Friday, November 14, 2014

Ninkasi Imperale High Gravity Stout Review

Brewery: Ninkasi Brewing Company
Location: Eugene, OR
Beer: Imperiale
Style: Imperial Stout
Serving: Snifter Glass (22 oz.)
ABV: 9.1%

I got a chance to review Ninkasi's Imperiale Stout this past week and decided to write a review of this seasonal release from Ninkasi.

A (3/3): Pours murky black, allowing no light to pass through. The tan head is light and frothy, like that of a cappuccino and leaves behind a dense, rocky lacing.

S (9/12): Deep roasted malt aroma with some coffee and lots of dark chocolate, There is some hop character but its not as complimentary to the roasted aromas as I would have thought. Some sweet vanilla and caramel flavors come through, but only as an afterthought.

T (15/20): The taste was that of coffee and dark chocolate.  After the first sip, the mild bite of the roasted malts come through in a slightly burnt flavor. The mild sweetness of raisin or plums is present and rounds this beer off nicely.

M (3/5): Imperiale has the mild alcohol bite, but it is to be expected with a 9.1% ABV beer.  A full bodied stout with a thick, silky mouthfeel that finishes creamy and stays coating your mouth for a few seconds after swallowed. It has a faint bitter bite, from the roasted malts, but it doesn't detract from the beer.

O (7/10): A very good imperial stout with a higher ABV, but not the burning sensation that sometimes accompanies that.  Silky really comes to mind when describing this beer it coats and stays with you for a decent time after drinking.

Total: (37/50)

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