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Craftsman Edgar's Ale - Craftsman Brewing Co.

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Craftsman Edgar's Ale
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BA SCORE
89
very good

37 Ratings
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Ratings: 37
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 10.64%
Wants: 3
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Craftsman Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  8.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Rumrunner on 11-09-2003)
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ste5venla

California

4/5  rDev -1%

03-28-2014 01:14:49 | More by ste5venla
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Booner818

California

3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

03-22-2014 03:47:28 | More by Booner818
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kmoen

California

4/5  rDev -1%

02-02-2014 03:51:42 | More by kmoen
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

01-19-2014 03:48:37 | More by Sammy
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djaeon

California

3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

11-23-2013 22:35:53 | More by djaeon
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drewone

California

3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

11-23-2013 22:10:55 | More by drewone
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DeanMoriarty

California

4/5  rDev -1%

11-12-2013 06:03:10 | More by DeanMoriarty
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zestar

California

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

11-11-2013 09:26:14 | More by zestar
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moonknight31

California

4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

09-23-2013 05:15:23 | More by moonknight31
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Marq18

Virginia

4.38/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Poured black with nice lacing and dark brown head

S- Smelled of roasted malt and sweet caramel

T- Tasted of dark roasted malt, some coffee and chocolate, with no hoppy flavor but a bit of bitterness.

M- Nice full, thick, creamy mouthfeel

Overall a well-balanced beer with nice full body and great roasty flavor. Would definitely get again.

Serving type: on-tap

12-31-2012 21:57:04 | More by Marq18
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SocalKicks

California

4/5  rDev -1%

12-30-2012 05:19:27 | More by SocalKicks
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gregmoscetti

California

4/5  rDev -1%

12-28-2012 00:02:30 | More by gregmoscetti
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tbeq00

California

3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

11-19-2012 04:01:42 | More by tbeq00
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Murrhey

Montana

4/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at Haven Gastropub, served in a 5 oz tulip glass. Reviewed from notes.

A- Thin tan head, deep dark color. Thin, wispy lacing.

S- Roast malts, booze, coffee smells.

T- Coffee and roast malts, hides the booze very well. Wonderfully complex.

M- Very light bodied surprisingly. Can't tell the carbonation. Seems light.

O- Good Russian Imperial Stout, though I've had better.

Serving type: on-tap

02-06-2012 06:47:29 | More by Murrhey
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lballstar

California

4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

01-10-2012 21:29:27 | More by lballstar
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hawkmage

California

3/5  rDev -25.7%

12-31-2011 04:12:19 | More by hawkmage
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mactrail

Washington

3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tastes like it spent some time in a barrel. A drier sort of bourbon flavored beer. Woody and less sweet. Some coffee tastes and rather acidic as well. Harsher and more bitter with charred malt. Nice nose of bourbon and a whiff of the campfire. Not so noticeably hoppy, though it has a bitter finish. Rather austere with less of the sweet malt. Intriguing and complex, and quite drinkable.

On tap at Tiger Tiger in San Diego.

Serving type: on-tap

12-05-2011 05:28:55 | More by mactrail
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jeff1973

California

4/5  rDev -1%

11-26-2011 04:44:02 | More by jeff1973
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Ambiorix

Kentucky

4.38/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Small Bar, San Diego.

A: Black pour, thin tan head, good lace.

S: Nose is bourbon, oak, vanilla, yeast.

T: Nicely muted bourbon flavor, vanilla, cocoa, a little earthy.

M: Medium-full, nicely carbonated for the style.

D: Really good. I was a little leery after catching the bourbon nose, but this was really well crafted, the bourbon nose accentuating the base stout without overwhelming it as many of these do.

Serving type: on-tap

01-21-2011 00:01:06 | More by Ambiorix
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ManuelHerrera

California

4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at The Surly Goat

Poured with a burnt dark head with a nice size and decent lacing. Smelled pleasant, with heavy malt and smoky aromas.

Heavily malted flavoring, toffee and coffee notes come through on the front and a hint of sourness at the back. Mix that together with an overall smokiness and you have yourself a pretty complex ride through Edgar's town. A chewy thickness gives the beer a heavy mouthfeel, which matches is stark black pour.

Overall a solid, heavy beer for cold wintertime sessions. It'll warm you up.

Serving type: nitro-tap

11-17-2010 02:19:19 | More by ManuelHerrera
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berebrando

California

4.47/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

served a pint at haven gastropub in orange. head is a robust dark tan that dissipated minutes later. the flavors!!! it was too cold to smell adequately. massive chocolate flavors. coffee and a little licorice. it was a little boozy on the tail. very good I'd recommend to anyone, just rec'd this one to a couple at the bar. drink it... its drinkable and feels good in myk mouth.

