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#494 ranked Russian Imperial Stout | 9.50% ABV

Midtfyns Bryghus

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Photo of drmeto
4.44/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.5

-pours the darkest of brown with no light coming through and a small to medium,creamy,beige head
-licorice,rye bread,dark chocolate,coffee,fudge,herbs
-finishes dry
-low to medium carbonation
-light to medium body
-no alcohol detectable
A great Imperial Stout with surprising Barrel-aged Notes.
The Body is a bit thin for a 10% Stout.

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Photo of moose1980
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A little lighter than expected around the edges and a bit thin, but a solid roasted malt profile with some additional quad-like candied sugar likeness. An easy-drinking Stout.

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Photo of FLima
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown almost black color with a thin beige head with short retention.
Aroma with notes of toffee, cocoa, dark chocolate, licorice, dark fruits, vanilla, maybe anise and homemade coffee.
Flavor with notes of dark chocolate, cola, clear oak, some spices including vanilla and cinnamon, herbal and earthy hops, roasted grains, mocha, dark fruits and port wine. Dry and bitter aftertaste.
Unexpected bordering medium body with mild carbonation. Alcohol of 9.5% abv is well disguised but also enhances the flavor.
Well done Imperial Stout based on the tripod oak, mocha and dark fruit- licorice flavors. All of them never overpowering senses. Good introduction for the style.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours an opaque yet still clear jet black in color with moderate amounts of gentle visible carbonation along the edges of the glass and moderate cola brown highlights. The beer has a half finger tall foamy dark tan head that reduces to a small to medium sized patch of very thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of roasted malts, chocolate, and oak barrel with a moderate amount of booziness. Light notes of sweetness and dark malts.

T: Upfront there are moderate flavors of dark malts + roasted malts with a light to moderate amount of sweetness. That is followed by moderate flavors of dark chocolate, oak barrel, and light to moderate amounts of booziness with a hint of dark fruits.

M: Medium to full bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Moderate amounts of alcohol warming in the finish.

O: Enjoyable and an easy sipping beer. Slightly thinner in body than some others in the style. Enjoyable.

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Photo of metter98
3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is close to being jet black in color—only traces of brownish red are present near the edge of the glass when it is held up to a bright light. It poured with a short tan head that left lots of wispy lacing on the surface and a thin collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of dark malts, chocolate malts, and licorice are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell and also has some additional hints of dark fruits and coffee.
M: It feels just about medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer seems to be a little light in body compared to other beers in the style.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of BGDrock
4.16/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: very dark brown with touch of ruby; forms a think head like frothed egg whites, mocha coloured and sticky, good retention

Aroma: sweet chocolate, vanilla, cinnamon, clover

Taste & Mouthfeel: big dark chocolate flavour, creamy mouthfeel leaving almost an oily slick of bitter malt and hops, a flavour which really picks up in the finish and provides great length; a perfect level of heat from the alcohol; burnt coffee beans - thinking of chocolate covered coffee nibs now; puckeringly dry and only a touch of sweetness to foil this and the increasingly bitter notes - which is starting to have a resin flavour in the finish

Overall: it's a heavy hitter, with big punches of dark/burnt malts, bitterness, and heat; fortunately they've come together in a great show; you might want this on it's own as a night cap

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Photo of biegaman
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Midtfyns Imperial Stout pours with way more carbonation than I care for - in general, though it's especially concerning for a beer of near double-digit strength. This brown foam takes up nearly a quarter of my snifter and doesn't want to relent, sticking even to the sides of the glass. The opaque, black liquid beneath it is held a hopeless captive.

The flavour of an at least 80+ percent dark chocolate bar is fortunately able to perspire through. Traces of ash and roast trail not far behind but, for better or worse, are sure to keep faint. The notion of roasted hazelnut is creditable, and follows from the presence of oak chips which, with warmth, become more and more apparent.

The taste has a fair bit of lactose upfront - unsurprising after seeing the activeness of the yeast. This milky quality is nice and is a natural pairing to the cocoa powder and nougat flavours of the malts. It makes a nice (adult) substitute for a hot chocolate. Traces of wood polish and cherry-like esters race in on the finish, harsher but still complimentary to the overall profile.

Aging on oak chips has indeed really mellowed this 9.5% Imperial Stout. The mouthfeel is soft and almost creamy; any harsh or phenolic qualities that might come from aging in an actual oak barrel are absent. Instead, the chocolatey character is soft and gentle and practically resemble a fudgsicle. Unusual (arguably undesirable) for the style, this one is like a buttery, moussy treat.

