Cuvée Alex Le Rouge (Jurassian Imperial Stout) - BFM (Brasserie des Franches-Montagnes)
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Reviews by GClarkage:
3.6/5 rDev -0.3%
03/03/09- Purchased at Holiday Wine Cellars in Escondido, CA.
Presentation- 11.2oz bottle with a date strip attached to the flip top. Poured into my Duvel glass.
Appearance- Black in color pour. 1/2 inch quickly receeding head. It does, however, leave a lasting slight rim. Light spots of lacing upon finish of the beer.
Smell- Dark roasted malts, a light sour fruity note as well. Some dusting of chocolate also. Pretty nice.
Taste- Not really into sour stouts. It's not bad though. Has a lot of peppery spice to it. Along with some chocolate malt flavor, mild hops and some sour like fruits...all the flavors combine decently.
Mouthfeel- Mid range carbonation...more sourness in the aftertaste along with some deep malty flavor.
Drinkability- Sour stouts are not my thing, but considering, this one was pretty good. Worth trying if it's your cup of tea.
03-04-2009 15:43:53 | More by GClarkage
More User Reviews:
3.38/5 rDev -6.4%
Poured at the wonderful Duckworth's - Park Rd - Charlotte, NC... all drafts $3.50 today!
It pours very dark brown with little to no head or lacing. The nose is toasty - pleasant to look at and smell, but the taste is a letdown - especially after the amazing brews I recently tried by them in VA @ Mekong. It's thinner than an imperial stout should be - very much a flat cola thing going on. It won't sour me on this brewery.
05-08-2014 17:09:55 | More by Mantooth
3.78/5 rDev +4.7%
On-tap at the Porter Beer Bar in Atlanta.
Pours one shade from black with a half-finger tan head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.
Smells of light roast with moderate amounts of dried dark fruits - plums and raisins. Also present are spicy, slightly woody notes in addition to anise. The anise influence increases as the beer warms.
Tastes much more one-dimensional than it smells. Muted roasted malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by indistinct spices. Hints of cocoa powder and earthy hops come into play midway through the sip, carrying through to a moderately bitter ending.
Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with smooth carbonation.
Drinkability is also good. I finished my glass without any problems and could have another.
Overall I found this to be an interesting beer however it was upsetting that the complex nose didn't carry through to the flavor profile. Worth a shot but not worth seeking out.
02-11-2011 02:03:59 | More by glid02
4.13/5 rDev +14.4%
I picked up a few bottles of this in November 2007 at the brewery from their 10th anniversary party.
The beer poured a black opague color with an inch think head that is brown, bubbley that ran away quickly.
The aroma was a bit smokey, dried fruit with a touch of sweetness.
Taste is smokey and a bit oaky. There are some pepper notes but the main character has some dried fruit and chocolate. Very nice beer.
11-08-2008 22:09:55 | More by ggaughan
3.7/5 rDev +2.5%
This one is an opaque brown color, no light getting through, but it's not black. A fizzy, quick to dissipate brown head, minor lacing.
The aroma is filled with sweetness, from blueberry soda, chocolate malt, actually, more like fudge brownies and a vodka scented heat tingle with raspberry tarts. strange, but inviting.
with the first sip it's obvious that the complexity is pretty high with many levels of flavor flowing in and out of eachother. do they all work together with some balance is the question! a bitter chocolate malt and white and black pepper hits the buds first. black coffee with a shot of vodka. semi bitter, very dry smack of hops does give some balance to the malt, but the flavor's are not cohesive, but radically seperate. This is something that laying the bottle down for a year or so usually cures. Medium to full feel, getting much heftier the warmer it gets. slippery, but not very thick with some thinness in the middle. The black pepper and tea additions give an extra dry feel in the back of the palate.
Age this one for a while, it seems a bit green right now.
10-29-2009 22:40:04 | More by GratefulBeerGuy
3.65/5 rDev +1.1%
Pours black with short-lived white head, that disapears into a ring around the side of the glass. Aroma of a bit of bourbon, vanilla, and spices. Taste was to me, more of a sour than a RIS, lemon (again the sourness), bourbon. A below average mouthfeel, not what I would associate with a stout never mind RIS. Sourness did not detract from drinkability, oddly. A bit of smoke and chocolate. Interesting.
04-22-2009 01:32:32 | More by Sammy
3.73/5 rDev +3.3%
Decently lively pour yields a thin , fine tan head that recedes quickly into some lacing. Dark brown translucent body.
Some oak on the nose, and maybe a trace of peat. No trace that I can perceive of the pepper, vanilla, or tea (though I'm congested), so we'll see.
Definitely black pepper on the taste, right up at the front. This was served warmish, close to room temperature; should've been colder (tried it cooler, and some of the bitterness disappears). There's a bit of tannic bitterness (thanks to the tea), but the tea lends little other taste. I'm not getting the vanilla either, though there's a trace of oak... a bit vegetal.
Mouthfeel is standard, pretty par for the course, but nice.
