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Wildebeest - The Wild Beer Co.

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Reviews: 9
Hads: 24
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: n/a
Wants: 3
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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The Wild Beer Co. visit their website
United Kingdom (England)

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Kirk on 06-23-2013

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Reviews: 9 | Hads: 24
Reviews by mdagnew:
Photo of mdagnew
4.26/5  rDev n/a
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

330ml bottle bought from Lighthouse Wines, Belfast

Poured pretty much pitch black even when held up to the light... Dirty burnt brown head poured to decent thickish covering.. light patchy sticky lacing...

Aroma - Strong roasted coffee to the fore, leathery and slightly sooty, charcoal notes, toasted bread, chocolate maltiness, vanilla, burnt toffee, treacle, earthy / cardboard hints, some buttery traces, light nuttiness, some light date and black cherries fruitiness, alcohol just noticeable...

Taste - Lots of charred roasted dark chocolate malt bitterness mixed with strong espresso coffee, warming alcohol, sooty, vanilla, some faint piney hops, earthy, toffee, toasted nutty sweetness, some treacle, faint anise

Feel - Smooth and fairly creamy... medium to full bodied... a little on the boozy side to be too quaffable

Overall - An excellent stout... highly recommended - can't wait to try the barrel aged version of this called Wiskebeast (953 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of Marius
4.5/5  rDev n/a
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pitch black pour, with a creamy light-beige head. Smells of brewed coffee, whiskey, dark chocolate, dark cherries, cocoa and, of course, vanilla- amazingly complex smell. The taste is very well balanced. Something like a bourbon-infused hot chocolate, with vanilla and some dark cherries added to the mix. The mild sweetness is carefully hidden underneath everything else, making for a solid backbone. The aftertaste is bitter-sweet, with a spicy feeling on the back of the tongue. Very smooth texture, completing this excellent drinking experience. (549 characters)

Photo of stephenlee
4.02/5  rDev n/a
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Ciocanelu
4.25/5  rDev n/a
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of hulchris
3.75/5  rDev n/a

Photo of crosenkrantz
4.5/5  rDev n/a
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.98/5  rDev n/a
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a black color stout with a nice dark brown foamy head with good retention and slight lacing notes. Aroma of deep espresso coffee notes with dry roasted black chocolate malt notes. Taste is also dominated by dry espresso notes with some lightly bitter black chocolate notes that are also perceptible. Body is a little bit thin with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Well brewed with great variety of flavours that re well balanced between each other’s. My only negative point would be that body was a little bit thin for this beer. (555 characters)

Photo of GONZALOYANNA
4.17/5  rDev n/a
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle.- from Cerveceria Freiburg (Barcelona) Black color headed by tan foam. Creamy & lasting crown leaves spots on sides. Fudge chocolate, vanilla, toasted,caramel & roasted coffee aromas. Gentle toasted upfront rounded by chocolate & vanilla on the backside. Full body. Soft carbonation. Viscous texture. ABV is shown as a gentle heat. Slight bitter punch & a very subtle fruity notes in the middle along with dark cocoa linger in a sweet finish. Complex aftertaste where coffee driness touched by hoppiness are swept out by brown sugar notes. (552 characters)

Photo of Oakenator
4.5/5  rDev n/a
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of leitmotif
4.44/5  rDev n/a
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Walbert_Neto
4.46/5  rDev n/a
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Jinn
4/5  rDev n/a
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Sam-VW
3.98/5  rDev n/a
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Fabianno
4.19/5  rDev n/a
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AMack11
4.94/5  rDev n/a
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Pours like motor oil. No head. At 11%, that's no surprise. Lots of legs on the glass. Looks great.

S - espresso. Chocolate. Vanilla. Roasted malt. Smells like a beautiful, freshly brewed coffee.

T - Milk and dark chocolate. Vanilla cream. Fresh espresso. A nice smooth alcohol backbone.

