Troubadour Imperial Stout - Brouwerij De Musketiers

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88
very good

112 Ratings
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Ratings: 112
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 12.47%
Wants: 3
Gots: 16 | FT: 0
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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(Beer added by: OWSLEY069 on 09-30-2011)
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4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.4/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a deep black color stout with super large dirty brown foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma of light roasted malt with light sweet notes and a Belgian yeast finish. Taste is dominated by medium dry roasted malt notes with light sweet notes and with some black chocolate notes with a fruity Belgian yeast finish. Body is bit light for style with great carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Not enough complexity for the style.

Photo of kylehay2004
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of TMoney2591
3.14/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served from tap in a snifter at Beelow's.

A new beer on tap means a new beer in my glass, especially in the time between the end of a shift and the impending beginning of a movie. This stuff pours a very deep black-brown topped by a finger of tan foam. The nose comprises roasted malts, mild coffee, a hint of treacle, and a few bits of cocoa powder. The taste generally brings in more of the same, though from about the middle through the finish an intense roast- and coffee-based bitterness overpowers all else, literally causing a gradual recoil reaction (it takes a moment to realize what's happening in your mouth). The body is a stolid medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a drying finish. Overall, a solid stout that just overshoots things with that unnecessarily powerful blast of bitterness.

Photo of russpowell
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of mactrail
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very dark brown in the Troubadour branded narrow tulip. Quite a big head which settles down to a surprisingly spritzy and sudsy mouthfeel.Rich yet tangy.

There is a distinct tart edge to this. Big chocolate taste and a winey, malty substance but not a bit sticky. Hoppy tasting with a bitter flavor of dark roasted coffee. Minty notes and a fruity finish of overripe nectarines. Hint of prunes and charred malt. Totally sippable.

An interesting variation on the really big stout theme. I wouldn't call it Russian; I like Belgian imperial stout. On tap at The Public House in La Jolla, Calif.

Photo of DrunkinYogi
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of superspak
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into signature tulip glass, bottled on 6/5/2012. Pours lightly hazy deep reddish brown color with a 2 finger dense and rocky khaki head with incredible retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Dense soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of chocolate, roasted malt, cocoa, toast, toffee, raisin, fig, pear, clove, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of roasted malt and yeast ester notes; with good strength. Taste of chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, coffee, toast, toffee, raisin, fig, clove, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of chocolate, cocoa, coffee, roasted malt, raisin, fig, toast, toffee, clove, herbal, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity and balance of dark/roasted malt and yeast ester flavors; with lush robustness and no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very creamy and silky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a really excellent Belgian imperial stout! All around great complexity and balance of dark/roasted malt and yeast ester flavors; and very smooth to sip on. A very enjoyable offering.

Photo of Zorro
3.6/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear dark brown with a all and thick brown head.

Smell is rich. Strong chocolate and toasted bread with a slight licorice scent. Coriander and spice mostly green cardamom.

Starts out moderately sweet with a lot of chocolate and a little charred malt. Tastes much like it smells except no spice flavors. This is all chocolate and char with a little toasted bread flavor. Alcohol is completely hidden as are any real hop flavors.

Mouthfeel is average.

Overall a tasty beer but not really what I would call a RIS. There needs to be a category for the Belgian version, call it "Belgian Stout."

Photo of dmorgan310
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of Zaphog
2.5/5  rDev -36.4%

Photo of vfgccp
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of Hopheadjeffery
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of Griffith
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of thagr81us
3.6/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from tap into a Troubadour tulip. Poured a massively dark reddish brown with a three finger khaki colored head that subsided to one finger very slowly. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of roasted malt, dark fruit, dark chocolate, milk chocolate, and subtle cream. The flavor was of roasted malt, dark chocolate, subtle alcohol, and wood. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a pretty decent brew. I really liked the aroma on this one as it smelled like I had just walked into a chocolate store which was quite appealing. However, the flavor did not follow suit and was not quite as complex as the nose led on. It was a little more on the bitter side with the roastiness and dark chcoolate character going on. Worth trying if you get the chance however.

Photo of OWSLEY069
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep amber to black in color with a light tan head. In the aroma, coffee and a small smokiness. In the taste, coffee, small sweet oatmeal, and a note of smoke. A small bite and medium to bigger bodied mouthfeel, with a dry roasted coffee in the aftertaste. Big coffee, and dryer and a bigger roast than the standard Obscura.

Photo of Durge
4.48/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Found on tap at Decicco’s in Brewster, NY this imperial stout is awfully black, solid as night with a big oatmeal colored head and good lacing. The aroma is an edibly beautiful roasted nut-toasted malt combo with a woodsy, near peat deepness that is mellow and inviting. Not real obtuse, but just nice. The flavor comes on with a pleasing roasted malt and licorice grass. It’s so smooth and nearly full bodied but it has a mild carbonation and virtually rolls over the tongue like good water. Roots and leafy hop hints really work together beautifully. While you can sense a little alcohol, it does not suggest 9% at all. The malt character leans to the leafy side to make this pretty unique. It’s pricey but it earns the right. A quality brew worth trying.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of tom10101
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of cdwil
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of lupercmda
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of JohnK17
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

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Troubadour Imperial Stout from Brouwerij De Musketiers
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