This is an interesting one; Flemish sour plus some extra fun stuff thrown in. It wants to be refrigerated, and I could see this as versatile for food pairings; salad, pretty much any kind of cheese, even meat or fish. The label says dark chocolate, and it would probably go well with that too.
05-11-2011 03:05:32 | More by zaphodchak
3.13/5 rDev -13.3%
Rating numbers for this one are all over the board for me. Looks good, smells pleasant, tastes different and "good" but it's not really very drinkable. Hard to judge this strange brew.
Pours a dark brown/black with a thick, firm medium tan head. Pleasant perfume nose of belgian fruit and malt, cooked peaches and candi sugar.
Thin but fresh and bright mouthfeel. Very different in that it tastes like a coffee, malty sour. Citric sour and tangerine hits the front palate and develops into a sweet coffee, malty flavor.
Finishes with light creamed coffee flavor and roasted malt.
Interesting drink but perhaps a beer with an identity crisis. Is it a sour or a stout? Nice if it stayed sour; nice if it stayed coffee/malty. It doesn't "stay" either. Interesting and worth the experience. Likely not a real good food beer. Not sure when you'd drink this one.
Reviewed again 02/04/11: Nice to see I'm consistent:
Jurassian Imperial Stout, brewed with black pepper, vanilla and tea. Pours black with a tan head that quickly fades. Nose is a light plum chocolate but extremely light and not assertive. Mouthfeel is thin, light and weak. Not much body or character and very light carbonation. Flavors are weak and watery. A light citric lime malt with hints of bitter sour coffee. Sounds more than it is since flavors are weak and thin. Some vanilla and roasted chocolate malt character develops in the glass but nothing real redeeming. The predominant character is a "sour" character that one can't help but feel is not intentional - almost a bad barrel age character. Finish is bitter citric but with some nice coffee and malt undertones. Likely would not try again. Can't imagine drinking this with any food that I can think of.
08-11-2009 05:46:04 | More by GRG1313
3.13/5 rDev -13.3%
Had at Max's (from notes).
A: Pitch black.
S: Light and grainy.
T: Lots of malt with a bit of a black coffee feel. Watery, eh.
O: Not one with big stout flavors. It has a weird body for a stout and doesn't deliver on a full body. Too thin and coarse of a liquid.
10-29-2013 07:01:25 | More by gillagorilla
3.8/5 rDev +5.3%
Jurassian imperial stout brewed with Sarawak pepper, Russian tea, and burbon vanilla.
A: Poured a viscous cola color with dark ruby highlights as it left the bottle producing a thin, fizzy dark, khaki layering.
S: subtle with warm, pleasant English tea scents with a dash of peppery spicing.
T: The initial flavor was spicy prunes, with warm tea notes and light citrus and cola hints. Progresses to a vinous burbon vanilla flavor along with ripe oranges and light peppery notes. The alcohol is extremely well hidden at 10.276% abv. The spicy warm tea flavor highlights this flavor with a quick, sharp peppery finish compliments of the Sarawak pepper. The finish was clean with only a minute trace of acidity.
M: very light, oily with a flat carbonation with warming spicy tea notes which gives way to a nice quick, sharp peppery finish.
D:Where in the world is the 10.276% abv? Besides from being a tad light body wise it does present a nice unique flavor which keeps you coming back sip after sip. Spicy, peppery and truly unique.
05-11-2008 23:51:00 | More by beerthulhu
3.85/5 rDev +6.6%
On tap at the Blind Tiger
Pours a dark brown with a creamy brown head, that leaves a small amount of lace. Smells of roasted chocolate at 1st, with vanilla, dried fruit, cherry and some licorice. Taste is of dark chocolate, vanilla, sweet fruit, cocoa, berry. Mouthfeel was porter like at 1st then thickened, started sweet, tart, dry and finished dry and roasted. Overall I still like my Imperial Stouts from the US, but not a bad brew
03-16-2009 15:51:34 | More by bonbini26
3.85/5 rDev +6.6%
Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a big dirty brown color head with some good retention and some lacing. Aroma of roasted malt with some sweet malt. Taste is a mix between some roasted malt with medium bitterness, some notes of liquorice are also noticeable with a nice sweet malt base. Full body with great carbonation and no alcohol was noticeable. Definitely different then most imperial stout around but very satisfying nonetheless.
01-22-2008 20:36:40 | More by Phyl21ca
4.15/5 rDev +15%
A strong pour gets an easy three fingers of biscuity tan head that is fluffy and has super retention. Body is jet black much the same as other imperial stouts. The nose has lots of tart dark berries, cherries, some chocolate and a bit of bitter coffee. The tartness really doesn't translate into the taste though. There is a very creamy texture to the flavor on this one. Ripe sweet cherries, mocha like coffee tones and a brownie like chocolate feel. There is a dusting of spice on the back of the tongue along with a hint of vanilla that leads into the soft pleasant mouthfeel. This is a very nicely drinkable stout although not what I was expecting.
01-21-2010 19:51:25 | More by SPLITGRIN
Cuvée Alex Le Rouge (Jurassian Imperial Stout) from BFM (Brasserie des Franches-Montagnes)
82 out of 100 based on 184 ratings.