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RATINGS: 9   MEAN: 3.69/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.28   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 14   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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Imagine the rich roasted malts, smooth mouth feel and subtle sweetness of our award-winning Milk Stout, kicked up a notch or two, by the infusion of dark-roasted, small batch coffee from our friends at Lancaster County Coffee Roasters. At 8% ABV, cracked coffee beans in the mash, coffee in the boil and cold brewed espresso in the finished beer, just think of Imperial Jo as Milk Stout’s rowdy big sister.


3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Darkmagus82 (1809) - - OCT 15, 2014
Transfer from BA review on 4-11-14- Poured from bottle into a snifter Appearance – The beer pours an almost pitch black color with a one finger of tan colored head. The head has a good level of retention, slowly fading to leave a moderate level of lace on the sides of the glass. Smell – The aroma of the beer is huge of a sweet caramel and milk chocolate smell mixed with tons of a milky smell. Along with these sweeter smells are some hints of a roasted malt and a bit of a coffee like smell, bringing a bit of a late like aroma to the smell. This one has very big, sweet and darker aroma producing a smell that is akin to chocolate milk shake with a bit of a coffee smell mixed within. Overall the aroma is very delicious smelling. Taste – The taste begins much drier then the nose would have let on. It begins with tons of a roasted malt taste with some hints of a dark chocolate flavor and a bit of a caramel and vanilla flavor. As the taste moves forward the caramel and vanilla begin fading, all the while, with a bitter coffee flavor working its way onto the tongue. The coffee starts out lighter, but grows rather intense more toward the end of the flavor profile with a little bit of an earthy and herbal taste coming to the tongue as well, bittering the overall taste even more. In the end with a bit of a lactose sugar flavor bringing a light level of milky sweetness to the brew, one is left with a nice cappuccino like flavor to linger on the tongue. Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on slightly thinner side for a milk stout of 8 % abv. with a carbonation level that is on the lower side. The lower carbonation is fantastic for the darker and coffee flavors of the brew, but a thicker and creamier body would have been better for creating a more milk chocolate cappuccino like feel to the brew, really accentuating all the nice flavors. Overall the feel was just OK. Overall – The aroma was awesome, the taste was dry, but quite nice none the less, but the feel could have used a bit of a thicker feel. Overall rather nice however and a nice one to try if you are looking for a somewhat drier coffee milk stout.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DocLock (8053) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 29, 2014
Bomber from Capones. Pours thick dark black with tan head that laces well. Nose is fresh coffee, dark malt, cacao. Tastes smoothg, with a big coffee and lactic creamy flavor, dark malts, dark chocolate, and late hops. Finishes complex. Delicious.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
EithCubes (5085) - New Jersey, USA - JUN 6, 2014
Bomber, love the deranged cow artwork. Nose lightly sweet with heavy dark roast, notes of tar and faint ash, fainter chocolate; some salty and oyster-type pings as well. And dominant coffee, of course. Pours very dark brown but still lets a smidgen of light through, supports a dense and rocky light brown head. Watery-light body with semi-sweet, baker’s chocolate with medium-roast coffee, some nice charred and burned notes, but the swell of acrid swipe off the top of the roast doesn’t pair so well with what sweetness is here (it’s magnified to cloy). Alcohol is, however, very well integrated. No fruit or heavy ale character, but also not dry and brutal as on the other side of the scale. Honestly, this is somewhat closer to an East German Schwarzbier than an impy or coffee stout.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
keanex (1502) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - MAY 25, 2014
On tap at Joe Canals West Deptford.
Appearance: Black body with a tall and creamy tan head.
Aroma: Big coffee and chocolate, sort of espresso bean brownie like. Very nice.
Taste: Slightly creamy with prominent earthy slightly astringent coffee. Hints of chocolate throughout. A nice coffee stout though lacking a little in the malt presence.
Palate: Medium bodied, moderately carbonated.
Overall: Not a bad coffee stout, this is priced nicely and definitely drinks nicely. I wish the malt base were a bit bigger though.

2.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 5/20
magicmicks (4) - - APR 14, 2014 does not count
Lancaster Imperial Jo is a different kind of beer I like the dark color and the complex notes that it brings forth when drinking it the espresso is an ice pack note and look forward to having more of it...Once you get a taste you want more

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kramer (5086) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 27, 2014
Tap. Pours a clear dark brown body with a frothy one finger light brown head. The nose is roasty with some lactose and a nice dark roast coffee. The flavor is pretty dominated by the coffee, with a little lactose on the finish. Nice roasty and lightly burnt maltiness throughout. Medium bodied with fizzy carbonation and a lingering roasty finish. Decent beer, but not a favorite.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerathon (1271) - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 6, 2014
A fun, bigger version of their Milk Stout, although I still prefer Milk Stout. This is good though, with big time coffee profile and nice bittering hops.

2
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 4/20
ms31plumb (1) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 6, 2014 does not count
A tasty brew with a smooth finish that is great mixed with the double chocolate stout.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mikericm (10) - Forest Hill, Maryland, USA - MAR 6, 2014
Very potent, but tasty brew. I was told the coffee was use throughout the entire brewing process. Hence the potency. Loved it. It had a strong coffee / espresso taste, which of course complimented all the maltiness. Not bitter at all. VERY smooth. And definitely didn’t taste like an 8% brew. Please bottle it so I can bring some home.


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