QuezXLV (423) - Virginia, USA - MAR 6, 2013
He aroma is nice and sweet but subtle. The color is black with almost maroon suds. This imperial stout is on the chocolaty side and slightly roasted.
- Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone drpimento (3634) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 2, 2013
Big beer. Poured at a good temperature with a light brown, thick, foamy head that settle to an island and ring and a little lace. Aroma is malt, roast, molasses, old leather. Color is an opaque black brown. Flavor’s like nose with more going on. Cocoa really comes out and sits on the fence between bitter and bittersweet. Also is a little soy, licorice, and medicine. Body is good; ditto carbonation. Finish is very long, a little boozy, and memorable. crossovert (12907) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 23, 2013
This is awesome, definitely like a vanilla/cherry/cocoa dessert but not too sweet. tricyclist (1125) - Florida, USA - FEB 17, 2013
Sample pour of deep dark murky with a full red head. Nose is full coffee with moderate bitterness and some milkiness. Flavor is fairly bitter but opens nicely with some time. Good coffee notes and mild booze. Drinkable and enjoyable. mrjaxson (586) - .08 Junction, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 15, 2013
Imperial stouts tend to be a meal by themselves and finishing even a 12-oz bottle can be a chore. Lakefront’s Anniversary Series Imperial Stout, though, is surprisingly light. Vanilla and chocolate square off in the aroma while the cherries lurk in the background, awaiting the finish to come through. Worth drinking slowly as the cherries become more distinctive as the beer warms. The high alcohol content is nicely cloaked, and I’m glad I’m enjoying it at home and have no driving ahead. I need to find this puppy on tap before it’s gone--with a designated driver, of course.
madvike (3260) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 12, 2013
Bottle graciously given to me by cptnspeed1...thanks Brad! - Pours black with a dark tan head. Tons of vanilla on the nose, milk sugar, coffee grounds, hazelnut, and some lightly charred malt. Cherries come through in the taste, along with more vanilla. Sweet, but fairly restrained and with a lightly charred malt to cut the sweetness. Finishes with more light cherry and milky sweetness. A bit thinner than I would have guessed, with light carbonation and some slickness. I liked this one--it’s pretty mellow for an Imperial Stout, which is right up my alley, but with some interesting facets to it. MaltOne (368) - Wisconsin, USA - FEB 7, 2013
UPDATED: DEC 18, 2016 Saved a bottle from 2013... Massive aroma of treacle, molasses. Still Opaque black, coffee color. Flavor has migrated to slightly sour as the forward taste. Still has the licorice, coffee, dark roasted malts - these have become the subtle complexity. Viscosity remains impressive, an almost oily amber rim forms around the edge. Overall... did not age as well as some I have set aside, but very satisfying none-the-less.
2/7/13 - Aromas of chocolate, deep (not burnt) roasted malts, vanilla. Opaque black coffee in color with a thick dark tan head. Subsides but leaves a pretty rim of foam. Flavors of coffee, a dark but creamy chocolate (probably the cocoa nibs which have a distinct flavor); hints of licorice; dry finish. Creamy, appropriately thick on the palate, slightly oily. Overall, somewhat restrained and mellow compared to others; and not wildly complex. But great viscosity, mouthfeel; nice balance, sometimes restrained is good; very accessible. nuplastikk (6255) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 29, 2013
12oz bottle. The above description seems inaccurate at this point. Opaque black body, creamy rusted beige head. Not much in the aroma surprisingly, pretty mellow, some cocoa. A pretty solid imperial chocolate stout, rather easy drinking, doesn’t really show it’s strength. Not much in hop balance, which is not a surprise for Lakefront. Big cocoa chocolate flavors, but frankly..who knows what natural flavors they added. Overall pretty enjoyable, lacks some depth..sort of like a streamlined version of a big Danish Imperial Stout. dwm1034 (784) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 26, 2013
Split 12 oz bottle with sherm1016...thanks! Pours black..thin head. Sweet / cherry nose. Tastes include vanilla, chocolate, cherry...tasty Lubiere (13900) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 26, 2013
A deep dark stout with a thin brown head. In aroma, grassy chocolate malt with light dark fruits. In mouth, a smooth sweet chocolate with vanilla, grassy hops, sustained bitterness, loads of alcohol warmth, nice. On tap at Istmus Beer and Cheese Fest, Jan 19 2012.