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Imperial Russian Stout - Huisbrouwerij Klein Duimpje

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Imperial Russian StoutImperial Russian Stout

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39 Ratings
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Ratings: 39
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 15.03%
Wants: 2
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Huisbrouwerij Klein Duimpje visit their website

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Naerhu on 05-12-2005)
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Reviews by BarryNL:
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2.55/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

This is a real shame. This is probably a very good beer which is ruined by being carbonated to hell. I simply can't smell or taste anything beyond the carbon-dioxide to give a more informative review.

Brewers, read the style guidelines on carbonation and follow them - it will make a much better beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2008 18:08:16 | More by BarryNL
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3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

07-13-2014 20:35:32 | More by KAF
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3/5  rDev -13.3%

05-18-2014 22:28:27 | More by Beerdudenumberone
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3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

12-04-2013 02:14:45 | More by jaydoc
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2.85/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

1 pt bottle
no date

A- Blackish with a slight red tint around the edges, looks kind of watery with little to no head at all, no lacing.

S- Bottle: chocolate, dark malts no alcohol. Glass: Dark fruits, little chocolate, kind of dark fruit sweet, alcohol presence from glass.

T- Kind of sweet boozy, dark fruit, some chocolates. Finish with a slight booziness.

M- Medium body that is sort of watery after it hits the tongue. It has a smoothness but nothing near silky.

O- Pours more like a soda pop, not to thrilled by the lack of carbonation. It smells better from the bottle than the glass. The taste is kinda of a boozy mess with nothing to distinguish the flavors. The lack of bubbles really show in the way it feels with sorta smooth but nothing to please the tongue. Sort of a let down for a RIS, I wont be getting this one again....ever.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2013 02:59:32 | More by Gryphon69
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3.31/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

While a dark brown in color, it's got a little bit of a brown-orange tint in its edges, and it doesn't look particularly heavy. I'm giving it a bit more credit than the rigid style specification, since it's intended to be something other than a straight RIS. The head makes it look somewhat soda-like, as it rises, fizzes and dies fairly quickly. An island does remain that gives up a bit of spotting around the glass.
There's some roast with a touch of char, dark fruits with a bit of a sugary quality to them, a hint of cocoa powder, and a very Belgian-like note of bubble gum.
I think I'm starting to get what these guys do; to this point, I've had two, and both have had a Belgian yeast twist to them. So, while the flavor still is a bit too light with too much emphasis on fruits and too little on roast, it ends up being a pretty good beer overall. Malts bring roast, and there's a bit of caramel and bittersweet cocoa, dark fruits and a hint of black licorice.
The feel would score very low for an RIS, but again, I have a feeling there's something else going on here. As such, with the medium body and semi-dryness, it's not bad. Carbonation is moderate, giving even parts crispness and smoothness. The medium body does just barely make that, though.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2013 13:52:57 | More by Brenden
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3/5  rDev -13.3%

03-27-2013 23:46:31 | More by kaelingirl
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2.78/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Doesn't appear to have a date on it anywhere, but it did just hit shelves here.

A: Faintest hiss as the cork pops. Pours dead still despite an aggressive pour. Dark brown, not quite black body. Obviously no head retention or lacing of any kind.

S: Hmph. Lots of dark fruits. Raisins, plums and figs. Hints of tobacco and leather. Maybe a little smoke but no signs of roasted malt.

T: Again, dark fruits up front, similar to the aroma. Get some roasted malt now, mostly some sweet chocolate. Kind of tastes like watered down hershey's syrup with a little bit of fruit in it if I'm honest. Fruit is a touch tart in the finish.

M: Completely flat, but somehow quite watery despite decent ABV.

O: Hard to judge this beer. There is obviously some sort of brewing flaw or oxidation or something along those lines given that the beer was completely flat. I wanted to rate it regardless because after looking at a bunch of reviews it seem this is common and not a fluke. Regardless of carbonation, it does not taste like any RIS I've had before. Not very good; I poured it out. Shame because this wasn't a cheap bottle.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2013 03:49:26 | More by Dope
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4/5  rDev +15.6%

10-14-2012 15:42:33 | More by t0rin0
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4.5/5  rDev +30.1%

06-28-2012 23:31:16 | More by rekel
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4/5  rDev +15.6%

11-20-2011 04:44:04 | More by JAHMUR
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3.15/5  rDev -9%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Beer poured from bottle into Snifter shaped glass

A - Beer poured with a dark body, nearly black, with some reddish looks when holding the glass up under a light; beer poured with no head at all, and appeared very thin; not much lacing formed

