Kosacken - Hantverksbryggeriet AB
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3.49/5 rDev -4.1%
Got this in bottle from a Polish Supermarket in Brooklyn, NY. Funny little stubby bottle. The fact that it was a Swedish imperial stout caught my eye. Though it's a hard beer to decipher, the previous reviews got the details.
A: Looks like a stout, not an imperial stout. Too much brown and not enough black, though still an attractive pour. The beer lacks a thickness, and pours fast, with an effervescent head that I'm not used to from this style. The head is there, but it doesn't last.
S: Smells nice- molasses, chocolate.
T: Sweet still, still chocolate, but sour like a Flemish ale especially in the later portion of the taste.
M: Carbonation is too quick to dissipate, not embedded in the taste. Alcohol is hidden relatively well.
Interesting find. Would drink again under the right conditions, but would prefer an Old Rasputin.
09-14-2013 14:41:07 | More by clevelandhops
3.29/5 rDev -9.6%
Appearance is a dark brown with a thin beige head that dissipated far too quickly. The nose was more sour notes than anything else -- way out of place for the style. The flavor profile includes roasted malts, but the overall taste is far too light for an RIS. The body is also very thin and oddly fizzy instead of creamy.
Basically, this offering is an average stout (maybe), but it certainly lacks all the enjoyable traits of an RIS.
08-30-2013 03:12:56 | More by 57md
2.9/5 rDev -20.3%
11.2oz bottle poured into a large snifter. Can't find any bottle codes. Bought it yesterday at Malt & Vine.
Pours surprisingly (disappointingly) light, pretty translucent. I've had much darker stouts, let alone Russian Imperial Stouts. Small beige head, surprisingly coarse carbonation. Smell is pleasantly chocolatey, lots of anise (black licorice).
Taste is oddly light and fruity and sour, not much of the chocolate and anise flavors that I was hoping would come out based on the aroma. It actually gives me a bit of a cherry soda impression, which is not what I'm looking for in a Russian Imperial Stout. The sourness does not belong.
Mouthfeel is light, not sticky, effervescent (weird for RIS).
Overall, I would not rely on this as an example of the style. And I won't buy it again.
08-25-2013 21:03:49 | More by snaotheus
3.78/5 rDev +3.8%
A: Pours all brown thick head at first. After a while the head starts to set while the dark brown head, almost black, rises. Rich lovely lacings after forever...
S: Hard roasted dark malts, sweetness and vanilla. Strong black coffee alongside with dark bitter chocolate. Some citrics notes hidden in the back. Some smoked notes as well.
T: Sweet roasted malt together with rich vanilla notes. Everything else, from the smell, is overpowered by the sweet malty vanilla notes.
M: Fullbodied, low carbonated nice aftertasting bitter and burnt beer.
O: Perhaps my bottle has been cellared for some time - the fresh one would probably get a little lower ratings.
08-09-2013 19:07:23 | More by Evil_Pidde
4.01/5 rDev +10.2%
Reviewed from notes. Had on-tap at Mr. Dunderbak's. Served in a goblet.
A: Very dark brown, nearly opaque, with a sizable mocha head and low visible carbonation.
S: Very roasty coffee malts, a bit of chocolate, with big raw tobacco aroma. There is a milky/creamy/lactose aspect as well.
T: Follows the nose, though there is significantly less coffee than in the aroma, and the tobacco flavors take on moderate hints of smoke, with a background of chocolate.
T: Thinner body than expected but not quite out of range for style. Low carbonation sensation as expected, and the alcohol is well-hidden (although the ABV is quite moderate for the style).
O: Good beer and one I enjoyed. Nothing I'd actively seek out again, but a decent offering from a brewery I'd never heard of.
04-08-2013 23:21:43 | More by macrosmatic
3.68/5 rDev +1.1%
Almost a finger of tan head. Pitch black body.
Smell is roasted malt, charred wood and molasses. Nice and bold.
The taste is roasted malt with a touch of sweetness and a dry bitter finish. Pretty good.
The body was a little light and fizzy for an imperial stout.
A well built ale.
12-30-2012 05:33:46 | More by Fatehunter
3.75/5 rDev +3%
A dark, black, brew, a brown sugar, small lacing, good curtains.
A small smell, coffee, red fruits, chocolate.
