Craftsman Edgar's Ale - Craftsman Brewing Co.

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Craftsman Edgar's Ale
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89
very good

46 Ratings
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Ratings: 46
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 10.72%
Wants: 3
Gots: 2 | 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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2.25/5  rDev -43.9%
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

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3/5  rDev -25.2%

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3/5  rDev -25.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

Photo of Halcyondays
3.6/5  rDev -10.2%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

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3.83/5  rDev -4.5%
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

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3.85/5  rDev -4%
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.

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of Murrhey
4/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of tempest
4.05/5  rDev +1%
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.

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Craftsman Edgar's Ale from Craftsman Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 46 ratings.