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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
De Struise Brouwers
Belgium
noordhoek.com

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by MasterSki on 01-03-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Reviews:
80
Ratings:
220
Avg:
4.16
pDev:
9.86%
 
 
Wants:
106
Gots:
70
For Trade:
6
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Photo of Sammy
3.91/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black with lace and good looks even under the deck lights. A full mouthfeel. The aroma is neural, better by the bottle's end. Creamy smooth, lots of good chocolate, and coffee and sugar, alcohol warming.Shared Liam's bottle from Europe.Good drinkability.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to mthomas84 for sharing this one at mrbubbler's "end of the world" tasting.

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, and dark fruits. Taste is much the same with a slight tartness to it. There is a mild roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.73/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of roasted malt with light sweet notes is subtler then I would have expected. Taste is a good mix between some roasted malt notes with light dry bitterness notes mix in with some light oak and black chocolate notes. Port barrel is not that discernable and probably would not have noticed if it wasn’t for the mention on the bottle. Body is full with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Not bad though I think I would stick to with the regular Black Albert.

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Photo of kojevergas
4.27/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Really excited for this one. Acquired from Belgium. "KAB No. 42 R.I.S." Aged in port barrels. 11.5% ABV confirmed. I've never had Kate the Great, but I've had Black Albert and really liked it. I'm a huge De Struise fan. 330ml brown glass bottle vintage 2011 served into a nonic bubble willi glass in me friend's gaff in high altitude Fort Collins, Colorado. Reviewed live. Expectations are through the roof; I can't wait for it.

Served after a warming period following its removal from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

Not paired with food.

Interesting label art.

A: Pours a three finger rich tan colour head of excellent cream and thickness, and flat out amazing retention (>7 minutes) for the very high ABV. Body colour is a solid nontransparent opaque brown-black. Delightfully frothy. Decent lacing. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Par for the style and fantastic; the retention is downright impressive.

Sm: Silky chocolate, rich port notes, fantastic subtle roasted java/coffee, roasted dark malt, cream, dark fruits, cocoa, and subtle red wine. Fucking fantastic. Very appealing. It does lack yeast character, but it's forgivable - and yeast doesn't suit the style all that well. Amazingly, no alcohol is detectable. A subtle, moderate strength aroma.

T: Heavier port notes than expected, but somehow it's dominant while simultaneously subtle. The roast at the core is just about perfect. Dark malts are well chosen and subtly executed. The coffee/java is as subtle as it could possibly be while contributing to the impeccable balance. Some caramel. Subtle fig when I look for it, accompanied by a well integrated sweetness. Rich and roasty throughout. Creamy as well. No alcohol comes through. Some creamy roast on the finish - a majestic end. A bit sweeter on the finish than it is in the early acts. Very well layered. An incredibly well built imperial stout; it doesn't need barrel aging to be delicious. Chocolatey with cocoa. Impressively layered and complex. Hot damn, this is some tasty stuff. Still, it doesn't have the depth of other great beers in the style. This is a tough style in which a beer can set itself apart, but this one manages to succeed though it does struggle against other masterfully brewed beers.

Mf: Delightfully creamy while coarse and just dry enough to be perfect. Luscious. Lacks the delicacy or fragility of other fantastic beers, but that's nitpicking.

Dr: Obscenely drinkable for the high ABV. I'd easily kill a bottle or more of this by myself (I'm only sharing it with one other friend, blakelive784). This is fantastic stuff. Meets my expectations in terms of quality, but it is different than expected. Very well blended in any case. Hides its ABV very well. At around $10 a bottle, I think it's very well priced. It's a decadent treat for a special occasion. For a non barrel-aged stout (post blend), its complexity and subtlety are nearly unsurpassed.

High A-

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Photo of oline73
3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a Hunahpu's snifter. I picked this up at the Struise shop in Brugges.

Appearance: Pours a nearly opaque dark brown with a reddish hint where the light hits it. There is a half finger of tan head that fades to a ring around the pour.

Smell: Definitely getting a bunch of fruit from the Port barrels. I'm also getting some roast and some alcohol heat, but the Port dominates.

Taste: The port is the strongest presence in the taste as well, but it is more complex than the smell. I'm getting some roast and dark chocolate notes. The finish is full of the fruity notes with a warm alcohol bitterness. The roast throughout is bitter and reminds me a bit of coffee.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is on the thin side given the style and abv. The carbonation is aggressive and the finish is a bit dry.

