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Imperial Stout - Antares

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Ratings: 14
Reviews: 9
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 10.85%
Wants: 8
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-27-2006)
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Reviews by Pepeton:
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4.6/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I got this one courtesy of a co-worker that had a vacation in South Argentina at a sky resort.

This style is another first for me. And I have it from Argentina.

As with the Barley Wine, I made my homework and read reviews as well as descriptions on the style so I could fairly review this one.

This Argentinian ale comes from a brewery founded by three friends from a city called Mar de Plata and in the label they state that they want to rescue the true brewing tradition. So far I have tried four beers from them. And all were very good brews.

As far as I know their brewing, they deserve nothing by respect since Argentina is a well known wine producer. To install such a business in a country more prone to wine drinking takes more than entrepreneur skills and money. It takes a lot of courage and desire to work hard to accomplish your goals.

The label, as well as with the other beers from this micro, are very well designed. This one describes the style and the beer using a font that resembles very antique handwriting. Beautiful piece of work.

Now, the review:

Pours a dark mahogany, with a small dark head; little lacing all along the glass.

Smell is deeply malty, roasted malts, actually. Sweet aromas of red fruits arise; I notice some woodiness, probably from rich oily hops. Despite it's 8.5% ABV tag I just can't perceive alcohol.

Taste matches the smell since roasted malts prevail, with chocolate or mocha flavors also. They are so intense that I feel I can chew on this beer. Somehow it reminds me the Guinness Special Export Stout.

Mouthfeel is full bodied, no doubt. Leaned toward the malts, of course. Nice bitterness at the end.

Drinkability? Well, if I can ever put my hands on more of these... I'll have it!

These beers from Antares lifts my hope for better beers from the region and for the world. If these three pals could only find the way to export I'm sure they would be contenders.


Serving type: bottle

01-11-2007 16:46:33 | More by Pepeton
More User Reviews:
Photo of deac83


3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

05-24-2014 23:03:47 | More by deac83
Photo of fede_glodo


4.06/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It's a strong and powerful beer. Nice dark appearance with a good retencion according to the high alcohol by volume, which is also present in aroma, mixed with coffee traces.
A beer with presence and a really high quality. A good option in the craft market

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2014 15:10:39 | More by fede_glodo
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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

12-16-2013 02:30:36 | More by EgadBananas
Photo of Wobbly


4.5/5  rDev +19%

12-16-2013 00:48:18 | More by Wobbly
Photo of dbattey

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

08-17-2013 01:53:32 | More by dbattey
Photo of Noelito76

New York

3.25/5  rDev -14%

03-02-2013 04:20:38 | More by Noelito76
Photo of warnerry


3.48/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Was pleasantly surprised to find an RIS in Buenos Aires.

A - Pours a dark brown, but not black, as some light penetration is visible. Has a bit of a reddish tinge. One finger of tan head has decent retention and leaves some lacing.

S - Quite a bit of dark chocolate and roasted malt, including a bit of char.

T - Roasted malts up front, including a bit of smoke and char. Not as much bitter chocolate as I got from the smell. Char seems to build a bit as I get through the glass. Decent hop presence lends a bit of bitterness to the finish. Pretty good, but too much char taste for me.

M - Mouthfeel is a bit thinner than i would like for the style, but is medium and somewhat creamy, with a dry, roasted finish that is also a touch bitter.

O - Not a bad RIS, but a bit too thin and ashy to be something I would want to revisit.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2011 01:01:24 | More by warnerry
Photo of wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

3.33/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

pint glass at the brew pub 19/8/11

A dark cola with a two finger mocha head that slowly falls to a thin film leaving a couple partial rings of lace

S faint coffee and coco powder with a little nuttiness

T some faint hops and molasses on top of what I smell, as it warms some dark fruit and faint smoke

M very thin for a RIS just a little heat on the finish

O very basic RIS but if itś as strong as listed the well concealed booze should count for something

Hard to call this a RIS its not very dark and the flavors are rather mellow, served way too cold

Serving type: on-tap

08-20-2011 01:32:55 | More by wordemupg
Photo of mcbiydw2

United Kingdom (England)

4.08/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Sampled in an Antares bar in Mendoza, Argentina (among other places.)

Dark brown to black with ruby highlights. Small white head and light carbonation.

Excellent malty, roast aroma with high coffee notes.

Taste of stewed fruits and chocolate, definitely a dessert beer, the aftertaste is of coffee. Overall feel is of a thick, vinous, sherry like dessert wine. There is an element of Barley Wine in this. One for sipping.

Complex, a good beer - the best in the Antares range.

Serving type: on-tap

06-19-2010 03:45:34 | More by mcbiydw2
Photo of jazztoloc


3.6/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint from a 330 ml bottle.

A: Looks creamy, dark brown, mahogany. The head is medium brown and doesn't stay long. Small lacing on my pint.

S: Roasted malts, coffe and butterscotch all over. The smell is actually pretty nice.

T: The 8.5% ABV is really nice blended with the beer, I couldn't isolate the taste of it. This is a very malty beer. Coffe flavor is big.

M: Medium body, light carbonation.

D: This is a nice beer to be around, however, it seems to me that this beer is more a Porter than a Russian Imperial Stout. If I had made an strict review acording to the style, I'd lower the points on it. Overall, this is a fine beer to drink, salud!

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2010 04:00:48 | More by jazztoloc
Photo of bark


3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The colour is black with a red-brown edge, the liquid is clear. The high foam forms a finger tick airy beige head. No lacing.

The smell is creamy, dry and heavily roasted. Some alcohol. Coffee, smoked ham, sweet black bread. The flavours are well balanced.

The taste is heavy and thick. Lots of heavily roasted malt - drinking this one is almost like chewing on a piece of dark rye bread. Creamy notes of coffee, sweet cookies, almonds and fresh meat. It develops into a warming alcoholic sweetness with a slowly growing clean and rather sour bitterness. Medium body. The aftertaste got its share of alcohol, too, with flavours of roasted nuts, dark chocolate and some dried apples. The finish is clean with a roasted feel.

The carbonation is mild with some fresh medium sized bubbles. The liquid is thick, but not ass smooth as I had expected.

A powerful and balanced beer. Still, I would like some more complexity in the flavours and a bit more body.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2008 21:16:49 | More by bark
Photo of baggio


3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Another rare beer from Antares. Bottle at Monks Café in Stockholm, Sweden.

A: Pitch black with a generous. creamy foam.

S: Soap, licorice, milk-chocolate.

T: Coffee, dry hops, nuts, sweet fruit.

M: Thick and rich feel with a low carbonation. Luxurious.

A damn fine stout from Argentina. Try it if you can find it!

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2007 19:18:31 | More by baggio
Photo of Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark brown/black, tan head, modest retention, good lace.

S: Chocolate, brown sugar, licorous, fruity ale esters and a hint of sherry.

T: Chocolate, burnt caramel, brown sugar, coffee, nut, hints of fruity esters; modest bitterness.

M: Moderate body, well attenuated, hint of chalkyness, dry finish.

D: Very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2007 01:36:35 | More by Derek
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