acrid with ash, burnt toast, oatmeal and stale coffee beans. This is countered by a much sweeter chocolate presence than anticipated. Hints of caramel, toffee, silky dessert like chocolate and lactose sugar. There’s also some licorice, dark fruit and boozy sweetness rounding things out in the finish. The high ABV is nicely masked and the sweetness in the finish make it easier to drink but its still a little heavy on the smoked/burnt malt for my liking.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Homer321 (2974) - Melboring, Florida, USA - APR 10, 2015
Bottle. Deep dark licorice and luscious chocolate nose. The aroma is as solid as any Impy stout I’ve had. Pitch black. Minimal head. Taste is a tad disappointing when compared to the aroma. Seems a bit thin and watery with a harshly roasted watery weirdness. Wish the taste lived up to the nose.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Westmeister (2129) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 21, 2015
March Ale Alpharetta. Age didn’t do this one too well. While the alcohol is nonexsistant, the rest of the umph of the stout has faded. Bits of cocoa, vanilla and some dark fruits remain, but it is a watered down and lacking the carbonation to carry the remaining flavors.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
GTAEgeek (1583) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - MAR 19, 2015
12 oz. bottle shared by Freya at Ale Alpharetta. Black, with a tan ring. Orange juice, coffee, caramel, and bitterness chocolate. Heavy body, sticky, and slick. This is a weak imperial stout. Not bad, but not impressed.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
HonusWagner (1872) - Florida, USA - SEP 7, 2014
Rich, sweet chocolate. Somewhat chalky. A bit of metallic twang. Not impressed. You tricked me, Ratebeer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jtclockwork (11783) - , New Jersey, USA - JUL 19, 2014
Bottle thanks to Bobby. Homebrew day. Pours black brown head. Nose/taste of cocoa nib, dark cherry, roast chocolate, milk chocolate and tar/molasses/sap. Medium body.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
SlovakSniper (4130) - Candiac, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 19, 2014
355 ml. Noire comme la nuit. Mousse brune crémeuse qui cherche la ténacité. Nez de chocolat, de gaufrette au caramel, de vanille rôtie avec un fond de tabac à pipe. Goût de pâtisserie chocolatée sur fond rôti avec quelques grains de café fraîchement moulus enrobés par une mélasse fruitée. Corps de moyenne densité avec un pétillement plutôt bas et une texture crayeuse. Une finale très amère de chocolat presque pur et presque poivré.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
fluffy (2019) - St Petersburg, Florida, USA - APR 25, 2014
more of a dry cocoa than a chocolate nibs flavor, but still a nice robust stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DuffMan (8316) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 20, 2014
Bottle. Oily near-black pour with a slow-to-form finely bubbled brown head. Aroma is very fudgey, chocolate liqueur, subtle coffee. Flavour is rich cocoa without being cloying or fake, some subtle vanilla sweetness, finishing with a distinct capsicum note. This greenpepper finish did not ease off, and if anything became more apparent as the beer went down. No hint of the cherries anywhere-- but I didn’t care, as this beer sat very well with me just the way it was. Best offering from Lakefront? Yep, I think for me it is! Even after having visited the brewery.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beastiefan2k (2963) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - JAN 9, 2014
Tap at Jerrys in Wicker Park. Black body with a thick ass brown head. The commercial deScription for this beer scared me but its not a thick sugar bomb. Body is well carbonated and medium thick. Goes down real easy. The cherry serves up tartness that really lightens the beer at the end of the flavor. its a prominent character that isn’t artificial. Vanilla is unnoticeable, thankfully. Chocolate character but the beer doesn’t taste like a hodgepodge of random adjuncts. Hazelnut brownie soda is a good way to describe this flavor. Aroma has a strong hazelnut character as well as my burps. Solid beer. Maybe a bit too much hazelnut as the beer warms.

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