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Ceres Royal Stout (Ceres Extra Strong Stout) - Ceres Brewery (Royal Unibrew)

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Ceres Royal Stout (Ceres Extra Strong Stout)Ceres Royal Stout (Ceres Extra Strong Stout)

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BA SCORE
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38 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 38
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 11.47%
Wants: 2
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
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Ceres Brewery (Royal Unibrew) visit their website
Denmark

Style | ABV
Foreign / Export Stout |  7.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Todd on 01-30-2001

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Ratings: 38 | Reviews: 26
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Photo of Todd
4.4/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 330ml dark olive green bottle. Clearly marked best before date.

Appearance: Opaque with ruby red/brown hues around the edges. Head is firm, creamy, 1/2" tan froth lace that sticks to the glass with amazing power.

Smell: Rich earth-like aromas with faint caramel and other complex roasted malts.

Taste: Huge sweet malt profile, full of roasted coffee-like flavours, chocolate, earth and a touch of caramel. As the roasted gets a bit astringent it blends with a light bitterness, just enough to offset and complement the malt character. Definite alcohol presence with a dark fruitiness. Smooth mouthfeel, medium bodied. Finishes a bit dry with an oily feeling on the palate.

Notes: An extraordinary Stout! Complex, strong and highly drinkable ... What more could you ask for? Ass kicking at 7.7%abv.

Purchased and reviewed in Tortola, British Virgin Islands.

More User Reviews:
Photo of rastaman
3.15/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pretty good, but perhaps a little light, thin and sweet for a stout, not really that roasty, more sweet chocolatey, there are much better stouts avialbale in Denmark, see Wiibroe Porter Imperial Stout. This one wasn't too bad, but i think more of a mass produced version in Denmark. Too sweet.

Photo of jbphoto88
3.33/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the only green bottle in the world that I confused for brown. This was brought back from Italy from a fellow beer lover. The beer is the color of burnt motor oil with highlights of yellow and garnet. A small camel colored heard rises about a 1/4 inch and then fades to a rocky collar.

Smell is mild and anti-climatic. There are hints of dark unsweetened chocolate and fine charred malts but it is weak, almost non-existent.

The taste is mediocre as well. The taste is saccharine sweet mixed with some molasses and light grains. The flavors seems to have an identity crisis, almost as if they were arguing with each other. Light coffee presence but again nothing balanced.

There is a mild astringency but no hop profile that makes a name for itself. The mouthfeel is smooth slightly buttery with a palate coating liquid. I feel like there is great potential here but as soon as I start to taste/feel/smell something it quickly fades into nothingness. A decent stout but not one to write home about. At least its 7.7%. I can imagine that this one while one vacation taste like a million bucks but once you take that beer out of the "vacation" environment its weak.

Photo of Sammy
3.48/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A serviceable stout, thanks to Jan Biegeman. Black with a minimal head. A bit stouty aroma, and alcohol, taste does not hold up as well. Licorice and coconut, tad roast, and lots of caramel in taste. On the thin side and fizzy caronation. Drinkable once.

Photo of ElGordo
4.2/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up in a small market in the USVI. Didn't expect much from the unassuming bottle, but I'm pleased with my purchase. Islanders like their stout, and this is definitely a good one.
Interestingly, the label has full disclosure of the additives (I guess according to Danish law). Ingredients: water, malt, glucose syrup, maize, hops, colour (E150c). 7.7% ABV.
Pours a deep dark brown - almost black - with a half-inch tan head. Nice and pretty. Rich aroma of roasted malt, coffee, and a touch of lactose. Palate is very nice - roasted malt, lactose sweetness, and a touch of coffee bitterness on the dry finish. Rich, creamy mouthfeel is wonderful. Surprisingly tasty.

Photo of Jredner
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Courtesy of Papsoe. 33 cl (11.1 oz) bottle. Has a sweet but roasted malt aroma that is heavy on dark fruit and mild on cocoa notes. The body is a glossy black and holds a creamy mocha head that fades slowly. Nice dry bitter burnt fore has black coffee and dark chocolate notes, but transitions quickly to sweet cream notes, sweet malts and dark fruits. Finish is dry and full feeling with loads of dark chocolate and roasty bitterness. Very nice.

