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Cuvée Alex Le Rouge (Jurassian Imperial Stout) - BFM (Brasserie des Franches-Montagnes)

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Cuvée Alex Le Rouge (Jurassian Imperial Stout)Cuvée Alex Le Rouge (Jurassian Imperial Stout)

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179 Ratings
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Ratings: 179
Reviews: 104
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 16.94%
Wants: 11
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
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BFM (Brasserie des Franches-Montagnes) visit their website
Switzerland

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  10.28% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Phyl21ca on 01-22-2008)
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Proteus93

Virginia

3.55/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

dkachur provided this curious brew... thanks, Dan! Shared along with CrellMoset

A: Deep brown to the point of being black. Head is quite fizzly and recedes quite quickly.

S: The pepper is there straight up, with vanilla following behind. A roasted malt.

T: A big fruit flavour. The pepper is not a strong flavour but comes out on finish. Apple like... Prune? Malt and a sugary touch.

M + D: A mild shimmer of carbonation, but a little pepper bite on the very end. Don't love it, don't hate it. It was quite interesting if nothing else.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2009 15:59:24 | More by Proteus93
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tavernjef

Minnesota

2.6/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Very black in the glass and capped with a medium firm khaki colored foam. Keeps a good skim always present and laces out in big spots and globs.

Aroma is mild at best of a slight tangy fig and a bit of pepper and metalic tannins.

Taste is a super quick tang of mostly cherry, with touches of berry, raisin, and fig. Semi soured with cream on the side. Slight metalic notes and pepper are off the back end within its semi warming finish. Hardly anything to it really. Very basic and unimpressionable.

Feel is a quick off tang of soured darkish fruity stuff and sits pretty light in the overall body for what all other Impy/Dbl. stouts are. Where's the creamyness, where's the stoutyness. There's no length other then its quick hit of tang and that is it. Again, quite subpar, seemingly basic, with an offness about it thats hard to place but easy to discern as off and bordeline upsetting to have wasted a clean glass with pouring this stuff into one.

Quite possibly the worst stout I've had and one of the worst beers I've had in a long time. Avoid unless you like wierd sour/off stouts.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2009 22:29:58 | More by tavernjef
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bonbini26

New Jersey

3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Serving type: on-tap

03-16-2009 15:51:34 | More by bonbini26
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GClarkage

California

3.6/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2009 15:43:53 | More by GClarkage
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SFLpunk

Vermont

4.3/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 brown glass swing-top without a notch on the label. Grabbed this at Publick House Provisions in Brookline, MA on my trip back from the EBF. Couldn't wait to get home and open it!

Appearance: Pours a fairly dark black (brown hues) with one finger of cream colored head. Leaves a little spotting as it fades.

Nose: Smells like a bourbon barrel aged stout. Vanilla is prime, a little smoke, sweet black molasses, heavily malted cereal grain, and maybe a suggestion of pepper way out.

Palate: Creamy at first, going crisp and medium bodied. The tea creeps in and starts sweeping things on the tongue with a crisp astringency. Flavors of dried vanilla bean, tea with cream, an a whisper of something like lemon zest.

Notes: I wish this beer were cheaper and in a six pack, I'd drink the hell out of it! Worth the money, and I'll probably grab another the next time I see it. My only complaint really is the body is a *little* light. Other than that, perfect!

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2009 01:41:44 | More by SFLpunk
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MarcGetty

Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I could not pass up purchasing Cuvée Alex Le Rouge when I saw it for sale at The Foodery. A "jurassian imperial stout brewed with black pepper, vanilla, & tea" was not exactly something you can pass up the opportunity to try!

I poured the 11.2oz bottle into a pint glass (it is a stout, no?) and it had zero head (maybe not a stout?). There was effervescence along the sides of the glass, a lot like a Coca-Cola. The color is also identical to Coca-Cola, and mouthfeel is not too off from Coca-Cola either.

The "10.276% vol" of alcohol is not obvious, but the crazy layers of flavor sure are! It does indeed taste like black pepper and vanilla, although I did not come across any notes of tea as advertised on the bottle. Overall the taste(s) make it absolutely worth trying.

As for drinkability, it takes quite a while to down a glass as the flavors are a little bit (not too much) overpowering.

Buy one. Try it. However, don't buy more then one.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2009 21:23:58 | More by MarcGetty
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beachbum1975

Ohio

2.78/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I found this one at Bruisin' Ales in Ashville, NC yesterday. I really need a hand-fill growler, so I figured I'd put this one to the test. Great 11.2 ounce bottle with no freshness date. I had no idea Switzerland brewed a RIS, so here we go!

