Imperial Stout - Gamla Slottskällans Bryggeri AB

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Ratings: 51
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 9.07%
Wants: 3
Gots: 7 | FT: 1
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Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: bark on 02-29-2004

Malt: Pilsner, dark caramel, chocolate and black malt.

Hops: Northern Brewer, East Kent Golding, Fuggle

20,0° Plato, Original Gravity 1,083
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Reviews by LinusBohman:
Photo of LinusBohman
3.65/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2011 edition served into a snifter.

A: Black with a thick cocao coloured head which dissipates slowly but gives a lasting layer through the whole session. It leaves a lot of lacing on the glass and it appears somewhat bubbely.

S: The first two things I get are classic smells, chocolate and raisins. I also get wet hay, esters and roasted smells, tending towards coffee. Some alcohol comes through as well.

T: The roastedness is the first thing that shows itself as it hits my pallate, together with alcohol. I also get some fruity esters and dark chocolate but not as much as the smell makes me anticipate. I also get peppery tastes of English hops, an easy recognisable bitter taste. The aftertaste is sweet and has some vague notes of honey.

M: In my opinion a bit carbonated for a RIS. The body is smooth but I would say medium and not full. It has an alcoholic warmth.

O: In my opinion it´s a bit too dominated by the roasted notes and the English hops. I would like some more fruits to it. But still a complex and qualitative beer, it gets downrated because of the stiff competition that is among RISs.
It would probably evolve good with age.

More User Reviews:
Photo of ricke
4.02/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Vintage 2008. Serving date: 2009-01-15. Served in snifter.

Presentation: 330 ml bottle with freshness date om label (Best before week 46 2018). Short descriptions of taste profile and Russian imperial stouts in general, and recommended food pairings on the label.

A: The pour is dark brown with red hues. The color almost resembles the color of Coca Cola. The head is very small and a bit uneven, and fades away fast leaving almost no lacings.

S: A very prominent smell of dark chocolate and cocoa is coupled with coffee aromas and notes of dark fruits - mostly plums and blackberries. A distinct, but not overpowering sting of alcohol can be noted in the background. The smell is quite nice with its distinct chocolate character.

T: The taste basically replicates the smell: Flavors of dark chocolate and cocoa. Strong coffee, almost like an espresso. Roasted, more or less burnt, malts. Dark fruits. A flavor of wood and metals, reminiscent of the taste you get when chewing on a wooden pencil, can also be noted. The finish is bitter with a complementary sweetness. A little bit of alcohol in the finish as well. The taste is good with a nice balance between sweetness and bitterness.

M: This is a reasonably thick, full-bodied and smooth brew. The mild carbonation - perhaps a little bit too mild - makes for a calm mouthfeel. The alcohol provides a nice warmth.

D: I enjoyed this one, a nicely balanced beer.

Photo of rastaman
3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good stuff. Rich roasted coffee/chocolate flavour. Bitter coffee/choclate flavours, vanilla, with some grapefruit/citrus in the finish, i guess due to the hops. Full rich mouthfeel, smooth, with a well balanced alcoholic kick and bitterness, nicely balanced, tasty. Thanks Per.

Photo of Hammarby
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pitch black (red overtones). Practicly no head. At the finnish: dark amber with black fallout (? Is it fallout?) Makes you wonder if the dark color is really the result of a very, very cloudy beer.
S: Chocolate, roasted malt, burnt caramel, fudge, pear, dried fruits.
T: Coffe, chocolate, dark roasted malt, bitter after taste that lingers.
M: Large body, low carboration with tiny bubbles.

Very nice look and feel. Winelike qualities, madeira without the sugar. But one will do, not something you sip the evening through. A bit to strong for that anyhow.

Photo of anders36
3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This imperial stout pours a brown-black brew into the glass, with a brown grey head, that disappears quickly. It has a big taste, a big bitterness and a big roasted taste. With some hint of coffee and chocolate. The smell is a little burned with some nice hint of chocolate and coffee. This is a strong beer, but you don't feel the alcohol in the taste. I like this beer and i think it will taste even better with a chocolade cake

Photo of Sammy
3.8/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Maria, this RIS was dated 2007 edition.It pured jet black with abundant soapy white head that took several minutes to clear. More of what I recognize as a porterish aroma. Above average mouthfeel. An odd bitterness for me, not quite astringent or musty, but certainly not wither the RIS produced here or sent here normally from Europe.