Photo of BlackHaddock
2.62/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This green 33cl bottle was obtained during a crazy long weekend in Copenhagen (1st European Beer Fest in Denmark). I had about five minutes before my train to the airport and rushed into a corner store (still a little hung over) and took a grab at whatever bottles appealed to me before my flight home.

This a 2008 Argang Royal Stout and wasn't as good as I'd hoped for. It had a life of 5 years, maybe I've drunk it too early.

Poured into my Westmalle Chalice it appeared a deep, dark black and no head after the initial pour. Just looked like dirty oil.

The aroma was treacle and liquorice and gave me hope.

The taste was a weak mix of plums and raisens with a splash of liquorice from the smell.

There was a lack of body for such a dark brew, almost watery. No rich or creamy feel, you would never guess it held 7.7% within its puny form.

Photo of Globetrotter
3.72/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased at the UN Commissary in Vienna, Austria. The 33ml brown bottle with a tapered neck bears a label nothing like what is pictured here. The label is dark blue with gold trim featuring the word Stout in big bold letters, with a line looping around below. Glucose syrup and maize are listed as ingredients. Best before 6/5/07, I opened it on 9/30/06.

Pours a quite impenetrable dark brown under a one finger dark tan head that fairls to linger long but leaves a nice collar and a few spots of lace. Nice roasted nut and caramel nose. The mouth is syrupy sticky and medium carbonated. The taste has all the elements: candy sweetness, roastiness, sharp espresso bitter. It's perhaps a tad too sweet, but the bitter wins out in the end, framed by a lingering smokiness. I'm not doing cartwheels here, but it is a solid product.

Photo of jesperm
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown to blackish color, light brown foam creates a nice head but dissipates a bit too fast.

Sniffing revealed some coffee aroma and a bit of alcohol, but the serving temperature was probably a bit on the cold side.

Taste of coffee and/or bitter chocolate. The taste is a bit lighter than I would want for this type of beer. There is a slight presence of alcohol, but nothing frightening. The taste fades i bit too fast...

The beer has a smooth/soft feel to it. Absolutely a beer worth tasting. Nice as a nightcap.

Photo of Cozzatoad
3.41/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

330ml bottle, best before july 2014

A- Almost black, nice light grey head, a couple of fingers, decent retention and lacing

S- Mainly a sweet malty feel with notes of dark bread and caramel, also a bit of roastiness and a touch of liquorice

T- Again sweet malts in eveidence, quite sweet for the style, roasted malts bringing balance, a slight coffee-like note and a touch of bitterness in the finish. Maybe a faint dark fruit hint. Alcohol is quite too easily noticed

M- Medium body, maybe a tad too light for the style, average carbonation. not as smooth or creamy as most strong stouts, just very much average

O- A decent and quite enjoyable beer, but nothing is really worth praises and alcohol is showing a bit too much

Photo of Sigmund
4.13/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've had this beer many times in Denmark, and also brought some bottles home with me. ABV is 7.7%. The brewery claims this one to be ’the best porter in the world’. I don’t think so - but it sure is a very decent, smooth and rounded Baltic porter. Not as much character as Carls Porter or Thisted Limfjordsporter though. Fairly sweet, but not too much. A beer I always come back to when in Denmark. The best from Ceres / Bryggerigruppen.

Photo of GreenCard
4.18/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

[The Årgang 2007 version]

Appearance: opaque mahogany, thin layer of dark-tan sudsy foam, OK head retention

Aroma: milk-stouty with hints of rust, molasses, and rum

Flavor: rich malty base with a mellow sweetness laced with roast chestnuts, coffee, molasses, unsweetened cocoa, & iron; slight acidity; finishes semisweet with a lingering chicory bitterness

Mouthfeel: full body, mild carbonation, minerally

Other comments: A quite good strong stout with great potential for saving. The label states it can go as long as 10-20 years.

Photo of ernie
3.43/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

0.33 l bottle with an elegant dark label, approprietly crowned.

Deep tan color, modest cafe-au-lait head. Interesting smell with notes of chocolate and plums.

Surprisingly delicate taste for a Baltic porter. Complex, not too sweet, a bit winey. Well-roasted malts. Feels crisp and pours down lightly, an achievement for such a strong beer.