Midtfyns brings a touch of refinement to the Imperial Stout category by aging theirs with oak chips. This move had the potential to be disastrous but instead is a revelation. The resulting beer, still every bit as strong on paper, registers as something mellow and approachable enough to drink as a session. Naturally, this speaks to a broader appeal but also points to a lack of assertiveness.

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Photo of thehyperduck
4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

500 mL bottle picked up at the LCBO; best before May 28 2016. Served at cellar temperature.

Pours an opaque blackish-brown colour, crowned with nearly two fingers of puffy, light tan-coloured head. Legendary retention; the creamy foam sticks around for the better part of 10 minutes, slowly devolving into a lumpy, half-inch cap. The aroma is rich and enticing, comprised primarily of roasted malts, dark chocolate, molasses, and dark fruits that include date, raisin and prune. Hints of vanilla and oak become more prominent on the nose as the beer warms, with some herbal, boozy undertones for added complexity.

Tastes every bit as rich as the aroma suggested. Molasses and caramel join in with the dark chocolate and roasted coffee bean notes afforded by the roasted barley malts. Vibes of raisin, plum and date come through mid-sip, with the finish dominated by a bitter, almost charry astringency accompanied by more baker's chocolate and some anise. Oak and vanilla are detectable here, as well, but are not particularly noticeable features. The roastiness fades slowly in the aftertaste, which is dry and somewhat warming. On the fuller side of medium-bodied, with light carbonation levels that mildly agitate the palate upon each sip, and softens as the beer has time to breathe. The alcohol is relatively well-hidden, but the intense flavours and bitter finish still do a lot to limit this one's otherwise-dangerous drinkability. This one improves significantly as it warms to room temperature.

Final Grade: 4.22, a well-earned A-. This is not the best beer of its kind that I've had in recent memory, but Midtfyns Imperial Stout is still an interesting, worthwhile brew that I'm glad I picked up. The oak aging did not seem to contribute a whole lot to this beer's flavour profile, which is unfortunate - but the end result remains impressive, with a nice array of chocolate, coffee, and roasted malt goodness to peruse with each sip. All impy stout fans in this province should strongly consider grabbing a bottle before stock runs out.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.06/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours pitch black with a half finger light brown head with good retention and light lacing. Aroma of smoky dark toasted malt, dark dried fruit, chocolate and light vanilla, woody. Flavor is a mixture of fresh and dried dark fruit, toasted malt, vanilla, hints of coffee and oaky wood. Finishes with dark fruit and dark malt. Medium bodied, lighter than expected with good carbonation. An interesting imperial stout with more fruit flavor than normal, perhaps due to a Belgian style yeast.. The malt is not as dense and smoky as the aroma indicated, but is well balanced with with the lighter fruit flavors. The high ABV is surprisingly well covered. A nice, smooth complex imperial stout. Well done.

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Photo of cbutova
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks again and again to my buddy Chico1985 for being so generous. Always grateful. Apparently its Stout Day today.

A- 500ml bottle poured to a large tulip glass with a deep black body and a mocha-tan head rising up to a finger. Tiniest bit of dark brown at the edges. Thick creamy texture and pretty good head retention. A silky ring leaves lacing in large sheets and long splotches.

S- Roasted barley at the forefront with a cocoa note that has sweet and dark bitter character. Spiced raisins, prunes and dried dark fruits certainly come to mind complimenting the aforementioned malts. Aged oak hints open up with time.

T- Rich but not just a roast bomb. The lack of a roast dominance does not compromise the flavor's quality as the dark fruits like raisin, fig and plum meld with the dark and bitter roasted malts. From the first sip I noticed an aged beer feel that reminded me of Port or a deep, strong wine. Nothing woody for me but a hint of vanilla bean which could be from oak. Leathery deeply caramelized sugar hints (somewhat like Candi sugar).

MF- Not super thick and oily but still very substantial on the palate with a silky creaminess. Carbonation lands at a medium level and that contributes to the smooth puffy feel. No alcohol warming for me as the ABV is superbly concealed.

I often find that fruity or vinous flavors in Imperial Stouts can really throw off the balance of flavor. Here it is the opposite, a dried dark fruit and Port wine character enhance the chocolate and charred grain flavors present in this beer. The oak isn't primary but might contribute to the development of some of those flavors. A pleasant surprise out of Denmark.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.64/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml Bottle from the Ottawa LCBO for $6.50 or so

Appearance - Dark brown colour with an average size frothy/fizzy beige head. I can't make out the amount of carbonation showing and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for over 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, chocolate, coffee, vanilla, hops, grains

Taste & Mouth - There is an above amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, chocolate, and coffee. There is also some vanilla, burnt/charred notes, and an odd musty flavour that I can't put my finger on.

Overall - There's something odd with the taste and it is a little astringent. It has a nice smell but seems a little amateurish in a few ways. Worth a try but not a repeat purchase.