Overall: There is a ton of fruit in this beer. The port barrels definitely took over. I enjoyed it, but I'm glad I didn't go through the hassle of trading for it. I'd have it again, but only if it didn't take too much effort.

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Photo of Thorpe429
2.96/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle at Saturday’s tasting. Served in a Struise cervoise. Pours near-black with a good tan head and some spots of lacing. Nose brings some dark fruits along with light notes of port and oak. Some roast and a bit of chocolate there s well. Flavor has darker fruits and chocolate (mostly dark), plus some roasty notes and a touch of yeast character. Body is medium and a bit dry. Lightly ashy. Not as interesting as I had hoped it would be.

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Photo of mothman
4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Ryan for sharing this one!

Pours a thick tan head. Good retention. Color is black.

Aroma: A lot of port up front. Raisins, molasses, plums, and other dark fruits. Belgian yeast. Cocoa and chocoalte. Oaky with vanilla.

Taste: Port and oak spiral flavors. Raisins, plums, and molasses again. Vanilla with a lot of barrel flavors. Belgian yeast. Cocoa. Light roast. Pretty malty.

Mouthfeel: Velvety and warming. Full bodied with a low to medium amount of carbonation. Ends dry and roasty.

Overall, this was quite the surprise. Lots of great port flavors. A good amount of kate with not an overpowering amount of albert. Solid brew.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into a tulip glass. MAJOR, MASSIVE, HUGE thanks go to Stakem for gifting me with a bottle of this rarity.

Pours black as night in the glass, topped with a finger width cap of rich dark mocha foam. This retains with a thin creamy layer that skims the surface, eventually maintaining some frothy bunching around the edges, and then leaving back a cascade of brown gooey looking oils and light spotty lace. The aroma just DRENCHES the nose with a mélange of chocolate, vanilla, vinous smelling dark fruit, zippy coffee, and ight spicy notes. Going deeper reveals some woody edges and a moderate underpinning of alcohol but it’s not coming off as too intrusive.

The taste is just so smooth and silky and well blended, with notes of bittersweet chocolate, vanilla, candied sugar, roasted espresso, and dark fruit, which has a big time presence here from that combination of Port barrel and Belgian yeast. Wood is felt on the edges of the profile and pulls into the finish, where tannins linger with leftover tart vinous fruit, roasted malt, and a light spiciness. The mouthfeel is full bodied and lower carbonated, with a strong creamy slickness to the feel that keeps this very easy feeling considering the higher ABV. This leaves back just a bit of lingering warmth after each sip but is otherwise exceptionally well hid.

While this marriage of two great beers didn’t exactly blow me out of the water, this was still VERY good; with dense and fairly complex profiles that kept me engaged and and were overall really accessible for the strength of this. Thanks again Adam for the bottle. It was indeed a real treat!

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Photo of Rifugium
3.97/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I opened this for a Nov. '12 Philly burbs bottle share.

Blend of port-aged Kate the Great and Black Albert.

Dark pour, seemed total black in the light, a wispy tan head fizzled out pretty quickly, leaving a few stray bubbles behind. Not surprising for a higher ABV beer. Aroma of dark roasted malts, anise, oak, bakers' chocolate; I didn't get much of a vinous quality in the aroma or taste. On the palate, dark roasted malts again of course, bakers' chocolate bringing in some bitterness, oak, anise, lesser notes of licorice and smoke. Maybe I'm mistaking the red wine for anise, but that's how it seemed to me. Not necessarily a bad thing. Mouthfeel was on the fuller side of medium, some alcohol heat, not incredibly smooth, but quite robust, and a good, drinkable brew overall.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.48/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Extreme gratitude to Stakem for sharing this bottle, poured into two tulips shared w/ tenderbranson69.

This stout is a beautiful black color almost totally opaque with a rusty hue and thick tan cream with ultra-fine bead and lace that clings in spots. A really beautiful stout. I love the way the Port is so expressive from first whiff with dark brown sugar and roasted chocolate notes coming along for the ride. The dark berry and cherry-like accent to the aroma brings a slight prune note w/ mild floral aspect and light alcohol ester. The nose is full of spice and lots of vanilla w/ some cocoa notes, but lightly woody with a mostly port dominated odor.

