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Crew Roundhouse Kick - Crew AleWerkstatt

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very good

11 Reviews

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Reviews: 11
Hads: 27
Avg: 4.02
pDev: 11.94%
Wants: 5
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Crew AleWerkstatt
Germany | website

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout | 9.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Bierman9 on 03-27-2014

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Reviews by MattSweatshirt:
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Tap @ Strefa Piwa

Thick ass brown meringue topping. Black as sin.

Roasty, chocolatey, and licorice nose. Smoke popped in a little as it warmed up.

Flavor delivers big roast and chocolate. Licorice and sweetness.

Smooth heavier medium body.

Germans busting out a good imperial stout. Now they need to procure a bourbon barrel for this bad boy.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sweet, Fruity, Roasted, Cocao

A sneaky one here, a real tricky brew within the first couple of sips. Sweet with an inviting darkness and roasty flavor but then the warmth reminds us this is not a brew to just knock back, clearly a sipper. A fine balance of chocolate, roasted, and caramel malt swirling around with that alcoholic warmth. Nothing short of great here, more than just a treat.

STYLE: Imperial Stout | ABV: 9.2% | AVAILABILITY: Year-round

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine issue #93 (Oct 2014)

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4.24/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of biboergosum
3.96/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle, nice to see another offering from this Munich craft brewer arrive around here. The last line of their back-label marketing spiel, 'schwarz wie die Nacht und explosiv wie Dynamit!' sure sounds like something Rammstein would growl about.

This beer pours a solid oily black, with the barest of basal cherry cola edges, and two fingers of gently foamy, bubbly, and somewhat creamy light mocha head, which leaves some sinking limestone reef lace around the glass as it duly recedes.

It smells of bready, grainy, and slightly toasted caramel malt, a subtle meaty umami character, milky coffee, vanilla-tinged earthy licorice, and weedy, leafy, and well-perfumed floral hops. The taste is rich, dense roasted caramel malt, bittersweet chocolate, edgy anise, more well-creamed java, mixed dark orchard fruit - maybe a bit of besotted plum, maybe some cordial cherry - and leafy, herbal, and plainly floral hops.

The carbonation is adequately moderate in its frothy supportive measures, the body a sturdy medium-heavy weight, and mostly smooth, both hop and alcohol taking a few sniffs around. It finishes on the sweet side, the charred caramel, cocoa, black licorice, and muddled fruit all steadying themselves against that boozy ingress.

A decent version of the style, the sweetness more or less balanced with the proclaimed stratospheric hops (ein Hopfenbombe!). Tasty, a tad sour, and fairly easy to drink, I'm certain that Chuck Norris would have no problem putting back a few of these while executing the titular move.

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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Noelito76
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of beerdrifter
4.49/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at a great beer shop in Darmstadt, Germany, Maruhn Welt der Getränke. Pitch black pour with two finger caramel-colored head with great retention and crazy lacing. Sweet, roasty nose with hints of espresso, cocoa, and a fair amount of hops. The taste follows suit with huge roasty notes with a nice subtle sweetness. Hints of cocoa, espresso, chocolate fudge, caramel, and enough of a hop presence to remind me of a Black IPA. The mouthfeel is thick and chewy, smooth and creamy, with perfect balance. Overall, this is by far the best German craft Imperial Stout I've had. Roundhouse kicking myself for only picking up two of them! Highly recommended!

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of vandeir_bochi
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mytu420
4.09/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of jonb5
3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

330ml bottle, poured into La Chouffe tulip.

A: Jet black, opaque, initially there was a very small, very tanned head which faded without leaving much lacing.

S: Espresso, vanilla and fudge.

T: Followed the nose, lots of bitterness, especially at the finish, the booze was pretty well hidden until the finish.

M: Very smooth, heavy body, slight coarse edge from the booze.

O: Held up well against the other Imperial Stouts I’ve sampled. Nice beer for a cold day to accompany a heavy meal.

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Photo of Corson
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jeffo
3.45/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got this one at the Duvel guy down the road from the old place.

From a bottle into a snifter
IBU: 71
Best Before 28 January 2020
This one apparently has 5 bottles of awesomeness *shrugs*

APPEARANCE: A clear dark brown pour yields a 2 finger, thicker looking, creamy, light tan head with great retention. Clear black body with lower levels of carbonation evident. Head slowly fades to a full cap and coats the glass. A swirly wisp remains until the end leaving decent lacing down the glass. Good head yet average body on this one.

SMELL: Lots of leather, licorice, earthy hops, some dark chocolate and smoked notes as well. Bold for sure.

TASTE: Leather, licorice, smoked malts and some alcohol at the swallow. Bold and lingering finish is roasted with leather, earthy hops, some bitter dark chocolate and smoked notes as well. A bit of alcohol is well hidden.

PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation. Creamy enough on the palate, goes down fine and finishes slightly mouth-coating. A bit of booze lingers.

OVERALL: Well made for sure. The smoked malts and leather notes are not really my thing per se, but that doesn't take away from the fact that it's a quality made, well balanced beer. I enjoyed this one less than I did their DIPA, but it's definitely worth checking out if you're a fan of this profile in an imperial stout.

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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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4.6/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of hansavijaticar
4.71/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Very pleasant surprise from this little known German brewery. Coffe, dark chocolate, dried dark fruits. Nicely balanced.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.53/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served in a tulip at Ceveceria Esparte here in Conil, Spain.

Appearance: Heavy bubbled body with light tan head. Settles to nada. After one sip.

Smell: Light malty scent. Little bland and smells a bit different than a stout.

Taste: light malty coffee. Light in flavor needs a bit heavier coffee but then again you need to know what you're dealing with.

Mouth: Medium-Heavy carbonation, lightly sticky.

Overall: Alright in lamens terms it's an American blacke ale meets stout. Strong but light in flavors.

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Photo of Bierman9
4.02/5  rDev 0%

I picked up this 0.33l bottle in Bamberg a few weeks ago for €2.60. Today is Imperial Stout day (for me, anyway...) so I am popping it for my nightcap. Has a best-by date of 25JUN19. I just squeezed this one in! Phew!

Poured into a small tulip, it is a deep, dense black, with a creamy mocha head of about 1/2" of lasting foam. The lacing left behind is pretty nice as well. Aroma has lots of roasty, dark malts with bitterness coming through. The body is, sadly, only a medium - no more, unfortunately. Like to have more in my Imperial Stouts. It is still quite smooth on the tongue.

Flavor has a very subtle bit of sweetness before segueing into bitterness. There's some roasty malts, some dark choco, and a bit of coffee action. A dose of floral hopping mixes in with the bitterness in the dry finish. Pretty good, though I'd prefer a bit more body and sweetness. Was hoping for more of a "kick" from this one. Prosit!!

4.01/5 rDev -3.80%
look: 4.15 | smell: 3.95 | feel: 4.00 | taste: 4.05 | drinkability: 4.00


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Photo of ZachT
4.44/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Very good RIS from Crew. I wouldnt go so far as to say this is earth shattering, espically when compared to some of the big names in the RIS game, but for being a German brewed RIS I will say that I am impressed.
Jet black in color with a tan head.
Smells just like an RIS, with that malty, roasted, coco and coffee notes.
Taste follows the smell, bitter chcolate with hints of roasted coffee. Get a sweet hit of darker fruits toward the end. Nicely balanced, little bit of boozy warmness.
Feels thick, like a stout should. Nice mouth feel and good carbonation.
A really good stout from Germany, but I would like to say that, from Germany. If this is a sign of things to come, Germany will be home to some very exclent RISs in no time.

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Crew Roundhouse Kick from Crew AleWerkstatt
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