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Karl Strauss 22nd Anniversary Vanilla Imperial Stout

 
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RATINGS: 88   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.68/5   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 50   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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This years 22nd Anniversary beer is a Vanilla Imperial Stout, with a portion aged in bourbon barrels for nine months. The barrel-aged beer was then blended with a fresh batch of stout, along with the addition of fresh split Madagascar vanilla beans. The bourbon and vanilla flavors perfectly complement the dark chocolate and warming fishing of this 8.5% sipper, making it an ideal dessert or after dinner drink.

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3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 18, 2011
Thanks to HMF for the bomber! Poured cola brown, but not much deeper, with a buttermilky white head. The aroma picked up sweeter chocolates first, backed by rich vanilla beans and bourbon sweetness.. light-moderate roast to it.. very sweet, and just decadent on the nose. The vanilla beans and sweet bourbon just dominated the flavor department, with oak and lightly metallic bourbon providing some tartness on the edges.. darker chocolate and a hint of licorice deeper down.. more vanilla and barrel presence with a kiss of dark chocolate on the finish. Medium-bodied with a whole lot of sugars on the palate.. the tartness and flavors from the barrel treatment complemented it well, and I think more than 25% of the blend would have been too much.. all in all a very good brew.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAR 4, 2013
22oz bottle: pours a mostly opaque black with dark mahogany edges and a stringy-lacing off-white head. Has a sweet toasty dark caramel malty nose with good dark chocolate character and some vanilla and bourbon notes. Body starts with pretty good fullness and dark malty sweetness with dark fruits and chocolate flavor well balanced with vanilla and bourbon oak before a semi-sweet finish with lingering dark chocolate.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
drfabulous (6924) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - FEB 1, 2012
22 ounce. Not a very heavy body. Bit thin. Big taste of vanilla and oak. Tasty. But I want more stout in there to carry the show: the vanilla.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
vtafro (6884) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - JUL 22, 2014
(Backlog) Bottle at fantasy tasting at Pauls. Black pour with tan head. Vanilla, chocolate, toffee, sweet malt aromas. Vanilla dominates flavors, some oak, bourbon and chocolate tones.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
AmEricanbrew (6754) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - JUN 1, 2011
Clear dark brown color/ tan head. Mild chocolate, vanilla, boozy aromas. Medium bodied. Artificial vanilla flavors with chocolate milk, medium roast malt, boozy flavors--decent

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
PhillyCraft (6309) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 13, 2011
Bottle from Texas Liquors in Carlsbad. Pours an orange hued black color with aroma and tase of bourbon, milk stout, tangy hops, delicious roasted malts, and sugar crystals. Finishes with a dryness and vanilla aftertaste. Glass retained alot of spoty lacing and maintained a nice off white medium head. Not too bad.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Countbeer (6242) - Best of E-Town mit 2 Brauhausen, NETHERLANDS - APR 21, 2014
Bottle: Thanks Stawn: Served in a Duvel glass: Brown pour. Medium sized vanilla ish light beige colored foamy head on top of a deep dark to black ish colored beer with a ruby shine. Aromas of raisin, oatmeal, vanilla, some malt roast, light sweets, some rice, some chalk, chocolate and light roast. Flavours of cookies, vanilla, malt roast, some vanilla marzipan tones, light chocolate, some bitters, malts and toast, light light coffee, herbal roast, light mocha, light wood tones and some sweet dried leaves... Aftertaste is a mix of bitters, toast/roast, light vanilla, chocolate/bon bons and a hint of vanilla. Low carbo, creamy mouthfeel, between meeium and fuller bodied and a creamy texture. For 9%ABV this is a very nice beer!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thirdeye11 (6101) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 8, 2011
(22oz bomber thanks to bu11zeye) clear brown-ruby with creamy dark tan head. Nose of fudge and cocoa. Taste of oak, vanilla, rich chocolate. Creamy body and cola-like carbonation.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - MAR 19, 2011
Black with a creamy tan head. Beautiful chocolate vanilla and caramel aroma and taste. Quite good.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JohnnyJ (5449) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 2, 2011
Bottle. Dark brown pour, tan head. This beer is what you think it is, a mediocre stout brewed by a mediocre brewery. Roasted malt, chocolate vanilla, and light oak. Maybe a touch of fruit, but mostly sweet roastiness, not overly flavorful. Rather thin.


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