Imperial Stout | Antares

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Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 06-27-2006

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Ratings: 24 |  Reviews: 12
Reviews by Pepeton:
Photo of Pepeton
4.6/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I got this one courtesy of a co-worker that had a vacation in South Argentina at a sky resort.

This style is another first for me. And I have it from Argentina.

As with the Barley Wine, I made my homework and read reviews as well as descriptions on the style so I could fairly review this one.

This Argentinian ale comes from a brewery founded by three friends from a city called Mar de Plata and in the label they state that they want to rescue the true brewing tradition. So far I have tried four beers from them. And all were very good brews.

As far as I know their brewing, they deserve nothing by respect since Argentina is a well known wine producer. To install such a business in a country more prone to wine drinking takes more than entrepreneur skills and money. It takes a lot of courage and desire to work hard to accomplish your goals.

The label, as well as with the other beers from this micro, are very well designed. This one describes the style and the beer using a font that resembles very antique handwriting. Beautiful piece of work.

Now, the review:

Pours a dark mahogany, with a small dark head; little lacing all along the glass.

Smell is deeply malty, roasted malts, actually. Sweet aromas of red fruits arise; I notice some woodiness, probably from rich oily hops. Despite it's 8.5% ABV tag I just can't perceive alcohol.

Taste matches the smell since roasted malts prevail, with chocolate or mocha flavors also. They are so intense that I feel I can chew on this beer. Somehow it reminds me the Guinness Special Export Stout.

Mouthfeel is full bodied, no doubt. Leaned toward the malts, of course. Nice bitterness at the end.

Drinkability? Well, if I can ever put my hands on more of these... I'll have it!

These beers from Antares lifts my hope for better beers from the region and for the world. If these three pals could only find the way to export I'm sure they would be contenders.


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More User Reviews:
Photo of warnerry
3.48/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Was pleasantly surprised to find an RIS in Buenos Aires.

A - Pours a dark brown, but not black, as some light penetration is visible. Has a bit of a reddish tinge. One finger of tan head has decent retention and leaves some lacing.

S - Quite a bit of dark chocolate and roasted malt, including a bit of char.

T - Roasted malts up front, including a bit of smoke and char. Not as much bitter chocolate as I got from the smell. Char seems to build a bit as I get through the glass. Decent hop presence lends a bit of bitterness to the finish. Pretty good, but too much char taste for me.

M - Mouthfeel is a bit thinner than i would like for the style, but is medium and somewhat creamy, with a dry, roasted finish that is also a touch bitter.

O - Not a bad RIS, but a bit too thin and ashy to be something I would want to revisit.

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Photo of mcbiydw2
4.07/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Sampled in an Antares bar in Mendoza, Argentina (among other places.)

Dark brown to black with ruby highlights. Small white head and light carbonation.

Excellent malty, roast aroma with high coffee notes.

Taste of stewed fruits and chocolate, definitely a dessert beer, the aftertaste is of coffee. Overall feel is of a thick, vinous, sherry like dessert wine. There is an element of Barley Wine in this. One for sipping.

Complex, a good beer - the best in the Antares range.

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Photo of EgadBananas
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of Noelito76
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%

Photo of deac83
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of jamesroses
3.44/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle

Appearance: black, big beige head that dissipates fast. Good amount of carbonation.

Aroma: bitter chocolate dominance and sweet roasted malts. A hint of coffee, but really weak.

Taste: chocolate, cocoa and not much else. Nice but very one-dimensional. Not sweet.

Mouthfeel: despite the carbonation, it feels watery. Lacks creaminess and body. Finishes dry with a slight bitter aftertaste. The alcohol is very well hidden.

Overall: nice beer, but the lack of body and complexity is a major issue here. It should be heavier and richer.

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Photo of jazztoloc
3.6/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint from a 330 ml bottle.

A: Looks creamy, dark brown, mahogany. The head is medium brown and doesn't stay long. Small lacing on my pint.

S: Roasted malts, coffe and butterscotch all over. The smell is actually pretty nice.

T: The 8.5% ABV is really nice blended with the beer, I couldn't isolate the taste of it. This is a very malty beer. Coffe flavor is big.

M: Medium body, light carbonation.

D: This is a nice beer to be around, however, it seems to me that this beer is more a Porter than a Russian Imperial Stout. If I had made an strict review acording to the style, I'd lower the points on it. Overall, this is a fine beer to drink, salud!

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Photo of sd123
3.56/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Derek
4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark brown/black, tan head, modest retention, good lace.

S: Chocolate, brown sugar, licorous, fruity ale esters and a hint of sherry.

