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Big Swede - Valkyrie Brewing

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very good

98 Ratings
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Ratings: 98
Reviews: 88
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 10.28%
Wants: 14
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Valkyrie Brewing visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: xlperro on 05-13-2002)
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

mychalg9, Jul 14, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

JasonSullivan, Apr 05, 2014
Photo of martyl1000
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%

Even a fairly aggressive pour into a tulip glass produces almost no head, w/ a solvent alcohol refracting on the glass. The aroma is subtly rich. I get burnt coffee, a woody alcohol, plus a bit of leather and paint from a can.

Flavor in the mouth is remarkably reminiscent of Bell's Expedition Stout, but without the complexity. What layers exist are limited to bitter coffee grounds and tannic red-wine tartness. The flavor screams Bell's Expedition Stout, while lacking that beer's hugeness. There's an umami flavor on the back end not unlike cold ham.

Medium-bodied, slick-viscous mouthfeel.

Not my favorite double stout, but at $6.50 a four-pack, will definitely be drinking this again.

martyl1000, Mar 30, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Stoutfan23DJ, Feb 11, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Unphased, Jan 04, 2014
Photo of BigMikie
3/5  rDev -22.9%

BigMikie, Dec 29, 2013
Photo of Lemke10
4.43/5  rDev +13.9%

This pours a dark brown/black color with very little head. The aroma is sweet with molasses, toffee, and caramel. The taste is heavy and sweet with coffee flavors. It starts thick and creamy and ends with a chalky, malt after taste. A uniquely made “Swedish Style Stout.”

Lemke10, Dec 18, 2013
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3/5  rDev -22.9%

AmandaSchaefer, May 13, 2013
Photo of Hopstout
3/5  rDev -22.9%

Hopstout, May 05, 2013
Photo of vette2006c5r
3.86/5  rDev -0.8%

Big Swede pours a black color, with very little head. There is a strong aroma with notes of coffee and chocolate, and alcohol. The taste is much the same, lots of coffee and chocolate flavors, with a bit of a burning from the alcohol. A bit low in carbonation, but full flavor. Overall a nice big bold stout.

vette2006c5r, Mar 11, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -10%

CWhite, Dec 01, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

mjmadsen21, Apr 05, 2012
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3/5  rDev -22.9%

ygtbsm94, Jan 23, 2012
Photo of Casey10
3.63/5  rDev -6.7%

This was a extra I recieved in a trade. I thought it wasw okay somewhat watery for a RIS. It has its upsides and downsides of course. I can not rightly recomed this or really want to try it again.

I may be biased so I am not giving this a high recomendation or directions as to find this.

Again not bad, but there is so much better out there.

Casey10, Jun 05, 2010
Photo of tpd975
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%

Thanks to SeaBass for this one.

A: Pours nutty brown. Nice tall fizzy tan head good retention. Spotty lace.

S: Roasty for sure chocolate, coffee, dark fruits.

T: Roasty to the point of almost being astringent. Nice dark fruits and chocolate. Wonderful roast with a blast of yeat. Tasty for sure.

M: Medium in body, zippy carbonation, pretty drinkable.

D: Not too bad, a tasty suprise.

tpd975, May 30, 2010
Photo of Popkas
3.2/5  rDev -17.7%

A: Whoa. This was a shock. I glanced at a few other reviews and saw things like "1.5 fingers" and even "no head". Not sure what is going on with mine, but it poured like root beer hitting vanilla ice cream! The liquid that I could actually see was a deep brown with red undertones.

S: Dark sweet malts.

T: Deep roasted malt, some dark fruit and a touch of a bitter coffee like after taste.

M: Thick and creamy with a bit of fiz.

D: Once the mountain of head died down a little, the drinkability is ok. Not a favorite by any stretch but worth a try.

Popkas, Feb 07, 2010
Photo of Greggy
3.63/5  rDev -6.7%

A- Pitch black body with a tan (band-aid color) head, pretty thick at 1.5 fingers height. As it recedes, it leaves a decent coating of lacing.

S- Big Chocolate, some cream, a bit of graham cracker, some dark fruits, and some sweeter Hershey's chocolate notes. Very sweet smelling.

T- Starts out with a very sweet chocolate that is a bit cloying. I would like to have seen a much larger bitterness right off to balance the show. There is quite a bit of sweetness in there that almost has fruity (think orange) brightness. The finish is much like the start: Sweet and not overly complex.

M- Feels a little thin for a russian impy. Carbonation is low which I like.

D- This isn't a bad beer at all, but it has room for improvement. A hoppier edge would be very nice and would really help the lack of complexity.

Greggy, Feb 01, 2010
Photo of darklordlager
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

A: As with other Viking brews, this one pops open without a sound. Poured into a pint glass with very light coating of head appears after an aggressive pour. Dark black, with a slightly brown edge when held up to the light.

S: Roasted and chocolate malt, loads of caramel malt (barleywine-ish) and a light backing of hop bitterness. For all the darker malts, this one smells very sweet rather than bitter or acidic.

T: Sweet milk chocolate right from the get-go. Slowly turns from sweet into bittersweet, with the roasted malt showing up near the finish along with a bit of hop bitterness. Well done on the roasted malt not making it overpowering. Raisin/dried fruit taste with the finish. Very nice.

M: Low carbonation, with a slick mouthfeel that coats the tongue for a long finish. Velvetty smooth, and works well with the low carbonation (unlike other Viking brews).

