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Midtfyns Imperial Stout - Midtfyns Bryghus

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Midtfyns Imperial StoutMidtfyns Imperial Stout

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80 Ratings

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Ratings: 80
Reviews: 39
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 9.14%
Wants: 3
Gots: 8 | FT: 1
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Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Phyl21ca on 03-19-2008

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Ratings: 80 | Reviews: 39
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Photo of ThickNStout
3.92/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

50cL bottle from Hop City (Atlanta, GA). 8.99. Batch 0001, whenever the heck that was bottled. Served in a Cigar City snifter.

Pours a muddy dark brown with a half finger of dark cream head. Little patches of lace.

Smells of chocolate, woodsy vanilla and sweet dark fruit.

Tastes of smooth vanilla, chocolate, mildly bitter creamed coffee, stone fruit, molasses and sugar cane. Alcohol is near hidden in the sweet smooth blend of flavors.

Medium full body with mild but tingly carbonation. Long bittersweet vanilla coffee finish.

This is a great case for barrel conditioning. Smooth and sweet but not unnaturally so. Very easy drinking for near 10% abv. I would certainly enjoy drinking this again some time.

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Photo of Jason
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml brown bottle with a freshness date on the bottle.

The head has no problem reaching the top of the glass, not a gusher but quite expressive ... sticky as well. Nearly pitch black. Chocolate mousse, faint ripe dark fruit and peppery alcohol fills the nose. Very creamy with a slightly think body. Lots of chocolate on the palate with a hint of rum raisin and highly roasted coffee. Oak? Ghost like buttery tone. Warming and almost spicy alcohol keeps to a modest level and lets the malt run for a while. Chocolaty finish on the dry side.

A solid brew, a brew that should not be so drinkable for its size. Glad I ran into this beer.

Photo of Mora2000
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle at a recent tasting.

The beer pours dark brown with a tan head. The aroma is caramel, chocolate and roasted malt. The flavor is more of the same with loads of coffee, chocolate and coffee. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of BGDrock
4.16/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: very dark brown with touch of ruby; forms a think head like frothed egg whites, mocha coloured and sticky, good retention

Aroma: sweet chocolate, vanilla, cinnamon, clover

Taste & Mouthfeel: big dark chocolate flavour, creamy mouthfeel leaving almost an oily slick of bitter malt and hops, a flavour which really picks up in the finish and provides great length; a perfect level of heat from the alcohol; burnt coffee beans - thinking of chocolate covered coffee nibs now; puckeringly dry and only a touch of sweetness to foil this and the increasingly bitter notes - which is starting to have a resin flavour in the finish

Overall: it's a heavy hitter, with big punches of dark/burnt malts, bitterness, and heat; fortunately they've come together in a great show; you might want this on it's own as a night cap

Photo of Sammy
3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Looks-Good,pours black with three eights of an inch white head, lots of lacing.
Aroma-classic RIS roasty, malty.
The oak really comes through the flavour,however a little sour acid throughout. Some solid characteristics but better care could have been taken, particular with the bitterness.
Thanks again Michael P.

Photo of DaveBar
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Purchased at the LCBO for around $8.00 for a 500ml bottle. Served at 8deg C in a tulip

A- Opens well and pours dark with a TON of head that stays forever

S- Pretty good chocolate and malt backbone

T- A bit thin here. Would like to have seen more coffee. Decent chocolate

M- A touch lacking here. Thin and dry. Way too chalky

O- Pretty good. Not a bomb by any means but not the best.

Food Pairing

This nice imperial stout went well with..... Tacos! A bit overpowering to tell you the truth but pretty good!


Photo of emerge077
3.61/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to anders36 for this extra...

Very sticky, copious lacing. The surface of the foam is soft and satiny, with a nicely thick density. It looks black, but when held to the light there was a glint of ruby shining through.

Aroma was ok, sort of a typical stout...roast malt and wet barley.

Taste was a little bit grainy, raw husky barley with some dry bakers chocolate and tobacco notes. Slightly astringent like an old porter. Dry and grainy. Overall this was a good stout, nothing over the top. The abv was pretty well disguised, still i'm glad to have shared the 50 cl/16.9 oz. bottle.

