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Beer of the Week: Ninkasi Imperiale Stout

Known primarily for their excellent IPA’s, Ninkasi also has an excellent rotation of seasonal ales. The Imperiale is new for 2011, and is a 9.1% abv, 70 IBU, imperial stout brewed with 2 Row, Munich, Crystal, Carapils, Carafa and Black malts and hopped with Nugget hops.

It pours a jet black color with a thick cappuccino like head. On the nose, there are noticeable alcohol aromas, but the roast malt and hop aromas keep it in check. On the tongue this beer is a kick in the face, a boozy, malty drink perfect for a cold winter evening. It’s packed with roasted malt, dark plum, and a hint of coffee, with the sharp bittersweet hops balancing it all out. While this brew is incredibly well-balanced, it is also quite heavy and is very suited to be a sipping beer. It is complex, but simple enough for newer converts to the craft brew world. Cheers!

Rating: ★★★½☆

Beer of the Week: Ninkasi Oatis

Billed as an oatmeal stout, this offering from Ninkasi Brewing is more like a dark lager than an oatmeal stout. Which is not to say that it is a bad beer by any means, just not quite what I was expecting.

It pours a translucent dark brown with a rapidly dissipating, thin head. There are hardly any aromas with this beer. Some soft malts, with a little hoppyness, but none of the dark roasted and sweet chocolate aromas that were expected. On the tongue it starts to behave more like a stout. Some sweet chocolate malt and subtle coffee flavors, rounded out by dry hop bitterness and a hint of citrus. The mouthfeel is fairly light for the style with low carbonation. All in all, a pretty good beer which I would recommend. It doesn’t quite compare to some of the better oatmeal stouts out there, but is successful in it’s own way. Cheers!

Rating: ★★★☆☆