Pours an attractive clear, dark root beer/mahogany brown. After an agressice pour, I get a ¾ inch creamy dark tan head. Minimal spotty lacing seen up the sides of my over-sized tulip...

Nose is surprisingly limited. Some lightly sweet malts, cherry tartness and grassy hops are all I really get.

Medium bodied and medium to full flavored RIS. Very wet mouthfeel with a sour tang, (versus a bitter and hoppy one). Beyond the wetness (which is big), I get a subtle sour again mixed with sweet malts. I'm disappointed because I am not tasting the vanilla, tea or black pepper like the label suggests. It's frankly a weird beer overall. Glad I only got one. Unique, but not my cup of tea.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2009 20:16:29 | More by beachbum1975
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alexgash

Connecticut

3.6/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz swing-top bottle.

Pours a dark chocolate brown. Looked a little murky. Creamy, purposeful, glass-crawling, peanut-shell brown head. Nose is an odd mix of tart cherry, chocolate, vanilla beans, bourbon (just a little), and earthy (peppery?) leather.

Starts off with tart cherry, and a bit of wild funk. Hmmm. It's not a puckering sour, but it is definitely tart. Earthy malt flavors mix with a bit of dark chocolate beneath the sourness. Some vanilla and even fruity malt (vaguely sweet) show up near the finish, with a crescendo of pepper. It's an odd mix of flavors, and not very imperial stout-y, but it's actually not that bad. In fact, it's a little refreshing! Mouthfeel is a little thin, however, and this definitely does not feel like 10%. Glad I tried this, but I doubt I will buy it again!

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2009 02:46:48 | More by alexgash
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GbVDave

Illinois

4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a flip-top 11.2oz bottle into a 20oz imperial pint.

A: Pours a dark cola-brown or black tea brown color that shows a slight lightening at the edges. This is capped by a creamy, khaki-colored, one-finger head that sticks around for quite a while yet doesn't leave much in the way of lace in its' wake.

S: This one features subtle aromas of chocolate, blackened malt, vanilla bean, alcohol, cherry, dark fruit, and (as mentioned in other reviews) a slightly sour lactose aroma.

T: Interesting mix of dark chocolate, black pepper, and cherry. Also along for the ride are vanilla, sweet dark fruit, cocoa, tart berry, lactose, citrus, and alcohol.

M: Started off a little on the porter side of things but thickened considerably as it came up to temp. At the same time sweet, tart, and dry (Perhaps from the tea? Or the alcohol?) Nice dry & roasty astringency. The black pepper does a little dance on the tongue, as well.

D: Overall, I liked this. I felt the alcohol came off as a little hot and boozy, but I liked all the other stuff going on in here enough to help me overlook that. Interesting, to say the least.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2008 01:48:02 | More by GbVDave
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phisig137

Virginia

4.1/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours the darkest possible black, with a one finger creamy head. I held a flashlight up to the glass, and it didn't let any light though... even around the edges. Even after 10 minutes, a thick cap of foam covers the top of the glass, and leaves a good amount of lace behind.

S- A little ho-hum here. Slightly vinous and lactic, with a touch of astringency. Interesting, but not overly complex.

T- Here is where it picks up. There is a lot going on in here, but all of it buried under a gentle sourness. The pepper is immediately apparent on the back of the throat, with some warming vanilla following in the finish. Astringency, whether from the roasted malt or the tea, is present from front to back, and marries well with the pepper notes. Again, a slight sourness is present, becoming a bit more lactic as the beer warms. Three very distinct and conflicting flavors that were played to play nicely. You've got to dig to find them, but very interesting.

M- A bit on the thin side, especially for the style.

D- Even with the high alcohol, it is VERY well hidden. It would be easy to gulp this if it weren't for the delicate complexities that you wouldn't want to miss.

Overall, another winner from BFM. This definitely isn't your typical imperial stout, but is a very interesting take. Once again BFM manages to pack incredible complexity into an otherwise ordinary style. The more I have from BFM, the more I love them. This is on the expensive side, but I'm glad that I picked it up.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2008 00:00:49 | More by phisig137
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kimcgolf

Georgia

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Plenty of carbonation as it completely blew out the flip-top when I raised the lever. Poured to a deep dark black brown color with a nose of chocolate and coffee with a hint of licorice. Dark tan head lingered awhile and left okay lacing, but the taste was a nice follow-up to the nose. As the beer warmed, the 10+% abv began to make itself known in the nose, flavor and finish, which was warming and slightly sweet.

