Idjit! | Dugges Ale- & Porterbryggeri AB

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Dugges Ale- & Porterbryggeri AB
Sweden
dugges.se

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by bark on 01-30-2007

BEER STATS
Reviews:
36
Ratings:
90
Avg:
3.98
pDev:
12.56%
 
 
Wants:
5
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11
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Reviews: 36 | Ratings: 90
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
2.24/5  rDev -43.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

Muddy brown with a decent caramel chocolate aroma. Unfortunately there is a rancid sewer water taste on the finish with a filmy mouthfeel. Kinda gross.

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Photo of metter98
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is jet black in color and poured with a few tan bubbles on the surface that faded away, leaving only a thin ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are moderately strong sweet aromas of dark, roasted malts in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has a slight amount of sweetness along with flavors of roasted malts.
M: It feels full-bodied, rich and somewhat smooth on the palate with a light to moderate amount of carbonation.
O: Considering its strength, the beer is rather easy to drink because the alcohol is well hidden from the taste.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reliant on intense roast character, Dugges' Russian Imperial Stout rides in on a balance of malt sweetness and starch to control the sometimes overbearing taste and texture of char.

And its with its black pour that impressions of roast begin. Capped with a moch-stained frothy head, the beer takes on espresso appearances with ease. High retention and broken lacy rings ensure a manly look until the very last sip.

All sorts of burnt aromas leap out of the glass immediately. Burnt grain, burnt toast, burnt caramel, campfire-ish burnt embers, burnt pine cones, and nuts all suggest strong coffee and cocoa flavors. A tinge of licorice accompany the rummy alcohol scents and offer something other than roasted aromas while heading into taste.

Initial charred flavors are just as roasty, smoky, and ashy as the nose promised. However, those first taste soon give way to other starchy sweetness of toffee, molasses, and sorghum that offer a buffer against the sharper edges of espresso beans, cocoa, and burnt wood. A late transition to dry toast and alcohol flavor reveals burnt fruit sweetness of black licorice and rum-flavored alcohol.

Full bodied with a creamy and silky middle, the beer isn't nearly as sharp, acrid, ashy, or abrassive on the palate as the roast scent and initial tastes suggest. It remains velvety and stern while soothing the palate like silky latte. Finishing warm, malty-dry, and with a pleasant roasty linger- the beer satisfies the palate in dessert-like fashion.

Idjit! is a spectacular Stout that continues the trend of Scandinavian beers with exorbitant roast character. But unlike most, this example is smooth and properly supported by malt sweetness and body and offers a more solid balance than many others.

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Photo of billab914
3.92/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle poured into my Great lakes snifter. It poured dark brown in color with a thin foam ring surrounding the edges of the glass. Pretty still looking, but decent lacing as I drank it.

The aroma shows a lot of roasted malts and cocoa flavors to it. It's got some nice dark chocolate notes to it as well. The alcohol does show though and makes it feel a little boozy at times. It comes together pretty well overall though.

I get a lot of bitter baking chocolate to it in the taste. More of the dark, bitter, roasted malts show up front, while some sweeter notes of caramel come through in the finish. Again, the flavors come together pretty well.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied for the style, but also pretty slick and oily. Carbonation is low.
Pretty good beer overall. I thought the roasted bitterness, cocoa and dark chocolate all complimented each other very well. Good version of style overall, but not great.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown color with tan head. Aroma has dark, roasted malts, some sugar and caramel and a hint of milk chocolate. Taste starts on the sweet side with malt and sugar flavors, middletaste has some spicy notes and the finish is more roasty and bitter, even a bit acidic. Medium to heavy body with medium to low carbonation. Overall it's a nice stout, leaning more towards the sweet side. Feels somehow classic.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.17/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a snifter glass.

A classic dark walnut brown body, with not much head happening barely manages a finger. The head is a real nice light tan with a great whipped and creamy appearance and manages a nice collar and puck.

Nose is very impressive and varied. Hidden red dark fruit, giving to cream and chewy sweet grain. Dense milk chocolate and whipped mocha. Some spice, kind of clove also. Real varied and impressive.

Taste is real nice with a great creamy mouthfeel. The feel on this brew goes all over, dense and rich with a still light body, whipped up big. Light charring on the finish, soft malt presence and a lingering roast presence.

I can't get over how light but really creamy this is. No heat, nothing overpowering, greatly balanced real nice.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.22/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I think I got this from bosse - thanks dude. Served in a Darkness snifter.

A - A quarter-finger of tan foam settles to a thick collar and wispy partial cap. Good retention and spotty lace. Black body with some reddish-brown hints to it. Some obvious bubbles adhere to the sides of the glass.

S - Huge roast character, smoked malts, light peat, molasses, dark chocolate, burnt toast, light anise, and a hint of alcohol.

