Category Archives: American Imperial Stout

Abnormal Maple Mornings

Brewery: Abnormal Beer Company
Country: USA
ABV: 12.5%
Style: American Imperial Stout
Other Notes: Imperial Stout with maple syrup, coffee & vanilla

Brewer Description: (from bottle) Flapjacks and phat stacks. If you like pancakes, then to you this is money! Maple syrup aroma engulfs the room when you pour this. Once you take a sip the coffee and vanilla take over, but then leave you with even more maple goodness. A slight roastiness from the malt lingers around and helps accentuate all the other flavors. It’s thick and sweet just like a good stack of pancakes should be. Perfect for breakfast, dessert, or general sharing. Because sharing is caring.

My rating: 3
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.96
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.8

Intro: A 500ml bottle with no clear bottled on or best before date. Poured into a snifter glass.
Appearance: Dark brown to black in colour with a very thin brown head that dissipated quickly and left no lacing.
Aroma: Pancakes, maple syrup, roast, coffee, chocolate and vanilla with hints of toffee.
Taste: Sweet, maple syrup, roastiness, coffee, milk chocolate, vanilla and toffee. Finish is lightly bitter which tries to balance the sweetness at the beginning.
Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with soft carbonation.
Overall: On the verge of being too sweet while cool, but as it warmed to a more reasonable Imperial Stout temperature, the intensity burst through and I felt that it became way too sweet with lots of strong maple flavours and toffee pushing through. The coffee, vanilla and bitterness were nice, but weren’t strong enough themselves to balance the intense sweetness and bring it back in line. Too sweet for me. I’d drink this cold, but that probably not the temperature it was intended to be drank at.

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Abnormal Makaveli

Brewery: Abnormal Beer Company
Country: USA
ABV: 10.8%
Style: American Imperial Stout
Other Notes: Imperial Stout with vanilla, coconut & coffee

Brewer Description: (from bottle) East Coast, West Coast… Pastry stout, lager beer… Can’t we all just get along? This was originally a bi-coastal collaboration that we decided to make as a seasonal delight; released to celebrate the life of the hip-hop superstar Tupac Shakur. This beer is dark, rich, sweet, and downright delicious. A gang of coconut ran through every part of the process with a couple of reinforcements like whole Tahitian vanilla beans, and a custom coffee blend from Mostra Coffee coming in after fermentation. The result is a dessert-like beer that is great for sharing. R.I.P Tupac.

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.02
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.8

Intro: A 500ml bottle with no clear bottled on or best before date. Poured into a snifter glass.
Appearance: Dark brown in colour with pretty much no head and no lacing.
Aroma: Light roast, coffee, chocolate, and vanilla with hints of coconut and licorice.
Taste: Much like the aroma, light sweetness, light roast, chocolate, coffee, licorice, vanilla and hints of coconut.
Mouthfeel: Creamy, medium bodied with soft carbonation.
Overall: Nice easy drinking Imperial Stout, but body was a bit on the light side and coconut was not really coming through strong enough versus the other flavours.

Buxton x J. Wakefield Coral Castle

Brewery: Buxton Brewery x J. Wakefield Brewing
Country: England
ABV: 8.5%
Style: American Imperial Stout
Other Notes: Coconut Infused Stout

Brewer Description: (from can) Coconut-infused Stout brewed in Buxton, a collaboration with J. Wakefield Brewing, visiting from Miami, Florida.

My rating: 3
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.7
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.6

Intro: A 440ml can, canned on 26th March 2019 and with a best before date of 26th March 2021. Poured into a snifter glass.
Appearance: Dark brown to black in colour with a half finger light tanned head that dissipated fairly quickly while leaving some nice lacing.
Aroma: Roasty, toasted coconut, coconut cream, chocolate truffle and coconut flakes.
Taste: Light roast, light sweetness, creamy, chocolate, coconut, coconut cream, light bitter finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with soft carbonation.
Overall: It drinks easy but I wasn’t too fond of the coconut creaminess aroma and flavours. I would have preferred it if it was more toasted coconuts or coconut flakes instead of coconut cream.

Magic Rock Bearded Lady Dessert Edition Hazelnut Bourbon BA

Brewery: Magic Rock Brewing
Country: England
ABV: 10.5%
Style: American Imperial Stout
Other Notes: Malts – Golden Promise, Malted Oats, Chocolate Malt, Black Malt, Brown Malt & Premium English Caramalt. Hops – T90-Magnum, Whole Leaf-Herkules & Target. Adjuncts – Hazelnut, Vanilla, Cinnamon & Cacao Nibs

Brewer Description: (from can) Bourbon BA Imp Stout, Hazelnut, Vanilla, Cinnamon, Chocolate.

My rating: 3
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.05
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.9

Intro: A 330ml can packaged in July 2018. Poured into a snifter glass.
Appearance: Dark brown to black in colour with a one finger brown head that dissipated fairly quickly to a thin layer but left some spotty lacing.
Aroma: Hazelnut, wafer, cacao, chocolate, fudge, vanilla and a hint of cinnamon.
Taste: Sweet but not overly so, chocolate, hazelnut, wafer, vanilla, bourbon and cinnamon.
Mouthfeel: Moderate to full bodied with soft carbonation.
Overall: Nice BA Imperial Stout with good nuttiness and wafer flavours balanced with chocolate and bourbon. Could be fuller though as it was a lighter than expected.

Kings Racks On Racks

Brewery: Kings Brewing Company
Country: USA
ABV: 12%
Style: American Imperial Stout

Brewer Description: (from bottle) Imperial Chocolate Vanilla Bomb with Madagascar Vanilla Beans and Cacao Nibs.

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.93
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.8

Intro: A 500ml waxed bottle (that while looks nice, was just a pain to open), with no clear bottled on or best before date. Poured into a snifter glass.
Appearance: Dark dark brown to black in colour with a half finger brown head that dissipated fairly quickly while leaving some spotty lacing.
Aroma: Milk chocolate, cream, vanilla and a light nuttiness.
Taste: Moderate sweetness, chocolate, vanilla and cream.
Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with soft carbonation.
Overall: Lots of chocolate and vanilla and not too sweet. If body was just that little bit fuller, it would have been even better.