Russian Imperial Porter
Monks Café

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3.93 | pDev: 15.27%
Monks Café
Retired (no longer brewed)
Russian Imperial PorterRussian Imperial Porter
Notes: Ingredients: Wheat, hops, yeast, malt extract, pale ale malt, crystal malt, pale cara malt, münchner malt, pale chocolate malt, chocolate malt, brown sugar.

OG 120, FG 40, BU 70
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3.56/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The colour is black (100 EBC), the head is just a few brown bubbles. No lacing.

The smell is sweet with some bitterness and alcohol. Milk chocolate, brown sugar, raisins and some dark rum.

The taste is sweet with sour notes of old coffee, cocoa powder and lactose. Some red berries and raisins. Full body. The aftertaste got notes of brown sugar, and lingonberries. The dry finish got hints of cocoa powder, salt and leather.

The carbonation is mild, the small bubbles are fresh. The liquid is quite light for the strength.

A salty and mature RIS.

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4.83/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served from a bottle into a snifter at room temperature.

A: Dark as the void left by a dead star. The black liquid is crowned by a minimal chocolate coloured foam. No visible carbonation. Plenty of lacing that sticks nicely to the sides of the glass. The appearance is not correct for the standard definition of the type and without a crown it seems kind of dull and stale. Regardless I like the looks of it because it invites me to think that the drinking of it will be very pleasurable.

S: The first impression is perceived by me as delightful but I have a hard time to define it. After a while I get dark chocolate and soy sauce. Smells of dark roasted malts are very faint, instead it gives a sort of creamy impression. The smell is very sweet and reminds me of chocolate mud cake (kladdkaka).

T: What was hard to define by smell is much easier to define in taste as I get dark chocolates, burnt sugar, molasses, chocolate mud cake and syrup. In other words it's initially dominated by sweetness. I also get sweet liquorice and some faint coffee. The aftertaste is more towards coffee and sweet liquorice. No apparent hops and zero diacetyl.

M: Very creamy, feels like a warm and cozy blanket on the tounge. No carbonation is perceived, full bodied.

O: In my opinion this is a well blanced and complex beer. The tastes are subtle and multiple, they all pull together to make a whole that is far greater than it's individual components. It looses some points in appearance but regardless this is for me a memorable beer that I rank among the better porters and stouts I've had among the likes of Närke Stormaktsporter and the Abyss, and that's without ageing.

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4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pitch black color, small brown compact head, small lacings.

S: Vanilla and dark hard roasted malts. Bitter rather than sweet. Strong black coffee and even some smoky notes. Dark dried fruits.

T: Sweet dark dried fruits, and rich sweet hard roasted malts. Vanilla and bitter hops.

M: Long sweet but also bitter aftertaste. Body is syrupy full while carbonation is well hidden.

O: A nice one, I wish these would be easier to get my hands on.

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Russian Imperial Porter from Monks Café
Beer rating: 3.93 out of 5 with 8 ratings