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Imperial Stout - Gamla Slottskällans Bryggeri AB

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88
very good

45 Ratings
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Ratings: 45
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 9.8%


Brewed by:
Gamla Slottskällans Bryggeri AB visit their website
Sweden

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Malt: Pilsner, dark caramel, chocolate and black malt.

Hops: Northern Brewer, East Kent Golding, Fuggle

20,0° Plato, Original Gravity 1,083

(Beer added by: bark on 02-29-2004)
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Reviews by jreitman:
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jreitman

California

4.38/5  rDev +10.1%
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!

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2006 21:10:49 | More by jreitman
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deac83

Texas

4/5  rDev +0.5%

03-02-2013 04:32:59 | More by deac83
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srandycarter

California

3.96/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I hope I have the right beer. Bryggdes Ursprunglicen for ryska tsarinnan Slottskallans Imperial Stout 2012

A - Near black with amber hues, Small head leaves fast. Some spot lace.

S - Herbal, spicy note hits first, followed by malty cocoa goodness.

T - Nice malt and hops mix, a little hot, cocoa is really present.

M - Medium to heavy body, good carb, nice balance.

D - Would drink a few!

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2013 02:42:17 | More by srandycarter
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runner_conor


4/5  rDev +0.5%

09-17-2012 09:52:16 | More by runner_conor
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WynnO

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

08-26-2012 04:06:41 | More by WynnO
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whartontallboy

New York

3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

07-06-2012 03:43:34 | More by whartontallboy
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aztraz

Sweden

3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

04-05-2012 14:57:26 | More by aztraz
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eriktoyra

Sweden

4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a dark brown liquid which starts of with a slightly brown/red colour. The head is one finger high and light brown with large bubbles. The head rests for quite some time.

S: Lots of cocoa with hints of grinded coffee. Roasted malts and toffee. The alcohol is there, but very welll hidden. I can also smell oatmeal.

T: Lots of chocolate and roasted malts. Some candy sugar. Finishes off with alcohol, dry chocolate and bitter (English?) hops.

M: The alcohol gives it a full-bodied mouthfeel. It is slightly more carbonated than I expected it to be.

O: An Russian Imperial Stout that is very balanced in every aspect.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2012 18:55:56 | More by eriktoyra
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jisak74


3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

03-21-2012 10:29:34 | More by jisak74
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LinusBohman

Sweden

3.63/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2012 16:53:12 | More by LinusBohman
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Harkrank

Sweden

3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

12-23-2011 22:25:51 | More by Harkrank
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mulder1010

Australia

3.95/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2011 13:43:45 | More by mulder1010
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BenZ

Virginia

4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
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).

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2011 19:32:53 | More by BenZ
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TobiasGoth

Sweden

4.45/5  rDev +11.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2011 21:18:02 | More by TobiasGoth
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cobrarax

Sweden

4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2011 18:11:17 | More by cobrarax
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kojevergas

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2011 15:26:06 | More by kojevergas
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Rapax

Sweden

3.8/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2011 13:45:14 | More by Rapax
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joemcgrath27

Alberta (Canada)

3.83/5  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

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2010 04:45:13 | More by joemcgrath27
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rarbring

Sweden

4.03/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2010 19:42:36 | More by rarbring
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dqrull

Sweden

4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2010 16:38:50 | More by dqrull
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tpd975

Florida

3.85/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to bosse for this one.

A: Pours a nice brownish black hue with a small tan head. No real retention with a few patches of spotty lace.

S: Malty with bold chocolate notes. Light coffee notes.

T: Mostly chocolate up front with a rich dark fruit middle. Big blast of roast with hints of caramel and bitter coffee.

M: On the thinner side of full bodied. Light carbonation.

D: Pretty drinkable. A pretty good RIS.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2009 02:42:49 | More by tpd975
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mfkr

Sweden

4.4/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pitch black liquid with a small light brown head that leaves some lacing.

S - Chocolate, Coffee, roasted malt.

T - The chocolate is dominating, while the coffee is more in the background. Some bread tones and hops.

M - Thicka and a bit creamy. Nice carbonation and a very faint alcohol burn.

D - A great beer to enjoy on its own or together with some dark chocolate.

Serving type: on-tap

11-13-2009 02:45:34 | More by mfkr
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Sunnanek

Sweden

4.47/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: This beer pours black with a light brown medium large head that's rather thick.

S: Heavy roasted malt, dark dried fruit, chocolate and lots of coffee. Very complex.

T: The heavy roaste malt from the smell got a lot sweeter in the taste. Lots of dark dried fruit. Coffee and chocolate. Very "heavy" taste.

M: The aftertaste is both sweet and bitter and lasts for a long time. The body is full and the carbonation is richer than I expected.

D: This is like having a whole dinner - the range of flavours is grand. A very complex beer. This one I'll drink again and again...

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2009 16:56:32 | More by Sunnanek
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MasterSki

Illinois

3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2004 vintage - given to me by the amazing bosse. Served in an Upland pint glass.

A - A hard pour generates a good finger of tan foam that dissipates to a cap with a bit of lacing. Slightly transparent dark, dark, brown color with some red highlights at the fringes.

S - It smells like an aged stout - fruity, port flavors, a touch of oxidization, vinous, dark fruits, berries, chocolate, a touch of roastiness. Good example of an aged stout.

T - The taste has some more burnt sugar, molasses, and roastiness to it, in addition to the dark fruits. A nice balanced roasty bitterness in the aftertaste rounds things out. There's a touch of cardboard creeping in, so I think this might be the end of the line for this brew.

M - Feels a little flat, and a little thinner than I'd like for a 9% brew. There's a decent amount of residual burnt sticky sugar feel to it, but I wish there was more viscosity.

D - A half bottle was plenty. I was glad I got to try this one, but I'd be more interested in having it fresh. I find that a lot of aged stouts/porters end up tasting very similar after a while - just a mix of dark fruit and port/sherry. ABV is well hidden, but the body needed a little more to it.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2009 00:15:31 | More by MasterSki
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Bananaman

Sweden

4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
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!

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2009 18:14:43 | More by Bananaman
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