RATINGS: 14   MEAN: 3.14/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.02/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
The next installment in our Private Stock series is the Imperial Black Steam. A dark Califronia-common style brewed under the supervision of award-winning Brew Master Sean Larkin as a continuing celebration of Gansetts 123 years of heritage. The Imperial Black Steam was brewed with choice malts, Northern Brewers hops, a San Francisco lager yeast and fermented at 68 degrees to enhance the natural esters of fermentation. This unfiltered American heritage-style beer delivers complex chocolaty, raisin and plum flavors and is balanced off with subtle hints of black current and spice from the hops. Weighing in at 9% Alcohol by Volume & 30 IBUs, this brew was made locally at Buzzards Bay Brewing in Westport, MA. Available in 22oz bottles and draft for a limited time only at participating retailers where Gansett is sold. Ask for it today at your local store.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
rjplumer (1063) - Foxboro, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 14, 2015
Plum, raisin and a hint of chocolate aroma. Black with a hint of ruby in the body. Thin off white head. Medium bitterness. Deep dark fruit taste. Strong but has a relatively smooth finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Travlr (23971) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - OCT 2, 2014
Bottle. Almost black, thin white head that settles quickly. Aroma of plums, prunes. Taste is chocolate covered prunes, boozy and thin.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - FEB 22, 2014
Pours dark brown with a tan head. Smells of nuts, earthy, some slight spicy elements. Tastes of semi sweet malt, spicy, some chocolatey hints, mild bitterness on the finish. Interesting.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
rocbyter (2116) - Waterbury, Connecticut, USA - JAN 26, 2014
Sharp sweet robust aroma. Brown color with a medium tan head. Mellow beginning that gets first sweet then bitter by the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
mcox90 (2044) - Wilton, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 23, 2013
22 oz bottle. Interesting pour, it appears ruby red as you pour it and you think to yourself, why is this called Black Steam. Then you look at your glass and it is indeed black, with ruby highlights. 2 finger beige head that recedes leaving copious amounts of lace. Roasted malt and lager yeast on the aroma. A bit of nuttiness as well. Some dark fruit and chocolate on the taste with some earthy hops. Neither bitter or sweet. Moderate bodied with a soft easy to drink palate. Decent enough brew.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 3/20
ziel (76) - Massachusetts, USA - DEC 12, 2013
Not too bad but not for me. Looks better than it tastes. But for a lager it does have a good flavor.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
annunz123 (957) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 6, 2013
Malt, nuts, chocolate, and some grassy hops in the aroma. Bittersweet flavor with some chocolate and fruit. Finish is more bitter than I expected, with some spice and a fair amount of alcohol. Not exactly what I expected, but pretty good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
AirForceHops (7044) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 11, 2013
22 oz. bottle. Deep brown with ruby highlights when held up to a bright light. Nose is chocolate, barley and yeast. Flavor is all over the place for me. Lager yeast, roasted barley, notes of chocolate and an almost ash flavor. Thin watery body with low carbonation. Nobody on the East Coast can really claim too much about the California Common style however, I never heard of or tasted a black example. For me this is just a very odd brew.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jow (3855) - New York, USA - OCT 30, 2013
Maybe its the fact I had one of tastiest meals of my life earlier or the taste of possible world series championship is in my mouth but Im getting almost nothing from this brew. Nose if very light dark fruits and hops. Tastes of hops bitters, black currants, plums, and some middle eastern spice perhaps but mostly lightly flavored water. Crisp and hides alcohol but this bomber is going down like water.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
puboflyons (3365) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 23, 2013
From the 650 ml. bottle. The pour is dark brown-amber with a silky beige head and a slight haze. Chocolate! Thats what I get immediately on the nose followed by am little raisin, a little black currant, and some burnt malts. The body is medium but it has an acidic feel to it too. The taste has an immediate rush of chocolate followed quickly by an assertive hop bitterness that is neither floral nor earthy but clearly there.

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