Serving type: on-tap

11-14-2010 02:30:16 | More by berebrando
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jminsc76

Texas

4.28/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

On tap at FO1 (probably no longer by the time of this review).

Into a tulip, pours a decent , espresso-brown head atop a black impenetrable body. Decent lacing with a decent look.

Aromas of bananas, nutmeg, and even some bubblegum. Maybe a little cinnamon in the nose? Mmmm, pleasant.

The flavors are where the heart of this beer is, with coffee, a little raspberry, cinnamon, and spices up front; espresso bitterness on the finish.

The mouthfeel is thinner when compared with other stouts, merely decent.

Overall, I love Edgar's from past indulgences, and between the aromas and the flavors I could consume three to four in one serving. A tamer Russian Imperial Stout to be sure, but a highly drinkable one at that.

Serving type: on-tap

04-02-2010 14:01:57 | More by jminsc76
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augustgarage

California

4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Blue Palms Brewhouse. Served in a generic wide-mouth tulip. Named after Edgar Allen Poe, who I may be related to via adoption (I seem to share his temperment in any case...)

Velvet, seal brown body with faint ruby highlights - otherwise opaque. Thin yellow brown (khaki/tan) skin punctuated by a few dozen bubbles of various sizes. A thick creamy collar joins a slick frosting of lacing. No discernable legs.

Roasted malt, chocolate malt, brown bread, treacle, apricote stones, and mild phenolics in the nose. Sort of a fruit-laden porter. A touch of diacetyl.

Coffee and cream, slightly stale astringency and a touch of port wine in the first sip. Bread, brown butter, cocoa, anise, and coriander arrive mid-palate. Faint hop notes, prunes, and leather in the finish. Diacetyl once again...

Smooth, rich, medium-heavy body with moderate carbonation. Not much astringency all in all...

Listed as an "American Strong Ale," which makes a little more sense than a Russian Imperial Stout - though this could almost be an "imperial" porter too. Classification aside, this is a pleasant ale, with a good balance of flavors - though some imperfections take away a few points. One of the better offerings from Craftsman - worth a try if you are in SoCal...

Serving type: on-tap

12-02-2009 06:28:29 | More by augustgarage
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tyanow

California

4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

For the record: I do not consider this to be an Russian Imperial Stout. It does not exhibit the typical heavy roasting, dark fruit and throat twang. This is much more like an English Dark Ale or an American Porter.

A - Almost black. Beautifully delicate lacing from a foamy light head.

S - Anise, chocolate and toasty grains.

T - Don't expect an RIS. Expect something between a more refined Hobgoblin and a Black Butte Porter. Cocoa, nutts, a little spiceiness.

M - Light body goes down easily and leaves a great throaty aftertaste.

D - Highly drinkable (if you can find the stuff)

This is my favorite Craftsman brew so far. I love how easy it is to drink and how rewarding each gulp is. Not a common combination.

Serving type: on-tap

07-23-2009 00:48:49 | More by tyanow
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charlzm

California

2.25/5  rDev -44.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Four ounce sample, consumed 2009/11/14 at the Hollywood Brewfest. Earlier review below.

Looks a lot like it did almost a year ago - black with deep ruby highlights, very fine tan head that leaves nice lacing.

Aroma is off from previous encounter - this time, instead of coffee, I get musty leather and wood.

Mouthfeel is thin and somewhat dry.

First flavor I noted was bitter charcoal. Mineral water follows. Dark malts are barely discernable and have no distinct character, certainly not the bold coffee of the previous batch.

What happened to this beer I reviewed 11 months earlier? This must have been a bad batch.
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Consumed 12/17/08 at Blue Palms, Hollywood, CA.

Black beer with deep brown highlights. Extremely fine tan head that leaves a thick sheet of lacing on the glass.

Aroma is primarily coffee.

Creamy mouthfeel and somewhat dry.

Flavor starts with roasted malts, then segues through overroasted malt into coffee territory. Coffee style bitterness on the finish. The coffee flavor is so strong and authentic that there must be coffee in the brew.

Overall, a decent beer, but not my favorite coffee stout.

RATING - all 4's across the board

Serving type: on-tap

12-20-2008 02:44:57 | More by charlzm
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Craftsman Edgar's Ale from Craftsman Brewing Co.
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