T - Taste is more char and roast, with some burnt bread and yeast character. Roasted grains, cocoa, and surprisingly little bitterness for something so roasty and smokey.

M - Surprisingly active carbonation, medium-full body, chewy texture, with minimal alcohol warmth.

D - The 25cl bottle was tragically too little for the three of us. I hope this gets distributed to North America in the future instead of 1/2 Idjit. Delicious stuff.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an Elysian snifter. Pours a very dark brown, appearing black in the glass. One finger light brown head with good retention and lacing. Nice strong aroma of toasted and charred malt, chocolate, mocha coffee, dark dried fruit, hint of vanilla. Flavor follows aroma with dark toasted, smoky malt, chocolate, lighter touches of dried fruit and molasses. Finishes somewhat thinner and drier with a long, residual hop bitterness. Nice creamy, medium body. A nicely made, full flavored (and very aromatic) RIS. The smokiness of the malt was deftly balanced. I liked this a lot.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.92/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very smooth beer, and somewhat subtly flavored. Pours with very low carbonation, and quite viscous. Very little head, but there is one- it just takes awhile to emerge from the motor-oil like consistency. Very subtle aromas of ash, roasted grains, and licorice. Much lighter than I expected it to be. The flavors are very heavy on the licorice and there is a noticeable ash flavor as well, but it's all bracketed by some smooth caramel, or maybe even toffee notes that sweetens up the licorice and is in turned checked by the ash. Interesting and somewhat unique flavors, but perhaps a bit too subtle.

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pour is pitch black with a dark brown thick head that slowly sinks into nice lacings.

S: Heavy roasted sweet malt. Lots of chocolate notes and some bitterness from hops. Strong black coffee.

T: The malt is roasted, and very sweet - almost syrupy and vineous at the same time. Bitter hops and rich chocolate.

M: Medium long bitter aftertaste. Body is full and carbonation moderate.

D: A nice beer that takes some time to sip. Enjoyable.

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Photo of rudzud
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle of this at Julio's. Really nice price on this bottle.

A - Poured into my Duvel tulip a rich oily black that had a nice creamy one finger head of mocha that faded quickly to leave a nice halo and wisps.

S - Rather typical RIS aromas. Good roasted malts, dark chocolate, and something else. A little deeper. Like someone said maybe some coconut.

T - Wow, yep, a nice RIS here. Good roasted malts and deep chocolate. That other flavor is still there. Its something I cant really put my finger on, somethign I'm not used to in RIS or any other beers. I think this could be the coconut others have mentioned. Its just a roasted nutty type flavour.

M - Wonderful mouthfeel here. Super smooth and creamy. The ABV is a bit noticeable still though.

O - A solid offering from a swedish brewery. A really good RIS for under $10 a bottle. Glad I tried this one.

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Photo of jdhilt
4.06/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a two finger khaki head that vanishes leaving no lace. Black color no highlights. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Licorice nose and flavor is smoky malt and licorice. High ABV is hidden. Seriously expensive at $16.95 for a 500ml bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, MA

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Photo of avalon07
4.32/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a jet black color and a thick texture. There was a half inch of foamy, fairly long-lasting head. No real lacing to speak of.

S: A big aroma of coffee, malt, and chocolate as well.

T: Tasted of roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, maybe a little vanilla, and a burnt quality, too. This is a complex and interesting flavor. Not quite as robust as most RISs, but very tasty.

M: A good amount of carbonation with an overly slick finish. Full-bodied.

O: This is a solidly made, very enjoyable and drinkable stout.

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Photo of bark
3.17/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Vintage: Probably 2010.

The colour is very dark brown (80 EBC), the liquid is clear. The finger thick beige compact head sinks quickly to a thin lid.

Caramel and coffee drops dominates the smell. Chocolate, rye bread and molasses. Some wet paint and solvents in the background.

The intensive taste is sweet with notes of dark chocolate/cocoa, hot alcohol, spices (nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves, black pepper corns) and ripe plums/prunes. Some bitterness and hints of oil paint in the background. Medium to full body. Distinct notes of pumpernickel and some mature cheese in the aftertaste, and some alcohol. The rather short finish got dark rye bread and a touch of sweet liquorice.

The carbonation is medium strong (it gets stale quite quickly), the many bubbles fresh and very small. The liquid is thick and a bit sticky.

When this beer was fresh, the flavours were all over the place. It is much smoother now after five years, but it is not as elegant and mature as I had hoped for.

