Kosacken | Hantverksbryggeriet AB

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Hantverksbryggeriet AB
Sweden
hantverksbryggeriet.se

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Previously known as "Prototyp X".

Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-23-2006

BEER STATS
Ratings:
45
Reviews:
26
Avg:
3.63
pDev:
9.92%
 
 
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Ratings: 45 |  Reviews: 26
Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.81/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours all brown thick head at first. After a while the head starts to set while the dark brown head, almost black, rises. Rich lovely lacings after forever...

S: Hard roasted dark malts, sweetness and vanilla. Strong black coffee alongside with dark bitter chocolate. Some citrics notes hidden in the back. Some smoked notes as well.

T: Sweet roasted malt together with rich vanilla notes. Everything else, from the smell, is overpowered by the sweet malty vanilla notes.

M: Fullbodied, low carbonated nice aftertasting bitter and burnt beer.

O: Perhaps my bottle has been cellared for some time - the fresh one would probably get a little lower ratings.

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Photo of cyrushire
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of jlwelsh
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of macrosmatic
4.03/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. Had on-tap at Mr. Dunderbak's. Served in a goblet.

A: Very dark brown, nearly opaque, with a sizable mocha head and low visible carbonation.

S: Very roasty coffee malts, a bit of chocolate, with big raw tobacco aroma. There is a milky/creamy/lactose aspect as well.

T: Follows the nose, though there is significantly less coffee than in the aroma, and the tobacco flavors take on moderate hints of smoke, with a background of chocolate.

T: Thinner body than expected but not quite out of range for style. Low carbonation sensation as expected, and the alcohol is well-hidden (although the ABV is quite moderate for the style).

O: Good beer and one I enjoyed. Nothing I'd actively seek out again, but a decent offering from a brewery I'd never heard of.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.67/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Almost a finger of tan head. Pitch black body.
Smell is roasted malt, charred wood and molasses. Nice and bold.
The taste is roasted malt with a touch of sweetness and a dry bitter finish. Pretty good.
The body was a little light and fizzy for an imperial stout.
A well built ale.

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Photo of Harkrank
4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

Photo of rarbring
3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A dark, black, brew, a brown sugar, small lacing, good curtains.

A small smell, coffee, red fruits, chocolate.

Sweet brown bread, brown sugar, caramel, minimal coffee notes.

Little carbonation, smooth, sticky and oily, but a rather thin body.

A nice ? Baltic Porter ?

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Photo of rolltide8425
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of aztraz
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of BeerzMcKenzie
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of jdhilt
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a one finger khaki head that fades quickly to a thin layer, leaving some lace. Black color, no highlights. Medium carbonation and light-medium bodied. Chocolate nose and flavor is roasted chocolate, dry chocolate finish. Thin, not malty enough and low ABV (7%) for a RIS. $5.49 for a 330ml bottle from Beverage Warehouse Winooski, Vt.

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Photo of nmann08
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of NickyDee21
4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours very dark brown, appearing black. Thin tan head that dissipates to a ring, light lacing. Light aroma dominated by molasses, light malt and chocolate. Taste is mellow roasted malt, chocolate, light coffee. Flavor is subdued, but nicely integrated and pleasant. Medium bodied, but surprisingly creamy with a very pleasant mouthfeel. This is much closer in style to a foreign stout than a RIS. I enjoyed this, but the price (nearlly $9 for a small bottle) is cost prohibitive. Glad I tried it.

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Photo of AleWatcher
3.94/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Beer #8 from Shogo in the blind beers BIF.
Served in a tulip (as this is what Shogo designated as the proper glassware!)

As always; opened, poured, and sampled completely blind... (until I reveal the beer when I'm about 1/2 done drinking it, allowing me to properly score to style).

Pours a deep dark black, almost shiny and glossy like the surface of a dark marble. Creamy looking dark tan head settled quickly into a listless collar and thusfar I've seen only the spottiest of lacing. Lots of red and brown hues in the edges and legs.

Smells of giant chocolate and coffee notes.
Why the hell dis Phil tell me to use a tulip?! A snifter would seem more appropriate!

The coffee and bitter cocoa notes are too intertwined to be disentangled. The coffee flavor actually seems to come from the malts, rather than any actual coffee beans added. A little caramel sweetness also occurs upfront and some dry roasty bitterness hits on the backend.

The feel is a little thin for whatever type of stout this is, and it is a hair overcarbed on the tongue... A little less might help make it feel more creamy.

So... This is some sort of stout. It is in the same type of stubby 11.2 oz bottle as all the other strange imports that Phil has sent so far, so I'm thinking it is more of the same.... Although, I don't get any Belgian yeast in this one.

--REVEAL-- Hantverksbryggeriet Kosacken
An imperial stout from Sweden.
Well.
Not bad Sweden.
Not bad at all.

I retract all my comments regarding the lack of good beer coming from within your snowy borders! Add "decent stout" to the list then!
Right ho!!

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Photo of klipper
4.5/5  rDev +24%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a matte black body with a quick accruing froth comprising a mocha-hued head.

Smell: A sharp slice of roast with bitter chocolate, fire-charred licorice twists, burnt fruits, a splash of liquor, and a little umami.

