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Troubadour Imperial Stout - Brouwerij De Musketiers

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BA SCORE
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
Brewed by:
Brouwerij De Musketiers visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: OWSLEY069 on 09-30-2011)
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Photo of StaveHooks
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A - Dark garnet body with a massive 3 finger head that forms a middle mountain of curved mounds that last throughout the glass. Sticky 3D lacing is splattered allaround the glass. Good looking stout.

S - Clean chocolate, toasted sweet bread, coffee comes through with notes of caramelized toffee, sweet cream, and loads of chocolate.

T - Awesome dairy chocolate flavors, creamy, roasted malts, sweet with a spicy bitterness that wicks away most of the the sugary sweetness, roasted malts. Some bitter dark fruit, dried prunes and pears are the main fruit players while a chocolate covered banana flavor comes through at the end. Finishes with a grassy and roasted bitterness.

M - Full body, moderate creamy carbonation, lush and full feel with a dry finish.

Awesome stout here. Very creamy and decadent while keeping excellent balance. This reminds me of my wife's Christmas hot cocoa. Very nice Impy stout. Decadent chocolate flavor with a robust and balancing roast. Pick this up if you see it.

Photo of zonker17
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of russpowell
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of wordthief
4.68/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I am a stout fan above all. This beer has a gorgeous head. The aroma is chocolaty and so refined it is more like a wine to appreciate. The color is a dark caramel which is almost black but creates a malty, chocolaty colored head. The pour has a crisp sound of flowing malt.
The bottle came with a netting over it, giving it quite the appearance. The flavor is deep with many secondary notes which are good to the middle and back of the tongue. This is indeed a wonderful beer which I rate at the top of my favorites; Left Hand Milk Stout, Young's Double Chocolate Stout, Bellhaven Stout.

Photo of IrishGermanAmerican
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

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.

Photo of ZachBurns
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of aflies
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of jeffack
5/5  rDev +27.2%

Photo of bump8628
4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Darkest brown but not quite black, healthy head of fluffy tan foam that stays around in big clumps. Smooooth chocolate. Milk chocolate, dark chocolate, and hot cocoa. Subtle coffee and smoke with a mild but balanced earthy hop bitterness. Not overly sweet. Light caramel and vanilla accentuates the chocolate flavor. Really a nice imperial stout and I can't believe the bargain at $5/750ml. The most chocolate forward beer I can remember that doesn't actually contain chocolate. A nice surprise.

A few weeks later the same store had changed the price to $13/750ml - I guess I should have stocked up.

Photo of Tiernan
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of Ranz
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Nice deep, dark brown in a snifter from the bottle. Decent retention of the thick head was present, and it had a nice viscosity.

S - The aroma had a beautiful head of figs. This is where the beer really shines.

T - While full-bodied with some flavors of milk chocolate, it just didn't wow me. I'm a bit picky on my RISs. It's pretty good, but nothing spectacular. The sweeter malt profile was nice, though, and it left a lingering smoothness.

M - Thick and creamy on the tongue, this one carbonated lightly.

O - Pretty solid, and I'd try it again, but it's nothing spectacular.

Photo of ChaseTheAce
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of JohnK17
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

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

Wow that is what a said when I tasted it. Dark appearance with a heavy dark foam head. a slight cocoa coffee which is very nice. The taste is creamy smooth and not too bitter ( mild stout). A slight cocoa after taste. Overall great beer for taste smell and apprence.

Photo of kew
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of Pegasus
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of cdwil
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of dumptruck81
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of obrike
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought a bomber at Specs in Round Rock for $3.99!!! What the hell? Was thinking it may be a bad batch, but the managers told me it just wasn't moving so the price was slashed.

Poured a very dark, nearly black pour...a big beautiful head on this one...lots of lacing. Very attractive beer.

Nice scent...but not stellar for a russian. Some smoky sweet malt, dark fruits, anise, a bit of bitter coffee. Good.

Yum, taste follows scent, but not a typical Russian Imp stout here...more like a black ale hybrid. Much more hop bitterness than you get with a typical RIS. Not that it's a bad thing, just different. A bit thin for the style, but overall, quite a treat. Wish I woulda picked up a few more at such a great price.

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 DrunkinYogi
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of reyna311
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of vfgccp
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of richmof
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a conviviale (75 cl bottle).

Poured a dark black with a frothy, bubbling head that dissipated quickly. Visually not great and, naturally, limited lacing.

On the nose its dark fruits, coffee, anise - classic stouty nose.

The taste was great. A real positive surprise. I find many Belgian attempts at stout either overdo the sugar or the smoke. The Troubadour stout falls into neither trap. It is a well balanced stout. On flavours, I got the classics - coffee, mild lquorice, maybe a bit of cardamon. It has a nice bitterness that lasts all the way through the finish without being over-dominiating.

Decent mouthfeel too - not too flat, not too fizzy.

I would stick my neck out and say it is the best Belgian IR stout I have tasted. I was expecting something too sweet (like their Obscura) but this is a really good balanced stout.

Drink it Belgians!

Troubadour Imperial Stout from Brouwerij De Musketiers
88 out of 100 based on 112 ratings.