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Photo of DaveBar
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Purchased at the LCBO for around $8.00 for a 500ml bottle. Served at 8deg C in a tulip

A- Opens well and pours dark with a TON of head that stays forever

S- Pretty good chocolate and malt backbone

T- A bit thin here. Would like to have seen more coffee. Decent chocolate

M- A touch lacking here. Thin and dry. Way too chalky

O- Pretty good. Not a bomb by any means but not the best.

Food Pairing

This nice imperial stout went well with..... Tacos! A bit overpowering to tell you the truth but pretty good!


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Photo of Digimaika2
3.79/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

(4.0) A: Black with a real tall dirty beige head with great retention.

(3.75) S: Dark chocolate, dark fruits, vanilla, caramel, and bourbon on the backend. The aroma is generally sweet, almost syrup-like but in a good way, with the bitterness more hidden.

(3.75) T: Caramel, dark chocolate, dark fruits, hints of black licorice, and booze. Similar to the aroma this is quite sweet (caramel, vanilla) with bitterness (mainly licorice) taking second stage. As this warms there is a very nice boozy cherry taste.

(4.0) M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Sticky, creamy and smooth.

(3.75) D: This was good although I personally prefer more bitterness in an imperial stout and this seemed a tad sweeter for my tastes. That being said, this was still very tasty and the boozy cherry taste was great.

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Photo of kevinlater
4.11/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle into snifter. "Mindst holdbar til: 28-05-2016". enjoyed on october 6, 2014

a: pitch black, three fingers of tan head

s: chocolate, a bit of vanilla, a bit of alcohol, molasses. some dark fruits

t: huge cocoa/dark chocolate all around, as well as a prominent and lasting roasted malt character. dark fruit and licorice mid-palate, with extremely shy hints of vanilla. slight alcohol cutting through but it's very tolerable. a lovely mild-to-moderate hoppy bitterness closes things out here and dries the palate

m: medium-plus body with easy carbonation. somewhat creamy

o: a solid imperial stout. doesn't really excel at anything but it's chocolaty, roasty, and tasty. the label does claim that "This beer has a powerful oak... and vanilla character" which i'm not getting at all, but it's still a delicious brew

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Photo of taxandbeerguy
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle served cool into a Keith's glass. Purchased from LCBO for about $5.50 CDN.

Appearance - very dark brown, nearly black, opaque and imposing. Capped by a three and a half finger head. Phenomenal retention and a sheet of lacing sticks to the glass.

Smell - big nose, boozy rich with a roastiness and a astringent licorice aroma. Some coffee nicely blended in there. Definitely not for the faint of heart. Some pepper and even a strange ammonia like quality. Some caramel aromatics interspersed.

Taste - boozy and roasty, with a loco rice like flavor blended with some very bitter chocolate and a touch of coffee. Further into the sip there's a caramel quality that blends with an earthiness followed up by ash and licorice again. Melds nicely together.

Mouthfeel - slick and a bit oily, with a spritzy feel at first than mellows as it sits in your mouth. Drier than average finish.

Overall - a very solid stout with a bigger than average licorice presence, otherwise meets the usual roasty and coffee flavours. Wonderful for licorice lovers and definitely worth a try for those who love the big stouts.

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Photo of Chico1985
3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Batch # IS0002 on the label. The wide world web gives no hint as to when it was bottled, but I believe it to be somewhere between 18-24 months old.

Big ol pour from the 500ml to a big ol Duvel tulip glass. Black beer with a beige head that stands tall to start, ends as a ring and slight cap.

Smell - Caramel, milk chocolate, coffee grounds, dark fruit, on the sweet side but with a decent dose of roastiness.

Taste - Raisin and licorice take over a little more here with chocolate and molasses taking a back seat, maybe the slightest bit of oak there, coffee ground finish. Has a cool aged dessert port wine feel. Roast is probably even less present, definitely on the sweet side of things.

Mouthfeel - A little bit on the thin side, medium-level carbonation, some alcohol heat but pretty smooth.

Overall - Good, I THINK age has been kind to this beer, has that ol cool aged stout flavor going on. Though more roast to balance out the sweetness and fruitiness would be good. Wasn't getting much from the oak.

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Photo of papat444
3.41/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Thanks to hoppypocket for this one.

