Imperiale Imperial Stout – Ninkasi Brewing Co. (Eugene, OR, USA) (re-tasting)

  • My Rating: [B, unchanged],  I gave it a (3.5 of 5) on

Imperiale Imperial Stout (aka Imperiale High Gravity Stout) – Ninkasi Brewing Company, 9.1% ABV – 70 IBU– 22 fl.oz., (Eugene, Oregon, USA)

on the front-right label:

Special Release Series. Rich, full bodied and surprisingly smooth, Imperiale Stout has a big roast hit up front, and rich, dark malt flavors balanced with ample hop bitterness to finish.

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  • Style: Imperial Stout
  • Taste:
  • Where I got it : BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $5 CAD ($20 for 4-pack) – 22 fl.oz., November 2014
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: I’ve had 2 and that’s enough

(Initial tasting May 2014)

Visual: Pours super dark brown with barely any head, a thin layer of retention, some minimally visible activity.

Nose: roasted caramel malts. (lvl-5)-pungency

Attack: crisp silky-fizzy mouthfeel, incoming dark caramel

Mid-palate: (lvl-6)-sweetness, (MAIN) soy sauce, deep roasted malts, coffee, caramel, chocolate, licorice

Finish: mild-medium sourness, bittersweet mocha roasted bitter finish.

Summary: A solid full-bodied stout with great smoothness and drinkability despite the 9.1%. The finish could be a bit smoother but otherwise a steal for the price.

Re-tasting July 12, 2016:

Visual: Part of a 4-pack, mixed bombers. Pours jet black with no head, a very thin island, very slow micro streams here and there.

Nose: thick molasses caramel’d barley malt, slightly musky. (lvl-4)-pungency

Attack: slightly thicker, micro-tingly/crisp

Mid-palate: (lvl-7-sweetness), thick barley malt, molasses, licorice

Finish: soy sauce, burnt bittersweet cocoa, astringent lingering bitterness.

Summary: Unchanged rating since my initial 2014 review. I’m getting less roast in this one and much more licorice and molasses. Again, solid but I can’t say that I would want another go.