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RATINGS: 76   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.69   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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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.


3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BBB63 (5960) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUL 21, 2013
Draft at 18th Annual IMB Summer Fest:

Deep brown, creamy head, spotty lace. The aroma is nutty, chocolate, coffee, woody, smoky and hint of cherry pits. The taste is twangy prune and cherries along with coffee, walnuts, and some oak. Finished with some cocoa and vanilla bean notes. Very minor pepper like bite as well. The mouth feel is smooth and oily. Meh, honestly very average stuff... been there done that sort of vibe.

4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
djroehler (290) - Minnesota, USA - JUL 15, 2013
Bottle. Pour is inky black, 2 finger mocha head. Aroma is rich chocolate, molasses, roasted malt, dark coffee, light earthy hops. Taste is slightly burnt coffee, dark chocolate, some molasses, lemon in the background, finishes with some earthy bitterness. Body is silky, medium, with light carbonation.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bob_w (292) - new york, New York, USA - JUL 9, 2013
Opaque black color. Minimal head. a sweetness in the aroma mixing with a mellow roast and alcohol note, and a hint of cocoa. Moderate bitterness balancing out a roast malt sweetness. Distinctive cocoa note peeks through a tangy, roasty mid-taste, finishing clean and bitter, with the roast flavors gradually gently fading in the aftertaste.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
zoucrew102 (468) - - JUL 3, 2013
Bottle. Strong chocolate malt aroma, very inviting. Pours thick, dark black with only a touch of light brown head. Taste is absolutely fantastic with rich chocolate flavors and smooth silky body. Great. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
dfinney23 (1582) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUN 27, 2013
Stout dark with a thin caramel colored head. Vanilla, chocolate, a bit fruity. Pretty good stuff.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
tlo916 (4) - Indiana, USA - JUN 16, 2013 does not count
This one is a keeper. Pours dark black. Pencil thin head. Settles into unbelievable mouth full of cherry, vanilla, cocoa . Better and smoother as it warms. If you are lucky enough to find this gem buy it. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
deyholla (6502) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - JUN 8, 2013
Bottle thanks to a trade! Pours black with a dark brown head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma has a lot of bitter dark grains with coffee and a touch of tobacco. Flavor is similarly bitter with roasted malts, coffee and bitter chocolate with a hint of sweet dark grains underlying.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
keanex (1386) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - JUN 5, 2013
Date is smudged, but it was bottled in 2012 at some point.
Appearance: The body is pitch black, just how I like my imperial stouts, but there is only a very very thin brown head despite a hard pout. The retention is poor, leaving only a thin ring and very sparse coating.
Aroma: Chocolate and sweet cherries are noticeable, backed by vanilla. This smells like a vanilla cherry soft drink in a way, except with chocolate. The aroma is certainly sweet, I enjoy it.
Taste: Chocolate and cherry are right away on the intro coming off sweet with the cherry flavor coming off a bit like a Tootsie Pop. Vanilla comes in during the mid-taste with the cherry flavor getting a tad stronger, while a touch of roasted malts presents itself by the finish. This is a nice blend of vanilla, chocolate and cherry.
Palate: Medium to thick and syrupy, light carbonation.
Overall: I like this beer, though I feel it’s suffering from two things: time and lack of carbonation. This beer is at least 6 months old so the vanilla has faded, for better or worse, and even so the cherry comes off a bit cloying despite not being overly prominent. The beer is also lacking in carbonation, which is hurting things.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mansquito (3281) - Nueva York, New York, USA - JUN 5, 2013
Fulton Grand, NY tap ($6): Pours black with a very wee head. Aroma is milk chocolate, a little bit of booze, and weakly roasted malts. Taste actually has the cherry somewhat pronounced. Nice taste of vanilla. Body is sort of weak and perhaps either not viscous or carbonated enough. Still it was pleasant enough to drink.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerKurve (488) - - MAY 21, 2013
Pitch black with a brown-almost red colored head. Has an aroma of rum raisin, chocolate, vanilla, and cocoa. Flavor is vanilla and chocolate upfront, followed by a raisin and cherry finish with a slight alcoholic aftertaste. Body is fairly light and the carbonation is very mild. Good but boozy taste. The body is a bit watery though that does not affect the taste. As an Imperial Stout, it’s fairly middle of the road


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