Not my glass of beer, but wotrh a try.

Photo of TheBrewo
3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

What pours is a brew of the deepest brown. There is some light allowed to pass through the bottom of the glass, giving off nice maroon reflections. The head stands two fingers high, is a medium brown, and has that pancake-batter chunkiness. As it slowly goes it leaves thick, covering lacing, around the glass. Carbonation looks standard, and no sediment is noted. The aroma presents with deeply toasted malts, dark chocolates, and a curious, woody-sweet smokiness not unlike what one would find from a glass of merlot. An apparent boozy whiff floats across the top of the glass, as well. As we sip, heavy and roasty malts hit the palate, with a bitter twinge of fresh cocoa. The faint sweetness the latter lends hits the tongue up front. The middle continues with clean dark malts, and sour sweetness around the edge of the flavor. This is reminiscent of tart citrus fruit, but not the kind you would find in something hoppy, wheaty, or otherwise fruity. These all mix with booze and bitterness through the finish. The aftertaste actually breathes with a hollow woodiness, lined with more bittering chocolate, and charcoaly malts. The body is medium to full, and the carbonation is medium. The mouth is left bone dry, and though there is little coating, there is a pleasant slurpability about it. The liquid moves around the mouth with some creamy activity, but not as smooth as one might expect for the style. The abv is standard, and the beer drinks fine.

Overall, what we liked most about this brew was the typical dryness and feel. With these foreign/extras you generally are getting a nice bitterness to the taste, with an appropriate drying, astringent bite to the mouth when the beer is gone. To this it did not disappoint. We would have liked to see some flavors more pronounced, however, as, at times, there was a mush of sour, bitter, and sweet all at once, with little trail to tease out each flavor individually. Of note, props for using a green bottle for a stout; nobody saw that coming.

Photo of zeff80
3.97/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out an opaque black hue with a small, tan head. It left sticky rings of lace.

S - Smelled of malt and chocolate. A little caramel aroma.

T - It tasted of sweet molasses and chocolate. A nice roasted maltiness. Had a coffee-like bitterness.

M - It was soft, smooth and creamy. A medium-bodied beer.

D - Very nice. I had never heard of it but tried it and enjoyed it.

Photo of 99bottles
3.6/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I found this guy in Italy, where Ceres products seem to be quite popular.

The beer has a deep brown, nearly black body. A dark tan head of fine foam rises and quickly fades to a lacing on the surface. Carbonation is a little more prevalent than in other stouts. The smell is of chocolate, first and foremost. The taste is of dark chocolate, wet cardboard, perhaps some cherry or other nondescript fleshy fruit. I don't think this bottle was oxidized, as I've bought it a few times and they all seem to have the wet paper/cardboard taste. It's actually kind of a compliment to the other flavors. Sweet notes of carmel or toffee as well, muted by some roasted flavors. Mouthfeel is kind of thin, without having a whole bunch of maltiness like an Imperial stout might. The alcohol is apparent, but not offensive. Drinkability is very good. For the price, this is a pretty good choice to be had on this side of the pond.

Photo of mizzouguy
3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this one in St. Maarten as a change of pace from the Amstel's and Carib's. This one was found in the grocery store for about a dollar a bottle. This one pours very dark with a one finger tan head. The smell is malty and molasses. The taste followed along with the nose with a little bite of alcohol. Pretty much a well balanced stout that left me wanting more. The mouthfeel was thick and all that I wanted in a good stout. This is a good stout but when you factor the $1 price tag, it is an unbeatable value. Probably not available most places in the states but if you can pick one up, enjoy it!

Photo of stoutman
3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours almost pitch black with a small short-lived tan head. Aroma is roasted malty, bready, a bit coffee and some licorice. Flavour is roasted, malty, coffee, some licorice, some alcohol and dryish. This is equal to a taste much like a weak mix of plums and raisans with a splash of liquorice from the smell. Finishes dry and bitter. Drinkable, not too heavy. Nothing special as far as stouts go.

Photo of jbertsch
3.77/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this Danish beer in Italy, in an inferior glass. Not sure if that affected the taste but I don't think it did because it wasn't bad at all.

Head was frothy and carbonated-looking. Not as thick as a Guiness. In fact, fairly thin for a stout.