Taste: Strong roastiness upfront cut with bitter chocolate, a puff of smoke, basic licorice, and some sugary caramel. Incidental hop profile. Some peppery alcohol. Some sips yield rich chocolate and caramel, but some sips press upon you the less desirable harsh tones. Drying, lightly bitter, slightly savory finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-plus carbonation.

Overall: Well, it's a bit different, and, maybe, in an ideal mood, I could even give it a half-nod of approval.

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Photo of PEIhop
3/5  rDev -17.4%

Photo of dannytz
4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of Cyberkedi
3.96/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Strong, smoky aroma has quite a fierce alcohol overtone, more what one would expect from a barleywine. Unfortunately, it tends to overwhelm the "stouty" parts of the otherwise quite inviting aroma. It pours a rich, warm sable with a thick and fluffy, if not too persistent, dark chocolaty-tan head. Flavor has roast quality coffee, unsweet chocolate and woody tones with a hint of licorice - alcohol bite is not nearly what the aroma suggests. Smooth, full-bodied texture has plenty of fizz and just a bit of an alcohol nip. Like stouts? Look for this one!

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Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of emerge077
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours into a Hamms goblet with a tight layer of mocha stained foam. Jet black body, dark chestnut around the edges. Decent head retention, head lasts a few minutes and dwindles after the first couple sips. Sticky collar of thin lace. Thin veil and a small cluster of irregular bubbles floating in the center.

Smells like Welch's grape juice, dried cherries, and red currants. Fruity obviously, with little in the way of roastiness.

Flavor has a bit of cocoa and roast in the middle and background. Fruity and lightly astringent at first with a mild artificial note that fades away quickly. Mild bitterness from the roast in the middle that lingers in the aftertaste. Cacao and medium roast coffee intermingle with dried currants. The fruit character blends well, but the initial astringency throws off things a little. Overall an interesting Swedish imperial stout, not sure i'd pick it up again though.

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Photo of Pahn
3.11/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle into a snifter.

Appearance: Free pour yields a one and a half inch, frothy, light tan head that dissipates slowly and rockily, leaving small, tight arches of lacing. Pours black with brown highlights, and speckles the glass with spots and large islands of lacing.

Smell: Fruity, with a sort of red wine grape and anise thing happening. Effervescent. Some interesting sugary coffee and dark chocolate come out with time. Pretty good, but not very complex or distinctive.

Taste: Very mild coffee and semisweet chocolate up front. The rather subdued flavor is rounded out in the finish by some of that grape from the nose. Lack of sufficient bitterness is immediately apparent.

Pretty delicate flavor for an imperial stout (to put it nicely), but not bad. I like the mild grape, anise, coffee thing, but it's a bit watery and could really stand some roasted flavors (or something bold and "imperial"). No dryness at all... it feels kind of under-attenuated and under-hopped. Also, tastes like some Belgian dark ale malts like Special B were used prominently (if anything here can be called "prominent"), but fail to be adequately balanced by roasted malt or bitterness or dryness.

It's hard to rate this... in a lot of ways, it's pretty bad; far from imperial, and sorely lacking in most areas that one expects from stouts (imperial or otherwise). On the other hand, I actually like the flavor. Even the vegetal sourness that eventually dominates the finish strikes me as--while not great--not unpleasant.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Appropriate carbonation. Gives the impression of a profound dullness, like there's more areas than I can keep track of that needed to be dialed up.

Overall: This is a pretty sad beer. It fails to assert itself, and tastes like a lot of mistakes were made in its brewing.

That said, I actually think you could find many places where this beer would be appropriate and enjoyable to drink. While it's almost laughable to call it a Russian Imperial Stout--and it's not even that above average as any kind of stout--it has some nice flavors and is moderately refreshing.

I think this beer would be good with food, particularly hors d'oeuvres. So i guess this beer's place is... at a wedding? Boring family gathering? Cocktail party a la what casually wealthy people on TV frequently attend? Though I've never seen an entire episode, I would imagine that you would want a large supply of this beer if you are ever transported into the universe of HBO's Sex In The City.

Also, it bears noting that the beer is grossly overpriced here in the USA.

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Photo of Bung
3.37/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz. Thick enogh about black pour, some brown around, but barely a ring of light tan head.

Aroma, quite a bit of molasses and maltiness. Some peat, caramel and chocolates. Maybe a little more porter like.

There is some roast, dark chocolate, caramel. Finishes with a bit of coffee ground, like I just chewed a coffee bean. A little much on the roast.

Over carbed at first, but mellows out after a while. It still goes down ok. The carb plus harsh roast didn't help. Low alc though.

More like a Foreign stout. Not my favorite from the region.

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Photo of popery
3.12/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From notes 7/29/11. Dark chocolate and cola are strong in the aroma. It also smells sweet and toasty, like fresh bread and caramel. Unfortunately, it’s all a tad weak. The taste is marred by the body which is fairly thin. Feel is kinda fizzy and washed out but not terrible. There's still some body to the beer. Taste is fairly sweet with roast and mineral hop bitterness in the finish. A touch of booze throughout. Pours about the color of black coffee with a dissipating beige head. Decent but nothing special.

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Kosacken from Hantverksbryggeriet AB
3.63 out of 5 based on 45 ratings.
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