Category Archives: American Imperial Stout

Three Floyds x Mikkeller x Warpigs Black Flame

Brewery: Three Floyds Brewing Co. x Mikkeller ApS x Warpigs Brewpub
Country: USA
ABV: 12%
Style: American Imperial Stout

Brewer Description: (from website) The Black Flame (La Flama Negro). It burns bright for those who care to notice. It takes a true beer lover to stray from the norm and experience real flavor. If you can’t handle the black flame, you can’t handle adventure. Made in conjunction with Mikkeller.

My rating: 2
My rating: 3.42
My rating: 3.2

Intro: A 22oz bomber, I think bottled in 2015 (but nothing clearly marked on the bottle). Poured into a snifter.
Appearance: It was black in colour with a dark brown hue on the sides and a one finger mocha head that had decent retention and left some nice small spotty lacing.
Aroma: Orange citrus fruitiness and milk chocolate with hints of roasty coffee and some kind of spiciness.
Taste: Milk chocolate and molasses sweetness, roasted coffee and orange citrus with a hint of dark chocolate bitterness.
Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with low carbonation.
Overall: You’d think that orange and chocolate flavours go well together, and it started off ok enough. But after a while, it just felt a bit too sweet and hard to finish. The orange was overpowering compared to the chocolate and I think it would have been better if it was the other way around. Just didn’t quite work for me.

BrewDog x Beavertown BrewDog vs. Beavertown Coffee and Cigarettes

Brewery: BrewDog x Beavertown Brewery
Country: Scotland
ABV: 12.1%
Style: American Imperial Stout
Other Notes: Hops – Chinook and Magnum

Brewer Description: (from bottle) Coffee and Cigarettes. A perfect percolation. Blacker than a Milan Espresso. This smoking gun of a stout gives you both barrels. Smoky peat, roasted coffee and bitter chocolate on the nose. Big espresso and molasses on the palate with subtle notes of coconut, vanilla and raisin. Coffee and Cigarettes – for those of us who want to stay up late and drink beer.

My rating: 4
My rating: 3.94
My rating: 3.8

Intro: A 330ml bottle with a best before date of 12th March 2022. Poured into a snifter.
Appearance: Black in colour with a half finger mocha head that dissipated quickly except for parts that clung around the glass and sparse spotty lacing.
Aroma: Chocolate and roasty coffee with hints of oak, charcoal, whisky and smoky peat.
Taste: Sweet, smoke, peaty whisky, plum and raisins with only hints of the roasty chocolate and coffee that I got in the aroma.
Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with light carbonation.
Overall: This was not at all what I was expecting. The roasty chocolate and coffee that was so evident in the aroma was completely overpowered by the strong barrel character of peat and whisky such that in a way, it didn’t feel like an Imperial Stout. That’s not to say that it wasn’t good, but it would definitely help if you enjoy peat like I do. The result seemed like an easy to drink peated whisky minus the kick.

The Bruery Share This: Coffee

Brewery: The Bruery
Country: USA
ABV: 11.9%
Style: American Imperial Stout
Other Notes: Imperial Stout with coffee. Our first release sources coffee from the Philippines, and supports Free Wheelchair Mission

Brewer Description: (from bottle) Share This experience with a friend, and in the process you’ll be part of helping friends in the Philippines become mobile for the first time. For every bottle we produce, Free Wheelchair Mission receives one dollar. #sharethisbeer made with Mostra Coffee.

My rating: 4
My rating: 4.22
My rating: 4

Intro: A 750ml bottle, batch #315, bottled on 2nd May 2016. Poured into a Lost Abbey teku glass.
Appearance: Dark dark brown in colour with an almost two finger dark mocha head that had pretty good retention and left some lacing.
Aroma: Dark roast coffee, dark fruit plum and raisins, molasses and dark chocolate.
Taste: Dark fruited chocolate, cherry and plum sweetness, molasses, booze. Only light coffee notes along with hints of caramel.
Mouthfeel: Smooth, medium to full bodied with light carbonation and a hint of alcohol.
Overall: The coffee flavours were not as strong as I would have expected. To be fair, it has been almost one year since bottling, but there are many examples of Coffee Stouts, where the coffee has held up really well. Having said that, this bottle is still tasty and really easy to drink, and whereas some Imperial Stouts I can sip for hours, I have pretty much finished this 750ml bottle in less than an hour, which is really fast for me, for a beer with double digit ABV%.

All In Hustle Imperial Stout

Brewery: All In Brewing
Country: Sweden
ABV: 9.8%
Style: American Imperial Stout
Other Notes: Brewed by All In Brewing at West Coast Bryggeri, Sweden

Brewer Description: (from bottle) Hazelnut Imperial Stout.

My rating: 3
My rating: 4.02
My rating: 3.8

Intro: A 330ml bottle with a best before date of 13th March 2019. Poured into a snifter.
Appearance: It was black in colour with a one finger dark khaki head that dissipates fairly slowly and leaves spotty lacing.
Aroma: Chocolate, roast malts and hazelnuts with hints of coffee.
Taste: Sweet chocolate, vanilla and hazelnuts with a hint of molasses and dark fruit and a light black coffee bitter finish.
Mouthfeel: Slick, medium bodied with low carbonation.
Overall: This was quite nice although the body was lighter than I hoped for.

Omnipollo Hypnopompa Bourbon BA

Brewery: Omnipollo
Country: Sweden
ABV: 11%
Style: American Imperial Stout
Other Notes: Brewed at Brouwerij de Molen in the Netherlands

Brewer Description: (from website) Hypnopompa is our Imperial Stout brewed with almost 100 kilos of marshmallows and Tahitian vanilla beans (the size of cigars). Low carbonation and boiled a bit extra for good measure, this is a beer strictly for the stout inclined. Drink now or age for many years. Bourbon barrel aged edition comes with a gold cap.

My rating: 3
My rating: 3.56
My rating: 3.5

Intro: A 330ml bottle (gold cap, bourbon ba) with a best before date of 20th July 2023. Poured into a snifter.
Appearance: It was a black colour with pretty much no head or lacing.
Aroma: Strong bourbon, vanilla and brown sugar with hints of coffee, star anise and marshmallow.
Taste: Liquorice, bourbon, chocolate, coffee, oak and vanilla. There is a slight smokiness on the finish and also a hint of dark fruit.
Mouthfeel: Full bodied with low carbonation.
Overall: I’m not sure what happened here as I normally enjoy Omnipollo stouts much more. For me, I think there was just too much liquorice and bourbon which overpowered everything else.