Lakefront 25th Anniversary Series #01: Imperial Stout

Serve in Snifter


on tap


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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
QuezXLV (422) - 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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hayduke (5171) - Eureka, California, USA - MAR 25, 2016
Sent to me by Strykzone. Thanks Dave. Poured a viscous jet black, with a tan head. Moderate lacing. Nose of very dark chocolate, coffee, and dark friut. Full body. Flavor is the smelled chocolate and coffee, along with burnt malts, malt aroma with strong chocolate and coffee character. Hints of ash, the finish is long and bitter. Lot going on here. Almost too much. The burnt taste got in the way little. But overall quite a beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 13, 2015
Pours viscous, jet black and completely opaque with a half finger mocha head that immediately settles into a thin, lasting ring. Minimal spotty lacing left behind. Slightly smokey, roasted dark malt aroma with strong chocolate and coffee character. Hints of ash, charcoal and burnt toast followed by dark chocolate powder, used coffee grinds, oatmeal and licorice. I usually like smokey aroma but this smells more burnt than anything with a bit of chocolate. On the lighter end of medium body with a blend of smoke, deeply roasted malt and sweet chocolate. Very dry and bitter but never becomes overly acrid with ash, burnt toast, oatmeal and stale coffee beans. This is countered by a much sweeter chocolate presence than anticipated. Hints of caramel, toffee, silky dessert like chocolate and lactose sugar. Theres also some licorice, dark fruit and boozy sweetness rounding things out in the finish. The high ABV is nicely masked and the sweetness in the finish make it easier to drink but its still a little heavy on the smoked/burnt malt for my liking.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Homer321 (4850) - Melboring, Florida, USA - APR 10, 2015
Bottle. Deep dark licorice and luscious chocolate nose. The aroma is as solid as any Impy stout Ive had. Pitch black. Minimal head. Taste is a tad disappointing when compared to the aroma. Seems a bit thin and watery with a harshly roasted watery weirdness. Wish the taste lived up to the nose.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Westmeister (2129) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 21, 2015
March Ale Alpharetta. Age didnt do this one too well. While the alcohol is nonexsistant, the rest of the umph of the stout has faded. Bits of cocoa, vanilla and some dark fruits remain, but it is a watered down and lacking the carbonation to carry the remaining flavors.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
GTAEgeek (2162) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - MAR 19, 2015
12 oz. bottle shared by Freya at Ale Alpharetta. Black, with a tan ring. Orange juice, coffee, caramel, and bitterness chocolate. Heavy body, sticky, and slick. This is a weak imperial stout. Not bad, but not impressed.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
HonusWagner (2168) - Florida, USA - SEP 7, 2014
Rich, sweet chocolate. Somewhat chalky. A bit of metallic twang. Not impressed. You tricked me, Ratebeer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jtclockwork (16244) - , New Jersey, USA - JUL 19, 2014
Bottle thanks to Bobby. Homebrew day. Pours black brown head. Nose/taste of cocoa nib, dark cherry, roast chocolate, milk chocolate and tar/molasses/sap. Medium body.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
SlovakSniper (5529) - Candiac, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 19, 2014
355 ml. Noire comme la nuit. Mousse brune crmeuse qui cherche la tnacit. Nez de chocolat, de gaufrette au caramel, de vanille rtie avec un fond de tabac pipe. Got de ptisserie chocolate sur fond rti avec quelques grains de caf frachement moulus enrobs par une mlasse fruite. Corps de moyenne densit avec un ptillement plutt bas et une texture crayeuse. Une finale trs amre de chocolat presque pur et presque poivr.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
fluffy (2472) - St Petersburg, Florida, USA - APR 25, 2014
more of a dry cocoa than a chocolate nibs flavor, but still a nice robust stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DuffMan (10150) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 20, 2014
Bottle. Oily near-black pour with a slow-to-form finely bubbled brown head. Aroma is very fudgey, chocolate liqueur, subtle coffee. Flavour is rich cocoa without being cloying or fake, some subtle vanilla sweetness, finishing with a distinct capsicum note. This greenpepper finish did not ease off, and if anything became more apparent as the beer went down. No hint of the cherries anywhere-- but I didnt care, as this beer sat very well with me just the way it was. Best offering from Lakefront? Yep, I think for me it is! Even after having visited the brewery.

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