Poured from a 500ml. bottle (best before 02-04-2015) and drank at near room temp.

pours a very dark body with a fizzling head that dissipates after a few minutes and leaves no trace behind. Kind of disappointing. Aroma is nice though, rich bittersweet chocolate. Flavor has a dark roasted feel (vaguely reminiscent of coffee but different) with chocolate but the body is thin and ends up affecting the flavor. It's almost like i had poured some water into my stout, tastes and feels diluted. Disappointed by this one.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500 ml bottle, Batch IS0001. Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with an inch and a half tan head. Head retention and lacing are both good. The brew smells like roasted malt, dark fruit, molasses, oak, coffee and bittersweet chocolate. Taste is similar to the aroma, but with the addition of some vanilla and burnt/charred malt. Good balance between the different flavors, none of them seem dominant compared to the others. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's creamy and coating with moderate carbonation. I think it's a good overall brew, I'd like to try it again. $10.29 a bottle.

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Photo of ThickNStout
3.92/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

50cL bottle from Hop City (Atlanta, GA). 8.99. Batch 0001, whenever the heck that was bottled. Served in a Cigar City snifter.

Pours a muddy dark brown with a half finger of dark cream head. Little patches of lace.

Smells of chocolate, woodsy vanilla and sweet dark fruit.

Tastes of smooth vanilla, chocolate, mildly bitter creamed coffee, stone fruit, molasses and sugar cane. Alcohol is near hidden in the sweet smooth blend of flavors.

Medium full body with mild but tingly carbonation. Long bittersweet vanilla coffee finish.

This is a great case for barrel conditioning. Smooth and sweet but not unnaturally so. Very easy drinking for near 10% abv. I would certainly enjoy drinking this again some time.

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Photo of beergoot
3.78/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark mahogany body with a rich, creamy, sticky head. Rich chocolate, mocha, carob, and roasted grains with an underlying, subtle alcohol presence. Smooth, burnt grain taste combined with dark, bitter chocolate underpinning. Bitterness and alcohol warmth meld in the finish. Medium bodied, soft and effervescent on the tongue, slightly weak and watery.

An intense imperial stout, a little rough around the edges, but delivers on the key style points.

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Photo of jdhilt
4.23/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a two finger khaki head that fades quickly to thin layer, leaving a good lace. Black color, no highlights. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Chocolate, coffee and molasses nose and flavor is roasted chocolate, molasses. Caramel and coffee finish. High ABV is hidden. Not labeled a RIS but tastes like one. $8.99 for a 500ml bottle from Beverage Warehouse Winooski, Vt.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Comes out of the bottle a luscious opaque sable with a fairly thick and fine-bubbled light tan head that leaves some good lacing. Aroma has tones of roast coffee, molasses, caramel and burnt wood with a firm alcohol note. Mouth-filling flavor has a nice chord of molasses, quality coffee, semi-sweet chocolate, caramel and an alcohol nip and a honey-sweet hint. Firm-bodied, edgy texture has about an average amount of fizz. Definitely worth seeking if you like imperial stouts.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.41/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice looking label on this one. Sold!
Small printing on the bottom of label says this is oak aged.

Comes out of the bottle dark brown, but looks black in the glass. Slightly off white froth, maybe hints of rose. Lacing is nice

Rich yet subtle caramel in the nose, some cocoa and black plum, maybe pruned. Some faint vanilla.

This RIS is a bit thin for the style, but it has some good flavors. The balance of roasted malt, cocoa, caramel, vanilla and some dark fruits is quite nice. It's not a big-mamma-chicken and that's a good thing. Very drinkable for 9+%

A bit more than a introductory to the style. Probably one to drink at parties and not worry about friends stealing sips that you'd have to beat them

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Photo of illidurit
3.65/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice deep brown with a fluffy tan head. Soft, chocolatey aroma with minimal roast character, very Danish I reckon. Something perfumey in there too, maybe grapes. Flavor is a direct recreation of the smell. Chocolates and fruit with no bitterness, roast or alcohol. Not bad but lacks oomph. A little low on carbonation too I notice. A solid but unspectacular brew.

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Photo of flannelman808
3.65/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: ok first off I'm reviewing from two glasses. One is the snifter which is recommended on the bottle and the other is a super badass angular tulip from Lost Abby. Were going to find out which works best...

Color is something like blackened burnt copper river Alagator green in an African drought. Minimal foam which ought have been light tan colored. Minimal not terrible. Lacing is alright.

S: Roasted Kona coffee beans and Dried Mexican cinnamon squeezed with the oil of some mild to medium orange pith suggestive hops... oh and chocolate.

T: Carbonation sizzles... too much of it. Consider this having age worthy carbonation potential however I'm not sure its flavor is on pace.
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Snifter is as the bottle would read best for this one. So much carbonation evaporates more quickly and allows the bouquet and flavor to creep out...

Out of the snifter... 65 % cacao chocolate and flamed orange peel. oh and some fusels creep in at the end.

M: Too much seltzer on this one. Carbonation can hinder the palates ability to taste like bubbles in a pool will hinder the ability to swim.

O: Not bad but not a keeper.

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