D: Very sweet and enjoyable. A nice beer from Dallas, Wisconsin.

darklordlager, Jan 05, 2010
Photo of homebrew311
3.18/5  rDev -18.3%

Picked this up while I was in Wisconsin. After the horrid beer from Viking that is called Hot Chocolate, I am hoping for something a little more palatable.

A: Pour dark brown/black, no light passes through, no head to speak of, decent amount of lacing

S: smell of deep roasted malts, molasses, licorice, dark chocolate, no noticeable hop presence

T: lots of sweet malts up front as the nose suggests, dark fruits, lots of licorice, this brew leads towards the sweet side and leaves a sweetness lingering on the tongue, a little too sweet for my liking as far as the style goes, the roasted malts don't come through on the palate like they do on the nose which is a slight dissapointment

MF: a tad thin for and RIS, sticky, syrupy

D: takes a hit in this category due to the heavy sweetness that lingers on the palate. This beer is much better than Hot Chocolate, but it isn't an RIS I would seek out again

homebrew311, Jan 02, 2010
Photo of Wisconsin
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%

12 ounce bottle into a pint glass

A - A rigorous pour delivers a deep, rich, black body that has small particles of sediment floating around in it. A frothy, half finger head that is tan rises quickly and and fades slowly to a ring around the edge of the glass after a couple of minutes.

S - Strong roasted malts and barley hit the nose initially. Bitter chocolate and coffee notes are present as well. Sweet yet rich fruit notes (cherries?) combine nicely with a creamy toffee like smell. Faint smells of bourbon are also present. Thus far this one of the best Viking brews I have had. Lets hope it continues once the beer hits the lips.

T - Rich and chewy up front. Plenty of dark chocolate and coffee notes notes that provide a sweet yet slightly bitter backbone along with the roasted malts. Sweet cherries play nicely with the oak and bourbon taste. Certainly could be a little fuller of a beer but overall pretty solid.

M - Full bodied beer with a low amount of carbonation that really doesn't factor too heavily in this beer. Roasted malts, rich creamy chocolate and toffee notes enter initially. A slight bitterness follows with a nice cherry and bourbon combination. A slightly dry finish leaves you with something to be desired but with so much in play and what I would assume to be a high abv it's nothing to complain about.

D - It's hard to imagine this came from the same folks that produced Queen Victoria's Secret IPA. Probably the best offering I have had from Viking. During the cold winter months I could see this one getting called upon quite frequently.

Wisconsin, Dec 05, 2009
Photo of orbitalr0x
3.85/5  rDev -1%

Pours into my tulip black with dark brown edges and just a wisp of light tan head that quickly fades to a ring around the top. Aromas of somewhat sweet dark malts along with nice chocolate and molasses undertones. Caramel and some dark fruity accents as well. Mellow overall but still nice.

First sip brings smooth semi-sweet dark malts upfront with chocolate, toffee, molasses and dark fruit flavors weaving in and out. Flows down with some bitter accents and a clean finish. No alcohol to be found even though I don't know what the abv is.

Mouthfeel is smooth, creamy and rich without being too heavy. Goes down easy. Pretty nice imperial stout here...nothing groundbreaking but tasty. Would pick this one up again next time I'm in Wisco.

orbitalr0x, Jun 27, 2009
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3.78/5  rDev -2.8%

Purchased from Ray's Liquors in Wauwatosa, WI. Pours completely black with no head. Aroma of chocolate, caramel, roasted coffee and alcohol. Medium bodied, low carbonation, biscuit flavors, vanilla, oak, butterscotch, raspberries and a bit of a warming alcohol finish. Great dessert beer.

blackearth, Jun 19, 2009
Photo of roadhouse
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%

12 oz. bottle into a Duvel tulip

Pours up opaque black with a one inch tan head that falls to a cap. It retains well but doesn't leave much lacing.

Aroma is extremely weak. I can barely pick up some mild coffee notes and that's about it.

Taste is at least existent. It's much more than that. Huge burst of chocolate and some sweet caramel. A dark fruit character of raisins and cherries is present in the middle before the finish brings out some light coffee notes and mild grassy hops.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, pretty creamy and easy to drink.

After a non existent smell the taste of this really blew me away as I was expecting a total shitter. Very nice local RIS, I wish I had more. Especially since it was only $1.69 for a single.

roadhouse, May 18, 2009
Photo of Fartknocker
2.25/5  rDev -42.2%

12 ounce bottle from a Viking sampler pack

A- very dark brown color with little to no head

S- similar to a coffee stout

T- rather bitter with an even more bitter aftetaste.

M- average, nothing exceptional

D- one was more than enough for me. the bitter tatse and funky aftertaste of one was enough for me

Fartknocker, Mar 02, 2009
Photo of Atricapilla
4.22/5  rDev +8.5%

This beer was poured into pint glasses. The first had hardly any head from a normal pour, so the second I did a vigorous pour without yielding much additional. Head was a very thin, dirty brown; very little carbonation. Color is dark, like crude oil or tar. Aroma yields coffee, malt, and vanilla. Taste is unique; highly ethanolic with strong malt, chickory, and cocoa. Very powerful flavor.

Atricapilla, Feb 25, 2009
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Big Swede from Valkyrie Brewing
87 out of 100 based on 98 ratings.