My first Swiss beer was not a disappointment. In fact, this should be what the St. Bernards carry in those little barrels.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2008 03:35:33 | More by kimcgolf
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hopdog

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz flip top bottle.

Poured a dark black color with a large sized off white head. Aromas of roast, coffee, chocolate, smoke, and some pepper. Tastes of chocolate, pepper, dark fruits, vanilla, coffee, and some smoke. Alcohol hidden.

Notes from 3/1/08

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2008 14:13:41 | More by hopdog
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CrellMoset

Virginia

3/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle courtesy of dkachur - thanks! Split three ways w/ dkachur and proteus93 - my portion poured into an Allagash flute.

Appearance: Pours a deep, dark, thick black with a fast-fading one-finger slightly off-white head.

Aroma: The pepperyness is definitely there, and the tannins from the tea lend a distinctly tart, sour note. A faint vanilla note, but I am nonetheless frightened. Prune is the predominant fruity note. There's some faint chocolate in the background.

Taste: Tart apples, grapes, pears, and cherries, with some faint roasted breading in the background. Tastes like pain. There's some faint chocolate in the background, leafy notes (either from the hops or tea ... yeah, probably from the tea), a few lighty fruity notes. A smoky note, too, strangely enough, probably from the spice - dkachur gets cumin, and I don't disagree.

Mouthfeel: Mildly carbonated, a little tart and bitter from the tannins and light fruits.

Drinkability: This one was ... weird. Very strange, almost incredibly so. The alcohol was certainly well hidden, despite the high and strangely accurate (10.276%!?! Significant figures, anyone in Switzerland?) abv% level. This one's weird, and worth trying once just for the experience. One of the weirdest beers I've ever tried, hands down.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2008 05:42:35 | More by CrellMoset
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ggaughan

Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2008 22:09:55 | More by ggaughan
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Bov

Switzerland

4.35/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

draught at the Solothurner Biertage 2007 - very dark brown, almost black coloured; firm and stable beige foam; roasted, almost smokey with notes of tea, vanilla, pepper and chocolate; oily and full-bodied; rather low carbonation; a late and solid bitterness; aftertaste of vanilla and licorice with a warming alcohol touch - very complex and deeply pleasant

Serving type: on-tap

10-19-2008 18:15:58 | More by Bov
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

3.73/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours with a creamy, dense, initially two-finger thick, somewhat browned, dark tan colored head. The beer is quite black colored though it does show flashes of clear, dark chocolate brown when held up directly to the light. The aroma is an interesting mix of chocolate a perceived tartness, smoked almond aromatics (a mix of salt, smoke and toasted nut notes), earthy city roast coffee, a definite spicy wood-like note, a slight must note, as well as a distinct, toasted nutty character that seems to finish things out. After a bit some soft fruit notes of plums left too long under the broiler become noticeable as well. This has an interesting, very complex, yet hard to describe aroma.

Quite dry tasting and actually fairly light, especially considering the strength of the beer. My suspicions of the sour aromatic notes are confirmed towards the finish as this has a definite lactic character to it. There is a slightly smoky, salt-leaning almost peat like note here that mixes with the tartness to remind me a bit of the ocean. While tart it is only lightly so, the beer is very dry with no real sweetness noticeable at all. A very earthy leaning, slightly smoky seeming . The finish also has a faint vanilla note that adds just a hint of perceived sweetness that also makes me noticed a prune-like flavor and some tart plum flavors as this beer warms up. I am not sure what the tea adds to this beer, but I wonder if it influences the smoky notes, the woody character, some tobacco notes, and a certain leafy-like sort of tea quality that becomes a touch more noticeable as I work my way through this beer. This has a nice roast finish to it, though this definitely competes with the tartness to be noticed.

This is quite easy drinking for an Imperial Stout of this strength. The only thing that keeps me from drinking this faster is that it has some really interesting, unique flavors that are quite subtle. This beer is defined by the balance the many competing, yet intertwining components achieve in the glass. This beer has got to be drastically different than when it was first bottled, but it has certainly developed into an interesting departure from the traditional Imperial Stout. My biggest complaint is that it is perhaps more complex than it is good tasting; it almost seems like a better intellectual exercise than a truly tasty beer.

Purchased: Plaza Liquors, Tucson AZ

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2008 06:24:34 | More by Gueuzedude
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qchic

Maryland

2.53/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Oh boy, this is not what I was looking for in a beer for the evening. I'll admit that the list of ingredients on the bottle (black pepper, vanilla, and tea) intriegued me at the shop, and I was hoping for a unique experience with this one. Unfortunately, this "imperial stout" is laughably thin and so acidic with tannins from the tea. Tastes more like wine than beer.