F - Excellent. A little carbonation, but mostly thick and creamy.

O - imperial stout is my joint favourite style of beer, along with Double IPA's. Unfortunately, both styles are hard to find here. Luckily, my local drink store keeps a couple around throughout the year, and fortunately, I now work there so fingers crossed I can keep them there. This beer is currently my favourite brew on the market. It's pricey, but it's worth every penny. A phenomenal imperial stout from a fantastic craft ale brewery. (802 characters)

Photo of JMBSH
4.41/5  rDev n/a
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of EdKing
4.62/5  rDev n/a
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

So my love affair with Wild Beer Co. shifts to another level. It began with Ninkasi and continued with the sours, and now this is my first imperial stout, and wow, it’s a beauty. Bottle bought in Market row Wines, Brixton. Colour is very dark brown, thick body, tan head. Nose is plasticky, lactic, dark fruit, prune, smooth chocolate, no yeastiness. Lots of milky chocolate and alcohol. Taste again is rich smooth dark chocolate, syrupy chocolate spread, cocao dust, thick luscious chocolatey body, creamy texture and mouthfeel, hints of prune and dark fruit. This is fantastic. Like liquid alcoholic chocolate. This is how I like my imperial stouts. Nose is restrained but flavour is stunning. Mouthful nice and oily chocolate. Wow. (736 characters)

Photo of Tsekouratos
3.82/5  rDev n/a
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

330ml bottle at The Local Pub, Athens.

Appearance: Darkness black colour with a nice brown head, which lasted for maybe a minute and left some clouds on the surface.

Smell: OH MY!!! Dark chocolate, lots of espresso and hints of vanilla, especially when the beer got a little warmer!! Maybe some notes of blackcurrant.

Taste: Dark chocolate at the front! When it got warmer the coffee and the vannila notes were filling the mouth, leaving the chocolate on the back.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation, maybe a little too much for the style, but not in a bad way. Medium to full body. (581 characters)

Photo of CwrwAmByth
4/5  rDev n/a

Photo of Kirk
3/5  rDev n/a
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Wildebeest – an Imperial Russian Stout with a twist, it could be called an Imperial Espresso Chocolate Vanilla Stout. After taking expert advice from the Tincan Coffee Co and the Chocolate Tart we enhanced the beer with Valrhona cocoa nibs, 500 vanilla pods (thanks mum for your help with those!) and a beautiful Columbian coffee. It could be called a dessert in a glass, beautifully rich and satisfying, at 11% maybe it’s a low alcohol alternative to an after-dinner liqueur?

Beer is not just meant for refreshment. Some beers can be ideal for contemplation and speculation, the liquid equivalent of the lotus position. Such a beer is Wildebeest, a rich, elegant, creamy, soothing confection of aromas and flavours that can only improve with time.

Warning: Wildebeest is best enjoyed sipped from your favourite brandy snifter, whilst sitting comfortably in a plush armchair. Preferably next to a roaring fire while the weather does its worse outside.

Currently maturing in the tank. Available in 330ml bottles towards the end of November. (1,052 characters)

Photo of JavierGC
4/5  rDev n/a

Photo of soulgrowl
4.89/5  rDev n/a
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thick, cappuccino-like head atop a thick, espresso-like body. Viscous and lovely looking. Smells of Oreos, malted milk, soft caramels, whole vanilla beans, Frappuccinos and walnuts. Exquisite. Tastes every bit as good as it smells, with an exuberant, overriding vanilla flavor that makes me feel that all is good in the world. There's also a distinct berry edge to this beer that adds a lot of intrigue and character. Fantastic stuff. My new favourite sweet stout. Possible food pairings: almost any dessert, cream cheese, waffles, cheeseburgers, General Tso's chicken, sweet potato. (584 characters)

Photo of Tdenham
3.95/5  rDev n/a
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of peensteen
4.14/5  rDev n/a
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Wildebeest from The Wild Beer Co.
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