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Craftsman Edgar's Ale - Craftsman Brewing Co.

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Craftsman Edgar's Ale
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38 Ratings
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Ratings: 38
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:
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(Beer added by: Rumrunner on 11-09-2003)
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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

getkrunkhoe, Aug 25, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1%

ste5venla, Mar 28, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Booner818, Mar 22, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1%

kmoen, Feb 02, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Sammy, Jan 19, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

djaeon, Nov 23, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

drewone, Nov 23, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1%

DeanMoriarty, Nov 12, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

zestar, Nov 11, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

moonknight31, Sep 23, 2013
Photo of Marq18
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.

Marq18, Dec 31, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1%

SocalKicks, Dec 30, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1%

gregmoscetti, Dec 28, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

tbeq00, Nov 19, 2012
Photo of Murrhey
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.

Murrhey, Feb 06, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

lballstar, Jan 10, 2012
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3/5  rDev -25.7%

hawkmage, Dec 31, 2011
Photo of mactrail
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.

mactrail, Dec 05, 2011
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4/5  rDev -1%

jeff1973, Nov 26, 2011
Photo of Ambiorix
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.

Ambiorix, Jan 21, 2011
Photo of ManuelHerrera
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.

ManuelHerrera, Nov 17, 2010
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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.

berebrando, Nov 14, 2010
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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.

jminsc76, Apr 02, 2010
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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...

augustgarage, Dec 02, 2009
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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.

tyanow, Jul 23, 2009
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Craftsman Edgar's Ale from Craftsman Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 38 ratings.