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Photo of drpimento
4.06/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Interesting brew. Poured at a good temperature with a small, tan - with brown highlights, foamy head that soon settled down and no lace. Color is an opaque black brown. Aroma is massive cocoa, with malt, and roast. Flavor's like nose plus include some molasses, toffee, and in the finish some coffee. Sweet is up front with some bitter to tone it down along with some carbonic tang. Body is soft and full, but has a few slight high bitter points. Finish is like flavor, slowly tapers, and has a slight alcohol warmth.

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Photo of BMMillsy
3.72/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 2 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours dark brown to black with no head. Looks worringly thin and flat. Aroma is very unique with big noted of chocolate, licorice, and brandy or cherry. Something salty on the nose like black bean sauce. Flavor is nice with a chocolate Good n' Plenty flavor. A little thin but carbonation seems about right. Sloght bitterness lingers. Decent stout but there is better stuff out there. This one is kind of all over the place.

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Photo of AgentMunky
4.11/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A dark ruby color with a nose of leather chairs and roasted-malt booze.

The flavor is simple and plain, but ensorcelling and it lasts forever. Rum notes and lots of them.

It's a good beer. I might not have again, but you should probably taste it.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.43/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Rich, smoky aroma has notes of coffee, licorice and molasses with a hint of dark chocolate. It pours a deep, opaque sable just a couple red tomcat whiskers above black and with a fairly thick tan head that leaves some respectable lacing. Mouth-filling smoky flavor has chocolate, coffee, licorice and molasses tones plus hints of caramel, horehound and miso. Firm-bodied texture has a decent amount of fizz and leaves a nice smoky finish that has hints of licorice, molasses and burnt malt. How ’bout them Swedes!

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Photo of Marius
4.35/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very dark brown pour with a thin beige head. Roasted malts, tons of roasted and brewed coffee, cocoa and dark chocolate. Smoothish mouthfeel with a coffee bitter aftertaste. Damn good.

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Photo of AgentZero
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A beer for MNF.

A - I love the 25 cl bottles because you can just dump them super aggressively into the glass. Black beer, viscous, with a brown head that bubbled up and faded to an impressively tight ring.

S - Lots of roast, some sweet molasses, dark chocolate, dry toast. There is a bit more alcohol burn in this than I was expecting.

T - Lots of char and roast, with some sweetness from a bit of yeast, chocolate, and molasses.

M - Carbonation was prickley, fuller bodied, kind of a burnt/dry finish.

O - Nice beer, actually about the right size for one person. Lots of roast and char, but it's got good flavor and I drank it happily.

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Photo of EmperorBevis
4.38/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled and possibly bottle conditioned
Pours a jet black body with splattered tan head
Aroma of port blackcurrant jam and burned toast
Very similar flavour with slightly sweet edge
Nice satisfied full stout mouthfeel
Very good

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Photo of gford217
3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle.

Pours dark murky chocolate brown out of the bottle and setlles in almost black with a small tan head that leaves some bubbly residue around the edges.

Aroma is sweet but roasty. It's got chocolate, vanilla and especially coconut on the sweet side which is balanced with lightly roasted chocolate malts.

Taste mirrors the aroma and is sweeter than I was expecting with that same coconut character coming out up front. The roasted malts form the backbone but it's fairly subtle. The finish is dry and almost chalky with bakers chocolate and charred malts.

The mouthfeel is creamy and smooth but probably a little lighter in feel than a world class impy stout. Kinda watery for the style.

This is a solid impy stout but lacks the depth and heft to be great. Still, it's tasty.

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Photo of laituegonflable
4.07/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown colour up to the light. Head is beige, very decent. Nice lacing. Clings. Looks a little pale for the style, but otherwise very nice.

Chocolate up the wazoo on the nose. Slight roast, but lots of sweet. Pleasant roasty with an English cleansing edge to it. Smells dark and potentially bitter, but a double layer of cocoa rich chocolate. Just lovely.

Taste is chocolatey, fairly rich. Slight dry cocoa and roast. Touch of smoke on the back. Pleasant flavours. A bit dry maybe, could have used more of that sweetness to the end, but very nice for the style.

Dry on the back, decent body. Not bad.

Well made very drinkable. Quite remarkable for 9.5%

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Photo of tpd975
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to SeaBass for the share. A: Pours a rich deep black nice tight mocha head. S: Very bold roasted aromas with strong notes of raw cocoa, and a hint of hershey syrup. T: Roasty goodness with loads and loads of rich cocoa. Subtle milk chocolate notes with a hint of dark fruit and a touch of smoke. M: Lighter in body, smooth, tasty as hell.

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Photo of srandycarter
4.23/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Pours pretty darned black, tan head, some cling lace.

S - Malt, coffee, a little dishtowel.

T - Extremely malty, coffee, booze pretty well hidden, softer overall than I would have thought.

M - Creamy, almost phlegmy, syrupy, heavy body, good carb and balance considering.

D - A sipper for the winter. Very nice.

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