Sweet brown bread, brown sugar, caramel, minimal coffee notes.
Little carbonation, smooth, sticky and oily, but a rather thin body.
A nice ? Baltic Porter ?
07-21-2012 19:07:38 | More by rarbring
3.58/5 rDev -1.6%
Pours with a one finger khaki head that fades quickly to a thin layer, leaving some lace. Black color, no highlights. Medium carbonation and light-medium bodied. Chocolate nose and flavor is roasted chocolate, dry chocolate finish. Thin, not malty enough and low ABV (7%) for a RIS. $5.49 for a 330ml bottle from Beverage Warehouse Winooski, Vt.
04-25-2012 22:00:01 | More by jdhilt
4/5 rDev +9.9%
Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours very dark brown, appearing black. Thin tan head that dissipates to a ring, light lacing. Light aroma dominated by molasses, light malt and chocolate. Taste is mellow roasted malt, chocolate, light coffee. Flavor is subdued, but nicely integrated and pleasant. Medium bodied, but surprisingly creamy with a very pleasant mouthfeel. This is much closer in style to a foreign stout than a RIS. I enjoyed this, but the price (nearlly $9 for a small bottle) is cost prohibitive. Glad I tried it.
03-01-2012 04:51:18 | More by LiquidAmber
3.93/5 rDev +8%
Beer #8 from Shogo in the blind beers BIF.
Served in a tulip (as this is what Shogo designated as the proper glassware!)
As always; opened, poured, and sampled completely blind... (until I reveal the beer when I'm about 1/2 done drinking it, allowing me to properly score to style).
Pours a deep dark black, almost shiny and glossy like the surface of a dark marble. Creamy looking dark tan head settled quickly into a listless collar and thusfar I've seen only the spottiest of lacing. Lots of red and brown hues in the edges and legs.
Smells of giant chocolate and coffee notes.
Why the hell dis Phil tell me to use a tulip?! A snifter would seem more appropriate!
The coffee and bitter cocoa notes are too intertwined to be disentangled. The coffee flavor actually seems to come from the malts, rather than any actual coffee beans added. A little caramel sweetness also occurs upfront and some dry roasty bitterness hits on the backend.
The feel is a little thin for whatever type of stout this is, and it is a hair overcarbed on the tongue... A little less might help make it feel more creamy.
So... This is some sort of stout. It is in the same type of stubby 11.2 oz bottle as all the other strange imports that Phil has sent so far, so I'm thinking it is more of the same.... Although, I don't get any Belgian yeast in this one.
--REVEAL-- Hantverksbryggeriet Kosacken
An imperial stout from Sweden.
Not bad Sweden.
Not bad at all.
I retract all my comments regarding the lack of good beer coming from within your snowy borders! Add "decent stout" to the list then!
02-03-2012 02:54:05 | More by AleWatcher
3.53/5 rDev -3%
Appearance: Pours a matte black body with a quick accruing froth comprising a mocha-hued head.
Smell: A sharp slice of roast with bitter chocolate, fire-charred licorice twists, burnt fruits, a splash of liquor, and a little umami.
Taste: Strong roastiness upfront cut with bitter chocolate, a puff of smoke, basic licorice, and some sugary caramel. Incidental hop profile. Some peppery alcohol. Some sips yield rich chocolate and caramel, but some sips press upon you the less desirable harsh tones. Drying, lightly bitter, slightly savory finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-plus carbonation.
Overall: Well, it's a bit different, and, maybe, in an ideal mood, I could even give it a half-nod of approval.
01-14-2012 16:46:24 | More by ChainGangGuy
3.98/5 rDev +9.3%
Strong, smoky aroma has quite a fierce alcohol overtone, more what one would expect from a barleywine. Unfortunately, it tends to overwhelm the "stouty" parts of the otherwise quite inviting aroma. It pours a rich, warm sable with a thick and fluffy, if not too persistent, dark chocolaty-tan head. Flavor has roast quality coffee, unsweet chocolate and woody tones with a hint of licorice - alcohol bite is not nearly what the aroma suggests. Smooth, full-bodied texture has plenty of fizz and just a bit of an alcohol nip. Like stouts? Look for this one!
12-04-2011 03:35:47 | More by Cyberkedi
Kosacken from Hantverksbryggeriet AB
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