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Shire Stout - Whisky Barrel | Ramses Bier

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Ramses Bier
Netherlands | website

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.10%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by Jeffo on 06-20-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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1.43/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Extra'd in an international trade.
Can you say: "Infected"?

Slow gusher out of the bottle, but didn't really boil over; poured into a chalice warily after reading past reviews. Muddy brown color with ugly looking chunks of yeast coming out no matter how carefully I poured; almost a full glass of tan foam, firmly rising out of the mouth of the chalice like an ash snake (you know, the firework-type thing), quickly settling and allowing me to get the whole bottle in the glass. Rank aroma up front, metallic and leafy, bacterial, although after a few seconds of breathing, it mellowed, letting through some notes of caramel malts, cream, and earthy vanilla. One little sip though, and I knew this was no good. A vaguely caramelly malt base, cocoa powder, oxidized to hell, and tasted less aged on whiskey barrels and more like it was aged on about 500 pounds of nickels and pennies. Body was thin, more like a brown ale than a stout of any kind, mouthfeel was, well, non-existent really, as I couldn't force enough in to roll across the palate. It went down the drain easily though.

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Photo of Jeffo
1.52/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 1 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Got this at De Bierkoning in Amsterdam.

From a bottle into a snifter
Brewed 14 December 2012
Bottled 17 January 2013
UK pilgram hops, coffee and vanilla added with trappist HG yeast
IBU: 84
Drank this one right after the base beer, which was brewed and bottled on the same days.

APPEARANCE: Gusher infection. Beer everywhere. Just like the regular version. What a surprise. Same look. A really careful pour got about ½ the bottle in the glass. Brown pour with a huge, thin, loose, foamy, light tan head. Clear bistre brown in color with piles of carbonation. Full foamy cap remains with lots of thin lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Exactly the same as the base beer, but slightly less oxidized and metalic. Some cocoa powder and roasted notes, but still somewhat stale. Flowery hops there too, with light touches of vanilla if you pay attention. Still lousy, and absolutely no sign of any whisky barrel whatsoever.

TASTE: Same as the base beer, and zero whisky barrel. None. Roasted notes with some light metalic and oxidized flavors up front. Spicy booze at the swallow with a bold and lingering finish that's spicy, boozy, with some light roasted and bitter chocolate flavors. A touch of sweet cream and vanilla as well. Lots of powdery cocoa and bitterness linger. Again, no signs of that brightly advertised whisky barrel.

PALATE: Same thin feel, though only somewhat airy on the palate. Not as bad as the base beer and a bit more weight as well. Still goes down airy and finishes dry. Some heat and metalic notes linger as well.

OVERALL: This sucked massively. I can only imagine they messed up the labels, or they had no idea what was going on and the beer never made it into the whisky barrels. Couple this with the nasty gusher infection and I can only hope this was a crule joke. It is still drinkable, but not at all worth the calories or ABV. Drain was forced to choke this one down.

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Shire Stout - Whisky Barrel from Ramses Bier
- out of 100 based on 2 ratings.