S - Scents of molasses and deep roasted malts come up; some sour or acidic notes flush the nose and create an unusually scent for an RIS; there is some chocolate and coffee scents, but are overpowered by the sourness and the alcohol

T - Beer presents itself with a touch of sweetness at the beginning of the drink and finishes with an unattractive sour taste, very unusual for an RIS; flavor is mostly sour molasses with hints of caramel, licorice and smoke; sweet flavors are dark fruit based

M - Less than average mouthfeel for an RIS, very thin and no head at all; I expect more of a complex texture to this beer; very thin and moderately effervescent; watery; slight bitter aftertaste

D - I love this style and this was anything but an RIS; most of these beers are over-hopped and very frothy, silky in feel and heavy on flavor; this beer was the exact opposite; a bit of a let down but definitively something that an RIS lover should try for the experience

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2011 04:49:33 | More by ferrari29
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Ontario (Canada)

3.18/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Jason brought this bottle to tasting. Pours dark brown with zero head or lacing. He says the bottle is fresh, so this clearly didn't keep somehow. Smells of molasses and licorice with some roasted malt. No carbonation so the mouthfeel is pretty bad. I got tired and didn't finish my glass, though it wasn't awful.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2011 21:44:46 | More by kwjd
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Ontario (Canada)

3.1/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Black with no head, however lace rings. Sourish taste, not very drinkable. Less than average mouthfeel for an RIS, this is not a bad porter though the significant is there. Yet not tasting infected, its more acidic from the roasted barley. More a story of must be drunk fresh.Jason's bottle.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2011 00:58:32 | More by Sammy
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4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured from a 25 oz bottle into a snifter. A dark brown in color with a short livid head.

Smell: Roasted malt and some clean alcohol.

Taste: Smokey/roasted malt, alcohol balanced well by this. Light esters and a little sweet, leading me to believe that this beer was fermented with belgian ale yeast.

Mouthfeel: Quite smooth, age has done quite a bit to mellow this beer.

Drinkability: A good belgian export stout. Tasty and well suited to be a nite cap.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2010 15:30:47 | More by Stinkypuss
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3.78/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Aroma is mainly of molasses with a smoky undertone, not much more. It pours a dark semi-transparent ruby-tinted sable with a thin tan head that dissipates quickly. Flavor is mainly of molasses with hints of caramel, licorice and smoke. Texture is smooth and a little fizzy but not too tingly. I've had better - but this is palatable.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2010 02:54:15 | More by Cyberkedi
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3.08/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: The pour is nearly black with some reddish highlights when holding the glass up. The head is quite fluffy and mocha in color.

S: The nose is quite off-putting with acidic, sour grain, likely attributed to the roasted malts. The chocolate and coffee that you usually expect from the style are overpowered by the sourness and the alcohol.

T: Luckily, the flavor is better than the nose would lead you to believe. The roast is not overly intense and the beer is a bit on the sweet side with some dark fruit flavors.

M: The body is on the thin side for an RIS with a fairly high level of carbonation for the style.

D: Though I'm not generally one to be a stickler for style, this beer seemed more like a BSDA than an RIS. Whatever you choose to classify it as, however, it was not all that good.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2010 18:19:59 | More by womencantsail
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3.05/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

pours black with a red tint when held to the light, a thin brown head, and some lacing.

smell is of sour malt, cocoa, a touch of coffee, a little vanilla, and some licorice.

taste is thin, cocoa, and malt, ends a little watery, and sour.

overall just an average imperial stout.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2010 19:39:55 | More by froghop
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New Hampshire

3.9/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a three finger light tan head that fades quickly, leaving some lace. Deep brown color. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Caramel nose. Flavor is mild caramel and not roasted chocolate that is typical in a RIS. Higher ABV is almost hidden. $12.99 for a 750ml bottle from Manchester Wine and Liquors Manchester, CT.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2009 23:30:47 | More by jdhilt
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United Kingdom (England)

2.33/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Deep black colour with a small creamy tan head that is fast fading.

Aroma: Fruity aroma with lots of blackcurrant, noticeable alcohol, and a slight roastiness.

Taste: There a slight maltiness but the flavours are more sweet and fruity. There are dark fruits that are more on the sweet side than bitter, and a certain sugariness.

Mouthfeel: Quite thick, and greasy, with little carbonation.

Drinkabiluty: Not impressed at all, quite a hard going stout. The flavours are far too sweet

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2009 22:20:26 | More by PartyBear
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3.33/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to mughugger for sharing this at the Lancaster County Brewers October meeting. Poured chilled from the 750ml into my tasting glass.

