Troubadour Imperial Stout - Brouwerij De Musketiers
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3.4/5 rDev -13.7%
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.
02-04-2013 03:36:01 | More by Phyl21ca
3.95/5 rDev +0.3%
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.
05-19-2014 05:23:55 | More by mactrail
3.6/5 rDev -8.6%
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."
10-14-2012 00:53:43 | More by Zorro
4.15/5 rDev +5.3%
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.
10-19-2013 05:17:48 | More by superspak
3.6/5 rDev -8.6%
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.
07-06-2012 14:23:56 | More by thagr81us
4.13/5 rDev +4.8%
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.
09-30-2011 21:14:42 | More by OWSLEY069
4.48/5 rDev +13.7%
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.
09-12-2012 17:53:15 | More by Durge
3.4/5 rDev -13.7%
Got this one at Bert's Bierhuis in Utrecht.
From a 75cl bottle into a snifter.
APPEARANCE: Transparent brown pour yields a large, 3+ finger, medium looking, light tan head with very good retention. Sienna brown body, transparent, with a touch of carbonation evident. Head slowly fades to a full foam cap and leaves some immediate lacing. A good cap remains until the end and leaves some loose, chunky lacing. Not nearly dark enough for the style.
SMELL: A touch of smoky roasted malts and a good dose of dark fruits. Raisins, dates, plumbs and some spicy notes. A hint of cocoa as well. Nice, but a little off style.
TASTE: Follows the nose for the most part. Smoky and some roasted notes up front. Lots of dark fruit, such as raisins, grapes, dates and plumbs, with some spicy alcohol at the swallow. Finish is slightly roasted with some cocoa, peppery spicy alcohol and a good dose of hop bitterness. Not quite stout-like, but still an enjoyable and flavorful dark ale. Very Belgian in style.
PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation. Enough weight and creamy enough on the palate, goes down smooth with a relatively dry finish. Fine here.
OVERALL: This is definitely very Belgian, covering the Belgian strong dark ale category just as much as the imperial stout category. While this would not quench my thirst for a big imperial stout, it was certainly an enjoyable dark ale that I wouldn’t pass on if offered. Give it a chance if you see it in your area.
01-09-2012 14:21:59 | More by Jeffo
4/5 rDev +1.5%
Appearance: Opaque dark brown, with a moderate, persistent and sense tan head, which retains very well, The lacing is thick and glass-coating.
Aroma: Lots of charred malt, brown sugar, sweet alcohol, cofee, and earth.
Taste: Opens with more than a bit of charcoal, bitter cocoa, earth. As the taste progresses, the burnt flavors intensify. Throughout there is an undercurrent of sweet, spicy alcohol. Finishes with sweet alcohol, a lingering charcoal note, and bitter cocoa. Interestingly, the alcohol does not warm.
Mouth feel: Fairly full, with some biting carbonation, but pleasant.
Drinkability/notes: A little biased towards charred notes, but not bad. Best if used by date of 11/08/2016.
Packaged in a 750 ml brown glass bomber with a pry-off crown, served in a Chimay chalice.
07-20-2012 00:39:29 | More by Pegasus
Troubadour Imperial Stout from Brouwerij De Musketiers
88 out of 100 based on 104 ratings.