Smelled of malt, slight coffee aroma, and fairly strong of alcohol for a beer at 7.7%. Smelled like it was at 9-10%.

Mouthfeel was definitely velvety.

Tasted like a malty, thinner, stout. I thought I would get a stronger taste of coffee or bitter chocolate given it's aroma, but I didn't, and I was perfectly fine with that.

The lacing was vertical, with legs - no significant rings.

Although it smelled of higher alcohol content than it had, it was still very drinkable at 7.7%.

Not the best stout out there, but not bad. I will say that it didn't taste too lively. If you're in the mood for a stout, it will serve the purpose, especially when (as in my case) it was the only stout available.

Photo of sholland119
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very solid export stout. Nice fruity esters, smooth, very slight alcohol warmth. Best beer I have had on St. John.

Photo of biegaman
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good pour, light head. Deep black in colour but with some mahogany highlights floating within. Aroma vibrant, Baltic notes of coffee and chocolate. Great mouthfeel and flavour well developed. Flavours not so intense but certainly present. Enjoyable. All the right character. Slight alcohol as it warmed. Served nice and cold this was a delight. Lots of malt, even a great deal of hop character! Surprisingly, one of the better Baltics I've tried. Recommended.

Photo of Mitchster
3.55/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bought this in Sorrento, Italy, and drank in Athens, Greece. Clear, nearly black with ruby accents, forms a thin dark tan head of small bubbles, with good retention and lacing. Aroma is rich with amber malts, fig and raisin notes, distant alcohol...hops are not to be found. Carbonation is mild. Mouthfeel is cloyingly soft with a firm, sticky body. Taste begins with a large surge of dry amber and dark malts with dusty figs and prunes...a woody roasted barley bitterness is evident, followed by a clean, yet distinctly astringent peppery alcohol note. The finish is lightly dry and woody, with a plain chemical bitterness akin to hop extract. Certainly not a stout...this is a most unusual beer, similar perhaps to a thin baltic porter without the sweetness.

Photo of stcules
2.63/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Black color, brown head, average. Not really compact, but after all the stout appearance is ok.
The smell is a light roasted malt, quite far, and a light hazelnut. Very light, maybe too light. Anonimous.
The taste is a bit more resolute, on the roasted notes again. Pretty decent, and drinkable. Hints of dustiness.
Some cocoa in the aftertaste, beside the rest.
Decent stout, and the 7.7 ABV are not noticeable.
In the finish, even a pretty decent bitterness in the aftertaste.

Photo of wagenvolks
4.12/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black as night into a wine glass, letting some ruby-redness creep in around the edges. A finger's width of tan head dissipates quickly, leaving a slew of large, foamy bubbles. A sweet, almost English-ale smelling stout greets the nose, having notes of caramel, toffee, roast coffee beans and chocolate.

Taste matches the aroma well, but is big on the sweet side...makes me wonder how close it is to a milk/sweet stout classification. Roasted nut, chocolate malts, and some dairy notes are all present...very tasty. The body is smooth, thick, and almost creamy with a bitter finish (sadly, not a strong one, but it works). This beer goes down easy, and is definately tasty, yet it lacks a bit of complexity that seperates it from the truly great dark beers.

Photo of gregalobeer
4.19/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is my first review. Here goes ...

I bought the beer, a single bottle, in a grocery store in Oristano, Sardinia (Italy). Doesn't match the bottle at the top of the page, but it does say "Stout" and it's strong @ 7,7%, so we'll call it the Ceres Extra Strong Stout.

I poured it into two small wine glasses to split with my girlfriend. She placed her glass on the floor and the dog knocked it over. She screamed, he ran upstairs, etc. Enough background.

Appearance: Light, amaretto appearance with opaque honey edges. Medium head, not too thick.

Smell: As many hops as malts; unlike your typical stout. Again, quite light but interesting.

Taste: Like a malty amaretto liqueur but can hardly sense the alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Slightly syrupy, mostly very smooth and delicate.

Drinkability: Yea, this is not your typical stout. After an extended Italian dinner I could drink another (if we had one.)

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Ceres Royal Stout (Ceres Extra Strong Stout) from Ceres Brewery (Royal Unibrew)
84 out of 100 based on 38 ratings.