Photo of joemcgrath27
3.82/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The second and final beer I managed to review while in Europe.
A - pitch black, one finger of creamy head dissipated to a thin covering
S - burnt malt and rich dark chocolate, light nuttiness with vanilla
T - burnt malt with light caramel, very subtle dark chocolate note, and subtle alcohol sweetness
M - smooth creamy, moving to a slight thinness from the high ABV
D - the alcohol decently hidden, nice flavours, not the best imperial I've had but a nice offering

Photo of kackerlacka
4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 2008. Poured into a snifter glass.

Pours a dark, calm brew with a finger high head that recedes into a thin circle. The smell is thick, reminding of mature pears. The mouthfeel could also be described as calm, letting you focus on the taste. A dark cocoa taste with an aftertaste of cherry chocolate.

A really great imperial stout, and I will probably serve it to friends who are afraid of trying less mainstream beer styles.

Photo of Jredner
3.5/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma is very roasty with lots of chocolate and medium coffee notes. Pours a dark hazy brown and settles a ruby tinted dark brown with a diminishing thumb thick tan head. Fore is extremely bitter and burnt like overbrewed black esspresso. Mild chocolate notes and hints of darker fruit, but the bitter roast/burnt elelments are by far the dominant flavor elelment and that makes for narrow range. The body is also very thin for the style as I am used to it in America.

Photo of TobiasGoth
4.45/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Slottskällans Imperial Stout 2010

Appearance Two fingers of a beige, creamy, bubbly and steady head rests atop a jet black liquid.

Smell Lots of chocolate/cocao, sweetness, alcohol, a bit of coffee, roasted/burnt, toffee.

Taste There’s an initial sweetness, very sweet, sweetness reminiscent of brown sugar, later taken over by a bitterness that grows with every sip. Plenty of cacao and candy cola bottles. A tad alcohol, which happily enough only highlights the other flavors,

Mouthfeel Bitter and biting aftertaste, smooth and full body, receeds quite quickly. The alcohol gives a lot of texture.

This is a bit like going to a cafe for Coffee and Cake and getting it all just by ordering a single item. It’s a dessert-in-a-bottle.

Somewhere along the line most beer bloggers and reviewers stumble into the domain of stouts and porters, many to remain there forever after. Slottkällans Imperial Stout is my doorway into that world. This is a great beer, that requires its time and patience, both to age and to be consumed. The complexity is almost overwhelming but also very welcomed.

Photo of krunchie
4.62/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pitch black with a thick brownish head. Nice dark brown lacing 3 min. after pour

S: Bread and sugar. Dark, roasted malts. Coffee and chocolate. Not too different from belgian dubbels.

T: Bread and chocolate again. Especially chocolate. Lovely dark chocolate flavor, reminds me of expensive chocolate with 70%+ cocoa. Once again, roasted malts. Surprisingly, this beer taste wonderful!

M: Thick and full bodied, quite deep and complex but still satisfying. Smooth and clean.

D: Despite the tihckness, this brew is easy to drink, mostly thanks to its lovely taste. Served with chocolate, it's a real hit!

Summary: Great chocolate, roasted malts and coffe smell and flavor. Goes extraordinary well with dark chocolate and is quite easy to drink compared to other, very heavy imperials. Still the overall feel is complex and smooth. I didn't expect this brew to be any good, but boy was i wrong! Highly recommended.

Photo of Rastacouere
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fine small bubbled brown head tops a very very dark brown body. Great stout aroma. Deep roasty character, very chocolatey and herbal. Nicely balanced on the tongue, the copious dark chocolate working perfectly with that all but tedious roastiness. I couldn’t name too many flavors, I know there’s some fruitiness in there, but nothing to point out. The thing is: this had great integration of every component and felt better than the sum of its parts. Firm oily medium body, light-medium carbonation. This one does everything right without trying to show off. Cheers Per!

Photo of BenZ
4.04/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased at the state liquor store in Goteborg - can't believe how many US micros they had. No cantillon, though. Anyway, this is a pretty light colored RIS. The smell is fantastic, but the taste doesn't quite measure up to the complexity of the aroma (fruit, chocolate, spice, roast). The mouthfeel is thin and the alcohol is surprisingly obvious. The aftertaste is fantastic. I wonder how this one would age. I'm also thinking I had it a little too warm (probably around 50-55°F), obviously it wouldn't have been too warm for most RIS, but I think chilling this one would have muted the alcohol and thickened it up a bunch. If the other flavors didn't get muted too much, it would be great... Really good beer.