When poured aggressively, a creamy tan head forms and then settles to a fine layer atop the opaque black beer. Smells fruity (grapes) with some chocolate, vanilla, and wood. Tastes fruity with some red fruits sneaking in. Perhaps the acidity is masking the 10%+ ABV. My guilty pleasure for this beer is the black tea finish. I just continue to wonder where the big malts are.

It hasn't been too difficult getting through this beer as I try to figure out what is going on. It got a little better as it warmed, but I will not be revisiting this one again. Especially not at 9 bucks/11.2 oz bottle. I think I'll drink something straight forward now to alleviate my confusion.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2008 00:51:44 | More by qchic
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Buebie

Minnesota

2.95/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from my 11.2 oz bottle with swing-top cap. Very attractive looking bottle, with a, interesting lable.
Ingredients clearly printed in detail. No freshness date on the bottle.

Poured a jet black with no transpareny or glow around the edges. Into an oversized merlot glass.
Head was big and fluffy. Creamy brown in color, very nice retention that really hangs around for the life of the beer.

Smell is rich and malty with a molasses/ black licorice quality. A spiced fumieness with a hint of alcahol at the knose.

Taste is very odd, but original. I cant say I've ever tasted anything like this ever.
Starts out simple and smooth with a slight touch from the carbonation. Thin mouthfeel, with a thickness that gradually steps into play.
Sweetness through the middle then at the swallow, this foreign bittering flavor comes in. I cant say I recognise it or can compare it to anything really.
Some dark tea like flavors, a grape like wine quality to the taste, in a white wine chardonay kind of way.

No alcahol warming, this is one strange Brew!

Cant say I love it. Cant say I dislike it either.

I'm left wondering what this is. Its not beer, or is it? hmmmm

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2008 20:06:49 | More by Buebie
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BucBasil

South Carolina

2.98/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

This is labeled as an Imperial Stout brewed with black pepper, vanilla, and tea.

Appearance: Poured from the 11.2oz swingcap bottle into a snifter. The beer is a pure black color, even when held to light, and is topped with a quickly dissipating 1 finger thick tan head.

Smell: Vanilla is immediately evident, as is a woody character. Bittersweet chocolate is evident, as is a tobacco richness underneath that may be coming from the tea added. Finally some hops show up for a fleeting moment, and spiced fruit finishes things out. This is one seriously complex aroma...

Taste: Surprisingly the tea flavor jumps out first, and it is very sweet, somewhat fruity, and not an altogether pleasant introduction to the tastebuds. Very shocking first taste, but once you get used to it, things seem to get better. Fruity flavors become more and more pronounced, revealing raspberry and sweet cherry flavors and the beer progresses along the tongue. The huge, almost overbearing sweetness carries through the finish, leaving a slightly milk chocolatey flavor in the mouth. No hops to be found in this sugary bomb.

Mouthfeel: A bit thin, but the right amount of carbonation and a smooth finish.

My final thoughts were, "What the hell did I just drink?" This was a great workout for the nose and tastebuds, but unfortunately, the whole thing just didn't come together very well. Maybe with some age, it might work, but I doubt it. I don't think I'll be picking this one up again.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2008 03:42:04 | More by BucBasil
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ibbjamin

California

2.17/5  rDev -39.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Paid $9.99 for an 11.2 oz bottle from City Beer Store in San Francisco, CA. Poured into a snifter.

As written on the bottle:
Ingredients: water, barley malts, hops, cane sugar, yeast, Sarawak pepper, Russian tea, Boubon vanilla.
This Cuvée was created in the honor of the Jurassian revolutionist Alex Le Rogue. Enjoy this wonderful Cuvée at about 10°-12° Celcius (50°-53°F), with a crunch of bitter Chocolate or a Cigar. Cuvée Alex Le Rogue can be sequestrated for a few years in a cellar.

A very small head after an very aggressive pour of this thick brew. Black as night. Lacing coats thick, but falls quickly.

Smell is somewhat lacking in strength, especially for a Stout variation. Malts foremost, but hints of dark chocolate and alcohol.

Tastes a bit funky. The malts are masked by the complexity of other flavors; leafy hops, some yeast, chery sourness similar to a Flemish Sour and a variety of other flavors I can't really put my finger on. A lot going on, but nothing is triggering the pleasure centers.

Full bodied. Thick and creamy. Smooth finish. Mild carbonation.

