Left Hand Imperial Stout

Left Hand Imperial Stout

Rated 3.650 by BeerPals
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Brewed by Left Hand Brewing Company

Longmont, CO, United States

Style:  Imperial Stout

10% Alcohol by Volume

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Imperial Stout is a silky smooth, very flavorful black brew. It is a traditional style of strong stout originally brewed in Britain for export to St. Petersburg, Russia. The malty sweetness of the beer is tempered by a medley of roasted malt and the aggressive use of hops. A long conditioning time gives the brew time to mellow and mature. The beer is not filtered, allowing every subtlety and nuance to be enjoyed.

ID: 10233 Last updated 15 years ago Added to database 17 years ago

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Overall Rank1432
Overall Percentile97
Style Rank237 of 1790
Style Percentile86.8
Lowest Score2.1
Highest Score4.6
Average Score3.695
Weighted Score3.650
Standard Deviation0.580

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  • THIRSTYONE 563 reviews
    rated 4.6 7 years ago

    Aroma: 9 | Appearance: 9 | Mouthfeel: 9 | Flavor: 10 | Overall: 9

    I am very happy i picked this one up.An excellent Imperial Stout.Deep brown, nice thin top, followed by great flavors and the backbone to balance the 10% alcohol.Well worth the price, and this one could be aged for years im sure.

  • LENUSIK 2067 reviews
    rated 3.7 9 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 7

    I really enjoyed this beer, but that masses don't seem to like it as much as me. A brownish black pour with a tight creamy head. Cocoa and coffee are the aroma du jour, while the flavour isn't as bitter as others, allowing this to be an easy drinking Impy Stout

  • JABAH 1780 reviews
    rated 4.3 12 years ago

    Aroma: 9 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 9

    This is almost everything I am looking for in a beer. Taste, appearance, strength, etc. I wouldn't go as far as saying it's the "perfect" beer, but only one or two steps down....for me. Not super dark black like most stouts, but a very dark brown- maybe small hints of amber in the color. It is pretty thick but not overwhelmingly dense. Taste is both sweet and bitter...hard to tell which is more. Maybe slightly more on the bitter end. Oh yeah, did I mention the strength? If you are looking for something in the 14-20% range this may not be for you, but at 10% I'd recommend only drinking one 20oz. at a time....or splitting one with a buddy.

  • CHEFCHAD 542 reviews
    rated 4.2 12 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 10 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    Lets be honest here.. For the money and the style of the brew... It is a very nice deal... Smells milk duds and vanilla and some hops on the nose. Pours a rich midnight black with some tan head. Full body in this one with a very smooth and silky feel. Flavor a nice sweet and roasty chocolaty yummy thing going on. Vanilla and some smoke... A Lot like the milk stout but on steroids!

  • RJA 2975 reviews
    rated 3.9 12 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 9 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    Okay, Left Hand delivers again. Deep, dark blackness in the color. The head, though is a bit disappointing. Tightly frothy tan head didn’t stay around too long but leaving some lacing. There’s coffee and a strong scent of alcohol in the nose. Thick, syrupy. The alcohol and mocha-caramel malt are dominate in the taste. Through the alcohol I could detect an ever faint bitterness. All in all a pretty good stout.

  • CYBERCAT 10266 reviews
    rated 4.5 12 years ago

    Aroma: 10 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 9 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 9

    Comes out of the tap a very deep sable, just a shade above black. Smoky roast-coffee aroma has an undertone of molasses. Flavor has a surprisingly strong sweet component, as well as tones of roast coffee and hints of licorice and red wine. Smooth, nicely thick texture has a hard edge to it.

  • PHILBERTGODPHRY 142 reviews
    rated 2.7 12 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 5 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 5 | Overall: 5

    Sampled from quaternio. I am quite disappointed in this one. Both the aroma and flavor are far too weak for the style. A bit of sweet, smokey malts on the nose and palate, a touch of alcohol and that's about it. Not a BAD beer, just not nearly as good as I was hoping for.

  • CHEAPDARK 389 reviews
    rated 2.1 12 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 5 | Mouthfeel: 2 | Flavor: 3 | Overall: 3

    Big dark pour but not opague and not solid black. Very little aroma, probably due to my stuffy nose. No head. Taste is big black and terrible, on style burned alky. If there is any carbonation, I can't detect it because of the over the top flavors. Finish borders on rude strong ale. Unfriendly and too much. Imperial stout charred wood alky linger.

  • KINGER 2328 reviews
    rated 3.7 12 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 7

    Milk chocolate, coffee, toast and a hint of whiskey make for a very inviting aroma. Rich black pour, vanishing thin head and decent lacing. After a while the beer looks fairly "flat". Velvety and creamy with a medium thickness. Sweet then strongly bitter with a high alcohol presence. Big chocolate flavor and a hint of vanilla. Nutty along with some burnt malt and peat. A taste of whiskey coupled by some strong evergreen hops stand out in the aftertaste. This is good...just not great.

  • JERRYMORRISON 2130 reviews
    rated 3.8 13 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    Left Hand I.S. poured a black body, turning into a deep ruby when held to light. A creamy thin cap, with a little carbonation left some lace. Aroma of coffee, chocolate and alcohol. Taste was similar with the alcohol dominating the intial sip, turning into a sweet malty body, and then a coffee aftertaste. Mouthfeel is a bit light however. Overall its a pretty decent brew, I will have to try more of the Left Hand brew Co. products.

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