Photo of bluejacket74
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle, Batch IS0001. Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with an inch and a half tan head. Head retention and lacing are both good. The brew smells like roasted malt, dark fruit, molasses, oak, coffee and bittersweet chocolate. Taste is similar to the aroma, but with the addition of some vanilla and burnt/charred malt. Good balance between the different flavors, none of them seem dominant compared to the others. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's creamy and coating with moderate carbonation. I think it's a good overall brew, I'd like to try it again. $10.29 a bottle.

Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of thewolf: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a nice dark brown foamy head with good retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of dry coffee with some roasted malt and huge notes of black chocolate is well balance. Taste is a mix between some roasted malt with some notes of black chocolate and some dry coffee. Body is quite full and has a somewhat creamy texture which I appreciated with some good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Probably not the most complex but very well balance with some nice black chocolate notes which I appreciated.

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.06/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours pitch black with a half finger light brown head with good retention and light lacing. Aroma of smoky dark toasted malt, dark dried fruit, chocolate and light vanilla, woody. Flavor is a mixture of fresh and dried dark fruit, toasted malt, vanilla, hints of coffee and oaky wood. Finishes with dark fruit and dark malt. Medium bodied, lighter than expected with good carbonation. An interesting imperial stout with more fruit flavor than normal, perhaps due to a Belgian style yeast.. The malt is not as dense and smoky as the aroma indicated, but is well balanced with with the lighter fruit flavors. The high ABV is surprisingly well covered. A nice, smooth complex imperial stout. Well done.

Photo of papat444
3.41/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Thanks to hoppypocket for this one.

Poured from a 500ml. bottle (best before 02-04-2015) and drank at near room temp.

pours a very dark body with a fizzling head that dissipates after a few minutes and leaves no trace behind. Kind of disappointing. Aroma is nice though, rich bittersweet chocolate. Flavor has a dark roasted feel (vaguely reminiscent of coffee but different) with chocolate but the body is thin and ends up affecting the flavor. It's almost like i had poured some water into my stout, tastes and feels diluted. Disappointed by this one.

Photo of spinrsx
3.64/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml Bottle from the Ottawa LCBO for $6.50 or so

Appearance - Dark brown colour with an average size frothy/fizzy beige head. I can't make out the amount of carbonation showing and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for over 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, chocolate, coffee, vanilla, hops, grains

Taste & Mouth - There is an above amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, chocolate, and coffee. There is also some vanilla, burnt/charred notes, and an odd musty flavour that I can't put my finger on.

Overall - There's something odd with the taste and it is a little astringent. It has a nice smell but seems a little amateurish in a few ways. Worth a try but not a repeat purchase.

Photo of liamt07
4.22/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of Sammy, shared with him and Steve. Batch IS0001. Served in a tulip.

Pours black, with some dark ruby notes. Tan head with solid retention . Nose has oak, loads of brown sugar, some sweet vanilla notes, very mild chocolate quality to it and some roast. Some dark fruits make their way into this one as it warms. Some light booze comes through briefly. Taste has some dark fruits, oak, vanilla and more brown sugar. An almost coffee-like bitterness in the finish. Great drink, no sense of the alcohol. Medium low carbonation. A real pleasure, my favourite for the evening.

Photo of cbutova
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks again and again to my buddy Chico1985 for being so generous. Always grateful. Apparently its Stout Day today.

A- 500ml bottle poured to a large tulip glass with a deep black body and a mocha-tan head rising up to a finger. Tiniest bit of dark brown at the edges. Thick creamy texture and pretty good head retention. A silky ring leaves lacing in large sheets and long splotches.

S- Roasted barley at the forefront with a cocoa note that has sweet and dark bitter character. Spiced raisins, prunes and dried dark fruits certainly come to mind complimenting the aforementioned malts. Aged oak hints open up with time.

T- Rich but not just a roast bomb. The lack of a roast dominance does not compromise the flavor's quality as the dark fruits like raisin, fig and plum meld with the dark and bitter roasted malts. From the first sip I noticed an aged beer feel that reminded me of Port or a deep, strong wine. Nothing woody for me but a hint of vanilla bean which could be from oak. Leathery deeply caramelized sugar hints (somewhat like Candi sugar).