Edit - this was a 2011 bottle (looks totally different from the photo).

Photo of Bananaman
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Slottskällans Imperial Stout is an Imperial Stout in the "English"-school. I haven't tried this one since back in 2007, so it's exciting to try it and give it a proper review;

The beer pours a clean red/black color with a nice beige foam. It looks almost a bit gothic considering the new black & white bottle.

Aroma holds lots of roasted notes together with some typical English hops, East Golding maybe? Anyways, there are also some slight hints of dried fruits and oak (not in the whisky-kind-of-way though).

Taste is very bitter, I think from the hops, but maybe even more from the hardly rosted malts. You can really tell that this is an imperial stout and not an imperial porter since it's quite dry and not very sweet.

I tried it to some Figs & Almond chocolate, worked out quite nicely! Really interesting to try something sweet to a such an dry imperial stout. Highly recommended! Slottskällans at it's finest!

Photo of stjarnflikka
4.38/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer has a very dark black colour with a medium thick foam that stays throughout the drinking.

A superb aroma with strong coffee and chocolate smells, some roasted and fruity traces.

Taste close to perfection. It gives a sprinkling first impression, then comes the dark chocolate and fruity taste. Citrus, coffee, chocolate, roasted and yeasty it lingers in the mouth. Theres is a tasty bitterness that fills in after a while and leaves a long and soothing aftertaste.

Would be interresting to lay this down for some years. Impressive swedish brew aswell.

Photo of Absumaster
4.09/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A bottle with a different, more modern looking label. It pours a very dark brown beer with red hues and a small head.

Smell is quite strong and intense. A big alcoholic smell fills the room. There are woody and oaky smells that go in the direction of a red wine. Off course a nice, a roasted addition that smells like chocolate and coffee.

Taste is roasted and dark, chocolate and a bit of coffee. A smooth roast with some oak vessel taste, which brings a bit of tartness and wine-like taste. Alcohol is very present and gives the beer a good warming feeling. Balance is good. Bitterness is reasonably high, although not as bitter as other counterparts of the style.

Photo of Sigmund
4.23/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle, ABV is 9.0%. Very dark reddish brown colour, nearly black. Excellent large and thick brown head. Lovely roasty aroma with strong notes of dark chocolate. Flavour is very roasty with strong notes of coffee, also some chocolate but not very sweet. Bitter finish, it’s hard to tell how much of the bitterness comes from the roastiness and how much from the hops - obviously both elements are plentiful. A first class imperial stout!

Photo of rarbring
4.02/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer is dark dark brown, with a hint of orange, a beige head that leaves almost no lacing.

The smell is vinous, Madeira, dark malt - burnt bread, dry coffee beans. Sweet brown sugar.

A rich complex brew, sweet chocolate beans, licorice, brown sugar, Madeira, bitter almond notes.

Low carbonation, smooth oily sweetness going over in a coarse warm dryness.

A good imperial stout, needs to be drunk in small parts to not get a sweet over dose.

Vintage 2009.

Photo of Janbobbo
4.6/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a pitch black and fairly thich beer, with a weak head. A great strong aroma with roasted coffee tones and chocolate. A very well balanced RIS with some sweet tones towards the end where most other imperial stouts turn more or less bitter.

In my opinion a top class RIS which I definately will enjoy again.

Photo of mulder1010
3.94/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Baggio for the beer. MUCH Appreciated
330 ML poured into a CCB snifter

A-- Poured a cola color and settled a murky brownish black. Short lived half finger that was light brown color that went to film. Decent head retention but also quickly fades away leaving bits of a soapy lacing on the sides of the glass.

S-- Roasted coffee, roasted malts, rootbeer, candied sugar, and slight amounts of licorice. Well hidden ABV. Like the smell. Inviting and warm, as in the roasted coffee part.

T-- Coffee, sugar, dark fruits and roasted malts. A bit thin but more like a watered down strong coffee with sugar. Well balanced taste.

M-- Lighter style IS and higher carbonated. Still works as get a lot of hop bitterness and coffee in the mid and back. Finishes a sort of sweet dairy milk with sweet coffee finish and a bit of an acid burn to boot. A lot of tannins on the gums and dry after taste.