If you are looking to try something different, this may be your ticket, but I guess I'm not too big of a fan. The hefty price tag on this one makes the decision even easier for me in the future.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2008 02:46:41 | More by ibbjamin
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My 600th review! -Acuired this bottle as a gift from mughugger, I poured the 11.2oz brown flip top at cellar temp into the BFM goblet also a gift from inmyblood, thank you so much. The ale opened with a high pitched "floot!" kind of like a raquetball striking a wall at high speed.

A - Deep brown, almost black w/ a tan toasted bread crust shade for a head, the cap is about 1/4 inch of ultra tight bead. There is a quick settling of foam leaving a moderate amount of lace on the goblet.

S - A hint of funky leather and pepper(Sarawak according to the label) and slightly biscuit arom w/ a bit of sour cherry and dark molasses and black grape notes. There is a hint of vanilla and musk w/ an almost cedary woodiness

M - Warming both in its 1o.276%? abv and at 50 degrees sampled, this is a unique feel - it is all over the map and has great crisp carbonation. There is spice/ creaminess w/ the malt texture and dry vinous textures w/ a slightly husky grain and cider-like sour tinge w/ a nutty spiced tip

T - The first sip has a black tea like jolt w/ a tannic edge and a cracked pepper spiciness and then the creamy vanilla seems to come in under the radar. The flavor has slight vegetal notes of tea that combine w/ sweet dry malt that has almost no roastiness. The paper taste returns in waves adding an interesting hint w/ a warmth of abv in the flavor too. The fruit flavors are there, but much more subdued and there is more stone fruit/grape tinges w/ subtle apple rind notes. I was hoping this would have more roasted malt since it is an Imperial stout, but heck the tea and pepper seem to be more in focus and it really refreshes like tea as it nears room temp

D - A fine experimental spiced Imp stout I would definitely like to taste this again. This has an interesting mix of flavors and I enjoyed how tea pepper, and vanilla were utilized. I could see this as something that may cellar well.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2008 15:16:50 | More by Slatetank
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Okay, this beer is definitely unusual and a very different take on Russian Imperial Stout. Approach this with an open mind and try to appreciate the interesting components of this beer. Ding must have been having a bad afternoon when he did his review, or more likely it's the fact that he doesn't appreciate sourness in places where it is unexpected- especially in styles where it is unexpected. I on the other-hand appreciate the sourness sometimes found in Belgian interpretations of Russian Imperial Stouts, or in a beer like Madruga Obscura from Jolly Pumpkin. This beer is reminiscent of those with the addition of some unusual ingredients. The label says it is made with black pepper, tea, and vanilla. Those ingredients come through in different ways.

Pours black with a decent head that fades to a very thin tan cap. The aroma is quite complex. The black pepper is is prominent up front, the vanilla less so, and the tea lends some astringent tannins to the nose. Some light roastiness combines with the black pepper and tea to create an unusual depth of aroma. The taste is also quite interesting. Slightly sour to start with grain and a plumminess, and then developing first tea and then black pepper notes. Mouthfeel is a bit thin and somewhat tannic, but the overall effect is quite interesting. I wouldn't drink one all the time, but I'll give them marks for creativity and the unusual nature of the beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2008 04:05:46 | More by Georgiabeer
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Ow! My ears! This thing popped so loud when I flipped the cap that it really did give me a bit of a ringer.

Pours very dark with a thin tan head.

Nose is fruity and spiced, yes. Do you know what the problem with it is though? It reminds me of those markers I would get as a kid that each had its own fragrance. I take a sniff and just think of my old purple marker with the grape fragrance.

As the label so kindly informs me, this beer is "Extremely Complex". Oh really. Thanks for the help there buddy. Sure it is complex, but it seems like everything was thrown together. All the characteristics of this one just jump into my mouth together and don't stand alone to let me savor it all. Seems a bit messy.

The liquid feel is thin. The carbonation is decent.

Overall this is not worth the price. A bit of a mess and not really bringing enough interesting character. Pass.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2008 06:24:04 | More by RblWthACoz
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2008 23:51:00 | More by beerthulhu
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.15/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours out a dark brown body, reddish-hued at the edges, and capped by a small, beige head.

Smell: Aroma of dark malts, dried herbs, tart fruits and fainter notes of licorice and molasses.

Taste: Dark malts with a thinned taste of chocolate. Salted plum flesh. Sprinkling of licorice water. Hint of wood, molasses. Light bitterness. There's never any real sweetness. In its place, there's a pervasive tart fruitiness, like a wine cooler past its prime. Pinch of earthy spice on the creosote finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Very mild carbonation.

Drinkability: Different, for sure, but it's just not what I'm looking for in an Imperial Stout.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2008 21:11:35 | More by ChainGangGuy
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