Ceres Royal Stout (Ceres Extra Strong Stout) - Ceres Brewery (Royal Unibrew)
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3.4/5 rDev -8.1%
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
06-28-2013 14:01:33 | More by Cozzatoad
3.73/5 rDev +0.8%
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.
05-28-2012 13:19:40 | More by stoutman
3.75/5 rDev +1.4%
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!
05-14-2011 00:22:38 | More by mizzouguy
3.58/5 rDev -3.2%
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.
02-25-2011 00:12:45 | More by TheBrewo
4/5 rDev +8.1%
I wanted to try as many different beers as I could in St. Martin/St. Maarten, and the main choices were pale lagers and stout. Guinness was the stout that most bars on the island featured. But I found this beer for sale at G's Snack Shop on Boulevard Grand Case for $2 each. This was stout #2 that I sampled. Poured into a tall glass. Appearance was dark and rich. Thick brown head. Smell was a bit woody and sweet. Flavor was chocolate and molasses. Loved the flavor of this beer. Mouthfeel was thick and coated the palate. Abv was not an issue. Drank three of these in one sitting with a smooth Partagas Coronas Senior Cuban cigar. What a match. A great find on the island.
11-18-2010 23:42:26 | More by morebeergood
4.2/5 rDev +13.5%
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.)
12-22-2009 21:23:31 | More by gregalobeer
3.88/5 rDev +4.9%
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.
10-22-2009 09:27:03 | More by jesperm
3.75/5 rDev +1.4%
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.
03-01-2009 16:46:30 | More by jbertsch
United Kingdom (England)
2.6/5 rDev -29.7%
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.
10-29-2008 21:12:44 | More by BlackHaddock
3.3/5 rDev -10.8%
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.
08-25-2008 00:36:08 | More by jbphoto88
3.98/5 rDev +7.6%
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.
06-16-2008 00:24:24 | More by zeff80
4.22/5 rDev +14.1%
[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.
12-29-2007 16:40:18 | More by GreenCard
4.1/5 rDev +10.8%
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.
06-20-2007 17:31:57 | More by wagenvolks
3.48/5 rDev -5.9%
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.
01-14-2007 02:11:02 | More by Sammy
4/5 rDev +8.1%
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.
11-14-2006 21:44:29 | More by Jredner
3.7/5 rDev 0%
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.
09-30-2006 20:42:00 | More by Globetrotter
4/5 rDev +8.1%
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.
09-16-2006 17:00:31 | More by biegaman
Ceres Royal Stout (Ceres Extra Strong Stout) from Ceres Brewery (Royal Unibrew)
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