O-- Not bad. A little sweet at times but the feel is really nice. Not big or over the top at all. Easy drinking IS and is a good change up from what I have been having of late. Nice little find and would do this again.

Photo of dqrull
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown, almost black with a massive, but not huge, really tight head that really lasts longer than expected for the ABV.

Smells interesting. Fruity cookie dough with a slight lactic sidenote to it, roasted malts in the back, along with a little vanilla, almost oaky.

Taste is along the same lines as the nose. The almost barrel-ish vanilla is very up front, I also get bitter dark chocolate and a semi-sweet fruitiness, red apples, dark dried fruits like prunes, raisins and also cranberries, tastes much like a cranberry flavoured 80%-ish chocolate bar. Anyway, the fruity slightly tart chocolate teams up really well with the vanilla, and makes it all really soft and easy on the palate, without ever getting uninteresting. Finishes with a light bitterness that lasts quite a while.
The most surprising thing about this beer is that it gives a really mature impression, with its vanilla tones and fruitiness.

A soft, almost too light mouthfeel and a little weak carbonation, the only appearent downside of this brew in my opinion.

Photo of jreitman
4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought this from Høkeren based on a reccomendation from the store clerk. Poured a jet black with quite a bit of porous brown head. Aroma of chocolate, toast and caramel were inviting me into the glass. I found the mouthfeel to be spot on for the style, hefty, but not undrinkably so. Roasted malt was quite apparent with a nice sweet caramel undertone. Hops made themselves known on the back of the tongue and as the beer slid down it left a nice coffee and chocolate aftertaste in the mouth. Alcohol was well hidden in the flavor but definitely hits you after a while. Very well brewed. Hats off to the brewer!

Photo of kojevergas
3.73/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

33cl brown glass bottle with classic pressure cap served into a Westvleteren goblet in Stockholm, Sweden. Reviewed live. 2010 vintage.

A: One finger head of wonderful tan cream lacing, excellent thickness, and great retention for the ABV and serving vessel. Colour is a solid black.

Sm: Heavy cream and caramel, stawberry fruit ester hops, and maybe raspberry esters but I can't be sure. All apologies for me inadequate broken nose. The scent is of mild strength all around.

T: Strawberry and raspberry fruit ester hops, heavy cream undertones, and a powerful barley foundation with caramelized malt for additional support. Wonderful. The finish is especially fruity without yielding to what could be overbearing flavours of caramelized malt and faux-vanilla. No alcohol comes through. It's pretty well balanced and nicely built. I rather fancy it meself.

Mf: Smooth and wet, but just a touch too thick especially in the third act (it actually gets more thick on the third act somehow - curious). Complements the flavours of the body for the most part.

Dr: High ABV doesn't show. The quality is good and the beer is very drinkable for the style and ABV. Quite lovely, but at a high cost especially here in Sweden. The export price can't be much better/worse. Worth a try if your wallet can take a lubeless rape.

Photo of cobrarax
4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Vintage 2010.

A: Jet black liquid. Mocca coloured dense foam, an inch tall. Some lacings.

S: Roasted malts, some fried meat, rye bread. Some soy sauce and some sweetness as well. Small hints of grassy hops. Slight notes of burned sugar.

T: A complex, burned sweetness with some bitterness, accompanied by some dark bread. A lot of roasted malt as well. Noticable alcohol, coffee and cocoa. The aftertaste is dry with a salty feeling. Surprisingly weak body, sometimes it feels nearly watery.

M: Smooth with nearly no carbonation. Perfect thickness, and it feels really good. Drinkable.

O: If it hadn't been for the weak body, this might have had a solid 5 in taste. It's very good, but maybe not as powerful as one might wish.

Photo of Rapax
3.76/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasting vintage 2010.

Pours reddish black. Tan head that disappears quite rapidly.

Smell is a bit disappointing. Hints of coffe and cocoa but weaker than I expected.

Taste is another thing altogether. Coffee explodes in my mouth, cocoa and raisins come up as well. Bitterness is almost instantaneous, and quite heavy too. Some sweetness exists but it finishes dry, with more coffee. Really nice.

Carbonation is a little on the high end for an imperial stout, but it masks the 9% alcohol so perfectly that I am willing to let that one slip. Good body.

Overall a nicely balanced imperial stout.

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Imperial Stout from Gamla Slottskällans Bryggeri AB
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