MF- Not super thick and oily but still very substantial on the palate with a silky creaminess. Carbonation lands at a medium level and that contributes to the smooth puffy feel. No alcohol warming for me as the ABV is superbly concealed.

I often find that fruity or vinous flavors in Imperial Stouts can really throw off the balance of flavor. Here it is the opposite, a dried dark fruit and Port wine character enhance the chocolate and charred grain flavors present in this beer. The oak isn't primary but might contribute to the development of some of those flavors. A pleasant surprise out of Denmark.

Photo of thehyperduck
4.22/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

500 mL bottle picked up at the LCBO; best before May 28 2016. Served at cellar temperature.

Pours an opaque blackish-brown colour, crowned with nearly two fingers of puffy, light tan-coloured head. Legendary retention; the creamy foam sticks around for the better part of 10 minutes, slowly devolving into a lumpy, half-inch cap. The aroma is rich and enticing, comprised primarily of roasted malts, dark chocolate, molasses, and dark fruits that include date, raisin and prune. Hints of vanilla and oak become more prominent on the nose as the beer warms, with some herbal, boozy undertones for added complexity.

Tastes every bit as rich as the aroma suggested. Molasses and caramel join in with the dark chocolate and roasted coffee bean notes afforded by the roasted barley malts. Vibes of raisin, plum and date come through mid-sip, with the finish dominated by a bitter, almost charry astringency accompanied by more baker's chocolate and some anise. Oak and vanilla are detectable here, as well, but are not particularly noticeable features. The roastiness fades slowly in the aftertaste, which is dry and somewhat warming. On the fuller side of medium-bodied, with light carbonation levels that mildly agitate the palate upon each sip, and softens as the beer has time to breathe. The alcohol is relatively well-hidden, but the intense flavours and bitter finish still do a lot to limit this one's otherwise-dangerous drinkability. This one improves significantly as it warms to room temperature.

Final Grade: 4.22, a well-earned A-. This is not the best beer of its kind that I've had in recent memory, but Midtfyns Imperial Stout is still an interesting, worthwhile brew that I'm glad I picked up. The oak aging did not seem to contribute a whole lot to this beer's flavour profile, which is unfortunate - but the end result remains impressive, with a nice array of chocolate, coffee, and roasted malt goodness to peruse with each sip. All impy stout fans in this province should strongly consider grabbing a bottle before stock runs out.

Photo of rarbring
3.72/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer is very dark, almost black, a tan head that leaves some lacing.

The smell is dominated by the caramel malt, sweet burnt notes, toffee, sherry, coffee beans, dark bread crust.

The taste is very sweet, brown sugar and caramel with strong coffee and cocoa. A rather short (too short) bitterness at the end.

Low carbonation, sticky and oily mouthfeel.

Well done, but too sweet for my taste. A bit better when moderated with dark bread and salt butter.

Photo of jdhilt
4.23/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a two finger khaki head that fades quickly to thin layer, leaving a good lace. Black color, no highlights. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Chocolate, coffee and molasses nose and flavor is roasted chocolate, molasses. Caramel and coffee finish. High ABV is hidden. Not labeled a RIS but tastes like one. $8.99 for a 500ml bottle from Beverage Warehouse Winooski, Vt.

Photo of DenisKolkin
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle served cool into a Keith's glass. Purchased from LCBO for about $5.50 CDN.

Appearance - very dark brown, nearly black, opaque and imposing. Capped by a three and a half finger head. Phenomenal retention and a sheet of lacing sticks to the glass.

Smell - big nose, boozy rich with a roastiness and a astringent licorice aroma. Some coffee nicely blended in there. Definitely not for the faint of heart. Some pepper and even a strange ammonia like quality. Some caramel aromatics interspersed.

Taste - boozy and roasty, with a loco rice like flavor blended with some very bitter chocolate and a touch of coffee. Further into the sip there's a caramel quality that blends with an earthiness followed up by ash and licorice again. Melds nicely together.

Mouthfeel - slick and a bit oily, with a spritzy feel at first than mellows as it sits in your mouth. Drier than average finish.