The feel is slightly sweet at first with some mild roasted and lightly bitter tinges with subtle warming and lots of residual sugar in the middle giving a nice amount of body. There is strong vinous tinge with light tannin and mild wood influence with a lot of dry and smooth roasted grain and slightly creamy aspect with a sweet texture that emerges with moderate carbonation and full viscous body that brings along a mildly toasted and sugary dryness in the finish with a very limited alcohol impact.

The stout is delicious I should mention that from the start. The malt is not overtaken by the port in any way, rather the two flavor components work in tandem with a sligtht dark sugar and vanilla with light molasses tinges. The vinous elements are very rewarding to pick out as the light spice and slight alcohol accent brings a mild tannic quality which is very well integrated. The flavor hasa lot of cocoa notes with slight bitter herbal and dark cocoa astringency which seems controlled into the finish with light biscuit and caramel.

Overall I could not have enjoyed this more, a perfect beer for a cold winter night with great port wine contribution to the taste and the stout itself is just great, the way it is sublte yet it still feels full and sturdy as a 12% stout should. You sense the strength but don't taste it, so drinkable. This is not cloying or aggressive and I could not fault it in this category, the only problem I had was trying to keep from drinking it too fast since I was enjoying savoring every drop. The best part is the balance you get in such a complex Imperial stout.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.36/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks for sharing this Rich (and shared again by Richard).

The beer is almost black in color with a surprising amount of tan foam. A really rough nose to this. Intense alcohol and roasted malt aromas are almost overwhelming. There is some dark fruit, maybe a bit of a port like sweetness and licorice. The flavor does not feature the alcohol quite so prominently, but it is certainly there. Roasted malt, licorice, raisins, and prunes are quite prevalent, too. Wasn’t exactly what I was expecting.

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Photo of mdaschaf
4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Review from notes.

A: Pours black with no head and very minimal lacing.

S: Has a massive port aroma to it, tons of dark fruit, coffee, and a bit of chocolate. The port aromas intensify with warmth.

T: Rather sweet upfront which transitions to some bitter roast, coffee, dark chocolate, and more port-wine flavor. Some dark cherries and grapes.

M: On the thicker side, medium carbonation.

O: Enjoyable, the port barrels came through a bit strong, but in a way that I liked.

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Photo of billab914
4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Rhettroactive. Poured from a 330ml bottle into a tasting glass. It poured pitch black in color with a thin tan head clinging to the edges of the glass.

The aroma has a great chocolate covered cherry presence to it. The dark chocolate and sweet, fruity flavors compliment each other very well. The port is a lot more forward compared to regular Kate which gives it a bit more of the fruity characteristics. The roasty, dark chocolate flavors handle it pretty well though.

The taste shows more of the dark chocolate and sweeter fruits to it up front. In the finish I get a little more roasty, coffee, bitter chocolate flavors to it. A little of the chocolate covered cherry flavors are there, which I love.

The mouthfeel is thick with carbonation being moderate. Overall I thought it was a great beer, I loved the way the chocolaty flavors mixed with the fruity port flavors. The port was a lot more forward in it compared to regular Kate, but it worked well for it. Everything really comes together in it well, excellent beer overall.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From 06/09/12 notes. Big thanks to BigSexy410 for sharing this one; another Want of mine.

a - Pours an almost black brown color with one inch of light tan head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of roasted malts, bitter chocolate, port, oak, licorice, anise, and some alcohol. Nice nose, was expecting it to me a little sweeter.

t - Tastes of roasted malts, bitter chocolate, light dark fruits, sweet fruits, licorice, anise, wood, alcohol. Again nice, more alcohol than the nose.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Body is smooth and touch hot, but very nice.

o - Overall a good beer, though nothing earth shattering. Personally I prefer KtG and the normal Black Albert to this; considering I can buy Black Albert off the shelf consistently I probably wouldn't seek this out again, though it was good and fun to try.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.27/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer is black with an inch of oily beige head. Lots of slick lacing visible on the sides of the snifter. The aroma brings port, oak, roast, chocolate, vanilla. Some noticeable booze. Big, thick, rich. Palate coating. Big time sweetness imparted from the port barrels. Red wine with a chocolate finish. This is tasty now, but I think this will mellow out nicely given more time in the cellar.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Black with some edge transparency. Huge khaki head. Lasts a long time. Thick collar.

Smell - Very porty. Chocolate and red wine. Very nice.

Taste - The wine flavor is strong here too. Chocolate and dark coffee. Chalky finish. A little sweet.

