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Lakefront 25th Anniversary Series #01: Imperial Stout

Serve in Snifter


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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 companys 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.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beastiefan2k (3628) - HdG (past: NYC, KS, Rain City), Maryland, 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 isnt artificial. Vanilla is unnoticeable, thankfully. Chocolate character but the beer doesnt 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
esjaygee (3904) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 24, 2013
Dark brown with ruby lowlights and a very thin brown crown. Aroma picks up chocolate and cherries with some earthy and peated notes beneath and mild alcohol. Taste is sweet and boozy with chocolate, cherries and vanilla. Finishes a touch dry. Not bad.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
hopscotch (10707) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 15, 2013
Bottle... This beer rocks! Hazy dark-brown pour that sits black in my glass with a small, creamy, rust-colored head. Smells like a brownie - heaps of dark chocolate and toasted nuts, along with a subtle blueberry component. Full-bodied and mega-velvety with airy carbonation. The bittersweet flavor is a marriage of charcoal and ash accompanied by plenty of fudge. Near-perfect balance. Finishes lightly sweet, chocolaty and a just a hint boozy. If memory serves - and it usually doesnt - this is by far the best offering Ive ever tried from Lakefront! Bottle courtesy of FlandersNed!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beersorcerer (44) - Armpit of the Panhandle, Florida, USA - NOV 10, 2013
Malty sweet aroma mixed with a touch of chocolate and some alcohol finish. Dark brown pour topped with a medium brown head with a small amount of retention and a little lace. Not much carbonation present. Chocolate dominates the taste from coca with a slight bit of alcohol that strengthens towards the finish. Malty roasted mouth-feel and barely noticeable dryness complements a sensation of drinking a dark chocolate bar. A not too complex RIS that is easy drinking.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jkwood04 (5320) - Connecticut, USA - OCT 8, 2013
12oz bottle in a tulip. Pours black with a tan head. Aroma of roasted malts, some chocolate, coffee, a little vanilla, and dark fruit, plus some dough and light bitter notes. Flavor the same with a pretty good blend of everything. Smooth texture. A pretty good beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
weihenweizen (3224) - Charleston Area, West Virginia, USA - SEP 9, 2013
Refrigerated 12 oz. , bottled on date 12/23/12, brown bottle poured into a snifter. Pours coal black with medium medium brown head which dissipates quickly. Aroma is dry chocolate, thick body, low carbonation, and little lacing. Taste is dryer fairly rich chocolate, some vanilla, and ash finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
smith4498 (3568) - Miami, Florida, USA - SEP 5, 2013
Pours very dark brown color with light brown head. Aromas of roasted malts and chocolate. Roasted malt, dark fruit, and chocolate flavors with a slightly ashy finish. Full body with soft carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Strykzone (6848) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - SEP 4, 2013
On tap at Global Edw. It arrived in a tulip black with a creamy tan head. I expected a roasted aroma and was surprised to find cream, cocoa, and dark fruit instead. The flavor began with cocoa and coffee. Dark fruit and some cherries. Vanilla is lighter. Some lactic notes. Alcohol was very well hidden until the last sips when just a whiff was caught. However, by the bottom of the glass I was kind of ready to move on.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ben4321 (5881) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - SEP 1, 2013
Location: 12 oz bottle from Buy Rite, 9/1/13

Aroma: The nose is right on from the description: lots of chocolate and vanilla, with some cherry
Appearance: It pours a dark brown-black color with a brown head and some drippy lace
Flavor: The taste is rather sweet and malty, a little roasty, with some mild booze and mild bitterness
Palate: The body is medium, it is a little sticky, with a soft carbonation, and light heat
Overall Impression: This was an interesting Imperial Stout. It is interestingly sweet in this style. I cant, off-hand, think of another one it reminds me of. Anyway, this is worth trying.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Scrapersnbeer (1532) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 27, 2013
Aroma is some cask, cocoa, lactic vanilla, and even some chocolate cherries. Thick, viscous black with dark tan head. Sweet chocolately taste, like a dark chocolate and vanilla ice cream float. Thick, heavy coating body, slick though, very drinkable except for the overall heaviness.

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