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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
90
outstanding

43 Ratings
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Ratings: 43
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 10.12%
Wants: 3
Gots: 1 | 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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Photo of charlzm
2.25/5  rDev -44.4%
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

charlzm, Dec 20, 2008
Photo of hawkmage
3/5  rDev -25.9%

hawkmage, Dec 31, 2011
Photo of Halcyondays
3.6/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ for $5 at Happy Hour,

A: Pours black with a medium brown head with good retention and concentric full rings of lace.

S: Mild smell of chocolate and licorice.

T: Taste is good, though on the weaker side for this style. Dark chocolate is prominent with a little bit of coffee ice cream, licorice and a hint of vanilla in the aftertaste. As an American Stout it's a 4, but I had to dock it a bit as an RIS.

M: Quite light for an RIS, it felt like a normal stout, definitely need more body, oily and roasty feel overall.

D: A good stout from Craftsman, I prefer the bourbon barrel version, but still a nice drinkable RIS on the lighter side of the style.

Halcyondays, Oct 16, 2008
Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Sammy, Jan 19, 2014
Photo of Booner818
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Booner818, Mar 22, 2014
Photo of drewone
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

drewone, Nov 23, 2013
Photo of djaeon
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

djaeon, Nov 23, 2013
Photo of getkrunkhoe
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

getkrunkhoe, Aug 25, 2014
Photo of tbeq00
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

tbeq00, Nov 19, 2012
Photo of Floydster
3.83/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

8 ounce glass at Stone World Bistro for four dollars, named after famous author, Edgar Allen Poe

Reviewed on November 14, 2007

Pour was very dark brown with a huge tan head that was over an inch high, left thick lacing on the glass

Smell was lots of vanilla and sweet malt, small hints of dark fruit, and strong sugar aromas

Taste was sweet with a dry finish, thick and chewy, had lots of chocolate and coffee, but much sweeter than most, had raisins and toffee, malt overpowered the small amount of hops, but still had a recognizably dry finish, taste lingers for a few minutes after each sip

Too much carbonation for me, mouthfeel was okay, just too aggressive

Could not drink much of this as it is very heavy and mostl likely was high in alcohol

Better than the first Craftsman beer I had, not the best RIS but pretty good, recommended if you find it on tap somewhere

Floydster, Nov 16, 2007
Photo of mactrail
3.85/5  rDev -4.9%
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
Photo of gregmoscetti
4/5  rDev -1.2%

gregmoscetti, Dec 28, 2012
Photo of ste5venla
4/5  rDev -1.2%

ste5venla, Mar 28, 2014
Photo of kmoen
4/5  rDev -1.2%

kmoen, Feb 02, 2014
Photo of wethorseblanket
4/5  rDev -1.2%

wethorseblanket, Oct 23, 2014
Photo of jeff1973
4/5  rDev -1.2%

jeff1973, Nov 26, 2011
Photo of SocalKicks
4/5  rDev -1.2%

SocalKicks, Dec 30, 2012
Photo of Murrhey
4/5  rDev -1.2%
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
Photo of DeanMoriarty
4/5  rDev -1.2%

DeanMoriarty, Nov 12, 2013
Photo of Lucnifter
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Lucnifter, Today at 02:26 AM
Photo of tempest
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber filled at the brewery.

I'm told there's smoked malt in here, but I'm calling rye on this too. It reminded me the most of a smoked porter, but really this beer was all over the place (in a good way) when it came to flavor: roasted malts with cocoa, rye-like spice, and a bit of hops. All in all a tasty beer, and if nothing else, a departure from your normal big stouts.

tempest, Nov 22, 2007
Photo of ManuelHerrera
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
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
Photo of augustgarage
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
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
Photo of t0rin0
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Very black, dark brown head, great lacing (couldn't see through the exposed glass), great retention.

Medium/heavy roast aroma, some chocolate, balanced all around.

Flavor is roasty, chocolate, a touch of redwine, and only a little tiny bit of alcohol. High bitterness but good balance for all the flavors present.

Body was very light and thin. This is probably more traditional but not quite what I want in an RIS. Very smooth and "only" 8% abv. Very drinkable.

t0rin0, Oct 26, 2008
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Craftsman Edgar's Ale from Craftsman Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 43 ratings.