Overall - a very solid stout with a bigger than average licorice presence, otherwise meets the usual roasty and coffee flavours. Wonderful for licorice lovers and definitely worth a try for those who love the big stouts.

Photo of Rizalini
4.07/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Found this bottle at Khoury's in Las Vegas. Batch IS0001 poured into my Deschutes tulip...

A - Pours a dark brown color, no light shines thru this one. The 1 finger tan head fades rather quickly leaves little lacing.

S - Smells chocolatey and warm! I get some hoppy notes mixed in, along with a woodsey oak aroma.

T - Definately warming oak hits my tongue first. Alcohol taste is present as well, but it is a 9.5%. I get a butterscotch, or toffee flavor in the middle. Bittersweet chocolate finish it off.

M - Medium mouthfeel, a little lighter than I prefer my imperial stouts to be.

O - Different from most other stouts I've tried. I guess the biggest difference is that I want my imp. stouts to be bold and heavy. This has a real good flavor profile, it's aged in oak, but it's just not big enough to be great.

Photo of Chico1985
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Batch # IS0002 on the label. The wide world web gives no hint as to when it was bottled, but I believe it to be somewhere between 18-24 months old.

Big ol pour from the 500ml to a big ol Duvel tulip glass. Black beer with a beige head that stands tall to start, ends as a ring and slight cap.

Smell - Caramel, milk chocolate, coffee grounds, dark fruit, on the sweet side but with a decent dose of roastiness.

Taste - Raisin and licorice take over a little more here with chocolate and molasses taking a back seat, maybe the slightest bit of oak there, coffee ground finish. Has a cool aged dessert port wine feel. Roast is probably even less present, definitely on the sweet side of things.

Mouthfeel - A little bit on the thin side, medium-level carbonation, some alcohol heat but pretty smooth.

Overall - Good, I THINK age has been kind to this beer, has that ol cool aged stout flavor going on. Though more roast to balance out the sweetness and fruitiness would be good. Wasn't getting much from the oak.

Photo of gwlesher
3.38/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tap House Copenhagen. No citrus whatsoever.

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.41/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice looking label on this one. Sold!
Small printing on the bottom of label says this is oak aged.

Comes out of the bottle dark brown, but looks black in the glass. Slightly off white froth, maybe hints of rose. Lacing is nice

Rich yet subtle caramel in the nose, some cocoa and black plum, maybe pruned. Some faint vanilla.

This RIS is a bit thin for the style, but it has some good flavors. The balance of roasted malt, cocoa, caramel, vanilla and some dark fruits is quite nice. It's not a big-mamma-chicken and that's a good thing. Very drinkable for 9+%

A bit more than a introductory to the style. Probably one to drink at parties and not worry about friends stealing sips that you'd have to beat them

Photo of Savelmaa
5/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer blew my mind.

Photo of illidurit
3.65/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice deep brown with a fluffy tan head. Soft, chocolatey aroma with minimal roast character, very Danish I reckon. Something perfumey in there too, maybe grapes. Flavor is a direct recreation of the smell. Chocolates and fruit with no bitterness, roast or alcohol. Not bad but lacks oomph. A little low on carbonation too I notice. A solid but unspectacular brew.

Photo of kevinlater
4.11/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle into snifter. "Mindst holdbar til: 28-05-2016". enjoyed on october 6, 2014

a: pitch black, three fingers of tan head

s: chocolate, a bit of vanilla, a bit of alcohol, molasses. some dark fruits

t: huge cocoa/dark chocolate all around, as well as a prominent and lasting roasted malt character. dark fruit and licorice mid-palate, with extremely shy hints of vanilla. slight alcohol cutting through but it's very tolerable. a lovely mild-to-moderate hoppy bitterness closes things out here and dries the palate

m: medium-plus body with easy carbonation. somewhat creamy

o: a solid imperial stout. doesn't really excel at anything but it's chocolaty, roasty, and tasty. the label does claim that "This beer has a powerful oak... and vanilla character" which i'm not getting at all, but it's still a delicious brew

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Midtfyns Imperial Stout from Midtfyns Bryghus
88 out of 100 based on 80 ratings.