Tuesday, May 24, 2011
Karl Strauss 22nd Anniversary Vanilla Imperial Stout
I picked up a bottle of Karl Strauss 22nd Anniversary Vanilla Imperial Stout while in San Diego and shipped it home to review. The beer pours a dark brown color with a foamy tan head. The aroma consists of chocolate, vanilla bean, oak, and toasted malts. The taste is smooth and milky with lots of chocolate, similar the flavor and consistency of a dark hot chocolate. The alcohol and toasted malts then jump out of the beer and prickle the sides of the mouth. On the finish, some warmth and soothing vanilla is present to complete the experience. The alcohol content is 7.5% ABV. This has to be one of the smoothest drinking imperial stouts that I have ever had, and I really enjoyed the milky chocolate flavor with the pinch of alcohol.