A - Deep turbid brown w/ lots of visible carbonation, small quick receding tan cap

S - A very fruity nose - concord grape, red currants come to mind which is odd, very mild alcohol scent

M - Grainy smooth feel, dry, crisp and light with alcohol and fruity sweet finish

T - A flavor kind of like cool aid which gives an artificial sweet concentrated taste The mild roast doesn't really offset the tannic and sweet elements. The taste has a hint of nuts and pepper around the edges

D - The beer is not the kind of Imp Stout I consider drinkable, lacks body and very un-stoutlike.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2009 18:56:22 | More by Slatetank
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3.38/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very dark chestnut brown in color but nowhere near the blackness of a RIS. Very little carbonation. Somewhat sharp and metallic aroma-mild anise like quality, maybe some black currants. Thin and bitter roasted flavor. Touch of caramel. Mildly fruity and plum wine like. Lasting licorice flavor. Somewhat sulfury, almost Belgian like. Thinner then what I would expect. Just doesnt seem to be a RIS per se. Not a bad beer, just fails to make the moniker.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2009 00:45:22 | More by lackenhauser
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Rhode Island

2.95/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours nice, looks like cold black coffee.

Smells like a stout; nothing to get too excited over. Kind of a mild smell, especially for a stout.

Taste is Ok. It's a stout, and tastes as such. Nothing too exciting.

Good mouthfeel; smooth, the flavor comes through, no burn or bad after taste.

The drinkabilaty for a beer like this is pretty good. It's mellow and mild, but still a good taste.

For the price you can do a lot better. It's not a bad beer, but not worth the price.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2009 22:44:27 | More by birdyone
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3.9/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Chocolate-covered pumpkin with coppery orange accents. The beer falls short of opacity, even when an overcast morning sky is the only natural light available. Call me a pessimist, but an RIS that isn't opaque isn't likely to be good beer. The pale caramel colored crown isn't wonderful either, although it gets the job done. Note: the appearance score was revised (increased) once I realized the *real* style.

In spite of the words Imperial Russian Stout right there on the label, this brew smells (and looks) more like a BSDA than a big stout. It's weakly aromatic and delivers dark fruit more than roasted or chocolate malt. Warming helps pull the score above average.

The flavor profile says Belgian strong dark ale as well... and it isn't too bad on the palate. In fact, it's pretty tasty. No one is going to mistake KD IRS for an American double stout, that's for damn sure. Along with the roasted maltiness is a great deal of tangy dark fruit. Comparing it to a Baltic porter wouldn't be a stretch either.

Flavors include chocolate-covered caramels, roasted coffee beans, raisins, figs, anise and a smattering of clove. If that isn't a description of a BSDA, I don't know what is. The taste score has slowly crept upward with each passing ounce. First 3.0, then 3.5, now 4.0. That's where it ends.

The mouthfeel is nowhere near full enough for an RIS. Then again, for the hundredth time, this beer isn't an RIS. There's a light-moderate creaminess and the bubbles provide more than a little lift. Fifteen minutes in is better than right after cork extraction.

Klein Duimpje Imperial Russian Stout is pretty good beer no matter what we decide to call it. It's also a damn sight better than this brewery's Porter. Although it isn't worth what I paid ($14.95 for 750 ml), I'm not sorry that I gave this bottle a home.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2009 15:17:09 | More by BuckeyeNation
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2.7/5  rDev -22%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Got this at Bert's Bier Huis in Utrecht.

From a bottle into a snifter

APPEARANCE: Pours dark brown and produces a massive, out of control, thin tan head that just doesn't quit. Black body with lots of carbonation all over the place. Bubbles racing to the top everywhere. Head eventually recedes to a thick foam cap and leaves some chunky lacing down the glass. Another dutch foam bomb with carbonation that makes this a chore.

SMELL: Some malt and dark fruits as well. Relatively simple and one dimensional. Nice, but not strong or complex enough.

TASTE: Malt and dark fruits again. Alcohol comes through strongly, accompanied by a smoky touch. I'd like the alcohol to be hidden a little better. A little bit of coffee in the aftertaste, which lingers nicely.

PALATE: Medium body. The carbonation makes a point but is well controlled. Goes down pretty smooth with a slight bite and finishes every so slightly sticky. Not bad, but too much carbonation.

OVERALL: The first bottle I bought a few weeks ago was infected, but I'm glad I decided to grab another and give it a second shot. Despite the nasty look on this, this is good enough for a serving or two. It's drinkable, despite the high alcohol content, as nothing is overwhelming. Though I'd probably call this more of a strong dark ale than an RIS, this one might just land in my beer cellar again sometime.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2008 17:27:57 | More by Jeffo
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Imperial Russian Stout from Huisbrouwerij Klein Duimpje
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