Mouthfeel - Medium heavy. Not as heavy as I thought it might be.

Overall - Delicious port wine flavor. Another winning stout from Struise.

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Photo of stakem
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz brown bottle into a Portsmouth snifter. The brew appears black in color with more than a finger of frothy brown head. The cap recedes slowly leaving strings and spots of lace all over the glass. Nearly each sip creates a webby pattern of lace on the glass. A light swirl easily revives more than a finger of froth back to the surface of the brew. When held to the light, there is some faint brown clarity seen through the edges.

The smell of this offering is immediately reminiscent of KtG with hints of port mingled with dark roasty grain. The vinous hints mingle with the alcohol to create a fruity inclusion that initially jumps out but then hides behind the character of the roasty grain that is very chocolate forward. The chocolate character seemingly has a sugary sweetness about the way it smells that integrates with some raw woodiness and soft vanilla sweetness. Some green tinges of yeast are evident across the back along with a faint herbal inclusion of hops. Overall, the smell of this brew is pretty darn solid with almost a brownie-batter sort of sweet appeal to it.

The taste is bitter roast of the grain right upfront. It imparts almost a char flavor across the tongue that coats the palate. First thoughts are of bitter cacao, ash, tobacco and leather. There is a fruity vinous quality evident as well as solid character imparted by the barrel aging that introduces some hints of raw woody quality. Mid palate and towards the back, some yeasty notes are evident that are reminiscent of black albert. The first couple of sips are interesting but as the experience continues, this brew really grows on me and comes together.

This is a medium to full bodied brew with a moderate amount of carbonation. A very solid arrangement of character to take in here. For 11.5% abv, the alcohol is masterfully integrated. This brew is neither black albert nor is it Kate the Great. It is very similar in some ways and those who have enjoyed both beers before will find striking similarity in this brew. However Kabert is very much it's own unique beast. I fully intend to revisit this brew again with some age on it. However, for the time being I couldn't help myself. I have been dying to try this brew for too long. If you get the chance snag some of this, you wont be disappointed!

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.92/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a solid black with a huge fluffy tan brown head that shows great retention and minimal lacing. Smells of coffee, dark chocolate, caramel, roast, ash, grapes and other putted fruits. there's a lot going on in the nose, take some time to let it warm and enjoy the aromas. The flavor is thick with darker sugars roast and caramel. There's a lot of dark fruit flavor coming through as well as a bit of oaken vanilla, smoke and burnt sugar. Thick body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet syrupy mouthfeel. This is a big thick sweet roasty monster of a stout, but I'm not sure that this beer is any better than the sum of its parts. Glad I got to try it, but the difficulty getting this wasn't justified by being blown away with the final product.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from the webshop. Served in a Struise cervoise.

A - Ample mocha foam with superb retention eventually settles to a thick cap, but lacing is spare. Body is near-black, displaying only the faintest brown tinge to it.

S - Plenty of milk chocolate, light roast, lots of vinous port notes, and some implied coffee - I'm guess from the combination of roast and acidity. There's an undercurrent of Belgian yeast as well. If forced to speculate, I'd guess this is two-thirds Black Albert. In any case, it smells quite delicious.

T - The taste reveals more barrel influence, with some dry wood mid-palate before yielding to vinous, sweet port in the finish. Plenty of milk chocolate, honey cake, dark and red fruits, tobacco, and licorice, and only modest roast characteristics. Mild char and oak bitterness in the finish.

M - Silky smooth, full body, with a mouth-coating liquid chocolate character to it. Carbonation is low but present, and alcohol is present but never exceeds the listed 11.5%.

D - I crushed the entire 33cl bottle on my own and wanted more. A really excellent beer, with nice elements from both blend components working in harmony. Not the beer you'd drink all night, but something I'd gladly purchase again in the future. I liked this significantly more than the version brewed at Portsmouth.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.09/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Boozier than expected, shared at a recent tasting. Thanks, served in a snifter.

Beer is black with almost no head, no retention, no lacing, and low carbonation.

Aroma is boozy, sweet, syrup, alcohol.

Beer is simultaneously thick and thin, sweet and sticky. A nice beer all around. I'd have it again but it was a little too in my face for me, it was strong and sweet and oaky on the end. Decent very big stout.

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Photo of stevoj
4.09/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle share. Big rich Imperial Stout, with a Belgian flare. Rich stout with a yeasty (Belgian) overtone. Not too boozy, silky body, huge roast grain flavor , hints of chocolate and burnt toast.