T: Chocolate, burnt caramel, brown sugar, coffee, nut, hints of fruity esters; modest bitterness.

M: Moderate body, well attenuated, hint of chalkyness, dry finish.

D: Very drinkable.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.12/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bold in character, rich with flare and dangerously smooth, the Russian imperial stout of Antares is genuinely Argentinian although the beer's roots originate in Great Britan and a Russian taste is built into the beer.

Antares Imperial Stout is intimidatingly dark with a near black opaqueness and quite the mirror-like sheen. A creamy, lacy, surprisingly light tan foam spiderwebs across the beer and skirts up the glass. Creamy, sweet and roasty on the nose, the scent of toffee, coffee, cocoa and cream are paramount while its taste is a mirror image with toffee and butterscotch, chocolaty and nutty.

The ale really develops flavor over the middle palate as its sweetness relaxes and the roasty complexities build in. Nutty, roasty and earthy coffee layers on the palate with an accompaniment of creamy malts for a taste of heavy whipping cream, dark chocolate, black walnut, burnt toast and over seared sugars. Tangy with a light strained roast flavor, fruits of grape and plum join a spiciness of licorice for a late collection of understated complexity.

Finishing full, rich and with a broad tooth, the beer is somberly drinkable compared to more aggressive versions of the stout. The variety here shows a traditional taste and texture that's regrettably unfamiliar in today's beer culture. Antares is getting back to the nuances, the understated complexities and the comfortable drinkability with the intent of those original Russian imperial stout. It extends with roasty sweetness, a twang of roast derives astringency, a spicy kiss of rum and pressed coffee grounds into a long but not indefinite aftertaste- that most associated with cappuccino.

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Photo of MissSmisje
3.33/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Skellbop
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of bark
3.54/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The colour is black with a red-brown edge, the liquid is clear. The high foam forms a finger tick airy beige head. No lacing.

The smell is creamy, dry and heavily roasted. Some alcohol. Coffee, smoked ham, sweet black bread. The flavours are well balanced.

The taste is heavy and thick. Lots of heavily roasted malt - drinking this one is almost like chewing on a piece of dark rye bread. Creamy notes of coffee, sweet cookies, almonds and fresh meat. It develops into a warming alcoholic sweetness with a slowly growing clean and rather sour bitterness. Medium body. The aftertaste got its share of alcohol, too, with flavours of roasted nuts, dark chocolate and some dried apples. The finish is clean with a roasted feel.

The carbonation is mild with some fresh medium sized bubbles. The liquid is thick, but not ass smooth as I had expected.

A powerful and balanced beer. Still, I would like some more complexity in the flavours and a bit more body.

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Photo of wordemupg
3.31/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

pint glass at the brew pub 19/8/11

A dark cola with a two finger mocha head that slowly falls to a thin film leaving a couple partial rings of lace

S faint coffee and coco powder with a little nuttiness

T some faint hops and molasses on top of what I smell, as it warms some dark fruit and faint smoke

M very thin for a RIS just a little heat on the finish

O very basic RIS but if itś as strong as listed the well concealed booze should count for something

Hard to call this a RIS its not very dark and the flavors are rather mellow, served way too cold

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Photo of Wobbly
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of ArkyVaughan
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of FLima
3.69/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pitch black color with a thick caramel head with decent retention.
Light, but nice aroma with notes of chocolate, caramels, coffee and dark fruits.
Flavor is some steps ahead. Notes of licorice, roasted malts, cocoa, resin, mild tobacco, tea bags, home made coffee and brown sugar. Dry and bitter aftertaste with a lingering roasted and licorice note. Alcohol of 8.5% is completely hidden.
Medium body with appropriate carbonation.
That is a nice balanced and drinkable Imperial Stout. Relatively mild if compared to north America RIS, but still pleasant.

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Photo of baggio
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Another rare beer from Antares. Bottle at Monks Café in Stockholm, Sweden.

A: Pitch black with a generous. creamy foam.

S: Soap, licorice, milk-chocolate.

T: Coffee, dry hops, nuts, sweet fruit.

M: Thick and rich feel with a low carbonation. Luxurious.

A damn fine stout from Argentina. Try it if you can find it!

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Photo of GannicusKiller
3.69/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DRBiser
3.77/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of pescadoWRC
4.08/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dbattey
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of fede_glodo
4.09/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It's a strong and powerful beer. Nice dark appearance with a good retencion according to the high alcohol by volume, which is also present in aroma, mixed with coffee traces.
A beer with presence and a really high quality. A good option in the craft market

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