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Photo of liamt07
4.06/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from Etre Gourmet, 330cl into a tulip.

Black, with a voluminous brown head, crimson highlights. Head fails to subside and just sticks around for decades, great lacing and retention. Sugary dark fruits in the nose, milk chocolate, a bit of port barrel and a bit of roast. Taste has dark fruits again, black cherry, drying roastiness, dark chocolate. Some fruity barrel notes, but it's subtle and in the finish. Light tartness in the finish, medium body but perhaps quite light relative to many others within the style. Low carbonation, alcohol isn't evident. Not super complex, but a pretty good RIS - not upper echelon in the style as I had expected.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml Bottle: BBD 30 Aug 2017, poured carefully into my Westvleteren chalice on 5 Aug 2013 during a Belgian Beer Tasting Evening I hope with myself.

Looked impressive in the chalice: dark moody and rich, the tan head sitting there like the raised portion of your mum's best ever rice pudding.

The malts give of intense coffee and chocolate notes into the nose: these carry on with extra strength into the taste. tries to be sweet, but the yeast and hops just about control the malts and keep the flavours in check, sweetness wise at least. The Port Barrel aging does come through a little, with a mild wine hint within the overall flavour, but you have to really search for it, or at least I had too.

Good mouth feel to this brew: thank's to Ian Harrison for this bottle.

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Photo of HopHead84
4.7/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

10/20/2012

Bottle courtesy of an infinitely generous Tim, thanks a lot! Bottle reads: KAB NO. 42. Poured into Lost Abbey stemware with Sons of Winter and Stars accompanying me (m/).

A: A soft pour yields two inches of dense light brown froth and half an inch of liquid. I guess this is highly carbonated. Ebony body. Very good retention and lots of lacing.

S: Molasses, dark chocolate, earth, and licorice. Moderate roasted malt presence with a bit of charred character. There's a decided sugar note that's redolent of Belgian candi sugar with almost a cinnamon thing going on that I'm really enjoying.

T: Bittersweet dark chocolate with some milk chocolate as well. The roast is restrained. There's a touch sugary character with an interesting vanilla frosting note. I'm probably losing my mind. No big deal. I'm getting some caramel and a little licorice. An evenhanded moderate bitterness is present throughout. Flawless flavor.

M: Full in body with a lower high level of carbonation. The mouthfeel is silky, chewy, sticky, and smooth.

Overall: I don't often drink straight up Russian Imperial Stout because there are so many barrel aged offerings out there now and I prefer the style drowned in -bal. However, rated to style, this is one of the best Russian Imperial Stouts I can remember having. Do you really care about unbarreled Russian Imperial Stouts, though? Probably not, because they're better after having been in a barrel, but this is a must try either way. At least this particular bottle of KAB NO. 42. I don't know how consistent the beer is and it's probably not worth the effort of obtaining if you have to buy it from an international shop or trade for it because, after all, you can probably just buy some barrel aged RIS locally. Anyway, this beats the shit out of some of the more popular unbarreled RIS I can think of off the top of my head, such as Darkness, Dark Lord, or Totality.

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Photo of Rhettroactive
4.59/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From 330mL bottle to snifter on 2/4/12
*From notes

-- Thanks for swappin', normyk --

A: More of a rich brown leather, with the center of it being dark and black. A standard pour yieelds a .5 finger head that's creamy in presentation. Both the collar and lacing are top shelf.

S: My God. It's like my nose landed right square in the middle of Wonka's factory. Chocolate dipped cherries overwhelm the bouquet. This is easily the highlight of a spectacular RIS.

T: Red vine fruit, as the port is all over this young BA RIS from the start. Kate makes her star appearance on the mid. The back to finish highlights all that is Black Albert. Delicious. The lasting quality that remains in my mouth is cherry and cocoa, and it lasts for a long damn time.

M: Very dense. Very rich. This drinks like liquid dessert. Just marvelous.

O: What a splendid beer. I really fell in love with Kabert, and sincerely hope that more folks get a chance to try this thing of beauty. Every component here shines, as do each of the two beers in their own right. Knowing how Kate ages, and how intense the port character is on this beer already, I'd recommend drinking this young, as I don't suspect this will age gracefully.

Two big thumbs held very high. Seek this out, and with haste.

*Please serve at or near room temperature for peak drinking conditions.

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